Barden Building Products Blog Archive

Custom Home Design Process: Simplify with Panel Building

Posted by Jamie Kline on Aug 15, 2019 3:42:21 PM

Panel building, or panelized home construction, can seem like a complicated method to those who are unfamiliar with it. 

But the truth is, when compared to modular or stick building, there are many aspects of the process where panelized construction simplifies the process for the homeowner.

If this article is the first place you’re hearing about panel building, it might be helpful to visit some of our past blogs where we explain the concept in detail:

If you feel comfortable with your understanding of the basis of panelized building, let’s hop into the areas where it helps to simplify necessary build processes.

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Topics: Panelized Construction, Budget, Process, Price, Suppliers, Home Customization

8 Things to Consider During Custom Home Design

Posted by Jamie Kline on Aug 9, 2019 2:23:10 PM

We’ll be the first to admit it -- the design phase of the custom home building process can be one of the most arduous ones, and is one of the most important ones due to the implications in later stages of the project if all of the aspects of design are not carefully considered.

Unfortunately, it seems like oftentimes the smaller design aspects are the ones that are not fully considered, planned for, and budgeted for -- causing unplanned changes, time wasted, and cost to accrue down the line.

We’ve put together some of the most common areas where homeowners get tripped up during the design phase, in the hopes of helping your project flow smoothly.

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Topics: Panelized Construction, Exterior Design, Interior Design, Technical Specs, Process, Floor Plans, Home Customization

4 Parts of Building A Home That You Thought Were Important

Posted by Jamie Kline on Aug 2, 2019 10:52:27 AM

Our team has been working with people looking to build their custom dream home for 70 years. In that time, we’ve become familiar with the thought process of many homeowners before, during, and after their build.

Oftentimes, we see homeowners get hung up on some of the more unimportant aspects of building -- and these small details set the project back and incur additional expenses unnecessarily.

We’ve compiled some of the most common “traps” we see homeowners fall into when planning their project, in the hopes of aiding in keeping your project process smooth and efficient.

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Topics: Panelized Construction, Behind the Scenes, Exterior Design, Interior Design, Technical Specs, Process, Site Prep, Suppliers, Home Customization

Exterior House Sheathing Options

Posted by Jamie Kline on Jul 19, 2019 11:41:49 AM

When it comes to designing a custom home, it can be easy to get caught up in the fun details: picking out the floor plan you like, furnishing the inside, mastering the landscaping.

But it’s even more important to put ample time, energy, and thought into structural elements of your home, such as house sheathing options, that are not only more functional for your home -- but impossible to change later. 

Make sure not to gloss quickly over the house sheathing options that are presented to you, and think carefully about what is best for your build. We’ve outlined the key considerations here to keep in mind when selecting the ideal exterior sheathing.

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Topics: Panelized Construction, Behind the Scenes, Exterior Design, Technical Specs, Process, Home Customization

Guide to Downsizing Your Home

Posted by Jamie Kline on Jul 12, 2019 9:51:05 AM

Downsizing a home means something different for everyone. 

Whether you’re moving locations to better suit your empty nest, seeking a more accessible home, or looking to build a home that has dedicated spaces for hobbies and interests -- the process of downsizing marks an exciting new chapter.

We’ve put together this guide to help answer questions we hear from people building their downsized dream home and aid in making the process go smoothly.

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Topics: Panelized Construction, Budget, Technical Specs, Process, Floor Plans, Accessible Home Design, Home Customization

What Time of Year is Best to Build a Custom Home?

Posted by Jamie Kline on Jun 28, 2019 10:26:10 AM

Congratulations on deciding to build your own home! One of the first decisions to make is when to build.

Unless you live in a part of the country where homes can be built year-round, you are not alone on that question. 

Before you can narrow down the “when” question, it can be helpful to figure out how you will build your home. There are several options, which can each impact your timing question:

  • Stick Build: A team of construction workers descends on your building lot, supplies are delivered, and your custom home is assembled from the ground up. With a stick build, you have to be concerned about weather factors, labor availability factors, and possible cost overruns. 

  • Modular Build: In this method, entire pieces are constructed in a factory environment, and then shipped to the building lot for final assembly. This is more of an assembly line process that does not allow for as much customization as a stick built home or a panel built home.

  • Panel Built: With this home construction method, wooden walls and roof trusses are assembled in a factory and then shipped to the job site in segments. Houses are totally customized, and engineered efficiently.

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Topics: Panelized Construction, Buffalo Home Building, Process, Site Prep, Home Customization, Construction Timeline

What Should Your Custom Home Building Budget Include?

Posted by Jamie Kline on Jun 21, 2019 9:30:49 AM

Most people only build a custom home once in their lives. Because of this, unfortunately some prospective homeowners are blinded by unexpected costs that they failed to budget for before building begins.

We put together this guide to help homeowners expect the unexpected, and account for every aspect of home building that might arise.

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Topics: Panelized Construction, Budget, Technical Specs, Resources, Price, Site Prep, Suppliers, Home Customization

Custom Building Systems vs. Configurable Building

Posted by Jamie Kline on Apr 30, 2019 9:06:25 AM

When you’re building your dream home, you want to be able to customize it with everything that you and your family needs.

This is why choosing the proper building system or method to allow for ample customization is of paramount importance when embarking on your home building journey.

Some home building systems and builders enable configurable building, but not truly customizable. We put together this guide to explore common limitations with some home building methods, and explore how much they are custom versus configurable.

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Topics: Panelized Construction, Buffalo Home Building, Technical Specs, Process, Home Customization

6 Details of Building a Custom Home You May Have Overlooked

Posted by Jamie Kline on Apr 25, 2019 2:46:03 PM

Most people will only build a custom home once in their life. Because of this, it can be hard to master all of the details that go into the process.

Unfortunately, it’s common for some small details to be overlooked.

We worked with a Barden homeowner to put together this guide to help prospective custom homeowners better understand some of the finer, nitty gritty details of custom home building and ensure nothing is overlooked before and during the building process.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, Exterior Design, Interior Design, Process, Site Prep, Home Customization

Universal Design for Home Accessibility

Posted by Jamie Kline on Mar 29, 2019 4:28:48 PM

Unfortunately, it seems as though “accessible home” has become a buzzword in the home building community with many  misconceptions surrounding the true meaning of universal design and home accessibility.

To some, accessible home design simply means adding a wheelchair ramp. While this is one facet of universal, accessible design -- there is so much more to uncover. When we fail to account for other facets of accessible building when discussing the concept, we leave out many people who can benefit from universal design.

We aim to get to the heart of home accessibility, what it means, who benefits from it, and how to build it in this article.

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Topics: Panelized Construction, Buffalo Home Building, Downsizing, Interior Design, Technical Specs, Process, Accessible Home Design, Home Customization

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