Barden Building Products Blog Archive

5 Home Foundation Types You Can Choose for Your Barden Home

Posted by Jamie Kline on Aug 25, 2020 8:45:00 AM

One of the most common questions I get from future homeowners is: “Can I have x foundation type for my Barden home?” 

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Topics: Panelized Construction, home foundation, Technical Specs, Site Prep, Home Customization

6 Home Foundation Myths Busted

Posted by Jamie Kline on Jul 24, 2020 9:28:49 AM

The base of any good home is a solid foundation. 

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Topics: Exterior Design, home foundation, Technical Specs, Process, Site Prep, Home Customization

Home Building in WNY: Panelized vs. Modular Home Construction Timelines

Posted by Jamie Kline on Jul 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM

After my recent conversation with a former WNY modular home builder, I met with two different customers who each had very different circumstances.

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Topics: Panelized Construction, Buffalo Home Building, Technical Specs, Process, Floor Plans, Price, Site Prep, Home Customization

WNY Modular Homes: My Conversation With the Competition

Posted by Jamie Kline on Jul 16, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Barden Building Products is often confused for a modular builder. I’m frequently asked about the differences/advantages of what Barden does vs. other Buffalo modular home companies. (If you don’t know the difference, check out our explanation here.)

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Topics: Panelized Construction, Technical Specs, Process, About, Site Prep, Home Customization, Panelized Vs. Modular Home Building

5 Orientation and Design Considerations for Your Custom Home

Posted by Jamie Kline on Jun 8, 2020 11:29:26 AM

You’ve found the perfect lot -- plenty of space with great views. You’ve worked with our in-house design team to come up with your fully customized floor plan for your home. 

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Topics: Exterior Design, Technical Specs, Process, Floor Plans, Site Prep, 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

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

How Much of Your Home Building Budget Goes to an Architect?

Posted by Jamie Kline on May 17, 2019 10:42:24 AM

When building a custom home, there is one thing on the forefront of everyone’s minds: budget. As any savvy new home owner knows, budget goes beyond setting one fixed number and sticking to it through the building process.

While it is important to have your “magic number” or goal budget -- It’s also to know how much of that budget is allocated to various facets of the building process. And most important of all? Finding areas where they can tighten their budget, and save a little money if possible.

In this article we’re going to explore one major, expensive aspect of the home building budget: hiring an architect. How much of your budget should be going to an architect? Just how much are you getting for your money?

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Topics: Panelized Construction, Behind the Scenes, Budget, Exterior Design, Interior Design, Technical Specs, Process, Price, Site Prep

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

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