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Building A Barden Home

My step by step experience with Barden Homes

Final House Plans

clock June 18, 2009 06:36 by author Donny Kemick

I just realized that I haven’t posted any of the floor plans for quite a while.  Here’s what we went “final” with on the Whitaker Corners Barden Home:  (click each for a larger version)

Left-Side-Of-House right-side-of-house
Left – Right Sides
                       Cross Section
1st Floor
2nd Floor

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Frustration! Barden Home Floor Plan Changes

clock February 7, 2009 00:59 by author Donny Kemick

As we quickly approach the timeframe where we wanted to be started with construction, my wife and I are very frustrated with the amount of time it takes Barden to make changes to the floor plans, to send back to us for approval.  I will be the first to admit that we switched things up pretty late in the game, but it was a necessary change, for budget reasons.  Because we’re new to home construction, we never really questioned our salesperson’s acknowledgement that we were within budget on the Sullivan’s Run house we spent so much time designing.  The truth of the matter was, it was way over budget.  Our General Contractor was very helpful in bringing us into reality!

So, as we make final changes to our new home design, we’re waiting about 10 days each time, for Barden to make the changes and send them back.  Because I own a Web Marketing & Development firm with an IT Services team as well, I’m familiar with Auto CAD and how easy it is to make many of the changes that we’re after in the design.  This makes it even more frustrating, because the majority of the changes we’re after could be done in less than 30 minutes. 

I hope that Barden is really that busy and having a great year, but the economy and housing market would push me to think otherwise.  If they’re not, what is taking so long?  You’d think they would want to get the changes out the door ASAP in hopes of getting the contract signed.

Oh well.  I vented, and feel better already :).



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Give Me Some Numbers! What Did We Forget?

clock February 3, 2009 17:18 by author Donny Kemick

Now that we’ve made the switch to a new floor plan and house design, I have been very anxious to get some new numbers.  It seems like it took much longer this time around to get some pricing, but I finally got it.  We’re still finalizing many things, but I was given a breakdown that included budgets for:

  • Barden Homes Material Package
  • Foundation, Porches, Garage Slab, Excavation, Stone
  • Erection Labor – erecting home, installing shingles, installing windows, installing siding
  • Insulation
  • Trim Labor - molding, install doors, door knobs, closet rods, hardware, kitchen and railings
  • Drywall
  • Flooring
  • Plumbing
  • Electric
  • Forced Air Heat and Central Air
  • Exterior Stone
  • Fireplace

My question after seeing the pricing and breakdown was, what’s not here?  Not because the number was lower than I expected, but because I knew there had to be some items omitted.

I then found that some items left off were:

  • Fireplace Stone
  • Granite Countertops
  • Master bath tub
  • Permits
  • Utility hookup
  • Painting – I am going to do this myself
  • Light fixtures
  • Appliances – We need a refrigerator, microwave, range hood, dishwasher, and just bought a new range
  • Gutters
  • Mirrors in baths
  • Extra excavation beyond the hole for the basement and backfill around the house

Barden Homes DIY

I’m by no means a carpenter or contractor material, but I am relatively handy.  In looking at the projected budget for painting the house I decided I couldn’t stomach it, and that I would do it myself.  Will I regret it?  Probably, but at least I’ll save some money!  The cost of a painter would be more than if I went without a paycheck for a month!  Not worth it.  I may as well just take some time off and paint.

I’m also planning on running all of my own data, phone, and coaxial cable to support our networking, phones, and TV.  I’m familiar with all three and should be OK there.

Waiting on Final Plans

We’re currently waiting for our plan changes to come back from Barden Homes.  after that, we’re hoping to go to the bank.

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