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Building A Barden Home

My step by step experience with Barden Homes

Barden Homes = Faster Framing

clock July 21, 2009 10:41 by author Donny Kemick

While I feel that Barden offers many advantages over modular homes and traditional stick-built homes, the biggest so far for me has been the speed in which the house has been framed in and enclosed from the elements.  It has taken 6 working days total (and consecutive, minus 1 weekend) to get the 1st floor, 2nd floor, and roof framed in and sheathed.  We’ve only had one really rainy day, and that was enough to make my stomach turn when I saw water on the floors.  After today, we’ll be fairly dry the rest of the project! 

Clearly a stick-built home would sit in the elements much longer before being fairly protected from weather.

Timeline Of Barden Homes Framing Events (July 8th-July 21st)

To recap the timeframe in which we went from the pic on the left, to the pic on the right, check out the timeline below:

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July 8th - 10th, 2009 – 1st Floor Deck Delivered and Completed

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July 14th – 1st Floor Walls Delivered and Almost Entirely Setup

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July 16th – 1st Floor Walls & 2nd Floor Deck Complete

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July 17th – 2nd Floor Delivery and Setup

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July 20th – Roof Trusses Delivered and Setup

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July 21st – Roof Sheathing In Place

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What’s To Come This Week?

I’m not certain what all will happen this week, but if I had to guess I would say:

  • Shingling of the Roof
  • Wrap for around the house
  • Windows and Doors


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The Difference Between Barden Homes and Modular Homes

clock September 26, 2008 16:54 by author Donny Kemick

modular-home When I tell friends and family that my wife and I are building a Barden Home, I almost always get a response of “Oh, a Modular Home?”.  I then have to explain that the Barden Homes are NOT modular homes.  For some reason, their is a negative stigma towards modular homes, one that I don’t support, but their are limitations to a modular home, simply by their design and process.

A modular home is pre-manufactured in an indoor facility, then delivered in prefinished modules (hence the name) and connected on site.  If you have ever been inside a modular home, you notice right away that it is broken up into sections and very compartmentalized.  Here is a great explanation of modular homes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modular_home 

Why a Barden Home Over A Modular Home

panelized-construction Barden Homes are called panelized homes, because wall panels, and trusses, etc., are pre-manufactured and sent to the construction site.  To be more specific, the wall panels are not prefinished with drywall and siding.  The panels are studded sections, with window holes, as well as plywood.  The panels are created in a climate controlled facility, and shipped to the construction site in the appropriate order to fully constructed.

In my opinion, this panelized process is superior to the modular process because it allows for an open and customizable floor plan. 

The panelized process allows your new home to be closed up much quicker than if you were to build the classic ‘stick-built’ home, where the wall panels are constructed on-site.  Regardless of the time of year, getting the skeleton and core of the home enclosed sooner rather than later, is a good thing! 

My wife and I prefer an open floor plan, and to our delight we looked through many stock floor plans that were very open, and even allowed for further opening and customization.  Again, a distinction between Panelized and Modular homes.

The Bottom Line

Barden Homes allow the best of both the completely custom and stick-built home with the efficiencies of some pre-manufactured components.  The pre-manufactured components greatly reduce the cost of construction as well, by reducing on-site labor hours.

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