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.