All Barndominiums are not created equal!
"Engineered Bolt Up"
This building is detailed, engineered, and fabricated with the latest state-of-the-art equipment. They are engineered to a minimum of 110 MPH wind rating and can be engineered to even higher ratings.
Pros: Engineered, simple bolt-together on site, faster erection time.
Cons: Finished walls are 14" causing the foundation to be bigger. Manufacturing lead times vary from 6 to 18 weeks.
"Engineered Weld Up"
This building is a Hybrid design by Tri County Builders that has been engineered in design, but not individually. The basic engineered design is based on vertical heavy wall steel columns to support the roof trusses and roof system. Conventional wood framing is then built in-between the vertical columns, creating an engineered super strong shear wall for maximum strength.
Pros: Fast construction, job can start immediately, walls only take 7" for one story of foundation instead of 14".
Cons: The design concept is engineered, but not each individual building is engineered. Window sills are not 12" deep (if that matters).
This building was originally built as hay and equipment barns. They are not engineered and typically use the same material in their construction whether it's one story or two.
Pros: Typically cheaper. This is because anyone with a welding machine and a pickup truck can build them.
Cons: The building is not engineered. Building standards vary dramatically depending who is doing the work and what size materials they are purchasing.
These structures are the basic, no frills building!
Pros: Cheaper to build.
Cons: Typically they are built with wood posts cemented into the ground; rotting is a problem.
Before You Begin:
Building your home can be one of the most rewarding adventures in life! Selecting the right Designer and Builder is imperative to avoid unforeseen problems and successfully build your dream. What comes first?...the Builder or the Designer? It is common to be excited about incorporating grande ideas into a plan for your dream dwelling, but without consulting a knowledgeable Builder who understands budgets, you may find your dream plan to be impractical and a waste of time and money.
A good Designer/Builder can assist with your budget process and keep you on track. Discussing your budget is the first step in the process. I always tell my clients that one can choose TWO of three things: 1)Square Footage, 2)Price Savings, 3)your Selections. Decide which TWO are most important to you. Square Footage is the first factor that drives up costs quickly. Your Selections (like Granite, Tile, & Wood Floors) is the second factor that increases costs. (It's like a car that your spouse finds for $30K. You like it, but you want leather seats, but you want a sun roof, but you want audio video for the kids. The $30K car is now $60K. Your house is the same way! It's all about your Selections.)
Frequently people ask what I charge per square foot. There are so many variables involved that depend on your Selections...do you prefer basic or granite counters, tile walk-in shower, wood floors, etc.? The price can vary from $100 per sq.ft. to $175 per sq.ft. & higher. Builders (for the most part) are very competitive in pricing among themselves. We bid jobs in the millions and are within 3% of each other. A good builder just can't be more expensive than the other builders and stay in business. That's why when I see a customer that tells me they are bidding the job out to five builders and they show me an incomplete plan and no specifications, I politely explain the dangerous road they are about to go down. Without good plans and detailed specifications, you're destined to get bids comparing "oranges to apples." That's where the conflict begins and your disdain for the builder. A client expects a wonderful home aligned to the bid, but the low bidder later gives the client the news that he didn't include something or didn't figure doing it "that way". The change orders begin flying and the client becomes very upset. So be sure to detail everything you want in your home. Make sure it's in the ballpark budget and carefully select your builder, not the lowest bid.
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