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Building Your Dream Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Custom Pole Barn Homes
You’re ready to take the next big step in your life and move into a better home. But you don’t want a cookie-cutter house that lacks the unique character and charm you desire. Building a custom pole barn home could be the ideal solution!
Pole barn homes are versatile and affordable, and they enable you to add your own personal touch to the design. But taking on a custom home build can be overwhelming, to say the least. That’s why Hansen Pole Buildings has compiled this beginner’s guide to help you navigate the thrilling-but-challenging process!
Why Build a Custom Pole Barn Home?
You might have noticed that pole barn homes are steadily rising in popularity. First, they are more affordable than traditional homes, because they require fewer materials to build, a simpler construction process, and reduced labor costs. Plus, pole barn homes are incredibly versatile, allowing for endless design possibilities to fit individuals’ and families’ unique needs.
Then there’s the fact that pole barn homes are an excellent option for anyone looking for a DIY project. If you enjoy putting in some sweat equity, there’s no better path for you!
How To Set a Budget
Establishing a budget for your custom pole barn build is a critical step in the planning process. Still, it can be difficult to determine the precise costs.
A professional contractor can give you a general estimate, but note that the final price will depend on the size, materials used, and any additional features you want in your home. Your new build could begin at anywhere between $7,000 and $100,000. The best approach is to research the current price per square foot, calculate the total square feet you will need, and multiply that by your estimated cost per square foot.
Getting a Construction Loan
Once you’ve determined your budget, you’ll need to finance your custom pole barn home. One of the most common loan types for building a new home is a construction-to-permanent loan.
This type of loan takes you through the construction phase and automatically switches to a traditional mortgage upon the home’s completion. Before applying for a loan, be sure to have your financial documents organized, including proof of income, assets, debts, and expenses. Keep in mind that it can be harder to secure a construction loan than some other loan types, so carefully assess your appeal as a borrower as you prepare.
The Most Important Features To Consider
Designing your custom pole barn home is perhaps the most exciting part of the process. But it’s easy to become overwhelmed with so many options. Remember to prioritize the most important features that will make your home functional and comfortable for you and your family. Some of these may include the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, open concept or closed floor plan, and indoor-outdoor living spaces.
You might also consider incorporating a home office into your pole barn home design. Along with increasing your home’s value, having an inspiring office can significantly improve your work experience and overall life. Just be sure to choose a location with plenty of natural light so you can maximize your productivity and boost your health in the process!
How To Identify the Perfect Property
- The location
- Proximity to your daily needs
- The orientation of the sun
- Zoning laws
Also, evaluate the slope and soil type to ensure it’s suitable for a pole barn foundation. Above all, make sure the property is the appropriate size for your desired home, including parking, outdoor space, and any outbuildings you may want to add in the future.
Building a custom pole barn home is an exciting journey, and it can be more rewarding than it is challenging if you plan properly. Knowing the benefits of building a pole barn home, setting a reasonable budget, obtaining financing, and prioritizing the right features will help you get off to a strong start. And remember to carefully assess a property before committing to it!