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Top 10 Reasons For Building Your Own YBH Custom Home

Top 10 Reasons for Building Your Own YBH Custom Home

In today’s real estate market, you should definitely consider building your own YBH custom home. What many folks don’t realize is this: we can build a new home for the same price as buying a used home. Here are my Top 10 Reasons for building your own YBH custom home:

1. Complete Design Control of Your Dream Home
You’re in the driver’s seat. Use the creativity of our YBH award-winning design team or use your own architect. Want more closets? Need a mud room for the dogs and kids? Require an open kitchen/dining room/great room combination to accommodate a crowd? Maybe your land has a fabulous western view you’d like to capture with a wall of windows and a deck. It’s all up to you!

2. No Repairs or Remodels
Building your own YBH custom home means minimal home maintenance for the first 5 to 10 years. Paint, roof, appliances, furnace, etc. are all new, thus affording many years of low upkeep. We pride ourselves in products that last.

3. Home Warranties
Yankee Barn Homes’ house shell components are warranted. That being said, we’ll take this opportunity to Toot Our Own Horn: We’ve had no warranty claims in the last 4 years as we address problems proactively in the manufacturing process.

4. Energy Efficiency
Improved heating and cooling systems and the latest insulation techniques lead to better efficiency. Yankee Barn Homes’ standard polyisocyanurate insulation has an R-55 value in our roof panels. Our wall panels have an R-26.2 value. We also offer upgrades to both should your home’s needs require such. Compare this to a typical stick built house that will have an average R-value of 5 to 13.

5. Option of Low Maintenance, Current Green Materials
When building your own YBH custom home, upgrades like fiber cement siding, a metal roof, and PVC trim all have a serious impact on the cost/work required over the lifetime of a house. Interested in going green? Opt for a recycled glass counter or consider salvaged doors as part of a “uniquely yours” look.

6. Safety Codes
Building your own home allows for state-of-the-art hard-wired smoke detectors, alarm systems with battery-powered backup, and up-to-date electric circuit breakers not found in older homes. Yankee Barn builds homes according to International Building Code (IBC) which ensures your house meets or exceeds local building codes. Upgrades like sprinklers are built-in more efficiently than retrofitting an existing house.

7. Incorporate your Personal Style
It’s fun to select fixtures, doors, mantels, stair balusters and so much more, all that fit your taste and style. Do you like contemporary, or are you more into a classic style? Check out our website for style inspiration or send us your photos.

8. New Construction Materials Are Free from Asbestos, Lead and Formaldehyde.
Breathe easier knowing that these chemicals have been eliminated from today’s building materials. We can build as green as you’d like.

9. No Retrofitting for Current Technology
Build in fire alarms and sprinklers. Wire for house alarms, TVs, and internet with relative ease. With pre-planning, the latest in technology systems can be built into our houses avoiding the cutting of beams and snaking wire after the fact.

10. Leading-Edge Construction Techniques
When building your own home the style and upgrades are up to you; based on your needs, lifestyle and region. Best of all, each decision you make creates a home which is uniquely yours.
Today’s homes are more air tight and less likely to roof rot, or have ice dams if your house is built with our modern cold-roof techniques. Insulating the roof underside rather than the attic floor prevents condensation problems and keeps the roof temperature more consistent with the exterior temperatures (this reduces roof ice).

If you would like more information about Yankee Barn Home options, you can explore our floor plan options, call and talk to one of our design consultants at 800-258-9786 or fill out this short online form.


This Post Has 9 Comments
  1. Interested in building in the Columbus,Ohio area house plan interested in is the Suffolk plans

  2. Hi Amanda, The Suffolk is a great plan! I will make sure someone gets in touch with you ASAP. Thanks for yuor inquiry, BeamBabe

  3. We looking to build and Montgomery TexasI need to know about the ballpark figure out how much it would cost to build this barn house.

  4. Hi Linda,
    I’m not certain which barn house you’re referring to, but I think you might mean the red one (final photo in the article). If so, it’s called The Bennington. If not, please let me know so I may get you the info you’ve requested. In the meantime, I’ll pass along your request to our main office, as they have all the information you’ll need on this, or any other, barn house. Thanks for your inquiry, BeamBabe

  5. I’m considering purchasing land with an existing post and beam barn on it. Does your company do retro fits/updates and additions? I found a floor plan of yours that I really like (Moose Ridge Mt. Lodge) and would like to use the existing barn to make that happen.

  6. Hi Pete,
    I believe we do all of the above, but I’m going to send your contact info on to Jennifer Hastings, as she can answer all your questions completely. BTW – great choice – Moose Ridge is a terrific plan! Please let me know if I may be of further assistance, BeamBabe

  7. We built a Yankee barn in mid 90’s on MT Desert Island… Believe it was very similar to the Sunapee cottage. Had to sell but now that we’ve moved to VT on some beautiful land would like to build same house again! Can you give me range of pricing and timeline if we were to forward on this? Very excited at prospect of living in a Yankee Barn again?

    Mary and Jim

  8. Hi Mary, I have sent your request on to our Sales Dept. They will be in touch with you very soon. I, too, live in a YBH so completely understand your enthusiasm at the prospect of living in one (again). They are The Best Homes! :-) BeamBabe

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