Yankee Barn Homes offers these guideline questions to help you plan your new home. Ask yourself the following questions before your first meeting with us. Have your responses ready and bring them with you when you meet with your YBH team. You’ll find the answers to these questions will be an invaluable guide in designing your Yankee Barn home.
Yankee Barn Questions
How many people will live here? Are they permanent or occasional occupants and are there special needs associated with any of them?
Is this a primary or secondary home? Considerations such as climate control and storage will come into play depending on the answer.
What type of kitchen do I want? Do I want one that can accommodate friends and family while I cook? What type of space will I need for food storage, dishes, glassware, utensils, cooking equipment, cleaning supplies, garbage? Do I have specific appliances in mind?
Do I want a formal dining room? If not, do I want a bar or breakfast nook area and a family style table in the kitchen?
Will I entertain here? In what numbers? Assess as carefully as possible as the answer may very well determine the layout of the kitchen, dining and living areas.
How many bathrooms do I need? How many will be shared? Are there any special features or equipment needed/desired such as a freestanding tub, sauna, designer shower, grab bars, extra outlets in the cabinetry, special lighting, ventilation, or child friendly storage and faucets?
How many guest rooms? Where do I want them in proximity to the family bedrooms? Does this affect the placement of bathrooms?
Do I want a home office and/or a device docking and charging station? What electrical equipment will be required and where will it be located? Do I need increased electrical sources and Internet access? Do I want this office close to or far from the daily activity of the house? Where do I want a docking charging station?
Do I want a media room(s)? Where/how does my family use computers and TVs? Internet access? Note: homes are now being smart wired and providing wireless access throughout the house. Docking/charging stations are common, often located in the kitchen or media room.
Where do I want the laundry room located? Does my home generate enough laundry to consider multiple washing machines? On what level would I like it (them)? Be sure to consider the space needed for an ironing board, air drying fine washables and hand washing of certain garments as well as laundry room supplies storage.
What are my storage requirements? I strongly suggest this is assessed on a room by room basis while also considering special needs such as sports equipment, crafts, sewing, or other hobbies.
Will I have pets? Will I want direct access to a yard or a mudroom? Where will they be fed? Where will items such as litter boxes go?
The Yankee Barn staff is ready to assist you. Please call us at 800.258.9785 or email us at [email protected] with questions or concerns.