No one builds a home without budget considerations. Regardless of the square footage, the style or the design, budget is a primary concern. At Yankee Barn Homes, we consider it our obligation to provide quality designs that operate within our clients’ budgets. We suggest these six ways to add value when building a home.
Adding Value To Your Build Within Your Budget
1. Kitchen Cache
Consider adding a walk-in pantry to hide normal counter clutter such as mixers, toasters and coffee makers. A center island will also add storage space that is out of sight while providing a place for friends and family to gather.
2. Forget the Soak Tub
Large soak tubs are beautiful but most homeowners admit they have little time to actually sit and soak. Consider skipping the tub in lieu of a luxurious shower. Adding a seat and lots of glass will increase value.
3. Simple Footprint
Use a square or rectangular footprint without ells or bump-outs. Stack another rectangle on top to create a second story space. Forget preconceptions about rectangles being boring. Porches, decks, and/or statement windows will create interest.
4. Create Interest with Materials
Use materials, profiles, finishes and color to add interest to the facade of your home. Yankee Barn designers have years of experience and are highly skilled at assisting you in this area. Adding masonry in a single panel above the bush/plant line is just one way we’ll show you how to add value while keeping costs under control.
5. Know Your Roofs
A simple roof shape will help in two ways: lower cost and create streamlined aesthetics. YBH barn style homes speak to this reality. A rectangle shape is very attractive, particularly with the right materials and colors. The quintessential New England barn is well loved for this very reason.
6. Keep a Record
Throughout design, use a spreadsheet, a notebook, or a Word doc to chart expenses. Track which elements add value and which ones just add expense. For example, items such as closets add value and are low cost. Tracking will help you quickly identify where your construction dollars are best spent.