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Designing With Yankee Barn Homes

Welcome to the beginning of your journey to build a custom Yankee Barn Home! During this process you will advance through several stages: initial contact, design meeting, preliminary, schematic, progress plans and pricing. Designing with Yankee Barn Homes is an exciting and rewarding process.  Your dream home will  develop and progress through the use of our advanced 3D architectural and virtual software.

The design process advances through the following steps.


The role of a Yankee Barn Homes Customer Care Representative is to help you research our product and discuss any specific design goals and needs you may have. We welcome you to share any ideas or rough plans you might already have in mind.

  • A Customer Care Representative will want to know what your estimated time frame for building is, if you own land and your allotted investment for your custom post and beam home.
  • When it appears we will be a good fit for each other your  Customer Care Representative will provide more in depth construction information and review your design goals and plans.
  • Consider your investment plan. Before beginning the design of your Yankee Barn home, determine the amount you plan to invest in your total building project. Your Customer Care Representative will then be able to make design recommendations that are in line with your investment plan.
  • Gather together examples of homes and rooms you would like to share with your YBH Team during the Design Meeting. You do not need to have all your design ideas figured out but a few ideas will help in the estimating process.


Work with your YBH Team to:

  • Review and sign the Yankee Barn Homes Design Agreement, which states the scope of services you will receive from Yankee Barn Homes during the Design Process.
  • Render your Design Fee. This is a $5,000 fee for residential or utility use. The entire fee is credited towards the total cost of your Yankee Barn Homes Shell Package should you choose to move forward.
  • Work with your YBH Team to complete the Initial Design Interview. Your team will ask questions that will allow them to pull your ideas together into an inviting design of your custom home.


The design process is perhaps the most critical stage of building a custom home. This process not only determines the aesthetic of your home, it also determines the flow of the floor plan and the level of investment required to build the home.

  • Consider how you plan to use the rooms and spaces in your new home. Do you have dogs, cats, kids or grand kids to consider? Does anyone have special needs? Do you plan to host large family events at your house?
  • Collect sample floor plans from Make note of floor plans that have layouts similar to the floor plan you envision for yourself; it can be a helpful starting point.
  • Browse the photo galleries on Gather together images representing design elements you like. Consider general architectural styles, kitchen and great room layouts, window styles, exterior siding types, etc. Other photos and magazine clippings are helpful, too.


Your Design Manager will work with your Design Team to incorporate your feedback into a revised set of Schematic Plans. Your Schematic Plans will be accompanied by:

  • A Building Specification report that outlines the precise components to be included in your Yankee Barn Homes Shell Package.
  • A detailed estimate for your Yankee Barn Homes Shell Package.

Review your Schematic Plans and Building Specification with your Design Manager. You will have the opportunity to make several revisions if needed.


Your Design Manager will work with your Design Team to develop a set of detailed Progress Plans. Your Progress Plans will be accompanied by:

  • A revised Building Specification report.
  • The price quotation for your Yankee Barn Homes Shell Package.

Review any final changes to your Progress Plans with your Design Manager. You will have the opportunity to request additional revisions to the plans if needed.


During the design process we will evaluate your needs and work with you to identify what you are looking for in a general contractor. With that knowledge and your finished design we will introduce you to the best builders suitable AND available for your specific project. We may have client referred builders in your area, or you can explore builders who are new to the option of pre-fabricated, panelized shell construction. Your builder need not have specific Yankee Barn or post and beam experience. Our Yankee Barn Supervisor is on site to assist with shell raising.


You have completed the Design Process. Your next step is to move on to the Construction process, initiated by reviewing and signing the Yankee Barn Homes Construction Agreement. Your 20% Construction Down payment will reserve a production slot on Yankee Barn Homes’ production schedule, authorize your Design Team to develop the Construction Plans for your new Yankee Barn home Shell Package, and lock in your price quotation.

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