The Process of Building a House

In March 2018 we closed on two acres of land. I naively thought we’d be living in our beautiful new barndominium by the end of the year.  I have since discovered that building a home is a process. And it’s a process that takes quite a bit of time.  We finally broke ground on November 23rd, a month after we closed our construction loan.  I’m hopeful that we get to spend next Christmas at Tanglefoot Farm.

Our Barndominium Floor Plans

We are building a small house with a big shop. The house is 900 square feet, more than enough for two empty nesters, with a gorgeous open kitchen and living room. The shop/garage is for cars, my vintage camper, and room to work on our latest projects.   The two are connected by a covered patio that will be a great place to hang out year around.  I spent a lot of time drawing and redrawing plans, trying to pack as much functionality into our little barndominium as I could. I’m happy with it on paper, hopefully it will flow as well in real life. I also really like the look of the outside of the house. Dark Gray siding, Austin stone, and a black roof & trim are going to look great.  Below, the barns are done, but waiting on stone and patio cover.

Building a Barndominium

The timeline, at least my timeline, will put us in the house by late summer. The barndominium will be very energy efficient, with solar providing about 80% of our electricity, and a wood stove to keep it warm in the winter. We have other eco-friendly systems that will help make living here very affordable when we retire. Although it’s definitely a process, we are finally are our way to being homeowners again!

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  1. Patty Zion

    Looking at your floor plan – I don’t see any closets anywhere. Just curious – as we lived the country life for many years and barn coats, boots and other gear were a year round fact of life.

    1. Cori

      Funny you metion that. We had the plans updated, and took out the sink in the laundry room to add a closet. The clothes closets are built-in cabinetry in the bathrooms (for some reason labeled shelving by the architect.) There is also large area in the shop that is essentially a mudroom. The shop is connected to the house by a covered breezeway.

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