Prefabricated barn kits
Radio interview source: Mandy Kubik, Sales Operations Manager, Sand Creek Post & Beam
Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below
Sears and Roebuck used to sell barn kits. As an example, in 1915, a gambrel barn kit included all necessary materials and could be customized for size by adding increments of length and width. The price of the barn kit at that time was $775! Prices have gone up a bit in the last 100-years. Today, a carriage barn kit that holds two cars starts at $25,000.
Mandy Kubik is the sales operations manager for Sand Creek Post and Beam. She says before you start searching for a barn kit company, decide what your goal is for the building. "You need to first and foremost figure out the function of the barn. How are you going to use this on your property? Is this an entertainment area, is this a secondary living space?" Kubik says. "Once you figure out what the use of the barn is going to be, then you start researching on how you want it to look and feel. Do you want it to add value or serve a purpose? Or do you want it to do both?"
Determine if you're able to do any of the barn construction, or if you will be depending on the company to put it together. To avoid surprises, ask what-is-and-is-not-included in a barn kit, because materials vary. "A lot of manufacturers provide everything up to the roof material, and go as far to the ground as the concrete," Kubik says. "Other manufacturers are a full turnkey product. From a consumer perspective, my best advice is to always have a good understanding, and a very good trusting relationship with whatever manufacturer you go with."
It's important to do your homework on builders and manufacturers. Check with the Better Business Bureau, and ask for references. A barn is a major investment, so you want to be
confident the company will deliver on your expectations.
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