Help! Step by Step process and Contractors

We are trying to gather as much information and research as possible. What would be the very first step in the building process of the barndo if we are getting our own contractors? If we purchase a shell from a manufacturer can they be customized? Do we need to test the soil , etc.
Who do we need to hire first and who do we hire to erect the structure? Sorry for all of the questions but we are very new to this, we dont want to do it on the cheap but do want to build it well and save as much as we can.

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Welcome!

Yes, the vast majority of manufacturers will do custom work. Just expect to pay for every extra cut they make.

These articles really helped when we were planning things:

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Welcome to the Barndo communiy!
Do you already have buildable land?

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Oh wow, thank you so much for all of this!! So anxious to get started but want to make sure I’ve done all the research :slight_smile:

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Thank you. Yes, we already have buildable land.

You’re welcome :slight_smile: Starting out is always so exciting.

Yes! We have a family farm with only a pole barn and machinery shop. There’s no house now. It’s 110 areas south of Atlanta, near Newnan, Georgia. We plan to put the house on twenty areas of cleared area.


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That’s a good start :slightly_smiling_face:
As far as testing, you’ll want to find what area is best for the septic (assuming you’re going that route), if you haven’t already.

Beautiful land!
How are the utilities out there?

Wow. That is perfect to build a home on.

Yes, we will have septic.

Hubby says we are about a mile from the main road. We plan to have a well for general water use, like outside watering, washing machine, dish water, toilets, possible shower. We plan to use city water in sinks for drinking/cooking. As far as power, we want to do solar backup and power lines from the main road. We will use a gas tank for heat and water heater. We have family that live close by. We haven’t checked with them about utilities yet.

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It sounds like a solid plan. Having a backup for power and water is crucial if you want life to go as smoothly as possible. Add a fireplace and you’ll have hit the trifecta.

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