The Barden Homes Team & Dealer Network
In order to create your dream custom home, our in-house departments coordinate with other area specialists to build a team of experts.
We handle the coordination of and communication with the different team members, enabling a single point of contact throughout your building experience.
In general, these are the different branches of your custom home building team:
Barden Building Products In-House Experts
As we talked about a little earlier in this guide, our team is responsible for designing and engineering the home, manufacturing the framing, and supplying all of the other materials to finish the home.
Materials we supply include:
There are some materials that we do not supply. This is largely in scenarios where we cannot compete with local speed and service on a large scale, and helps us keep costs down for our customers.
This does NOT mean that our customers are left to source these materials on their own. Our dealers have trusted subcontractors to recommend / enlist for these jobs. However, the customer may find and choose their own if they have preferred vendors that they would like to work on the project.
Some of these materials that we do not supply include:
Well and septic services
Plumbing and plumbing fixtures
HVAC ducting, A/C units, Furnaces, Radiant Heating
It is also important to note that Barden Building Products does not supply or assist with appliances, landscaping, fencing, or interior design either.
Additionally, we have an in-house field manager on our team. He is available to advise any construction crews having difficulty with our products or any part of the construction process, but is not directly involved in the building process. Depending on the project needs, he may interact directly with customers. It is important to note, however, that he is not their general contractor, nor is he paid by the customer. He is involved to ensure that all of our customers’ homes are built to the same standard we have for our own work, like a quality control officer in the field.
Our regional sales managers are responsible for ensuring dealers accountable and informed throughout every project, and are always available to answer customer questions.
The Barden team provides support for our dealers to ensure their projects run smoothly.
Barden Independent Dealers
A prototypical Barden Dealer functions as a team of a salesman and construction expert. The salesperson works with the customer to design their home according to their budget. The salesperson will then formulate a budget according to the home plan and their knowledge of local subcontractor costs.
Dealers that structure their clients as their own GC take full advantage of the Barden product. They have a full list of trusted recommended subcontractors for your project, but allow the customer to select their own. They will provide full project management assistance, but leave payment distribution to the customer. This may seem like a massive undertaking for someone with no construction experience, however, with the dealer’s experienced guidance this extra level of control can be a massive advantage and cost savings.
The dealer will set allowances for each segment of the project that the customer can spend on their chosen subcontractors. These dealers have a list of recommended, reliable subcontractors that customers often choose, but are also free to select their own.
The dealer’s construction expert/project coordinator then does all the work that a general contractor would do except for carrying the licenses/insurance, handling and distributing payments.
It can also be noted that for an additional cost a customer may choose to hire a general contractor to handle everything for them, but these dealers are experts in guiding their clients through the process without a GC.
A general contractor is someone who oversees a construction project and distributes payments to subcontractors. Depending on the Barden Independent Dealer you are working with, they may act as the general contractor, or you the customer will be your own GC with your dealer’s project management assistance.
Our dealers that act as their own GC deliver turn key homes using their own trusted subcontractors with constant customer contact.
Subcontractors are specialists that complete specific parts of your new home’s construction. Framers, roofers, masons, plumbers, excavators, and electricians are all subcontractors needed to build a home. Whether working with your dealer’s recommendations, selecting your own, or taking on these jobs yourself, you are in full control of this aspect of your project.