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Old 02-04-2016, 11:09 AM   #1
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Default Barndo build, on a budget!

Howdy folks! After some encouragement from others on a different Barndo thread, I decided to start a follow along thread on my Barndo build. We purchased 4.7 acres in Rockne (Bastrop County) to build on. Half open, half brush with a small pond, and even seen a few deer recently!

The specs on the barndo are:
1987 sq ft living
613 shop
325 porch

My plans for the metal building are to sub out slab, rough in plumbing, and building erection. Once the building is up, I'll take the reins from there and do the majority of the interior myself. I was fortunate in that several of my high school buddies went different trade routes, so I have a buddy that will help me do the wiring, and another buddy who will help AC/ducts. My father is a wiz on framing, so we will do all the framing inside the barn.

I've set a goal of staying under $115,000 on the barndo. I've come under budget on a few items, but was hit with a few surprises (fill dirt for the slab!!). If I can do this, I will have some nice equity in the house come move in based off of the initial appraisal. I would like to spruce it up some for my soon to be wifey, which includes a rock facade around 3 sides of the building, and a fancy front porch. Hopefully the budget will allow for it.

I will update with pictures as much as possible. As many know, I'm running for office and getting married, so I hardy have time to scratch my rear these days. Should be a fun ride nonetheless! Thanks for following along.
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:10 AM   #2
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Here, FIFY
The specs on the barndo are:
1987 sq ft shop
613 shop
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:11 AM   #3
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Excellent. Can't wait to see pics.
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:13 AM   #4
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Sounds fun...except for scratching your rear end. I'll keep an eye out for updates.
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:14 AM   #5
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gonna follow this one.....
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:36 AM   #6
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In for the build!
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:39 AM   #7
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Good luck, can't wait to see your project
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:50 AM   #8
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Good luck, can't wait to follow along
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Old 02-04-2016, 12:01 PM   #9
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Old 02-04-2016, 12:02 PM   #10
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Old 02-04-2016, 01:14 PM   #11
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In to follow this one Colton. What is your time table looking like?
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Old 02-04-2016, 01:53 PM   #12
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Here, FIFY
The specs on the barndo are:
1987 sq ft shop
613 shop
325 living
Haha!! I like it!

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In to follow this one Colton. What is your time table looking like?
I hope to have the building up and dried in by the first week of March. The rest will depend a little on the outcome of the March 1st election. If I win outright without a runoff, I'll be able to devote all of my attention to the house and hope to be moved in by the end of June. If it goes to a runoff, I'll get delayed a little longer.
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Old 02-04-2016, 01:55 PM   #13
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Let me know if you need help. We have lots of equipment I can bring over on the weekends.
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Old 02-04-2016, 01:58 PM   #14
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In for the build...man I wish I could convince the ole ball and chain to do this!
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Old 02-04-2016, 02:16 PM   #15
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Old 02-04-2016, 02:38 PM   #16
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I would rough in the plumbing as well ,unless you have a great deal going.
Its quite simple $hiz goes down hill 1" in 10'
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Old 02-04-2016, 02:39 PM   #17
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who are you using for the building? the wife and I are about to start a barndo project also.

ours will be a 60x40 living and then step up 2 ft and a 40 x 40 shop attached to it if I can afford it.

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Old 02-04-2016, 02:43 PM   #18
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In for the build, good luck in the election, what are you running for?
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Old 02-04-2016, 02:48 PM   #19
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Got a layout of the place? Me and my wife wanna do this soon
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Old 02-05-2016, 03:19 PM   #20
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Let me know if you need help. We have lots of equipment I can bring over on the weekends.
You tha man Scott. I sure appreciate the offer sir. I will definitely keep you in mind.

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who are you using for the building? the wife and I are about to start a barndo project also.

A gentleman out of Bastrop with UBuild it

ours will be a 60x40 living and then step up 2 ft and a 40 x 40 shop attached to it if I can afford it.
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In for the build, good luck in the election, what are you running for?
County Commissioner sir!

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Got a layout of the place? Me and my wife wanna do this soon
Yeah Ill see if I can get a picutre of the rough set of the plans for you.
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Old 02-05-2016, 03:34 PM   #21
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Burned some brush piles this morning. All kids of critters came running out haha.


My first big surprise expense has been fill dirt. An added $3200 that I had not planned for.
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Old 02-05-2016, 03:48 PM   #22
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I love a good brush pile fire! Good luck with the build, I'm looking forward to more pics and progress.
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Old 02-05-2016, 06:42 PM   #23
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Good luck with the build. I am in for this one.
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Old 02-06-2016, 11:24 AM   #24
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Old 02-06-2016, 11:46 AM   #25
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In on this one... Exact same plan for my place, though I'm budgeting $125k. Looking forward to all the updates.

Just getting my bids back on culvert, well, septic, electric, and driveway before I can start the building.
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Old 02-06-2016, 03:06 PM   #26
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Man that's awesome congrats
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Can't wait for the pics.
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Good luck Colton, on the build and election!
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Old 02-07-2016, 07:26 AM   #29
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:01 AM   #30
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Pour the porch same time as a the house don't want that slab to seperate from house slab
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:39 AM   #31
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Pour the porch same time as a the house don't want that slab to seperate from house slab

Good suggestion.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:46 AM   #32
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Pour the porch same time as a the house don't want that slab to seperate from house slab
Yes sir, doing just that! But noticed this weekend that the demisions are wrong on my back porch.
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Old 02-12-2016, 11:58 AM   #34
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Updating the thread! Beams have been cut, and rough-in plumbing complete. Had a slight delay, as slab guy didn't want to cut interior beams until rough-in plumbing was done. Plumber didn't want to do his work until beams were cut. Got them straightened out finally.



Then had a pleasant surprise Friday when I noticed Bluebonnet had set our pole. I was expecting it to be another 2 weeks. Now with that done, I'm going to run my water line. 310' from the meter, I'm thinking about running 1.5" the first 200', then 1" the rest of the way. Once that is done, we can move a camper out there and save rent $.


Slab should be poured this week. I'll update with pics!
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Coming along nice.
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Its looking good so far.
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Wife and I are fixing to sell the house, buy some land and do the same. We may build a small portable building on it while we build the barndo to spread out the costs and not pay rent. Did you get an engineer to sign off on the slab?
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Following, good luck on the election and wedding!
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So I had a discussion with my slab guy this morning. He was dragging @ss on getting everything ready to pour, and now the rain has set us back even further. I think I expressed my displeasure well enough. Anyways, soon as it drys hopefully they will pour.
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Old 02-23-2016, 04:27 PM   #43
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It wouldn't be a real home build without lazy folks, rain delays, confusion, and mistakes. You know you are on the right track when you have all that!
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Looking to do the same eventually and was curious if that budget includes a well.
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Wanting to build one myself...Following
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Old 02-24-2016, 12:35 AM   #46
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Did you choose rebar over post tension? Post tension is usually cheaper.
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Looking good colt
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So so true.
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Looking to do the same eventually and was curious if that budget includes a well.
No sir it doesnt. We were fortunate in that we had an AQUA water line on our side of the county road. $4,300 meter and we were good to go.

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We did. My slab guy preferred rebar on this pour. I went with his recom.


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