Archive for March, 2015

Featured Custom Homes Offer Beauty & Comfort from DC Building

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to have your dream home built from scratch? Without hesitation, DC Building will happily make your dream home a reality. Whether you need help deciding on basic building features, or have a detailed vision, we can design and build a home to fit your unique needs. We travel across the United States to bring custom home visions (including barn homes) to fruition.

Let your imagination run wild as you take a peek at these two DC Building custom homes in Oregon and California.

Custom Home in Boring, Oregon
Just 20 miles from Portland, Oregon sits this spectacular 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom house in Boring, Oregon. With granite counter tops and slate floors, this stunning home certainly does not reflect its town’s name. Our Oregon custom home builders worked creatively alongside the homeowner to develop the garage door from scratch, making this home truly unique. Outside, a 2,000-square-foot stamped patio is accentuated by gorgeous cedar siding. With a timber frame to boot, this house has a personality of its own.

Oregon Custom Home Builders

Camarillo Barn Home in Camarillo, California
Imagine having a barn, home, and garage all in one structure. That’s exactly what barn homes are. In Camarillo, you’ll find a resplendent barn home example built by DC Building’s California custom home builders. At 10,000 square feet, this barn home has ample room for a four-car garage, a 36’x 60’ barn, and a 3,400 square-foot multi-level home. An asphalt composition roof shelters the entire unit. Generous wood windows allow plenty of light while complementing the stained concrete floors. As a bonus, the garage serves as a connection between home and barn. In this home, the animals are so close that the owners can practically lean over and kiss their horses goodnight! Featured in a 2013 issue of the Ventura County Star, this barn home is a truly a dream come true.

California Custom Home builders

No idea is off-limits with DC Building. We have built more than one hundred structures across the country; some have been custom structures from the ground up, while others were adapted from pre-set plans. If you’re looking for inspiration, we offer five home plans as great starting points. On the other hand, if you’re in the market for a completely unique home or barn, we can accomplish that goal as well. Contact us today and let us help you build your dream home.

Barn Home Builders Talk Exterior Siding Options

Home and barn builders like us can get pretty obsessed with exterior siding. Why? Because siding is what will define a building’s appearance for years to come. We build custom horse barns and homes to last for decades. Given the visibility of exterior siding, it pays to be choosy when picking siding for your custom project. Let’s examine the variety of siding choices we offer for DC Building barn homes, barndominiums, and barns.

DC Building Custom Horse Barns and Homes: Exterior Siding Options

Horizontal Tongue & Groove Siding is available in fir, spruce, pine, and other timbers on request. It may be stained or painted for additional beauty and surface protection. Many of our clients prefer a traditional barn look with a dash of visual interest. This goal is perfectly achieved by pairing horizontal tongue and groove siding with board and batten siding.

Custom Barn Homes Tongue and Groove Siding

Board and Batten Siding is created from Pacific Northwest rough sawn cedar. As with horizontal tongue and groove siding, its surface may be strengthened and customized with paint or stain. For a classic, timeless barn look, partner board and batten siding with horizontal tongue and groove siding.

Wedding Barn Builders Board and Batten Siding

HardiePlank Lap Siding is composed of fire-resistant fiber cement, a mixture of wood pulp and Portland cement. In the last three decades, fiber cement has quickly become a darling of the construction world, because it offers the beauty of wood with the low-maintenance endurance of masonry. What’s more, dozens of texture and color choices are available. We love how much easier HardiePlank Lap Siding is to maintain when compared to traditional wood siding. Last but certainly not least, HardiePlank Lap Siding comes with a 30-year, transferable warranty.

HardiePlank Vertical Siding is like its lap siding cousin, only with an upward orientation. You still get the fire-resistant, easy-to-maintain fiber cement, but in a direction that emphasizes height. A wide range of textures, such as stucco, are available. And again, this siding option includes a 30-year transferable warranty.

California Barn Builders HardiePlank Siding

Perhaps it’s unwise to judge a book by its cover, but visitors will inevitably judge your barn or barn home by its siding. The exterior siding will be what you see every day. It pays to spend some time electing an exterior siding option that will provide excellent protection in your area, while also adding beauty. Contact us today to discuss which siding choice would best complement your ideal home or barn.

Custom Wedding Barns Transform “The Big Day” [Infographic]

Our latest infographic explores modern wedding trends and the use of custom barn designs for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Custom wedding barns have dramatic open spaces that blend unconventional aspects with elegant solutions for a truly unique and memorable experience. Barn builders include sought-after rustic elements in the charming building alongside necessary amenities, such as electrical capabilities, shelter from unexpected weather conditions and a space that’s intimate yet ample. Argrotourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S., and less than 24,000 farms provided this service to the public in 2007. With timeless, rustic weddings proving to be a long-term trend, wedding barns offer distinctive, creative way to use your land.

At DC Building, we create custom designs and build barns using traditional post-and-beam methods and quality lumber. We invite you to learn more about our custom wedding barn and event venue design services.

Custom Wedding Barns

 

Interested? Check out some of the awesome wedding barns we’ve brought to life here at DC Builders.

Project Spotlight: California Barn Builders Get Creative

As passionate home and barn builders, our designers thrive on custom projects, where their imaginations can be put to good work matching designs to clients’ dreams. Today we’re featuring the work of our California home and barn builders. Check out these gorgeous projects—they’re great representations of our designers’ unique work.

Penn Valley Monitor Barn
Beauty abounds in this monitor-style barn—and given its personalized design, it’s not surprising that owner Leslie Schoradt has exclaimed, “It’s my dream home!” With Classic Equine stall fronts and a stable comfort mattress system inside, this monitor barn is a horse lover’s dream. Gooseneck lighting pairs perfectly with the rich timber framing and striking red metal roof. Features include six stalls, a washroom, and beautiful tack room. Complete with a custom turret and rubber aisle pavers, this barn perfectly complements the Suncrest Vineyards of Traveler’s Rest in Penn Valley. Leslie explains, “What we love about this barn is it’s not just a place to house my absolute favorite treasures, it’s a destination point for us to go see.”

California Custom Barn Home Builders

Woodside Horse Barn
Our California custom barn builders’ creativity shines in this tailor-made equestrian facility. Featured here is an all-wood barn complete with five custom stall fronts, pine-covered ceilings, and stamped concrete made to look like beautiful hardwood. The gable ends feature timber trusses, cedar board, and batten siding. Complete with a customized iPod docking station, a hobby shop in the loft, and trail entry to the Woodside Equestrian Park, this barn is simply stunning.

Claifornia Horse Barn Builders

Morgan Hill Monitor Barn
Our California barn builders worked 12 hours per day, six days per week to erect this facility to exact specifications. As owner Joe Leonard recalls, “The process with DC Building was actually enjoyable, which is kind of rare with contractors.” While other contractors had focused on the negative, our own expert Dustin arrived for a walk-through, and explained how DC Building could create their dream barn.

Morgan Hill Monitor Horse Barn Builders

From the Classic Equine stall fronts to the all-wood Dutch and breezeway doors, this barn is completely custom-made. It features a beautiful wraparound porch that serves as a relaxation space and a refuge from the summer heat. Its cedar board and batten siding make the exterior shine, while post and beam framing with heavy exposed timbers gleam on the inside. Our client Joe was impressed with DC Building’s creative finishing work, which included custom-made doors, and cedar trim boards placed in alternating colors.

As these projects show, our California barn builders enjoy working closely with clients to create the perfect structures for their properties. Contact us today to arrange an initial walk-about for your California property.

Understanding Barn Home Structural Design Options

While building barn homes across the U.S., we often kick off the design process with a few basic barn types. By starting with a review of structural options, our barn builders can get a big-picture idea of which barn shapes would best suit the client. From Minnesota to Texas, barn builders in America are familiar with these common structural design options:

Shed Row Barns are simple classics. They feature a basic box design with a single-pitched roof. Shed row designs are popular for their affordability and easy customization.

Shed Rown Barn Home Builders

Monitor Barns, sometimes called Raised Center Aisle (RCA) barns, are on the other end of the barn complexity spectrum. They are named after their unique roofline, which includes a dual-pitched, triangular roof with an elevated center section. The central aisle is protected by a gabled roof of its own. As the raised center aisle is often filled with windows, RCA barns enjoy excellent circulation and natural light. For a gorgeous example of a Monitor Barn, check out the Morgan Hill Barn that our California barn builders created.

Monitor Barn Home Builders

Gable Barns have a dual-pitched roof that creates a triangular profile. This cost-efficient, straightforward design is easy to personalize with dormers and more.

Gable Barn Home Builders

Gambrel Barns may be the best-known barn design. Two distinct roof pitches—the outer pitch steep and the inner pitch shallow—create extra storage space in upper stories. This familiar barn structure dots the American landscape, making it ideal for those looking for a classic structure for their barn homes.

Gambrel Barn Home Designers

Selecting from these basic structural options is often the first step in the design process we follow with clients. However, we must emphasize our passion for custom building and barn designs. No two clients have identical experiences because each design process is customized. A DC Building design team works with each client for drafting and design meetings conducted via live web meetings. Our advanced yet approachable drafting software and cloud-based project management system allows DC Building customers to fully envision the final structure before building begins.

From Maine to Washington, barn builders from DC Building are passionate about creating stunning structures for our clients. Whatever you imagine, we can make it a reality! Contact DC Building today to learn more.