We met with our General Contractor and Barden Homes Sales Rep late last week to go through our 1st round of materials selection.  Wow, what a process!  I don’t think there is any way we could have been totally prepared for that session.  So many decisions to make, and so many options for each decision.

Luckily, the GC made it very easy and applied zero pressure to us to make permanent decisions.  Thank goodness, because we’ve already changed our minds on a few things!  To get started, why don’t I provide some links to suppliers that Barden uses.

Barden Homes Materials and Suppliers



Alside provides the siding, as well as trim for the exterior of the site.  They have some really nice tools on their site for picking colors of siding, trim, shutters, doors, and shingles.  This was very enjoyable for my wife and I, especially before we met with our GC.  The Alside Design Showcase even allows you to choose between a 2-Story Colonial, a 2-Story Cape Cod, or a 1-Story Ranch.  Our GC had sample materials in his office too, which made picking colors easier.  The screen is one thing, but having a piece of the siding, trim, and shutters in your hand, in the correct colors, really helps.  Here’s what we came up with, tentatively:



BlueLinx Company is the company responsible for the wrapping that goes around the outside of a Barden Home.  They also distribute a variety of Microposite sidings.


CertainTeed is a building material supplier for Barden Homes.  One look at their site, and you’ll see that they provide a ton of different materials.  At this point, I’m not clear on what all they provide to Barden Homes.


HomeCrest Cabinetry is the kitchen and bath cabinet supplier for Barden Homes. The kitchen is one are that we want to put our money into.  The kitchen in our last home was a big reason for us deciding to build.  We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so we want a bigger, more livable kitchen.  We also want it to tie into the family room, or be close to it.  I think we’ve achieved that.  This was another area where it was nice to have the GC available, because he had some samples on site.  We were in love with some Cherry cabinets, and he showed us some Maple cabinets that looked almost identical, but were significantly cheaper.  I think we’ll be going with the Maple :).  We still haven’t put any thought into the vanities in the bathrooms yet, but HomeCrest will supply them as well.  Here’s a sample that is pretty close to the style/color/wood that we’re going with:




Integrity from Marvin is the Door and Window supplier for Barden Homes.  Most of the windows in our Barden Home will be double hung windows.  We were able to pick the exterior and interior colors, as well as the color of the hardware


James Hardie is a backerboard and Weather Barrier supplier for Barden Homes.  This supplier is pretty strait forward and not all that exciting.


Jeld Wen is another window and door supplier for Barden Homes.  We are still working on picking our front door, but i think we gave the inside doors all picked out.  The Jeld Wen site has some nice pics to give you a feel for the looks of their products.


Overhead Door is the supplier for garage doors in a Barden Home. They have a nice selection of styles for garage doors.  Usually, when you’re building a home, the garage door isn’t necessarily the a high budget item, but that’s not the case for everyone.  In our case, it certainly is!


Therma-Tru Doors supplies exterior doors for Barden Homes.   They have some really beautiful styles to choose from.  We are currently trying to narrow down our front door selection.  It’s very difficult with so many great designs!

What Now?

Once we’re able to narrow down some of our selections, we will get some initial pricing.  I’m greatly looking forward to that!

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