5 year old buck +
I'm taking notes from you each step of the way! Thanks for sharing your progress!
Lots of folks on here as well as others have helped me work my way through it. Whatever insights you get from me, be sure to adjust based on your location. One big difference is HVAC. Lots of folks suggested in-cement pex, and that probably makes sense further north. I could not justify the expense given my location. Cooling is more important here. I'm also trying to keep the cost as low as practical as added costs here will detract from our future house. Notice the colors I chose for the metal. The roof is arctic white because it has the highest reflectivity factor. The siding is also light stone which has a fairly high reflectivity factor. One thing I found interesting is how much this matters. They had metal staged as they were building it. The trim in burgundy was quite warm to the touch and the arctic white was quite cool. The barn at our pine farm is forest green and you can feel the heat when get get close to the metal on the sunny side.
Zoning and building regulation as well as local policies come into play. My initial plan was to simply improve the site with well, septic, and power and then get a bridge loan to build the new house and barn together. It turned out that because of county regulations, I could not get permits to improve the site. I also would have had to pay for the wire from the power company.
By putting a small living space in a larger than originally planned barn, the county considers it a dwelling unit which opens the door for all the permits. I can build this barn with very basic and tiny (550 sq ft) living space out of savings. This approach allows me to completely avoid the high interest of a construction loan and there is less schedule pressure since there will be no carrying cost. We will sell our current home and move into the living space in the barn. This will give us the cash up-front to build the new house. It will also let us know exactly how much we will have to spend on the new house.
I'm learning a lot as I go.