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FAQ's

I have a barn that needs help but I live over an hour from you. Will you work on my barn?

We do sometimes work on barns that are not considered "local". However, we charge for travel time for jobs that are more than 45 minutes from Bolton. On jobs like this, we typically like to keep our involvement limited to the parts of the project that we are uniquely qualified to do. Another option is to hire us as consultants to help you oversee other contractors working on your barn. We can visit the barn and put together a "scope of work", much like an architect would for the work on your barn. Barn work is so unique that we often have a better idea of the architectural standards than a residential architect would. This "scope of work" would contain building specifications and recomended materials to ensure that the job is done right; no matter who does the work.

I have a barn that I would like to convert to living space. How much will it cost?

People considering converting an antique barn sometimes think of the barn as a "free building". They think that with the existing structure they are half way to having a house. Unfortunately, once they start to realize the costs involved in converting a barn they realize that the barn was the most expensive "free" thing that they ever got in thier lives. A converted barn is a high end building and people should not plan on saving money on converting a barn compared to building a new structure. In fact it often costs a lot more. As a very rough ballpark, we tell people that converting their barn is going to cost somewhere between $200 and $300 per square foot. However, the cost can vary quite a bit depending on the amount of open space, details, and windows. Some people spend $300 per square foot remodelling their kitchen and only replace the appliances.

I would like to have my barn moved. Can you do that?

Yes we can. We are experts at moving barns. Whether a barn needs to be taken apart and moved far away or if it is just being moved a small distance on someone's property, we have the experience to get the job done right. FYI, moving the barn in one piece costs a fraction of what it costs to take a barn apart to move it.

I'm not sure if I want to fix my barn. How much is it worth if I want to sell it?

It is a common misconception that a rotten old barn in the back yard is worth a lot of money. While it does cost a lot of money to take a barn apart and raise it on a new location, most of the cost is incurred in the labor involved. There are special cases where a barn is really unique where someone may be willing to pay you money for a barn but that is very rare. If you definitely want your barn to disappear and nobody wants to take it, it could cost you around $10,000 to have it demolished and hauled away. So, in most cases, if you find someone that is willing to take the barn away for free and clean up the mess you are ahead of the game.

I have a nice barn that I would like to sell. Are you interested in buying it?

We are really not in the business of buying and selling barns. Instead, we act more like an adoption agency for barns that are looking for good homes. If we take a look at your barn and we think it is something that someone would want, we have potential clients that we would show the barn. If a deal is hammered out on the barn we would not make any markup on the transaction but we are very interested in the work involved to take the barn apart and set it back up in a new location. If you find someone that wants to buy your barn, we could definitely move it for them.