Case Study: 3 Bedroom Modern Home

Our clients found an island of serenity deep in a New Hampshire forest… a sunny clearing on a mountain slope near a historic village. This newly-built home combines the best features of a Geobarn: clean lines and simplicity in a floor plan that maximizes flexibility. 

Geobarns, Forest Glade Home, NH, Exterior, Hammock

The Forest Glade Retreat Home is a 3+ bedroom, 2.5 bath Geobarn home, constructed in 2020 in New England.  A two-story open-concept post-and-beam frame spans a full basement, with a 1.5 story living room extension and a full-length covered porch and entry extending the home into the landscape. The exterior is stained vertical shiplap siding, and enameled metal roof. The home’s envelope is efficient, including R23 walls, R49 roof, good air sealing with high performance ventilation, electric heating and cooling and energy recovery, and double-glazed medium-high-performance windows. The interior is painted drywall with accents of stained shiplap and timber, a lightly stained wood ceiling, and generous lighting from simple black-framed windows. Floors and stairs are sealed pine and spruce.


design sketch, home plans

Exterior Palette

design material palette

Interior Palette

Fixtures & Features

Simplified Project Budget

Project CategoryUnit CostsTotalsNotesPer SQFT
General Conditions$ 58,500Design & Mgmt$24
Site Work$ 70,200$29
Excavation + Driveway$ 19,125Assume 100 foot driveway
Septic System$ 16,000Specialty system
Drilled Well$ 9,125Typical depth for area
Foundation Concrete$ 24,500Full basement
Foundation Seal + Insulation$ 1,450
Frame and Shell Construction$117,000Structure + Weathertight Seal$48
Interior Trim$110,000$45
Interior Trim$ 96,000
Kitchen Cabinet/Counters$ 14,000Painted Cabinetry; Quartz Counters
Insulation + Air Sealing$ 19,600R23/49 (Above Code)$ 8
Interior Details$ 32,200$13
Door Hardware$ 600
Drywall$ 17,250
Tilework$ 5,250Master bath + Kitchen
Interior Paint$ 6,000
Closet/Misc. Hardware$ 3,100Allowance
Appliances$ 7,400$ 3
HVAC$ 25,300Radiant + Electric Mini-Split$10
Plumbing$ 28,500$ 9
Rough-in + Drains$ 11,200
Fixtures + Vanities$ 6,500
Heat Recovery Vent$ 4,600
Electrical$ 26,400$11
Service + Rough$ 23,000Incl. Trench/Conduit$10
Fixtures$ 3,400
Optional – Woodstove$ 11,000Stove + Chimney – Installed$ 4
Project Total$499,900$204

*This outline of facts, dimensions, finishes and costs is intended to provide guidance for budgeting and planning, and is NOT a substitute for project-specific design and pricing. Some impactful choices and highly variable prices are highlighted, but specifications and costs can vary widely by climate, local codes and site requirements, and most of all, choices made in the design and finish-selection process. Notes provide guidance on some major cost items, but should not be considered complete.