Case Study: 4 Bedroom Farmhouse

Just outside a famous Ivy League college town in New York’s Finger Lakes region, our clients found a parcel with mature forest, mountain views and a popular ridgeline trail running right through.  Working with Geobarns, they developed a home to take advantage of the site’s assets with flexibility needed by a growing family.

design sketch, exterior, farm center

The Finger Lakes Farmhouse is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Geobarn home.  A two story open-concept post-and-beam frame with ground-floor master suite, built on a slab, opens above into a 3-bedroom floor with day-loft, lit by a monitor cupola. A full-length covered porch and two entry roofs extend the home into the landscape. Preliminary mechanical design includes geothermal radiant hydronic heat. The homesite is served by well and septic, and power/teldata.


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$25
Site Work$ 64,000$27
Excavation + Driveway$ 19,500
Septic System$ 10,000Conventional
Drilled Well$ 7,500Typical depth for area
Foundation Concrete$ 22,500Slab-on-grade
Foundation Seal + Insulation$ 4,500
Frame and Shell Construction$197,000Structure + Weathertight Seal$84
Interior Trim$134,000$57
Interior Trim$118,000Looking for 40$50
Kitchen Cabinet/Counters$ 16,000Painted Cabinetry; Quartz Counters
Insulation + Air Sealing$ 21,600R23/49 (Above Code)$ 9
Interior Details$ 37,300$16
Door Hardware$ 900
Drywall$ 19,250
Tilework$ 6,2502.5 BA + Kitchen
Interior Paint$ 7,800
Closet/Misc. Hardware$ 3,100Allowance
Appliances$ 9,500$ 4
HVAC$ 37,700Radiant + Electric Mini-Split$16
Radiant + Split$ 32,000
HRVentilation$ 5,700
Plumbing$ 28,500$12
Rough-in + Drains$ 13,500$ 6
Fixtures + Vanities$ 9,000
Heat Recovery Vent$ 6,000
Electrical$ 27,400$12
Service + Rough$ 23,000Incl. Trench/Conduit$10
Fixtures$ 4,400
Optional – Woodstove$ 12,000Stove + Chimney – Installed
Project Total$627,500$268

*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.