Simple Homes came about by the sheer number
of requests. Simple homes are metal buildings
designed to look more like a conventional home. The economy
is the metal roof and wall panels. We dress them up with
overhangs, wainscot and a porch. We include the 3050 windows
needed for the bedrooms, the 2020 window, and the gable vent
for the bathroom. These simple homes come with a nice French
Door opening up to the porch.
1,000, 1,200 and 1,500 square foot versions have been
popular sizes in the past. If you have other ideas feel free
to give us a call.
Just to clarify: We are not
a custom home builder. Our Simple Homes are just for the
shell. No interior work is included.
you get a lot for your money!
Simple Homes can be built on a floating slab with a
thickened edge or a foundation, depending on what county they
will be built in.
These are the small details that add up to a
Our simple homes include the "rough in
plumbing" for a three piece bathroom, kitchen sink and
washing machine drain. We just need a drawing from the
customer showing the locations.
Our simple homes include two walk doors - One standard and the
French Door. They also include a set number of windows. The
roof trusses are set 24" on center, per building code.
By using perimeter load bearing walls, the interior is a
blank sheet of paper. The number of bedrooms and layout is
up to the customer. The walk doors and windows placement is
up to the customer.
The "shell" gets the customer in the dry. Though not
complete, the home is now weather tight and can be locked
up. Once in the dry, you have a chance to catch your breath
and slow down. The demanding-sequence-critical construction
timeline is over. The customer can now take over without
By the Simple Home shell being one big open room, the
customer has the opportunity to put their stamp on it. We
have had great success building the Simple Home shell and
then for the customer to say "I got it from here".
Trim and appearances
OMB uses a thicker 26 ga trim for the Eave on our Post
Frame, Stick Frame and Simple Home buildings. This is a
feature that no other Arkansas wood metal building company
includes (to the best of our knowledge). How straight the trim
is at the top often dictates how well the overall building
looks. The standard 29 ga trim that other companies use
looks wavy on most buildings. Deflection is the term an Architect would use. Cheap looking is how most customers
would describe it.
Having decades of experience still doesn't help when dealing
with a flat piece of 29 ga trim that is 20' long. It is next
to impossible to get rid of all the deflection. Even by
spending the time working it, until it is perfect today, it
will deflect over time. Our solution is simple: by using the
thicker and stiffer 26 ga for the Eave trim, it does not
deflect near as much. The fasteners do not dimple the trim,
plus you can make the connection tighter. The cost
difference between the two types is negligible; however, the
difference in appearance is night and day. Our trim simply
looks better longer. This is when $35.00 makes a
huge difference on a $20,000.00 dollar building. These are
the small details that add up to a great building.