How To Build A Pole Barn: The Basics<< Uncategorized Uncategorized >>
A pole barn is the simplest form of shed. It is constructed using poles onto which a roof is placed. They are traditionally used to shelter cattle or store agricultural equipment, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use one in your yard as they can be whatever size you want. Here are some tips on how to build a pole barn:
Suitable. The first step to building a pole barn is to decide whether any other structure would be more appropriate. Traditionally, pole barns are less secure with open sides, though you can obviously adapt the design to suit your ideas.
Approvals. After you’ve decided that a pole barn is for you, you’ll need to obtain the necessary local approvals. If your proposed pole barn is on the large side, you may have additional hoops to jump through. Your local planning department can help with this as rules vary from state to state (and country to country!).
Size. You’ll need to decide how large you need the structure to be, both in terms of floor area and in terms of height. If you need to have a second floor within the pole barn, this will not usually affect the exterior structure as the second floor is usually built as a separate addition once the pole barn is constructed.
Materials. Many pole barns are now made using metal. These tend to be the more expensive ones to construct as specialists are usually needed. A wooden frame is much easier to construct, but it will depend on how much time you have, how much money you have and the weather conditions in your area – metal pole barns are usually more sturdy.
Foundations. The depth of foundations required will depend on the material of the roof. The poles are inserted vertically into the ground to support the roof, so deeper foundations are required for a pole barn than for a regular storage shed.
Layout. Traditionally, a pole barn will be square or rectangular, as they are the simplest layouts to build. There’s no reason why you can’t have a different layout, but bear in mind that this will impact what sort of roof you can have.
Roof. Usually, there will be a pitch (or gable) roof. This is made up of two sections, each held up separately by opposite walls of the barn, and which join together in the middle, resting on top of slightly higher poles. This ensures the rainwater does not collect on the top of the roof (as it would do with a flat roof). However, there are many other roof styles to choose from, as outlined in this post.
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