Category Archives: Pole Barn Planning

When Subdivision Covenants Meet Your New Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/06/20 @ 8:00
When Subdivision Covenants Meet Your New Pole Building

Tread Softly When Subdivision Covenants Meet Your New Pole Building I’m on the Libertarian side with my beliefs people should have the right to do with their own property as they best see fit. However in the situation below, the new pole building owner invested in a piece of property fully aware of the restrictions […]

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Cardboard (or Plastic, Foam, Metal) Eave Baffles

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/06/19 @ 8:00
Cardboard (or Plastic, Foam, Metal) Eave Baffles

Cardboard (or Plastic, Foam, Metal) Eave Baffles The model building codes (IBC and IRC – International Building Code and International Residential Code) require enclosed attic spaces, in most cases, to have ventilation. The most efficient ventilation design solution is to have enclosed vented soffits at the eaves as an air intake, and a vented ridge […]

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Help with Instructions? Correct Frost Depth, and Nailing Schedule for OSB

Today the PBG attempts to assist with finding some instructions, the correct frost depth, and nailing schedule for OSB. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: A friend of mine gave me a cannonball track and hardware setup for my pole barn garage.  I have looked everywhere for INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS.  I cannot find anything on line.  Can you […]

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Pole Barn Insulation, Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/06/15 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Insulation, Part II

Continued from yesterday’s blog: (1) Storage – if you ever believe anyone might ever in the future desire to climate control then provision should be made for making it easiest to make future upgrades. At the very least a reflective radiant barrier (single cell rather than wasting the money for the extra approximately 0.5 R […]

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Pole Barn Insulation, Oh So Confusing

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/06/14 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Insulation, Oh So Confusing

Pole Barn Insulation, Oh So Confusing How to best insulate any building can be confusing – with pole barns being right there with any other structural system. “Best” also has to include a balance between the upfront investment and the long term savings, throwing in the wild guess as to what future costs of heating […]

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Plastic Under Roof Steel?

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/06/13 @ 8:00
Plastic Under Roof Steel?

Plastic Under Roof Steel? Reader Loren is persistent, he wanted to ask a question in regards to placing plastic under roof steel to prevent condensation, however the wonderful world of technology was making it a challenge. Thinking – Loren emailed me directly. Here are Loren’s own words: “I’ve been trying to submit a question to […]

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Planning a New Post Frame Building?

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/06/12 @ 8:00
Planning a New Post Frame Building?

Beware of Your Neighbors When Planning a New Post Frame Building Even though your new post frame building may be entirely legal within the parameters established by your permit issuing authority, sharing planning with your neighbors might avoid upset neighbors and legal costs. From a May 8, 2018 story by Mike McKnight at www.wowt.com: “A […]

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Advice on a Hay Barns, and Registered Design Professionals (Use them)!

Today Mike advises on the Post Frame construction of Roof Only Hay Barns, and the need to use a Registered Design Professional. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: You have a page showing roof only hay barns. There are two photos, one which shows a partially enclosed hay barn. I am very interested in this for my […]

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Engineering Your Pole Building for Free

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/06/08 @ 8:00
Engineering Your Pole Building for Free

Please Let Me Engineer Your Post Frame Building For Free Because I am not a Registered Design Professional, I can’t engineer your new post frame building for you. And, if I was, I most certainly would not be doing it for free. Typically an engineer should be compensated somewhere in the area of 8 to […]

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My Cousin Did Not Buy a Pole Building From Me

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/31 @ 8:00
My Cousin Did Not Buy a Pole Building From Me

My Cousin Did Not Buy a Building From Me I truly love my cousin Randy. In the past few years he and his lovely bride have had a home and a post frame shop constructed on their farm southwest of Spokane, WA. Through a set of unfortunate circumstances Randy did not get a Hansen Pole […]

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Trump on Tariffs

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/30 @ 8:00
Trump on Tariffs

Trump’s Tariffs Driving Up Pole Building Costs (Includes information from an April 24, 2018 article at www.villages-news.com Florida by Marv Balousek) “Federal tariffs on steel and aluminum imposed several weeks ago by the Trump Administration already are having an impact in Wildwood. The tariffs were blamed Monday night for increasing the cost of a steel pole barn […]

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Concerns of a Post Frame Building Kit Shopper

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/29 @ 8:00
Concerns of a Post Frame Building Kit Shopper

Hopefully most, if not all, of my loyal readers are those who have concerns when it comes to investing in a new post frame building (I do know some of you just enjoy my slightly skewed sense of humor, or find my writings otherwise entertaining). For those of you who are avid kit shoppers, I […]

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Ways You Can Integrate Cost Effective Heating

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/23 @ 8:00
Ways You Can Integrate Cost Effective Heating

Ways You Can Integrate Cost-Effective Heating Into a Self-Build Thank you to today’s guest blogger is Chrissy Nicholson Only 65% of homeowners in America have mortgages and with an average down-payment of just under $13,000, it’s not surprising consumers are looking for alternate ways to own their own homes. One of the most cost-effective ways of owning […]

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Construction Marketing Ideas

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/22 @ 8:00
Construction Marketing Ideas

Construction Marketing Ideas Reviews This Column Construction Marketing Ideas holds an annual competition for the best blog in the construction industry, world-wide. This column happens to be one of only 17 selected to compete – win or lose, it affirms the message is being shared effectively. My thanks to Mark Buckshon for his review, which […]

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Manure Storage Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/15 @ 8:00
Manure Storage Pole Barns

Manure Storage Pole Barns Here is a combination which seems doomed from the get go: young man, girl 60 miles away from said young man’s home, late night darkness, a crotch rocket, slow speed zones, Idaho Highway patrol and unfamiliar roads. After our youngest son had surgery to repair his broken hip, Dad had very […]

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Spray Foam, Up Instead of Out, and a B-Ball Court

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/14 @ 8:00
Spray Foam, Up Instead of Out, and a B-Ball Court

Mike answers questions about spray foam releasing agents, Going up instead of out, and a Post Frame Basketball Court. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Thank you for this blog of informative words on the world of post frame construction. I am a confirmed fan of spray foam insulation. What are your thoughts on the use of […]

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Hangar Doors in Eave Side of Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/08 @ 8:00
Hangar Doors in Eave Side of Buildings

Hangar Doors in Eave Side of Buildings Reader KEN in ZEPHYRHILLS writes: “To facilitate use as an aircraft hangar can the sliding doors be located on the side rather than the end walls?” I have been involved in more than a fair number of airplane hangars, starting way before my days in the post frame […]

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Hansen Pole Buildings is Number One

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/04 @ 8:00
Hansen Pole Buildings is Number One

We Are Number One  Hopefully you can survive the obnoxious YouTube commercial at the beginning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04854XqcfCY. Unlike the champions in Queen’s iconic 1977 hit “We Are The Champions”, Hansen Pole Buildings has merely won, from BUILD Magazine, their “Award for Outstanding Pole Barn Kits – USA” for 2018. It isn’t the world, however we like […]

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How Not to do a Post Frame Sheer Wall

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/27 @ 8:00
How Not to do a Post Frame Sheer Wall

How Not to Do a Post Frame Shear Wall Reader DAVID in MIDDLETON writes: “Hi we are currently building a 40/72 pole barn. We are wrapping the bottom 4 feet in OSB for sheer strength along with sheeting the roof with osb. We want to insulate the walls and put a drop ceiling in the […]

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Lightning and Steel Covered Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/25 @ 8:00
Lightning and Steel Covered Pole Buildings

Lightening and Steel Covered Pole Barns From a www.kmbz.com story of March 8, 2018 by Jim Cunningham: “Each year more than 100 people are killed by lightning in the U.S., according to the National Weather Service. Another 300 people are injured in the electrical strikes.  Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 4-10.  In most cases […]

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Post Frame and Permafrost

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/18 @ 8:00
Post Frame and Permafrost

Permafrost is soil, rock or sediment which is frozen for more than two consecutive years. In areas not overlain by ice, it exists beneath a layer of soil, rock or sediment, which freezes and thaws annually and is called the “active layer”. In practice, this means permafrost occurs at an average air temperature of 28°F or […]

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Agritourism and Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/12 @ 8:00
Agritourism and Pole Barns

Agricultural land has increasingly become overrun with a proliferation of event centers, wedding venues and bed-and-breakfast inns. This is due to a rise in the “farm-to-fork” movement which has seen a growing popularity of agritourism as more landowners open up their ranches to those who wish to experience the bucolic countryside views. I’ve written in […]

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Halloween Store Not a Pole Barn?

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/11 @ 8:00
Halloween Store Not a Pole Barn?

Narrowmindedness drives me literally crazy. Post frame (pole barn) buildings can look like absolutely any other building. The only differences being the structural system – post frame and saving a fair amount of hard earned money. From the Marion, Indiana Chronicle Tribune February 21, 2018: “The Marion City Council will review a rezoning request for […]

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Attic Insulation Types

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/10 @ 8:00
Attic Insulation Types

Attic insulation has been a recent popular topic of discussion – so rather than reinventing the wheel, I’m sharing a relevant article written by Structure Tech Home Inspector Reuben Saltzman. Originally published by the following source: Minneapolis Star Tribune — February 6, 2018 The following article by Reuben Saltzman was produced and published by the source above, who […]

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The Perma-Column Price Advantage?

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/06 @ 8:00
The Perma-Column Price Advantage?

My good friend John owns (among other things) Heartland Permacolumn. I’ve borrowed this from his website (http://www.heartlandpermacolumn.com/products/the-perma-column-price-advantage/): “Perma-Column products give you the ultimate price advantage. You simply cannot put up a building on a concrete foundation for less money. Yet some may say, “They’re too expensive…” HOWEVER, the only people who ever say this install buildings using […]

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Vetting Out a Building Contractor

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/05 @ 8:00
Vetting Out a Building Contractor

Do not let this happen to you… not vetting contractors Long time readers of this column have heard me preach this sermon repeatedly – do not let yourself be scammed by nefarious pole builders. From the Danville (New York) Evening Tribune (dated February 21, 2018): “A Dansville man was sentenced in Allegany County Court and […]

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Use and Occupancy Part IV : Egress

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/30 @ 8:00
Use and Occupancy Part IV : Egress

This is Part IV in a four part series on Use and Occupancy. If you have just joined us now, it would behoove you to go back to Tuesday’s blog and get caught up by reading the first three parts before rejoining us for Egress. “1006.2.1 Egress based on occupant load and common path of […]

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Use and Occupancy Part III: Monitor Style

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/29 @ 8:00
Use and Occupancy Part III: Monitor Style

Go back two days to get up to speed for an example of determining the Use and Occupancy of a monitor barn example. Part III “SECTION 506 BUILDING AREA 506.1 General. The floor area of a building shall be determined based upon the type of construction, occupancy, whether there is an automatic sprinkler system installed […]

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Use and Occupancy Challenge Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/28 @ 8:00
Use and Occupancy Challenge Part II

See yesterday’s blog for Part I. To continue the discussion on Use and Occupancy: Momentarily skipping a few chapters and going to Chapter 6 (because it would be too simple if the IBC was in order) the code book outlines different types of construction. Post frame buildings can fall under the following construction types: The […]

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The Use and Occupancy Use Challenge

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/27 @ 8:00
The Use and Occupancy Use Challenge

The Use and Occupancy Classification Challenge Part I Every building, regardless of how it is constructed has a Use and Occupancy Classification (sometimes more than one). In order to best enjoy this, you can play along at home by opening this free access link to the International Building Code (ICC): https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/document/IBC2015 Who Should Read This? […]

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Reduce Heat, Garage Kits, and Updates to Aging Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/26 @ 8:00
Reduce Heat, Garage Kits, and Updates to Aging Building

Reduce Heat, Garage Kits, and Updates to Aging Building DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’m looking to build a 40×48 monitor style barn with a 16×48 loft in the center. I don’t plan to heat or cool the loft but would like to reduce the heat in the summer. My first plan is to use a […]

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Minimum Headroom for Overhead Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/23 @ 8:00
Minimum Headroom for Overhead Doors

Mike address “headroom” needs for overhead garage doors. Reader JEFF in ROSEBURG writes: “If my roll up door opening is less than 2′ from wall height, 18″ is what I have, is there a roll up door that would work? Or is 2′ below wall height the absolute minimum?” Mike the Pole Barn Guru writes: […]

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Public Works Pole Barns, and Labor Costs

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/21 @ 8:00
Public Works Pole Barns, and Labor Costs

Public Works Pole Barns, and Labor Costs Many town/city jurisdictions in the United States have a Department of Public Works, which depending upon the individual municipality it may be responsible for a wide variety of activities including maintenance of streets and roads, maintenance and operation of drainage facilities, sewer collection lines, maintenance and operation of […]

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Animal Shelters

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/20 @ 8:00
Animal Shelters

Animal Shelters – a Building Problem Animal shelters have many challenges facing them in their quest to unite abandoned animals with good homes. Battling people’s preconceived notions about rescue pets, public ignorance over curbing animal overpopulation, lack of centralized funding for these non-profit shelters, and the staggering number of animals all contribute to a veritable […]

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Equipment Rental Post Frame Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/15 @ 8:00
Equipment Rental Post Frame Buildings

When I first began constructing pole barn (post frame) buildings, back in the early 1980’s there was only so much equipment which we could afford to outlay the cash to own. Equipment rental stores were our friends – always for a “two man killer” (read more here: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/10/auger/) and occasionally for other tools such as […]

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What is Adequate Eave and Ridge Ventilation?

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/14 @ 8:00
What is Adequate Eave and Ridge Ventilation?

CODE REQUIREMENTS FOR ATTIC VENTILATION Historically, ventilation requirements in the International Residential Code (IRC) are applicable to one and two family homes, and have been based on the ratio of “net free ventilating area” (NFVA) that is the area of the ventilation openings in the attic to the area of attic space. The NFVA is […]

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Both Ends Open, Pole Barn Wind Load Challenge

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/13 @ 8:01
Both Ends Open, Pole Barn Wind Load Challenge

The Both Ends Open, Pole Barn Wind Load Challenge There are plenty of people who just do not understand the basic concepts of how wind loads are transferred through a pole barn (post frame building) to the ground. Included amongst these would be those who desire buildings which are enclosed on both long sidewalls and […]

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Salt Bagging Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/09 @ 8:00
Salt Bagging Pole Barns

Salt Bagging Pole Barns I would imagine most of us do not give much thought as to salt, which is rather surprising considering 255 million metric tons were produced in 2016 alone (over 20% from China)! The first time I ever really thought about salt (other than at the supper table or in a water […]

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Moratorium on Pole Barns?

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/08 @ 8:00
Moratorium on Pole Barns?

Moratorium on Pole Barns? The Port St. Joe, Florida commissioners will be holding a workshop to discuss accessory buildings, in particular pole barns. Commissioner Rex Buzzett brought the issue up at the previous meeting and moved to implement a moratorium on additional permits for accessory buildings until commissioners discussed the topic in greater detail. Mayor […]

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Minor League Baseball, and Indoor Batting Cage Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/07 @ 12:00
Minor League Baseball, and Indoor Batting Cage Buildings

Indoor Batting Cage Buildings Growing up in the 1960’s and early 1970’s in Spokane, Washington, we had the AAA minor league baseball club for the Los Angeles Dodgers in our town. On many a weekend we were entertained for a 50 cent bleacher ticket to be able to watch future major leaguers such as Bill […]

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Basements, Foundations, and OHD Back-Hangs!

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/05 @ 8:00
Basements, Foundations, and OHD Back-Hangs!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Is it possible to have a full basement with a residential build? What would a basement do to overall cost percentage wise? NATHAN in OAK LAWN DEAR NATHAN: It is very possible to have a full basement beneath a post frame home. According to www.HomeAdvisor.com installing an unfinished basement will cost […]

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Raised Floors in Post Frame Homes

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/02 @ 8:00
Raised Floors in Post Frame Homes

Raised Floors Are an Opportunity for Post Frame Homes Three months after Hurricane Harvey churned through Texas, dumping 51 inches of rain and damaging an estimated 150,000 homes, the state’s most populous county took a bureaucratic step which has huge implications for how it will deal with the risk of future flooding. On December 5, […]

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Why Property Owners Should Obtain Their Own Building Permit

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/01 @ 8:00
Why Property Owners Should Obtain Their Own Building Permit

Why Property Owners Should Obtain Their Own Permit Back in the day, when I was a post frame building contractor, we always required our clients to obtain their own buildings permit. It wasn’t due to us being lazy, it was because if the building needed to be relocated on the site, or the permit office […]

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What is the Minimum Size for a Two Car Garage?

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/02/27 @ 8:00
What is the Minimum Size for a Two Car Garage?

Reader REBECCA in PEYTON posed this question: “What is minimum size you would recommend for two cars?” Mike the Pole Barn Guru writes: As my lovely bride tells people, “the cost of putting up a new building is deciding to build at all. Once one has decided to build, put those four corners as far […]

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School Bus Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/02/23 @ 8:00
School Bus Barn

Considering a Post Frame Building as a “Bus Barn.” In Underwood, MN, school district chairperson Frank Fee recently toured the district’s new bus garage (aka school bus barn) and noted, “You’d never know it’s a pole barn”. Indeed though it is, with internal parking for 14 buses, it is heated, has an office and a […]

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Indiana Class 1 Building Must Have Posts on 4′ Centers?

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/02/22 @ 8:00
Indiana Class 1 Building Must Have Posts on 4′ Centers?

Indiana Class 1 Building Must Have Posts on 4’ Centers? Reader GARY in CONNERSVILLE writes: “I am going to build a 60 x 160 , 18′ ceiling height for a sawing operation at our plant. I am told being a class 1 building, employee occupied, that the side posts need to be on 4′ centers, […]

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When the Pole Building Insulation Problem is Larger Than Imagined

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/02/21 @ 8:00
When the Pole Building Insulation Problem is Larger Than Imagined

When the Pole Building Insulation Problem is Larger Than Imagined From questions I have received from loyal readers over the past year, post frame (pole) building insulation is right there at the top of the list for priorities. Sadly, it seems the same concern is not often put forward by those who are designing, providing […]

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When Jurisdictions Push the Fine Line

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/02/20 @ 8:00
When Jurisdictions Push the Fine Line

From a February 1, 2018 article by Lois Swoboda at www.apalachtimes.com: “At the Jan. 9 county planning and zoning advisory board meeting, and the Jan. 16 county commission, County Attorney Michael Shuler performed the first public readings of a proposed ordinance governing the use of metal structures and pole barns as single family residences.. The […]

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Building a Pole Barn House

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/02/06 @ 8:00
Building a Pole Barn House

Reader JEREMY writes: “Good Morning and Happy New Year! We are currently in the process of building a house inside a pole barn, and have noticed condensation on the inside walls and roof when we heat it.  We do not have any vents installed yet, and would like to know if the condensation will stop […]

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Minimizing Condensation When Building Over an Existing Foundation

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/26 @ 8:00
Minimizing Condensation When Building Over an Existing Foundation

Minimizing Condensation When Building Over an Existing Foundation Reader ROSS writes: “Hello, I have a question about venting of my building. I currently am in the process of building a shop myself. I had an existing foundation of 75 x 42 that had 8ft concrete walls all the way around. I’m building my building on […]

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Builders Who Make No Upgrades in Twenty-Five Years

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/25 @ 8:00
Builders Who Make No Upgrades in Twenty-Five Years

Builders Who Make No Upgrades in Twenty-Five Years. Why? We’ve Been Building This Way for 25 Years In the event you happen to hear this from a pole builder – run away from them as quickly as possible. Why? Because every three years there is a new version of the Building Codes and often those […]

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Rock Climbing Holds and Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/24 @ 8:00
Rock Climbing Holds and Pole Barns

What do Rock Climbing Holds have to do with Pole Barns? Among other things my late cousin Kim Momb was an avid rock climber, before he became world famous as a mountaineer. (Read about some of Kim’s exploits here: http://www.everesthistory.com/climbers/kimmomb.htm). Well Kim was a rock climber way before it became popular and a proliferation of […]

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Comparative Building Shopping

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/16 @ 8:00
Comparative Building Shopping

Comparative Building Shopping: The following was originally blogged about in July of 2011. It is a conversation we have with our designers regularly. On Fridays, Hansen Buildings holds an internal informational teleconference for our Building Designers. These sessions provide our designers with the best possible tools to assist clients in designing ideal dream buildings. Last […]

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DIY Kits? Fiberglass Insulation, and Free Quotes

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/15 @ 8:00
DIY Kits? Fiberglass Insulation, and Free Quotes

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Are these DIY kits or do you guys do labor too? PATRICK in LOCKPORT DEAR PATRICK: Hansen Pole Buildings provides complete custom designed and engineered post frame building kit packages which are aimed towards the average individual who can and will read instructions in English to successfully erect themselves. In the […]

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Roping Arenas

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/12 @ 8:00
Roping Arenas

For whatever the reason it seems there has been an influx of inquiries recently for arenas to practice roping in. For those who are less familiar with roping, according to the sum of all human knowledge, Wikipedia, “Team roping also known as heading and heeling is a rodeo event that features a steer (typically a Corriente) and two mounted riders. […]

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8 Questions to Ask When Investing in a Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/10 @ 8:00
8 Questions to Ask When Investing in a Pole Barn

8 Quick Questions to Ask When Investing in a Pole Barn Will my building be fully-engineered? Be sure all of your building’s components are engineered to work together and to last – this entails a complete building system, designed specifically for your site, with your openings and sealed by an RDP (Registered Design Professional – […]

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Think-How to Avoid Fire in a Pole Barn Shop

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/05 @ 8:00
Think-How to Avoid Fire in a Pole Barn Shop

Avoiding Fire in Pole Barn Shops From www.hometownstations.com story by Joseph Sharpe: “The cold weather almost cost one local man a big bundle of cash, in the form of muscle cars. He was trying to thaw some water lines, when things got ugly fast! Jeff Cook shows us what happened Tuesday in American Township, and how […]

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Don’t Hire a Contractor Unless You Are Willing to Take a Risk

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/04 @ 8:00
Don’t Hire a Contractor Unless You Are Willing to Take a Risk

From The Dalles (Oregon) Chronicle December 26, 2017: “A theft report was filed Wednesday morning concerning a theft by deception when a woman reported she paid a contractor $30,000 to build a pole barn on her property by the end of October and no work has been completed.” Most people assume when they hire a […]

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How to Avoid Being Bilked by an Unscrupulous Contractor

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/02 @ 8:00
How to Avoid Being Bilked by an Unscrupulous Contractor

Other than being pennywise and pound foolish there is absolutely no reason for those who are hiring a contractor to get bilked should the person they hire be unscrupulous. Here is a story from www.mlive.com by Cole Waterman which makes me cringe: “SAGINAW, MI — A Linwood contractor and his wife are charged with a combined […]

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Tear Down to Rebuild? Bay Spacing, and Condensation Problems

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/01 @ 8:00
Tear Down to Rebuild? Bay Spacing, and Condensation Problems

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello, I am going to tear down a 30x40x10 pole building to rebuild on my property. I noticed that the trusses are spaced 10 feet apart and are set on the 6×6 pole that has been notched. With no header board. This is an all metal building. Was wondering if this […]

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Why Post Frame Construction is So Efficient vs. Stick-Built

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/29 @ 8:00
Why Post Frame Construction is So Efficient vs. Stick-Built

I recently had this comment from a client, “In normal construction projects I would order at least 5% overage and it looks like closer to 1% here, I have like 20 extra screws total, a foot of extra eave trim, two whole extra pieces of vinyl soffit.” Obviously this client didn’t grow up being the cutoff […]

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How to Keep Post Frame Buildings ‘Pest-Free’

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/27 @ 8:00
How to Keep Post Frame Buildings ‘Pest-Free’

Post frame buildings have several benefits which make them the perfect choice for virtually any permanent structure like durability, cost-effectiveness, sustainability, quick assembly and versatility. They also serve multiple purposes. They are storage and machine sheds, horse-barns as well as pre-engineered for a plethora of uses. Woodwork can last for several centuries, but if pests […]

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Moving Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/22 @ 8:00
Moving Pole Barns

Moving a Pole Barn Most of us American adults have, at some time in our lives, visited a county or state fair. Adjunct to these events is the inevitable midway – where carnies (those wonderful and frequently interesting folks) hock their wares and try to interest one and all in a game of chance. Amongst […]

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Condensation Solutions, A Ceiling the Right Way, and Timing

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/18 @ 8:00
Condensation Solutions, A Ceiling the Right Way, and Timing

Advice about condensation, ceilings done right, and the timing of questions DEAR POLE BARN GURU: My deck roof is metal panels on 2×4 purlins, rafters are 2×6, like a pole barn. I am enclosing it, and need to stop the condensation. I spray foamed it with closed cell, but there is some condensation on the […]

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Rare Desicion to Not Adopt New Building Code Causes Stir

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/13 @ 8:00
Rare Desicion to Not Adopt New Building Code Causes Stir

Rare Decision to Not Adopt New Building Code Causes Stir The following article by Brian Walker (in its entirety, without edits, appeared December 5, 2017 in the Coeur d’Alene Press). Tune in tomorrow for my commentary. COEUR d’ALENE — Kootenai County commissioners’ decision to not accept the most recent version of the International Building Code […]

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Structural Engineering for $400

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/07 @ 8:00
Structural Engineering for $400

I’ll take Structural Engineering for $400 Alex Proper Engineering in post frame construction can not be overlooked. Alex Trebek has hosted Jeopardy!, the iconic daily syndicated game show, since 1984. With over 7,000 episodes aired, Jeopardy! has won a record 33 Daytime Emmy Awards. Some of you may even have tuned in for an episode […]

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Put the Architect in Charge?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/06 @ 8:00
Put the Architect in Charge?

Put the Architect in Charge? I spent several years paying off my college student loans from Architecture school, so I do have a profound respect for architects who have been able to make a living practicing their trade. This, however, does not mean I feel the intervention of an architect is appropriate in all situations […]

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The Dust Bowl and Post Frame Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/05 @ 8:00
The Dust Bowl and Post Frame Buildings

The Dust Bowl and Post Frame Buildings My lovely bride speaks of her mother telling stories of the “Dirty Thirties” in Minnesota and the Dakotas. The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms which greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the American and Canadian prairies during the 1930s; […]

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Zip Codes, Insulation Options, and Free Quotes!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/04 @ 8:00
Zip Codes, Insulation Options, and Free Quotes!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you do business with zip code 33478? I like to explore Pole Barn homes but with the strict hurricane code, I was not sure if you are allowed to do business with South Florida. PATTY in JUPITER FARM DEAR PATTY: Hansen Pole Buildings has provided post frame buildings in every […]

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The Contractor Factor! When Plans Go Awry!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/30 @ 8:00
The Contractor Factor! When Plans Go Awry!

The Contractor Factor I hear too many stories where well-intentioned folks hire a contractor to erect a pole barn (post frame building) and end up with less than they bargained for. This is avoidable, with an ounce of prevention. Reader DONNA in REMSEN writes: “I had a pole barn put up in Sept this year, […]

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Pole Barn Bid, A1V Barrier, and Definitions

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/27 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Bid, A1V Barrier, and Definitions

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am bidding on a simple 80×140 pole barn with 12′ sides. I can’t come up with something reasonable. What would you bid. I need help. Last time I did it wrong and it hurt financially. Thanks. JASON in MINBURN DEAR JASON: As you probably found out on your last post […]

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How to Keep the Water Out of a Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/24 @ 8:00
How to Keep the Water Out of a Pole Building

How to Keep the Water Out of a Pole Barn The post frame (pole barn) building has moved from the farm to suburbia. With the transition in building uses, having water flowing into a post frame business or residence is far less than desirable. Dear Pole Barn Guru: My parents lived in a pole barn “lodge”. […]

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Spray Foam and a Post Frame Cabin

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/23 @ 8:00
Spray Foam and a Post Frame Cabin

Spray Foam and a Post Frame Cabin Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Rick Carr is a delight to work with. Other than his fondness for the Green Bay Packers, he is a great guy! Rick not only subscribes to my daily blogs, he reads them. A recent article peaked Rick’s inquisitive mind (view the culprit here: […]

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Post Frame Propane Transfer Stations

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/22 @ 8:00
Post Frame Propane Transfer Stations

Post Frame Propane Transfer Stations Earlier this year the propane tank on our barbeque grill decided to run empty. The solution – load up the tank and haul it to the propane transfer station at nearby Sisseton for a refill. Propane is a hydrocarbon (C3H8) and is sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LP-gas, […]

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Building Instructions, Gutters and Spouts, and Crinkle!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/20 @ 8:00
Building Instructions, Gutters and Spouts, and Crinkle!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I love your site and have used your detailed instructions to start my pole building. I wish I had found your site before I started.  I was wondering if you sell partial pole building kits? I have been going back and forth to the lumber store several times a week and […]

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Don’t Be An Engineering Fool

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/17 @ 8:00
Don’t Be An Engineering Fool

Don’t Be an Engineering Fool Proverb: “A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client”. I would paraphrase this to, “A man who is his own engineer has a fool for a client”. Donald Hamm is running for re-election to the Franklin (New York) town board. In a November 2, 2017 […]

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Vapor Barriers for Slabs on Grades

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/14 @ 8:00
Vapor Barriers for Slabs on Grades

Our gracious thank you to Lisa Richards for this guest blog post. Vapor Barriers for Slabs on Grade Pouring a slab on grade is a common way to lay a sturdy floor or foundation where a basement or crawlspace is unnecessary. However, concrete slabs are vulnerable to moisture from the ground. That’s why, in most […]

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Fears and Phobias – Setting Posts

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/07 @ 8:00
Fears and Phobias – Setting Posts

Come on now, be honest, we all have our fears and phobias. One of the most interesting ones I have found over the years with clients is “postsetaphobia”, or fear of setting posts. This particular phobia is defined as, “the fear of being able to properly set posts for a pole building”. Fear is False […]

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Turf Sweating, A Post Frame Addition, and A Grow House

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/30 @ 8:00
Turf Sweating, A Post Frame Addition, and A Grow House

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello, I am from Webster SD and I built a pole barn and insulated it.  I then put turf above gravel floor and use it for a indoor baseball practice facility.  It can be heated as we have heaters in there.  We have a huge problem and was wondering if you […]

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Properly Pressure Treated Posts

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/27 @ 8:00
Properly Pressure Treated Posts

Trying to Buy Properly Pressure Preservative Treated Lumber Reader ZACH in BLACK CREEK has been challenged trying to buy properly pressure preservative treated lumber. He writes: “Hello, I would like to get your opinion on 2×6 grade board. I read the article you wrote about lumber pressure treatment. I have been looking around for .20pcf […]

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International Residential Code and Tension Ties

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/20 @ 8:00
International Residential Code and Tension Ties

International Residential Code and Tension Ties Reader DENNIS in TRAVERSE CITY writes: “ICC R602.10 is written to work with continuous foundations and vertical studs, not posts in holes and horizontal girts. How does a person translate bracing into post-frame language? An answer addressing tension ties would be helpful.” From the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC): […]

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Building a Pole Building Style Home

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/18 @ 8:00
Building a Pole Building Style Home

Building a Pole Barn Style Home Reader DAVID from NINE MILE FALLS writes: “I am building a pole barn style home. I am having a difficult time in finding what the requirements would be for post setting and post distance spacing in regards to a pole barn used for living spaces. I plan on using […]

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Post Frame Hotels

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/06 @ 8:00
Post Frame Hotels

Post Frame Hotels Over the years my lovely bride and I have spent many a night in one hotel or another in nearly every state in the continental United States. We’ve been in small ones and large ones, nice ones and ones which were not quite so nice. One thing which I noticed early on […]

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Post Protector Surprise

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/04 @ 8:00
Post Protector Surprise

Post Protector Surprise Reader CONNOR from INDIANAPOLIS and I recently had an exchange in regards to the holes of his new post frame building. Connor is proposing to use Post Protectors on the columns of his building. What he has yet to realize is there is going to be a hidden surprise with the use […]

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Are My Columns Too Short?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/26 @ 8:00
Are My Columns Too Short?

Are My Columns Too Small or Too Short? We receive and answer lots of questions. Even with a Construction Guide which extends over 500 pages, covering a plethora of topics and how to’s, there is always an unanswered question (sometimes two). One of our good clients recently sent a query to the Hansen Pole Buildings’ […]

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Post Size? Convert to OHD? & Cleaning Dirty Vinyl

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/25 @ 8:08
Post Size? Convert to OHD? & Cleaning Dirty Vinyl

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you have to use the same size posts on the end walls even if it is non load bearing? so if I use 6×6 posts that hold the trusses can I use smaller lumber on the non load bearing ends? Thank you. CAMERON in BOISE DEAR CAMERON: This is why […]

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Stilt Houses

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/21 @ 8:00
Stilt Houses

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey nearly all Americans have seen video of the devastation across the coastal lowlands of Texas. Over and over photos of water logged drywall and carpets being torn out of homes which were flooded by epic rainfalls of biblical proportion were enough to churn my gut. Especially as so much […]

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Post Frame Insulation in the South

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/20 @ 8:00
Post Frame Insulation in the South

Post Frame Insulation in the Hot and Humid South Reader RICK in LUCEDALE writes: “Dear Pole Barn Guru, I am in the planning stage for designing a post frame house. I live in a “Hot and Humid” climate in the southern US. Joseph Lstiburek, a building science guru, suggests having an unvented roof for my […]

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Post Frame Apartment Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/19 @ 8:00
Post Frame Apartment Buildings

Post Frame Apartment Buildings I have thought about the possibilities of constructing apartments using post frame construction for years, however a recent query from reader DERRICK in CINCINNATI brought it to the forefront of my thoughts. Dave writes: “Can you build apartment buildings out of your products? Nothing fancy. Just affordable living in a rural […]

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Converting a Pole Barn to a Residence

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/15 @ 8:00
Converting a Pole Barn to a Residence

Reader BAILEE in LARAMIE writes: “Hi, I have a few questions about the structure of turning a pole barn to a residence in the Laramie, Wyoming area. The current project I am working on has pole spacing of about 10-12 feet. I wanted to know if this is still structurally stable with traditional framing with […]

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Post Frame Frost Walls

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/13 @ 8:00
Post Frame Frost Walls

From reader Paul in Bismarck: “How do you deal with the requirement for a 4 foot frost wall on buildings that will have plumbing installed in them. Typically, the concrete footing on a stick built structures qualifies as the frost wall. How is this accomplished with a pole building that will be used as a […]

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A Wood Floor in a Garage

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/12 @ 8:00
A Wood Floor in a Garage

A loyal reader writes: “Hi. Good morning! As I read your post about a wood floor in a work shop, it reminded me of my research into a garage with a wood floor. I have often wondered, can this be done? So I ask you, can this be done? I am not a rich man, […]

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Headroom Headaches, Post Hole Problems, and Insulation Options

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/11 @ 8:00
Headroom Headaches, Post Hole Problems, and Insulation Options

Tackling Headroom Headaches, Post Hole Problems, and Insulation Options DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am curious about the room I needed for my overhead door. I had my building designed for a 12’x12′ overhead door in the middle of the end wall. My wall height is 14′ but with a truss depth of 18″ the […]

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4 Energy Reasons to Invest in an Energy Saving Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/07 @ 8:00
4 Energy Reasons to Invest in an Energy Saving Pole Barn

4 Unexpected Reasons to Invest In Energy Efficient Post Frame Design Post frame buildings are increasingly being looked at from the standpoint of being energy efficient in their design. Regardless of the usage of the building, the costs of energy are not likely to decrease in future years. With the ability to easily create deep […]

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Pole Barn Economy of Scale

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/06 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Economy of Scale

When building a pole barn, economy of scale can be your ally. Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Doug passed along to me this message from a client of his: “The last quote was for a 45′ x 42′ building with 2 garage doors and one person door. The new quote was for a 18′ x 42′ […]

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Insulating an All Wood Gambrel Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/05 @ 8:00
Insulating an All Wood Gambrel Barn

A reader writes: “Dear Guru.I have an all wood gambrel style pole barn that I’m converting to a shop.  I’ve installed forced air heat and am getting ready to insulate.  My exterior walls are Tyvek wrapped osb and vinyl sided.  I am wanting to use rigid board to help deter rodent nesting.   My questions […]

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Dream Duck Hunting Lodge

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/01 @ 8:00
Dream Duck Hunting Lodge

Dream Duck Hunting Lodge Post Frame Construction lends itself to a myriad of possibilities – only limited by your available space, your budget and your imagination. Now I will confess to not being a hunter. Some of us are hunters. I happen to be none of them, which is a rarity here in South Dakota. […]

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Post Frame Public Library

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/31 @ 8:00
Post Frame Public Library

In Bend, Oregon, Hacker Architects, out of Portland, Oregon, designed a library with wooden beams similar to pole barns in the area. Hacker is an architecture firm which has designed over 30 libraries in the U.S. In my humble opinion, rather than trying to give the “feel” of a pole barn, libraries would be best […]

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Need a 13′ Tall Door With a 12′ Mean Height Restriction

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/23 @ 8:00
Need a 13′ Tall Door With a 12′ Mean Height Restriction

Need a 13’ Tall Door With a 12’ Mean Height Restriction Planning Departments can be the bane of a property owner’s existence. They are the folks who are delegated enforcement of what some might feel are unrealistic expectations as to building heights and footprints. Many times there are solutions, and chances are if a solution […]

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Don’t Sink the Pole Barn Floor

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/22 @ 8:00
Don’t Sink the Pole Barn Floor

Don’t Sink the Pole Barn Floor Reader Clay has contributed the beginnings of this article, with a concern his pole barn floor might sink. Thank you Clay. “I am about to construct a 24’x32′ building to be used as a woodworking shop. I am strongly considering a pole barn.  Now I do not want a […]

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