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DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am thinking of including an indoor in-ground pool in my home project. Can a pole barn house be built to also enclose the pool as part of the house? The pool would have to go in first then the structure over it. Then finish the concrete floor around the pool. JOHN IN PENNSVILLE
DEAR JOHN: Yes, a pole (post frame) building would most probably be the ideal solution for an in-ground pool cover.
DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I recently stumbled across your blog after a Google search regarding pole building post footings. I have since spent the last couple of evenings reading many of your posts! Thanks for all the great information!
But, back to my original search regarding post footings…I found your article from 4/19/2013, “Bonding a Pole Barn Post in Concrete” in which you discuss how the concrete and post bond together essentially providing a larger footprint for the post. I then went on to read some other posts that discussed the use (or reasons not to) of concrete cookies and similar products. In these posts I came to the conclusion that to be code compliant the footing under the post needs to be a minimum of 6″ thick.
This all makes sense to me, my question is pertaining to the use of concrete poured around a post that is sitting on the bottom of the hole as discussed in the above mentioned article. Due to the bond strength of the concrete to the wood this should provide a sufficient “foundation”. The problem, which I believe you stated in the comments, is simply convincing building officials all over the country that this is sufficient. So finally, the question…Is this method compliant to the IBC even though there is not 6″ of concrete under the post?
Which foot(er) to stand on ~ Dan
DEAR DAN: Thank you for reading my articles!
The IBC technically requires a concrete footing beneath the columns. Keep in mind, the Building Codes generally create a guideline from which many structures can be designed and built prescriptively, without the need for involvement of a RDP (registered design professional – engineer or architect).
Presuming you were going to construct a pole building which is designed by a RDP, it is very possible they could provide calculations which would meet with the scrutiny of most Building Officials.
Mike the Pole Barn Guru
Dear Pole Barn Guru,
I want to put an above ground pool in backyard and cover it with a pole barn. i cannot dig or at least not more that a few feet so it will have to be majority above ground pool. could i just build a platform floor and partially set the pool in that way and then cover? Will there be problems with rust? Do any of the pole barns have clear roofing and siding sections?
-wanting an indoor pool
Building a platform around the pool will have no impact on the pole building. You could set the pool entirely in the ground or above the ground. No there would not be problems with rust but you would want to provide proper building ventilation to prevent mold occurring on the framing members. Yes there are polycarbonate light panels that can be used on the walls and on the peak of the building to allow for some natural light. We prefer the panels that are called a soft light color as they allow light in but do not allow someone from the outside to look into the structure. These panels though can not be used with heated or cooled structures so that may come into consideration. If you are thinking of climate controlling the building then you would want to use windows. Pole barns make great pool cover structures. They are easy to build, go up fast and will provide you many years of maintenance free use with the right roofing and siding options.