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 Friday’s discussion was centered around comparisons between our pole buildings, and those offered by others. As is usual, in this type of discussion, the topic of “price” gets thrown onto the table.

Honestly, it’s impossible to sell any product, based strictly upon being the lowest price. There is always someone who is willing to compromise quality or service (or both) to get to a lower price. And when price becomes the definer, then products become seen as a commodity  – which causes true product benefit to be thrown out the door.

In comparing our buildings, against those offered by others, we can eventually take enough features off our buildings (sacrificing quality) so we will be the least expensive. But why? Why subject clients to a less than satisfactory permanent solution. A poorly designed building is not like a car, it can’t be traded in for a new model.

My advice was – instead of “dumbing” our buildings down, have the competitors  add in features to bring them up to our standards. I assisted one of our clients in the not too distant past. He had gotten quotes from us, as well as from a fairly large lumber chain. Both buildings were of the same dimensions, number and size of doors, and the initial prices were approximately the same. There is where the similarities ended.

By the time our competitor had added all of the features provided in the pole building solution we had proposed, the building was over double the price and did not include a structural warranty or a manual of instructions on how to build!

Rather than price or cost, the most appropriate term for clients is value – to always offer the absolute best possible value, for the least possible investment.  Make sure you are comparing apples to apples, or oranges, when building shopping.   In other words, make sure you know what you are buying!

31 thoughts on “Comparative Building Shopping

    1. Looking for residential home with attached pole barn / parking behind it. Home to be around 1200 ft2 and barn portion about 30 x 40 with 10′ walls

    1. Hi Linda
      Thanks for your comment – I have forwarded your request on to one of our building designers who will have some questions so that they can supply some pricing information. Thanks for your interest in Hansen Buildings.

        1. Thank you for your interest in a new Hansen Pole Building. One of our Building Designers will be in contact with you shortly.

    2. I would like a pole barn home with an open floor plan!

      The plan would be around 1500 sq feet, but we can go smaller if we have to. We want a “mud room/utility room” as well as a 3 bedroom, 2-1 1/2 bathroom. We live in Payson IL and are looking forward to consulting with you!

      1. admin Post author

        We have assigned you to building designer Zach Braaten who will be following up with you shortly regarding your building needs. Thanks for you interest in Hansen Buildings!

  1. I’m interested in a pole barn to use as a wood work shop and to store the tractor/lawn equipment approx 24×24+ I think would be good

    1. Hello Faith
      I will have our building designer, Rachel Piechowski message you with some basic questions that would need to be answered to provide an accurate building quote.
      Thanks for your interest in Hansen Buildings

  2. We were told to come on to your site and we could design our own, then our contractor would order a he told us he was the only dealer in the area for Hanson. Anyway, we have a barn and instead of tearing it down, we want to add on to it. The current barn is 36 x 36 but only has an 8 ft. door. We want to add on to accommodate a motor home. Thus wanting a 14’H door, 16′ to 20′ W and 40′ to 42′ L. The current barn it would be added on to has a gable roof that peaks at an estimated 18′ H sloping to approximately 6′ (guess). Are we missing somewhere on your sight if we can design such?
    Thank you.

    1. Hello Andrea
      Yes we can custom design an addition to an existing building. I have directed building designer Rachel Piechowski to get in contact with you to get the necessary details to provide you with an accurate quote.
      Hansen Buildings

  3. I’m new to the whole pole barn world and would like to build a 30′ x 40′ x 10′ pole barn. I have no idea on any specifics that I would like. I just would like a quality barn built to withstand the elements. Any help on materials you would prefer, what costs are we looking at to have this installed I’m in Nevada, Ohio 44849. Thanks for your help! Any advice is appreciated!

    1. Hello Logan
      Thank you for your interest in Hansen Buildings. Building Designer Rachel Piechowski will be in touch with you to gather some basic information in order to provide you a simple quote. We look forward to being your building solution.

  4. Hello,
    Can your pole barns be built onto an exsisting concrete slab? I have a slab already in place that I’d like to build upon. Thanks in advance.

    1. Yes they can – there are two methods to do so to utilize an existing slab.
      The first method, which is preferred, is to building the building 2′ wider and 2′ longer than the existing slab and sink the poles into the ground the same as our standard foundation and then to fill the void around the perimiter of the building interior with concrete when its completed.
      The other method is to use steel brackets to attach to the existing slab. The brackets are a more costly method of construction and don’t provide as good of a foundation design as sinking the poles directly into the ground which is why this is the second best option.

  5. To whom it may concern,

    Are pole buildings practical in Alaska?
    Does you shipping cost more if I was to have a kit shipped to Alaska?
    I really like your prices and if pole buildings can be built in Alaska with no problems and the price in the same to ship I may be interested.

    Robert “Vegas Bob” Swetz

    1. Vegas Bob ~

      Pole (post frame) buildings are practical anywhere, maybe even more so in Alaska where virtually all building materials are shipped in. For Alaska, we most typically deliver the building kit to the docks in Tacoma, to the container carrier of your choice. This allows you to pick the carrier whom is going to be most competitive in delivery to your site.

  6. hi I was just wondering if you have any inside pics of this project I would like to know what kind of flooring was done to the second story very interested in building one like this in the near future as soon as I find some land I like to build on but a little bigger like 50’x100’x20′

    Project# 04-0509
    thanks mark

    1. Hi Mark, Thanks for the question and interest in post frame construction options. Unfortunately we do not have any interior photos of that project. However, flooring options are unlimited. The ground floor is most likely concrete with possible radiant floor heat. The only limiting factor regarding what you can install on the loft floor is the load capacities.

      Please submit a quote requests as you are getting closer and we’ll happily work with you to design a custom solution.

      The PBG!

    1. admin Post author

      Hello Monica,
      Sounds like a fun project. I will send your email to one of our Building Designers to reach out and discuss your options.

  7. We are planning to building a 30 x 50 pole barn with 14′ doors to accommodate an RV sometime down the road. What features are most important? We want to build right so that it increases the value of our new home and when it comes time to sell it’s a design that future buyers would want as well.

    1. admin Post author

      The top things we are seeing for important features are designing for energy efficiency. If the building can be designed to be able to be effectively climate controlled at a later date, you will have a winner on your hands. One of the Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designers will be in contact with you to discuss further.

  8. Looking to build a 30x 40 x14 or a 30 x48′ x 14 pole barn prices on both would be great it will have two 12×12 garage doors one 3′ man door 12″ over hang on all sides 3′ wainscot no windows 12’x 30′ lean to on one side

    1. Hi Chris,
      Thanks for the interest in a Hansen Pole Building. I see you’ve been working with Wayde. He will be able to get you the info for your area.
      Pole barn Guru

  9. We are looking for a 48 x 48 pole barn to house our RV and have a shop on one side. We would like to have the roofing match our log home (stone coated Steal). We are also interested in using tru log siding which is a steal siding that looks like logs.

    Will you allow us to have custom material other then the standard material that is generally offered for Pole Barns?

    1. One nice thing about our post frame (pole barn) buildings is everyone is custom designed specifically for our client’s wants and needs – any siding and/or roofing choice you can imagine can be incorporated into your new building. One of our Building Designers will be reaching out to you shortly, or dial 1.866.200.9657 for immediate service.

  10. I am looking at getting in contact with someone about pricing and designing a pole barn home, small under 1500 square feet, and slab based.

    1. Thank you for your interest in a new Hansen Pole Building. A Building Designer will be reaching out to you shortly, or call 1.866.200.9657 for immediate service.


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