In the past, monitor-style roofs were only used in traditional barn designs, specifically horse barns. Today, monitor roofs are found on everything from metal agricultural buildings to houses, shops, and garages.
“Monitor-style” describes a building with a raised center section and a gabled roof supported by trusses. Sheds or lean-tos are attached below the main roof on each side, leaving room for windows or eave lights along the sides of the upper section for lighting and ventilation.
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Monitor Barns for Personal Use
Monitor-style pole barn designs have gained popularity for their capacity to maximize space. People who choose monitor pole barn kits may need extra room for storage, a place for a home office, or even something that functions as a small apartment. Some families use the upper section of their monitor-style pole barn as an entertainment room, an art studio, or a dedicated hobby center.
Eave lights in the upper section provide natural lighting, cutting down on electricity bills, while vents in the ridge cap offer an outlet for the warm air rising from the center section. A monitor roof also has enclosed overhangs to help circulate the air, providing an inlet for the cooling breezes.
Need more ventilation? Not a problem. Add a cupola with a weather vane, which is not only functional but makes a monitor building look sharp. You can upgrade your ventilation even more by adding gable vents at either end—they’re available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.
Monitor-Style Horse Barns
Many people order monitor building kits to construct horse barns, using the center section as a walkway and the loft space above for storing hay. Stalls can be built onto the poles along either side of the middle section, with 10, 12, or 14 feet of space depending on stall size requirements. Horse pole barn stalls are built into the barn’s original framework for a more solid foundation, and they can be finished off with tongue and groove stall kits using beautiful wood and long-lasting aluminum hardware.
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Other Uses for Monitor Pole Barns
Monitor barns have plenty of other practical applications beyond living areas and horse shelters. RV owners often leave the center section open to park tall campers, protecting their vehicles from the elements and keeping them clean between road trips. The side wings can be used to house a boat, car, or pickup truck, and some may use them as a workshop to perform maintenance on their vehicles or complete other personal projects.
Due to their versatility, sturdy construction, easy assembly, and classic look, monitor-style pole barns are an excellent choice for anyone. Contact Hansen Pole Buildings to let us know what you want in a pole barn and the dimensions you’re aiming for. Our engineers will create your individualized monitor barn plans, then the building kit itself once the plans are approved.
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