Category Archives: About The Pole Barn Guru

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/10/15 @ 8:00
Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Necessity is the Mother of Invention In 1972’s iconic rock tune by Deep Purple, “Smoke On The Water” we are treated to this lyrical excerpt: “Frank Zappa and the Mothers were at the best place around”. Leading back to 1964, when Frank Zappa took over leadership of American rock band The Soul Giants and changed […]

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Vaulted Barndominium Ceilings

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/09/08 @ 8:00
Vaulted Barndominium Ceilings

I Like Vaulted Barndominium Ceilings When I built my first personal post frame shop/house, it had a 7/12 exterior roof slope, to match other buildings on the same property. Upper level of this building was designed as an area where we would potentially place a ping pong table. To allow for lobs, I had prefabricated […]

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Barndominium Questions

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/08/18 @ 8:49
Barndominium Questions

Questions About a Pole Barndominium Reader PAYTON in CANTON writes: “I have a few questions regarding building a pole barn/barndominium. 1. Do you offer any model homes we can explore? 2. Can we set up a consultation to discuss our options as far as building/kits? 3. What is the lead time for purchasing a kit? […]

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Protect Your Right to Freedom of Choice

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/06/25 @ 8:00
Protect Your Right to Freedom of Choice

Today we take a momentary pause from contracts to protect your right to freedom of choice. Your first question is going to be, “Why should I care about what Madison County, IL does? Easy answer – because what one jurisdiction does, another is sure to follow, then another, then another. But I don’t care about […]

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Post Frame Homes

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/05/21 @ 8:00
Post Frame Homes

Post Frame Homes – Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You After providing or building post frame (pole) buildings for over 40 years, one might think there would be very few things coming as a surprise to me. Well…..SURPRISE! Barndominiums and shop houses are no surprise to me at all. I first built one for […]

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How Tall Are Barn Homes?

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/04/07 @ 8:00
How Tall Are Barn Homes?

Reader CAROLYN in INDIANAPOLIS writes: “How tall are barn homes? I didn’t know what height to put in…I like tall ceilings …also do u build the homes also?” Fully engineered post frame homes and barndominiums (barn homes) are beautiful because they only limit your heights under Building Codes to three stories and a 40 foot […]

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Where Have You Gone?

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/03/17 @ 8:00
Where Have You Gone?

Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio? From the third verse chorus of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1968 “Mrs. Robison” from “The Graduate” album: “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio A nation turns its lonely eyes to you Woo, woo, woo What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away”   “Where have […]

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Thoughts When Considering Building a Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/03/05 @ 8:00
Thoughts When Considering Building a Barndominium

Thoughts When Considering Building a Barndominium If you are reading this, you are probably somewhere between, “Living in a barndominium would be really cool” and “I wish I would have done…..” This is not meant to be a 100% comprehensive list, but may give some food for thought. The Importance of Location When it comes […]

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Blog 2000

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/02/23 @ 8:00
Blog 2000

2000 Thank you to loyal readers who have made this blog a success – today marks 2000 blog articles written and shared! It could not have been done without your continued support and encouragement. Back in December 2015, I shared a milestone of reaching 1000 articles, and thought it was a very big number (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2015/12/1000/). […]

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Floored By A Barndominium Elevator

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/02/17 @ 8:00
Floored By A Barndominium Elevator

Recently I have penned a couple of articles about elevators (yes plural, we have two) in our Northeast South Dakota post frame shop/house. Certainly not every barndominium needs an elevator, but if you have more than one level, there is a better than fair chance someone with mobility challenges will be unable to access portions […]

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Full Size Elevator for Judy

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/02/05 @ 8:00
Full Size Elevator for Judy

Raising Judy Disclaimer: This article has nothing to do with Coen Brothers’ 1987 film Raising Arizona (starring my lovely bride’s favorite Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter). Yesterday’s story left Judy crammed into a pneumatic elevator tube on an airplane transfer chair. It wasn’t long before we had to arrive at a better (and safer) solution. […]

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Venting an Attic

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/02/02 @ 8:00
Venting an Attic

Saving Money When Venting An Attic? While some of you may think I have been doing post frame buildings since dinosaurs roamed our planet, I can assure you this is not true. Now my youngest son, when he was pre-school aged, did ask me (in all seriousness) what was it like watching space aliens build […]

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Choosing a Horse Riding Arena Structural System

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/01/27 @ 8:00
Choosing a Horse Riding Arena Structural System

Having a horse (or horses) in many parts of America means you will spend a great deal of time riding in inclement weather, or enjoying your horse tucked away safely in a stall. First one isn’t much fun for riders, second doesn’t get any riding done at all. Reader (and new blog subscriber) DEBBIE in […]

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Wood I-Joists for Your Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/01/21 @ 8:00
Wood I-Joists for Your Barndominium

With many barndominiums being multi-storied, or at least having lofts or mezzanines, there are several methods of structural support. These would include dimensional lumber, wood trusses and I-joists. In our own post frame barndominium, we utilized I-joists as rafters for both side sheds. They are also floor joists for my lovely bride’s mezzanine sewing loft […]

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Steeply Sloped Post Frame Roofs

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/01/14 @ 8:00
Steeply Sloped Post Frame Roofs

With fully engineered post frame buildings becoming a popular barndominium design solution, future home owners are looking for more variety in their builds. Loyal reader KEITH in MADISON is one of these and writes: “Thanks very much for all the work you do to make this website such a treasure trove of information! Online, I […]

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Adding Heated Space in a Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/01/06 @ 8:00
Adding Heated Space in a Pole Barn

Adding Heated Space in a Pole Barn Reader THOM in COLRAIN writes: “ I’m creating a 20′ X 30′ heated shop space in the center of a 40′ X 70′ pole barn.  One 20′ side is on an outside wall.  The other three have 2 X 4 studs.  I’m using rough-cut 1″ for the walls […]

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Avoid These 4 Mistakes in Your Post Frame Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/12/29 @ 8:00
Avoid These 4 Mistakes in Your Post Frame Building

Avoid These 4 Mistakes In Your Post Frame Building Today’s guest blogger is Katherine Rundell, a construction writer and editor at Assignment Help and College Paper Writing Service. She is also a contributing writer at Buy Essays. As a professional writer, she coaches college students on how to write in various fields. Yes, buyer’s remorse […]

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A Christmas Story

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/12/25 @ 8:00
A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story Thank you loyal readers for following along with my post frame building blatherings. I am in hopes my writing has been informative and occasionally entertaining. Today I will share a story about Christmas past. I began my first business in May of 1981 and it was remarkably successful, even to me. By […]

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How Much is the White Gambrel Barn?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/12/23 @ 8:00
How Much is the White Gambrel Barn?

How Much is the White Gambrel Barn? Reader ALLISON in SALIDA writes: “I’m wondering what it would cost to build the large white gambrel style barn that’s on your website.  Thanks!” This building has been featured in places like covers of NFBA’s post frame building design manual and Rural Builder magazine. It is truly a […]

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Doesn’t Like Idea of Concrete Slab on Grade Foundation

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/12/17 @ 8:00
Doesn’t Like Idea of Concrete Slab on Grade Foundation

Doesn’t Like Idea of a Concrete Slab Foundation Loyal reader ASHLEY in KELSO writes: “I will be building in southwest Washington – Cowlitz County. We are wanting around a 2800 square foot home. I do not like the idea of a concrete slab “foundation”, we are going with crawl space (I read your blog on […]

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Nanoo Nanoo

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/12/15 @ 8:00
Nanoo Nanoo

Nanoo Nanoo In today’s riveting episode of Pole Barn Guru blogs we are actually going to discuss nanograms, not Robin Williams’ character Mork’s salutation from a late 70’s sitcom. Reader KEN from INDIAN RIVER didn’t plan his pole (post frame) building with a WRB (Weather Resistant Barrier like Tyvek) and now writes: “Mr. Pole Building […]

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Must Do’s for a Worry Free Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/12/08 @ 8:00
Must Do’s for a Worry Free Barndominium

My Facebook friend RICK in MALDEN messaged me: “I have never built a building like this. I have seen many bad experiences with concrete, poor quality metal work and many more issues. I would just like to know if there is a list of things to make sure I get a quality home. I saw […]

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Do You, or Anyone Else You Trust, Build In or Near (fill in the blank)?

This question was put forth by reader TARILYNN in FREEDOM. It (or a similar variant) also gets posted roughly 10 to 20 times daily in various social media groups. I spent most of a decade as a registered General Contractor in multiple states. At times we would have as many as 35 crews erecting buildings […]

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Answers for Brian’s Barndominium Builder

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/11/27 @ 8:00
Answers for Brian’s Barndominium Builder

Answers for Brian’s Barndominium Builder Should you have missed yesterday’s episode, please click back to it using link at bottom of this page – it will make more sense as well as being more entertaining! Hello Brian ~ My Father and his five brothers were all framing contractors, so I was raised in a world […]

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Builder Says

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/11/25 @ 8:00
Builder Says

Builder Says, “These designs are the Worse”! Like all good stories begin….. “It was a dark and stormy night” Oops, wrong beginning! Once upon a time I was a post frame building contractor. From 1991 until 1999 my construction company could only have been described as being prolific – at one time we had as […]

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What Hansen Pole Buildings Offers for Prospective Barndominium Owners

What Hansen Pole Buildings Offers for Prospective Barndominium Owners If you are considering building a barndominium or shouse (shop/house), whether DIY or with a contractor’s involvement, there is one very important question to ask: “Do you personally live in a barndominium?” If you do not receive a resounding, “YES” for an answer, you may want […]

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Required Bracing or Not?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/11/03 @ 8:00
Required Bracing or Not?

When he was just a tyke (I considered adding in ‘little’ however he was 3’6” tall on his second birthday) my son Brent asked me in all seriousness what it was like to watch space aliens building pyramids. While I am not quite as old as Brent may have thought I was then, it has […]

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Arnold Puts Moratorium on Barndominiums

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/29 @ 8:00
Arnold Puts Moratorium on Barndominiums

Arnold puts moratorium on ‘barndominiums’ This article by Tony Krausz appeared in the Jefferson County, MO “Leader” October 25, 2020 An example of a barndominium. The city of Arnold has temporarily prohibited the construction of “barndominiums,” which typically are metal barn-like structures that include living quarters. City Council members voted 5-0 last month to place […]

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My Fishing Cabin is Finished!

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/09 @ 8:00
My Fishing Cabin is Finished!

Hansen Pole Buildings’ co-owner Judy fills in for the Pole Barn Guru today! Rick Carr worked for Hansen Buildings for several years as a Building Designer. We can’t say enough good things about the work Rick did for Hansen. He went the extra mile for our clients, always being available and answering questions about the […]

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Post Frame Home Zero Barrier Entry Over a Crawl Space

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/02 @ 8:00
Post Frame Home Zero Barrier Entry Over a Crawl Space

Post Frame Home Zero Barrier Entry Over a Crawl Space Reader MARC in AUBURN writes: “I am asking what might be an odd question, but I need to ask it to see if it is even an option. Is it possible to build a post frame home with part of it having a concrete floor […]

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Kitchens for the Handicapped

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/15 @ 8:00
Kitchens for the Handicapped

Today’s blog courtesy of J.A. Hansen, co-owner of Hansen Buildings OK, Mike the Pole Barn Guru asked me to write about kitchens, so here goes. Seven years ago (give or take a couple) Mike and I got the new custom made cupboards for our kitchen and there were LOTS of cupboards. When my four sons […]

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New Zealand Eases Permit Requirements for Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/04 @ 8:00
New Zealand Eases Permit Requirements for Pole Buildings

In our North American centric world we sometimes lose sight of post frame buildings being used all across our globe. Acquiring Building permits (consents in New Zealand) can be time consuming and expensive. New Zealand has made some policy changes to ease this process – especially for single story pole sheds (pole or post frame […]

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Taking the Bow Out of a Glulaminated Column

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/01 @ 8:00
Taking the Bow Out of a Glulaminated Column

Taking the Bow Out of a Glulaminated Column Glulaminated post frame building columns are touted by their producers as being able to withstand warping and twisting. On occasion, however, they will bow. Hansen Pole Buildings’ client JOSH is self-building in SALMON, Idaho and wrote: “Good Morning Mike, Thought I would check with you, but probably […]

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Stick Framing?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/08/05 @ 8:00
Stick Framing?

Stick Framing? A continuing debate, in picking a structural system for a new barndominium, is what is going to be best? Due to years of conditioning, many assume a traditional wood framed, stick built barndominium, assembled on site is what will be right.  Granted, stick built houses, with traditional wood framing, are by far America’s […]

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How Long Will it Take to Erect My Post Frame Building?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/08/04 @ 8:00
How Long Will it Take to Erect My Post Frame Building?

How Long Will It Take to Erect My Post Frame Building? This is a popular question posed not only by many potential building owners who are considering doing work themselves, but also by contractors who are considering erecting a building for others. Before any question of construction time can be addressed, let’s eliminate one crucial […]

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Can We Get a Charitable Discount?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/07/31 @ 8:00
Can We Get a Charitable Discount?

From time to time (actually frequently) Hansen Pole Buildings is contacted by individuals who are looking for a “price break” for being a “charitable” organization. Popular examples are for helping military veterans, disabled, terminally ill children or animal rescue shelters. We have tremendous respect for those who have given their service to our country and […]

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Where Future Barndominium Owners Come From

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/07/22 @ 8:00
Where Future Barndominium Owners Come From

Where Future Barndominium Owners Come From Mid-1650s, European rivals like England and France were busy dividing up a New World in North America. France settled much of modern day Quebec in Canada, and England initially settled mid-Atlantic colonies. English and French didn’t have much in common, and they were bitter rivals. But one thing they […]

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Planning Interior Accessibility in Barndominiums

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/07/09 @ 8:00
Planning Interior Accessibility in Barndominiums

Good Morning! This is Mike the Pole Barn Guru’s wife filling in for him as he takes a couple of well deserved days off from writing. Not too long ago Mike wrote a blog discussing how to plan the interior of your new barndominium or shouse (shop/house). He had some good ideas but there are […]

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Barndominium Features Worth Having?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/07/02 @ 8:00
Barndominium Features Worth Having?

Barndominium Features Worth Having? New barndominium owners often assume any upgraded features will make their place more valuable. While it is true upgraded kitchen features, a carriage style garage door, or real wood floors may add value and make your home more desirable for resale, there are other projects providing very little return. Here are […]

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Why Curb Appeal is Crucial for Your New Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/18 @ 8:00
Why Curb Appeal is Crucial for Your New Barndominium

I have had people try to convince me curb appeal for their new barndominium is not important. Their reason has ranged from, “I am never going to sell this house” to “It is far into a forest no one will ever see it”. A shocking reality – some day, someone will be selling your barndominium. […]

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Barndominium Contractor

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/05 @ 8:00
Barndominium Contractor

How to Have a Fair Relationship With Your Barndominium Contractor I have been a contractor and I have hired contractors. As much as you might wish to believe it will not be so, contractors can be a source of stress and anxiety. They can be masters at squeezing out profits, while putting in minimal efforts. […]

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Imagining a Retirement Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/02 @ 8:00
Imagining a Retirement Barndominium

Let us face it – I am among those greying in America. According to United States demographic statistics 14.7% of us (over 41 million) have reached a 62 year-old milestone! What are we looking forward to in our probably final home of our own? We want to be able to spend our time enjoying life, […]

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Not Your Average Kitchen in a Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/27 @ 8:00
Not Your Average Kitchen in a Barndominium

Not Your Average Kitchen in a Barndominium When my lovely bride Judy first came up with an idea to construct our now shouse (shop/house) gambrel building 15 years ago, it was not with a thought as to it becoming a barndominium. Indeed, it was to be a place to have offices along one side and […]

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Do You Own the Land Your Barndominium Will Be Built On?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/14 @ 8:00
Do You Own the Land Your Barndominium Will Be Built On?

Do You Own the Land Your Barndominium Will Be Built On? Barndominiums, shouses and post frame homes are not only a current rage, they may be America’s future home of choice. Pinterest has literally hundreds of photos of barndominiums. DIY network’s “Texas Flip-n-Move” feature a rusty old barn made into a beautiful home in Episode […]

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Wood Truss Span

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/24 @ 8:00
Wood Truss Span

How Far Could a Wood Truss Span if a Wood Truss Could Span With Wood? Yes I had a great deal of fun making this title fit, but it is Saturday afternoon and Saturdays are my relaxing day – I sleep in past 6:30, take my time getting to work (usually takes several hours on […]

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End Truss Overhang Dilemma

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/22 @ 8:00
End Truss Overhang Dilemma

Reader ANDY in HAYDEN has an end overhang challenge. He writes: “Hello Mr Guru. I’m building a 30x40x12 post frame with 18″ eaves. My trusses builder doesn’t build drop cord ag trusses for my gable over hangs. I was advised to lower the gable truss on the corner post to allow room for my on […]

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Commercial Post Frame Building Blunder

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/14 @ 8:00
Commercial Post Frame Building Blunder

Commercial Post Frame Building Blunder My Facebook friend Dan recently commented upon this article https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2020/03/there-is-a-right-way-and-this-way/ wanting to know if I could show some other building blunders. Yes Dan, I can. As Technical Director for Hansen Pole Buildings since 2002, I have gotten to assist a few DIYers and post frame builders with their building questions. […]

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See Those Pretty Chalk Lines – Forever

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/10 @ 8:00
See Those Pretty Chalk Lines – Forever

See Those Pretty Chalk Lines – Forever Disclaimer – not a photo of a Hansen Pole Building As kids, we grew up as the last house before the street surface changed from asphalt paving to dirt. Unlike today’s children, whose parents can buy “sidewalk chalk” in a myriad of colors, we improvised. Whenever a new […]

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Full View Overhead Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/07 @ 8:00
Full View Overhead Doors

Full View Aluminum Sectional Barndominium Overhead Doors Sleek, modern building designs are becoming increasingly popular with architects, builders, and homeowners alike.  For barndominiums, shouses and post frame homes, sometimes a steel overhead door doesn’t have a just right “look.”  Hansen Pole Buildings offers a line of Aluminum Full View Amarr doors with multiple options, including […]

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There is a Right Way and This Way

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/03/20 @ 8:00
There is a Right Way and This Way

There is a Right Way and This Way When it comes to building construction, there are a plethora of both right and wrong ways to do assembly. Pictured below is a wrong way (does not happen to be post frame construction). Roughly 20,000 post frame buildings of experience has taught us virtually anyone who can […]

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A Post Frame House Photo

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/03/19 @ 8:00
A Post Frame House Photo

A Post Frame House Photo – and More Post frame buildings are amazing, after four decades in this industry I am still amazed at what can be accomplished with them. We are just now barely scuffing surfaces of a burgeoning residential housing market! I will begin with a disclaimer, this is not a Hansen Pole […]

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A Mezzanine for Your Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/03/10 @ 8:00
A Mezzanine for Your Barndominium

A mezzanine is a common design feature found in all types of buildings- very possibly even your new barndominium, shouse or post frame home. Think of a mezzanine as being a lofted area above a room. International Building Codes outline some basic rules for mezzanines to help determine if it is an intermediate level within […]

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Some Barndominium Kitchen Appliance Ideas

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/03/06 @ 8:00
Some Barndominium Kitchen Appliance Ideas

Some Barndominium Kitchen Appliance Ideas Barndominiums afford new home owners an ability to utilize their creativeness. We see it here at Hansen Pole Buildings every day – especially with uniqueness of exterior designs and features. A few folks have been asking for interior photos of our shouse (shop/house). Originally our living area was not designed […]

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What Makes Some Buildings Better Than Others

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/02/27 @ 8:00
What Makes Some Buildings Better Than Others

I answer literally hundreds of building related questions every day. These questions come from many different sources – our staff, drafts people, engineers, architects, building officials, clients, builders and social media (just to name a few). This question, posted in a Facebook group, is an exceptional one and I felt it necessary to share: “What […]

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Proper Screw Location for Post Frame Steel Cladding

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/02/25 @ 8:00
Proper Screw Location for Post Frame Steel Cladding

Proper Screw Location for Post Frame Steel Cladding It was a pleasant October evening back in 1985 in Blacksburg, Virginia. My friend Dr. Frank Woeste was then a College of Agricultural and Life Sciences professor at Virginia Tech (officially Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) and he had invited me to teach one of his […]

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Barndominium: One Story or Two?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/02/21 @ 8:00
Barndominium: One Story or Two?

Barndominium: One Floor or Two? Welcome to an ongoing debate about whether it is more cost effective to build a one story or two story barndominium. Commonly I read people advising two stories is less expensive than a single story. Reader TODD in HENNING put me to work when he wrote: “I’m curious why “Going […]

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Are YOU a Potential Hansen Buildings’ Client?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/02/13 @ 8:00
Are YOU a Potential Hansen Buildings’ Client?

Please note, I use “client” rather than “customer”.  A customer is someone who buys a commodity from a shop.  A client is a person or company receiving a service from a professional person or organization in return for payment. Unfortunately, too many future barndominium, shouse and post frame building owners are either unable or unwilling to […]

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Working With a Building Official for Footing Design

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/02/12 @ 8:00
Working With a Building Official for Footing Design

Working With a Building Official for footing designs Long time readers have read me opine on how Building Officials are our friends: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/04/i-like-building-officials/ One of our clients recently received this email from his Building Official and shared it with me (red added by me): “The Town of xxxx stopped plan review on your project because […]

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Post Frame Building Wainscot

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/02/07 @ 8:00
Post Frame Building Wainscot

Whether your post frame building will be a garage, shop, commercial building or barndominium wainscot an extremely popular option is wainscot. Roughly 25 years ago I had an 80’ x 150’ x 20’ post frame building erected for my prefabricated wood truss manufacturing business. Whilst a great deal of thought went into this building’s design, […]

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Floor Trusses for Barndominiums

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/01/28 @ 8:00
Floor Trusses for Barndominiums

In my last article I discussed limiting deflection for barndominium floors. Today I will take this one step further with a floor truss design solution. Most of us don’t think too much about floors we walk upon – unless they are not level, squeak when we walk on them, or are too bouncy. Traditionally wood […]

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Barndominium Wood Floors

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/01/24 @ 8:00
Barndominium Wood Floors

Barndominiums, shouses (shop/houses) and post frame homes have become a true ‘thing’. As they have developed from bootlegged boxes to serious planning being given to them, there has been a rise in people wanting them over full or partial basements, crawl spaces and multiple floors. In nearly every case, these floors are made of wood […]

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How Not to Sheetrock Your Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/01/16 @ 8:00
How Not to Sheetrock Your Barndominium

How Not To Sheetrock Your Barndominium Gypsum wallboard (aka Sheetrock or drywall) is used as wall and ceiling covering of choice for nearly every barndominium, shouse (shop/house) or post frame home. It affords a plethora of advantages over other interior finishes – for many, it is about cost savings. For others it is fire protection […]

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What Is Keeping Posts Above Ground Worth?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/01/10 @ 8:00
What Is Keeping Posts Above Ground Worth?

What is Something Worth? I can be overly anal. Sometimes I have to really work hard to get around it – I purposefully have conundrums on my desk and for some perverse reason I feel comfortable in them.  I inherited my maternal grandmother’s counting gene. Even into her nineties, if I called her up and […]

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Calculating Stairs Rise and Run

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/01/09 @ 8:00
Calculating Stairs Rise and Run

What is Wrong With this Picture? Stairs, they seem to confound and befuddle just about everyone. In my early years as Sales Manager at Coeur d’Alene Truss, I used to volunteer to go measure houses up to confirm plan dimensions would match up with what was actually being built. Usually yes, but on occasion – […]

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Barndominium Airplane Hangars and More

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/01/07 @ 8:00
Barndominium Airplane Hangars and More

I really suppose it is unfair of me to limit this article to just airplane hangars, as I have had instances to design hangars for helicopters as well. As an elementary school student, my pre-teen friends and I were all very impressed when a girl down our street’s father landed his helicopter in a field […]

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Exciting Times for Post Frame Construction

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/01/03 @ 8:00
Exciting Times for Post Frame Construction

Exciting Times for Post Frame Construction Welcome to 2020! My fifth decade of post frame buildings and I could not be more excited. 40 years ago today if you would have told me I was going to embark in an exciting career in post frame buildings I would have looked at you quizzically – and […]

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Supporting Fill When Considerable Grade Change Exists

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/01/02 @ 8:00
Supporting Fill When Considerable Grade Change Exists

Supporting Fill When Considerable Grade Changes Exist Everything in post frame (pole) building land seems to be predicated upon a clear level site. While many parts of our world (Upper Midwest) are fairly flat, most live where ups and downs, swirls and contours exist. Reader ROBERT in RIVER FALLS writes:  “I have a considerable slope […]

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A Shouse in the News

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/12/25 @ 8:00
A Shouse in the News

A Shouse in the News! Casual readers might not understand what a shouse even is. My lovely bride and I happen to reside in an 8000 square foot shouse (combination shop and house) in Northeast South Dakota. (The shouse in this article is not our house.) Whether shouse, barndominium or merely post frame (pole barn) […]

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Prefabricated Endwall Trusses

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/12/24 @ 8:00
Prefabricated Endwall Trusses

Most post frame (pole) buildings use prefabricated wood roof trusses to support their roof systems. Luckily (as well) most of these also use a truss on each endwall, rather than having crews (or unsuspecting DIYers) cobbling together rafters onsite. As a former owner of two prefabricated metal connector plated truss companies for 17 years, this […]

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Barndominium Flooring Over Radiant Heat

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/12/13 @ 8:01
Barndominium Flooring Over Radiant Heat

Our shouse (shop/house) has radiant in floor heat on its lower level and we love it! (read about it here: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/08/radiant-floor-heating/) I encourage anyone who is building a barndominium, shouse, post frame home or even a garage or shop to at least have Pex-Al-Pex tubing placed in any slab-on-grade concrete floors (research Pex-Al-Pex here: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2019/05/pex-al-pex-tubing-for-post-frame-concrete-slabs/). […]

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Post Frame Standards or Extras?

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/12/05 @ 8:00
Post Frame Standards or Extras?

On Facebook I am a member of a discussion group for Pole and Post frame building professionals only. Recently one of our group members posed a question, “What are the extras you do to set yourself apart”? It was only then I realized there are some significant differences between a Hansen Pole Building and other […]

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Post Frame Building Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/11/27 @ 8:00
Post Frame Building Insulation

Pole Barn Guru’s Ultimate Guide to Post Frame Building Insulation When it comes to insulating any building (not just post frame ones – like barndominiums) there is a certain point of diminishing returns – one can spend so much they will never, in their lifetimes, recoup their investment. Here my ultimate guide to post frame […]

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Why You Cannot Find a Builder

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/11/15 @ 8:00
Why You Cannot Find a Builder

I read and hear more and more tales of woe from people unable to find qualified building contractors. I am currently one of them – while I live in Northeast South Dakota, I also still own a lakefront home on Newman Lake, in Washington. My step-daughter Lindsay is living there currently and it needs a […]

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Don’t Restrict Post Frame Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/11/14 @ 8:00
Don’t Restrict Post Frame Buildings

Post frame (pole) buildings are a Code conforming building system. In my humble opinion, jurisdictions can legally restrict a building’s aesthetics, however restrictions upon a proven structural system appear to be a restriction of fair trade. It would be fair for a jurisdiction to prohibit a certain type(s) or even color of building skin (roofing […]

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Airtight Post Frame Homes and Barndominiums

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/11/12 @ 8:00
Airtight Post Frame Homes and Barndominiums

Back in my 1990’s post frame building contractor days, we constructed a shop for a client near Moscow, Idaho. We probably didn’t ask enough questions up front and our client didn’t provide enough information to adequately prevent what was initially quite a challenge. After we had completed construction of this building’s shell, our client poured […]

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A Contractor for Your Barndominium Part III

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/11/08 @ 8:00
A Contractor for Your Barndominium Part III

A Contractor for Your Barndominium (Part III) Miscellaneous Topics: Do Not Change Your Plan Once your plans have been permitted, do not make changes. This allows openings for expensive “Change Orders,” and will have an allowable timeline effect. In cases, this will require you to resubmit to your local jurisdiction and could involve months of […]

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A Contractor for Your Barndominium Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/11/07 @ 8:00
A Contractor for Your Barndominium Part II

A Contractor for Your Barndominium (Part II) Liquidated Damages For most people, you are financing your barndominium and have logistical issues prior to being able to occupy. Negotiate a hard date for project completion, using a start date based upon Building Permit approval. After this completion date, you will assess builder a monetary penalty for […]

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Winch Boxes – Episode V

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/11/01 @ 8:00
Winch Boxes – Episode V

Winch Boxes – Episode V Hey if George Lucas can have his second Star Wars movie be Episode V, why not me? Back on task, with winch boxes. Most of you have Googled them overnight. I can hear you nodding your heads. Thought you could Google anything and get an answer, didn’t you? Me too, […]

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Winch Boxes- A Post Frame Miracle

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/10/31 @ 8:00
Winch Boxes- A Post Frame Miracle

Winch Boxes – a Post Frame Miracle Back in my M & W Building Supply days we had provided a pole barn kit package to a client in Woodburn, Oregon. One of Jim Betonte’s Farmland Structures post frame building crews was doing erection in our client’s back yard. Our office received a hostile phone call […]

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Overhead Door Header Problems

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/10/17 @ 8:00
Overhead Door Header Problems

Overhead Door Header Problems (and More) Reader MITCH in NASHVILLE writes: “I recently purchased a property that the previous owner had just built a 30×50 pole barn on. It has foil faced double bubble on the roof and walls. I need to heat and possibly cool the space. What are the options for insulating the […]

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Where to Invest in a Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/10/11 @ 8:00
Where to Invest in a Pole Barn

Is This Where You Want to Invest Your Hard Earned Dollars? This excerpt is from an online publication called “Insiders” who promotes to provide advice from local experts. It happens to be from a “Do-It-Best” in Northwest Oregon: “And if you’re still thinking of installing a pole barn, come in and see us. We have […]

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Hansen Buildings Instant Pricing

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/10/10 @ 8:00
Hansen Buildings Instant Pricing

Hansen Pole Buildings’ Instant Pricing Program™ Back in 1980, when I was first exposed to pole barns, in order to give a potential client a price quote, I had to do a manual breakdown of all of the components necessary to assemble their building. Luckily, most buildings were fairly simple rectangular boxes, but it was […]

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What is Return on Investment of Adding a Barn?

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/10/02 @ 8:00
What is Return on Investment of Adding a Barn?

What is Return on Investment of Adding a Barn? Reader STACY in HOBE SOUND poses an interesting question: “What is the national average ROI of adding a barn?” In the 1980’s my family and I lived in what was probably the nicest area of Salem, Oregon. Many of our neighboring homes (and ours) had been […]

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Room in a Barndominium Part 2

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/09/12 @ 8:00
Room in a Barndominium Part 2

Great Room (487/481/680) We like the open feeling of a great room, especially with 16 foot high ceilings and a huge bank of windows across our South facing wall. Ours is well over 1000 square feet. For our lifestyle this was far more practical than separate Dining (148/196/281), Living (256/319/393), Family (311/355/503), Rec (216/384/540) and/or […]

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Room in a Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/09/11 @ 8:00
Room in a Barndominium

Room In A Barndominium I read plenty of chatter in Facebook barndominium groups where people want to see other’s floor plans. In my humble opinion – this is a mistake. Building your own barndominium, shouse (shop/house) or post frame home from scratch gives you probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to craft a home […]

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Planning for Lighting in a New Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/09/06 @ 8:00
Planning for Lighting in a New Pole Barn

Both of my post frame buildings outside of Spokane, WA have no windows on the garage/shop level. This means when inside, with doors closed, it is dark – one is forced to rely upon electricity or radar to navigate. Reader KRISTI is preparing to build her new pole barn and had some questions about how […]

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Post Frame Indoor Swimming Pool Considerations

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/08/27 @ 8:00
Post Frame Indoor Swimming Pool Considerations

In my past life I lived with my family in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Hot summer days filled with sunshine were about as rare as access to nearby lakes – close to zero. Having grown up spending summers at my maternal grandparents’ lake cabin, swimming has always been part of my life. A frequently told fable […]

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Avoiding Mechanic’s Liens

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/08/22 @ 8:00
Avoiding Mechanic’s Liens

Avoiding Mechanic’s Liens From Post Frame Subcontractors and Suppliers When I owned my first post frame building kit package supply company – M & W Building Supply, I made an error early on and extended credit to post frame building contractors. It didn’t take me long of getting burned to realize it was essential for […]

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How Much Room Will Stairs Take?

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/08/16 @ 8:00
How Much Room Will Stairs Take?

 I am an advocate of avoiding stairs in post frame buildings. They both take up space and reduce accessibility to upper level(s) of your building. It is less expensive to construct a post frame building on one level, rather than multi-levels.    I happen to live in a barndominium (actually more technically speaking a shouse […]

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A Place for a Post Frame Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/08/01 @ 8:00
A Place for a Post Frame Barndominium

You and your loved ones have decided to take a plunge – building your own barndominium, shouse, or post frame home.  But where? Other than formulating a rough budget for building (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2019/07/how-much-will-my-barndominium-cost/) your journey is realistically at a standstill until you have acquired a place to build. It is easy to idealize what it’s like […]

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Borrowing for a D-I-Y Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/07/26 @ 8:00
Borrowing for a D-I-Y Barndominium

Barndominiums, shouses and post frame homes all fit into a similar category to me. This category heading would be titled, “Living in a Post Frame Building”, although other construction types may be used, post frame is going to give most bang for your investment. What if you want to D-I-Y construct your own post frame […]

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Nailing in Screws with Gas Nailer

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/07/18 @ 8:00
Nailing in Screws with Gas Nailer

Thoughts regarding nailing in screws. It was late 1990. I had inherited my grandparents’ lake cabin in Northeast Washington and decided to remodel it into a year-around residence. As part of this process, installing a new steel roof was of utmost importance. Of course, by the time we got around to reroofing, it was starting […]

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Barndominium is Popping Up Everywhere

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/07/05 @ 8:00
Barndominium is Popping Up Everywhere

Back in 1981 Barbara Mandrell recorded and released a hit song written by Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool”. Well Barbara certainly has it over me in the looks department and I doubt I will ever have a Top Ten hit with, “I Had a Barndominium When Barndominiums Weren’t […]

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How to Assemble a Cupola Kit

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/07/04 @ 8:00
How to Assemble a Cupola Kit

Cupolas are often an afterthought when it comes to a new post frame (pole barn) building or barndominium. In a previous article, I discussed how to determine proper size, spacing and quantity of cupolas (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2015/09/cupola/). Cupolas as a kit can be easily assembled – without a requirement for specialized skills. My lovely bride put one […]

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Gambrel Barndominium Done Differently

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/07/03 @ 8:00
Gambrel Barndominium Done Differently

What I Would Have Done Differently With Our Gambrel Barndominium When we built our gambrel roof style barndominium 15 years ago we were in a position financially where we could have done most anything we wanted to. Our property was over two acres in size, so available space was not a determining factor. After having […]

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Maximizing Post Frame Gambrel Space

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/07/02 @ 8:00
Maximizing Post Frame Gambrel Space

Maximizing Post Frame Gambrel Usable Space With Trusses Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Rachel and I recently had some discussions in regards to maximizing post frame gambrel truss useable space.  Most often gambrel roofs are supported by one piece clearspan gambrel trusses. Largest downside to this type of truss system is lack of bonus room width. […]

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Barndominium: Building Kit or Building Shell?

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/06/27 @ 8:00
Barndominium: Building Kit or Building Shell?

Barndominium: Building Kit or Building Shell? This was a recent post from a Barndominium discussion group I am a member of: “Kit vs shell; I’m defining a kits as coming with everything like insulation and metal studs (the next step would be mechanical trades) whereas shell would be dried in with nothing. Kit companies would […]

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A Shouse in Andover?

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/06/26 @ 8:00
A Shouse in Andover?

Shouse (from www.urbandictionary.com):  “A portmanteau of “shed” and “house”; A structure that outwardly resembles a shed (typically having a roll-formed steel-sheet exterior) that is primarily used as a dwelling / house. Though not required to fulfill the definition, a shouse generally has garage(s) incorporated into the structure.” I did not even realize I was shousing before it became […]

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New Pole Buildings Cost Money

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/06/19 @ 8:00
New Pole Buildings Cost Money

New Buildings Cost Money As I recently mentioned, I have joined several Barndominium Facebook groups. It has proven to be enlightening and has given me a great deal of information towards authoring a book or books on Post Frame Barndominiums. In asking for input on chapters for my endeavor, I had one person respond with: […]

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Don’t Make Mistakes on Horse Stall Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/06/07 @ 8:00
Don’t Make Mistakes on Horse Stall Doors

Don’t Make Mistakes on Horse Stall Doors Horse owners please join in, this one is for you: Picture, if you will, your dream barn. You know how many stalls, feed rooms, tack rooms, etc., are needed and how much space they will take up. You have the exterior down pat, but you may not have […]

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