Category Archives: Pole Barn Homes

Building in Japan, Raising a Building, and In-Ground Use Posts

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the feasibility of building in northern Japan, the possibility of raising an existing post frame building, what the best treatment for in-ground use on columns would be, and if post protectors are needed. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’m currently evaluating the feasibility of building a […]

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a BONUS PBG for Monday, May 27th — Store Front Windows, Tornados, and Texas

a BONUS PBG for Monday, May 27th — Store Front Windows, Tornados, and Texas DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a customer who is going to have 2×8 and 4×8 store front windows. These window frames need to be as close to the ground as possible. How do I need to build the bottom of […]

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A BONUS PBG for Friday May, 24th — Alternative Siding, Basements, and Purlin Size

A BONUS PBG for Friday May, 24th — Alternative Siding, Basements, and Purlin Size DEAR POLE BARN GURU: In towns that disapprove of houses with rib steel siding, can traditional OSB sheathing on the bookshelf girts w/ vinyl cladding be substituted? Material prices seem similar and no huge difference in labor seems probable. But, will […]

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Florida Approved Wall Panels, Drip Stop Metal Roofing, and Widest Builds

This week the Pole Barn Guru discusses reader concerns about Florida approved board and batten panels for walls, the use of drip stop or condenstop in residential applications, and what the widest build without support poles could be. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I need a 4×8 siding material that has a Florida Product Approval Code. […]

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a BONUS PBG for Monday May, 20th — A DIY solution, a Clear Span, and a Crawl Space. 

a BONUS PBG for Monday May, 20th — A DIY solution, a Clear Span, and a Crawl Space. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hi we are looking for something to live in that we can put together ourselves possibly convert to a living space unless you have something that is affordable that is already residential use. […]

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An I-Beam Size, Plans for Permit, and Moisture Control

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/05/15 @ 8:00
An I-Beam Size, Plans for Permit, and Moisture Control

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about an I-Beam size for a lean too, plans for a county permit- included with purchase of a Hansen Building, and advice for use of insulation and barriers for new build. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hey Mike I’ve got a question for you, I recently just […]

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The Advantages of Spray Foam Insulation in Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/05/14 @ 8:00
The Advantages of Spray Foam Insulation in Pole Barns

The Advantages of Spray Foam Insulation in Pole Barns Spray foam insulation is an all-in-one solution that can effectively regulate temperature, reduce noise, and prevent moisture in your pole barn. Although all types of insulation minimize heat transfer, spray foam is the only material that can also seal against air leaks, potentially resulting in energy […]

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Questions From a Future Barndominium Owner

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/05/02 @ 8:00
Questions From a Future Barndominium Owner

Questions From a Future Barndominium Owner Reader MATTHEW in MOUNT PLEASANT writes: “I am interested in and currently planning a barn-dominium as a future primary residence for myself. (Male, Single, 35, 1 Cat, 1 Dog) The questions i had for you were: For someone who is inexperienced in the realm of pole barn and construction […]

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A Wood Frame Basement, Inside Dimensions, and Steel vs Wood

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/05/01 @ 8:00
A Wood Frame Basement, Inside Dimensions, and Steel vs Wood

This week the Pole Barn Guru about building a wood frame basement with “daylight space,” the inside dimensions of a 40′ x 80′ structure, and a debate between steel vs wood construction. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’d like to build a post frame building with a daylight basement space. I’d been researching permanent wood foundations […]

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Things Hansen Pole Buildings Does Better Than Any Other Post-Frame Building Provider

Things Hansen Pole Buildings Does Better Than Any Other Post-Frame Building Provider To those of you who have read my previous 13 articles, this will serve as a recap. For you who have not, please peruse when you have an opportunity. STRONGEST GLULAM COLUMNS While manufactured from lumber 157% as strong as what is typically […]

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13 Can Be Very Fortunate

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/04/24 @ 8:00
13 Can Be Very Fortunate

13 Can Be Very Fortunate Thank you for participating (hopefully) in my past dozen articles about our “NEW” Hansen Pole Building. If not, I would greatly to encourage you to peruse them. I believe you will find them useful in being able to know you are getting greatest value for your hard-earned building dollars. In […]

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NEW Hansen Pole Buildings’ Prefabricated Roof Trusses

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/04/16 @ 8:00
NEW Hansen Pole Buildings’ Prefabricated Roof Trusses

NEW Hansen Pole Buildings’ Prefabricated Roof Trusses Until now, Hansen Pole Buildings has always outsourced roof trusses. When America’s great housing crunch hot in 2007-2008 roughly 2/3rds of all prefabricated wood truss manufacturing plants closed permanently – there just was not business for them. As building recovered, capacity was not increased as quickly as needs. […]

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Vapor Barriers, Post Longevity, and Spray Foam

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/04/03 @ 8:00
Vapor Barriers, Post Longevity, and Spray Foam

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the need for a vapor barrier, the longevity of properly treated posts, and the better spray foam between open and closed cell. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello Sir, hoping you can help answer a question I cannot get a straight answer on. Currently building a […]

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A Basketball Court, A “Dog Trot” and Proper Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/03/20 @ 8:00
A Basketball Court, A “Dog Trot” and Proper Insulation

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about building a basketball court within town height restrictions, building a “dog trot” and some advice on the proper way to insulate a red iron building. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have been on the pole barn Facebook group for over a year and was strongly […]

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Security Innovations for Post-Frame Construction Sites

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/03/14 @ 8:00
Security Innovations for Post-Frame Construction Sites

Security Innovations for Post-Frame Construction Sites Construction sites are a lucrative target for criminals. A perfect mix of high-value equipment and materials that are often left unguarded overnight or on weekends can make them a soft touch that promises a profitable payday. This is why all large-scale construction projects have comprehensive round-the-clock security measures in […]

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Concerns About Truss Sizes and Overhangs When Designing a Floor Plan

Concerns About Truss Sizes and Overhangs When Designing a Floor Plan Reader ART in EADS writes: “Hello Mike, my wife and I are making floor plans for a future pole barn house. We see that numerous companies offer buildings in common L x W x H dimensions as well as some customized sizes. We want […]

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Best Source of Off-grid Power

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/02/20 @ 8:00
Best Source of Off-grid Power

Best Source of Off-grid Power Reader CONNIE in WAUKESHA writes: “When you’re off grid 1. What is the best source of power 2. Is there any window and door window grates to keep bears out?” Solar power jumps to mind for most of us when it comes to off-grid energy. This sun-powered option, including photovoltaic […]

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To Wrap Posts, Two-Story, Barndominium Conversion

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/01/24 @ 8:00
To Wrap Posts, Two-Story, Barndominium Conversion

In this Wednesday’s Ask the Guru, Mike answers reader questions about the use of bituthene to wrap the bottom of posts in addition to the treatment, the possibility of a two-story post frame building, and if one can convert an existing Hansen Building into a “barndominium” (residential unit). DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hi Mike, getting […]

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Fill to Grade, XPS Between Steel and Framing, and a Post Frame Home

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru advises readers on adding 6″ fill to the site and the affect it would have on columns, the use of XPS insulation between the steel and framing of the building, and some thoughts on building a 3 bedroom, two bath house. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello, The site I […]

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Structural Design of Stairs With Cutout Stringers

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/01/09 @ 8:00
Structural Design of Stairs With Cutout Stringers

Structural Design of Stairs With Cutout Stringers Loading requirements for stair stringers are called out for in IBC (International Building Code) Table 1607.1. For one and two family dwellings, uniform live load is 40 psf (pounds per square foot) and 100 psf for all other occupancies. Although not expressly stated, one would assume one and […]

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Ceiling Liner, Double trusses, and a Second floor

Posted by polebarnguru on 24/01/03 @ 8:00
Ceiling Liner, Double trusses, and a Second floor

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about what best installed between ceiling liner and trusses and insulation recommendations in a new shop, advice on sidewall column size for use with double trusses, and the structural stability of a pole barn second floor. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Just built a 40x60x11 pole barn […]

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Steel Posts, a Pole Barn Conversion, and Column Size

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/11/15 @ 8:00
Steel Posts, a Pole Barn Conversion, and Column Size

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the use of steel posts for a lean-to, converting an existing pole barn with an open wall into a one-bedroom tiny home, and columns for a post frame remodel and addition. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’m building a lean to up against my 40′ high […]

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Rafter Size, Lean-to on Slab, and “Barndominium?”

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/11/08 @ 8:00
Rafter Size, Lean-to on Slab, and “Barndominium?”

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru tackles questions regarding rafter size for a lean-to addition, adding a Lean-to to an existing building on a monolithic slab, and “the difference between a pole barn home and a barndominium?” DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am building a lean-to on an existing pole barn. It is 32′ long […]

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Termite Barriers and Wind Speed, Hidden Fasteners, and Truss Modifications

This week the Pole Barn Guru tackles reader questions about termites that can destroy treated lumber in an area wind 80mph winds, if one can install a roof with hidden fasteners over trusses or if it needs an underlayment, and the possibility of modifying a truss chord in order to accommodate a overhead door operator. […]

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How to Prevent Existing 6×6 Columns From Future Settling and Rotting

How to Prevent Existing 6×6 to Prevent Future Settling and Rotting Reader BARRY in FREDERICKTOWN writes: “I recently acquired some property with an existing pole barn “house” on it. It is an unfinished 20’x30′ room with corrugated steel siding, a trussed, steel covered roof and several doors and windows. It was built with a raised […]

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Does 24 Gauge Steel Make Sense?

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/09/26 @ 8:00
Does 24 Gauge Steel Make Sense?

Does 24 Gauge Steel Make Sense? Reader TED in INDIANAPOLIS writes: “In terms of longevity, long term resistance to weather damage and price difference, does a painted AZ50 galvalume R-panel with PBR-leg in 24 gauge (min. .0239″) make more sense than a 26 gauge panel?” Mike the Pole Barn Guru answers: In all reality, even […]

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Tax Credits for First-Time Post Frame Home Buyers Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/09/21 @ 8:00
Tax Credits for First-Time Post Frame Home Buyers Part II

Here are some common first-time homebuyer programs: Down Payment Assistance Programs: These programs offer financial assistance to cover a down payment portion required to build a home. Down payments are typically a significant barrier for many first-time buyers, and these programs help reduce upfront costs, making homeownership more achievable. Low-Interest Mortgage Loans: First-time homebuyers may be eligible […]

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Tax Credits for New Post Fame Homes Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/09/19 @ 8:00
Tax Credits for New Post Fame Homes Part I

Tax Credits for New Post Frame Homes and Barndominiums For aspiring homeowners, building a new home is an exciting venture. Besides creating your ideal dream home, there’s now an added incentive for those planning to embark on new home construction in 2023 and 2024. There are tax credits and tax breaks able to significantly reduce […]

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Kind Words and Questions From a Future Client

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/09/12 @ 8:00
Kind Words and Questions From a Future Client

Kind Words and Questions From a Future Client Reader and future client CHRISTINA in HAWLEY writes: “Firstly, I’m not going to lie. It was YOU (Guru) that kept me more interested in doing business with your company than with others. Even more so than Pioneer Pole Barns here by me and that’s who everyone goes […]

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What Building Code Applies to Post Frame Construction?

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/06/22 @ 8:00
What Building Code Applies to Post Frame Construction?

What Building Code Applies to Post Frame Construction? Being a Plans Examiner in a Building Department would have to be one amongst this planet’s toughest jobs. Besides having to listen to clients who have their own ideas about how things should be built, there are volumes upon volumes of Building Code books and referenced texts. […]

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Pole Barn Conversion, Condensation Concerns, and Setting Trusses

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions regarding converting a section of an existing building into living space, concerns about condensation in an insulated wall, and a concern about setting trusses too soon following a concrete pour. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello! We have a pole barn already built, 60×80, and we’ve decided […]

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Engineer Drawings, Build on a Basement, and an ADU

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/05/24 @ 8:00
Engineer Drawings, Build on a Basement, and an ADU

This week the Pole Barn Guru addresses reader questions about engineering drawings for a house– from a building inspector in Michigan, whether or not a post frame structure can be mounted on a basement, and if an ADU (accessory dwelling unit) can be constructed with post frame. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am looking for […]

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Converting a Traditional Framing Plan to Post-Frame

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/05/09 @ 8:00
Converting a Traditional Framing Plan to Post-Frame

Converting a Traditional Framing Plan to Post-Frame Hansen Pole Buildings’ client SHAYNA in PHILADELPHIA writes: “Hello, I am looking to convert my traditional; framing plan to post-frame framing to get my walls up quicker. I would like to know what requirements need to be followed. The information I already have is that it’s best for […]

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Building Clientele, Design Plans for Canada, and Cabin Materials Questions

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about building clientele as a contractor looking to build pole barns, if Hansen Buildings has any design plans for Prince Edward Island, CA, and a few questions about what materials are used in different Hansen Building components for a cabin. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: How to […]

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Would Sycamore Lumber be a Good Choice for Building a Pole Building?

Would Sycamore Lumber be a Good Choice for Building a Pole Building? Reader TRACY in SMITHFIELD writes: “I’ve been given a lot of sycamore logs fairly newly cut. Would that be a good choice to use for building a pole building? I have read several different things and some say no because it has a […]

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Wall Height and Footing size, Builders, and Post Frame Home Kits

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about footing size for a twenty foot wall height, finding a builder for a post frame buildings, and if Hansen provides post frame home kits. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Can you achieve wall heights of 20 feet and if so what kind of footing requirement do […]

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Stucco for My Post Frame Home

Posted by polebarnguru on 23/01/12 @ 8:00
Stucco for My Post Frame Home

Stucco For My Post Frame Home Reader SHAWN in WASHINGTON writes: “I’m about to build a 110’x 50′ pole frame house using sono tube piers and wet set brackets. I am wanting to use the 1 coat (lighter weight) stucco on full exterior my question/ concern is what options do Ii have for my grade […]

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Sealed Plans, Column Brackets, and Plans for Engineering Project

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about Hansen Buildings providing engineer sealed plans, use of Simpson Strong-Tie column brackets in post frame, and plans of a Hansen Building for use in an independent building project for an engineering student. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you sell just the plans for pole barns? […]

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Ceiling Insulation, Truss Spacing, and Custom Multi-use Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/12/14 @ 8:00
Ceiling Insulation, Truss Spacing, and Custom Multi-use Barn

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about best way to insulate a vaulted ceiling, truss spacing, and the possibility of adding a small living quarter to a horse barn. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: With a vaulted ceiling, how do you insulate it if you plan to spray the tin roof with closed […]

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A Baker’s Dozen Post Frame Home Myths: Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/11/17 @ 8:00
A Baker’s Dozen Post Frame Home Myths: Part II

A Baker’s Dozen Post-Frame Home Myths (#4 – #7) MYTH #4 I NEED TO HIRE A BUILDER FIRST, BEFORE I DO ANYTHING Have professional floor plans and elevation drawings done before pestering a builder. Very few builders are professional designers or architects – expecting them to be is unrealistic. Also, every builder worth his or her […]

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A Baker’s Dozen Post Frame Home Myths Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/11/15 @ 8:00
A Baker’s Dozen Post Frame Home Myths Part I

A Baker’s Dozen Post-Frame Home Myths This article is so lengthy it will be fed to you in three installments. For your reading pleasure I present here Myths #1 through 3. MYTH #1. MOST JURISDICTIONS WILL NOT ALLOW POST-FRAME HOMES. Now this happens to be one of my favorite subjects.  If I believed in past […]

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What is Degree Day?

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/11/10 @ 8:00
What is Degree Day?

What is a Degree Day? In an article penned a year ago (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2021/11/insulated-ceiling-vapor-barrier/), I referenced building scientist and founding principal of Building Science Corporation Joe Lstiburek. Joe stated, “Plastic vapor barriers should only be installed in vented attics in climates with more than 8,000 heating degree days.” However my bad was, I did not define […]

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Insulate a Building, Truss Carrier Bolts, and Code Standards

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/11/09 @ 8:00
Insulate a Building, Truss Carrier Bolts, and Code Standards

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the proper way to insulate the walls of a metal building, advice on bolting truss carriers, and advice about, “building code standards for the horizontal infill framing” on a post frame building. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I would like to insulate the interior walls of […]

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Spray Foam, Siding Strength, and What is DIY?

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/11/02 @ 8:00
Spray Foam, Siding Strength, and What is DIY?

Today, the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about closed cell spray foam, which building would be stronger if one was wrapped in steel siding and the other with wood, and what aspects of a DIY project are “do it yourself”? DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Thanks for taking the time to respond… hope this finds you […]

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Hurricane Straps, a Loft Floor Truss, and Site Specific Engineering

This Wednesday, the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about use of hurricane straps to anchor 8×8 posts to sill plate, the possibility of adding a beam to old a loft for open concept, and if we do site specific engineering for Panama City Florida- yes. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hey I’m on the starting […]

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Barndo Living, Bracing a Roof Only, and Housewrap

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/10/19 @ 8:00
Barndo Living, Bracing a Roof Only, and Housewrap

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about “barndo living” and the how to’s of post frame construction in Pagosa Springs, CO, bracing a roof only structure for working cattle, and if sheathing and housewrap are needed for a post frame building using wet-set brackets. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Have you ever constructed […]

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Cellulose Post Frame Attic Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/10/13 @ 8:00
Cellulose Post Frame Attic Insulation

Cellulose Post Frame Attic Insulation I was a really great son-in-law. Now, gentle reader, you might ask what this has to do with cellulose post frame attic insulation? Grab a popcorn bag and follow along…. Back in 1981 I lived in a rental with my young wife and our two small children in Salem, Oregon. […]

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Why Pre-cut Studs are 92-5/8″ Long

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/10/04 @ 8:00
Why Pre-cut Studs are 92-5/8″ Long

Why Pre-cut Studs are 92-5/8” Long Growing up with my Father and six framing contractor uncles (my Dad’s five brothers and Auntie Darlene’s husband Vern) all of us male Momb cousins (myself, brother Mark, Kim, Randy and Scott) eventually became M.E.I. (Momb Enterprises, Inc.) teenage slaves. My beloved Uncle Gil even has on his Facebook […]

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Site Prep, Proper Sheathing for home, and Jamb Latch Details

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/09/28 @ 8:00
Site Prep, Proper Sheathing for home, and Jamb Latch Details

Today the Pole Barn Guru addresses reader questions about site preparation for a post frame building, reflective radiant barrier or sheathing needed for a post frame home, and a detail for a jamb latch on a sliding door. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I been watching a lot of your videos on YouTube, I wish you […]

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Is a Two Story Barndominium Possible?

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/09/15 @ 8:00
Is a Two Story Barndominium Possible?

Is a Two Story Barndominium Possible? Reader BROGEN from HOUGHTON LAKE writes: “I’m looking to build a 40×60 pole barn dominium with the whole downstairs being a garage space except 10 foot off the back wall making the total garage space a 40×50 and having a 10×40 space walled in for stairs and a storage/mud […]

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Full Frost Foundation?

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/09/06 @ 8:00
Full Frost Foundation?

Full Frost Wall Foundation? Reader AARON in ROSEVILLE writes: “Assuming (not yet verified) that I don’t need a full frost wall foundation for my barndo, wondering about the pros/cons for full frost wall vs pier footings in southern MN. Obviously there is the cost difference, but when it comes to building performance(in the winter), would […]

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Adding Solar to Your Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/09/01 @ 8:00
Adding Solar to Your Barndominium

Benefits of Adding Solar To Your Barndominium Solar energy is taking off in a big way, both here and worldwide. There are around 2.7 million residential solar panels installed in the United States, and solar trends continue to grow as people become more interested in energy alternatives. If you’re considering building a post frame barndominium […]

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Information on Codes and Shouses

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/08/30 @ 8:00
Information on Codes and Shouses

Information on Codes and Shouses I have to admit it was rather flattering to have Southwest Iowa’s Planning Council reach out to me regarding information on Codes and Shouses recently. “Hello. My name is Ashley and I’m a community development specialist with Southwest Iowa Planning Council out of Atlantic, IA. I am currently working on […]

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Polycarbonate Frame, Concrete Thickness, and Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/08/17 @ 8:00
Polycarbonate Frame, Concrete Thickness, and Insulation

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the use of a hard-sided (polycarbonate) frame, how thick a concrete pads has to be to house an RV, and insulation options for a vacation home. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Can a pole structure be built as a hard-sided (polycarbonate) frame 20 feet wide, without […]

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Radiant Floor Heat, UC-4B Post Treatment, and Button Staples

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/07/27 @ 8:00
Radiant Floor Heat, UC-4B Post Treatment, and Button Staples

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the use of radiant floor heat for a post frame building, post treatment that will not rot, and whether or not button staples can be used for housewrap on a post frame house. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am researching my build. I wanted to […]

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Inspecting an Existing Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/07/21 @ 8:00
Inspecting an Existing Barndominium

Inspecting an Existing Barndominium Reader STEPHANIE in BATES CITY writes: “We are in the process of buying an existing barndo and will be finishing it out with additional living space. The barndo was built by the current owner, along with his dad, 13 years ago.my question comes from a discovery during inspection on Monday. The […]

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Building Codes, Site Prep, and Heating & Cooling Efficiency

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/07/13 @ 8:00
Building Codes, Site Prep, and Heating & Cooling Efficiency

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about whether or not a Hansen Building meets Florida/Dade building codes + a few others, optimal materials for site prep on a grade, and heating & cooling efficiency in a long, narrow structure. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: A few questions:- Do your products meet Miami/Dade building […]

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Sharkskin Ultra

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/07/05 @ 8:00
Sharkskin Ultra

Sharkskin Ultra® Sharkskin Ultra® is a high-performance roof underlayment for all steel roofing applications over solid decking (OSB – Oriented Strand Board or plywood). https://sharkskinroof.com/sharkskin-products/sharkskin-ultra/ Construction professionals know how important a quality roof system is. This is why so much research, time and effort goes into specifying and installing right roofing products for every home […]

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Wind Exposure and Confusion Part III

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/06/30 @ 8:00
Wind Exposure and Confusion Part III

Cliff Notes for Wind Exposure Been following along reading my articles on wind exposure? OK – so here is my “Cliff Notes” version – in generalized, simple terms: Wind Exposure B is a site protected from wind in all four directions, within 1500 feet, by trees, hills or other single-family home sized buildings. This would […]

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Wind Exposure and Confusion Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/06/28 @ 8:00
Wind Exposure and Confusion Part II

WIND EXPOSURE & CONFUSION – Part Deux For those of you who needed an energy drink to survive Part I…. To get the information needed, glance over IBC Section 1609.4.2‐‐Surface Roughness Categories. “A ground surface roughness within each 45-degree sector shall be determined for a distance upwind of the site as defined in Section 1609.4.3 […]

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Drilling Electrical Holes Through Glu-laminated Posts

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/06/21 @ 8:00
Drilling Electrical Holes Through Glu-laminated Posts

Drilling Electrical Holes Through Glu-laminated Post Frame Building Columns Reader and Hansen Pole Buildings DIY client AARON in SALEM writes: “I am trying to find the best way to run in wall wires (6/3, 8/3 & 10/2 romex) past columns on the “braced wall panel” bays in my building. My building has a 20′ eave […]

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You Can’t Build it Here Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/06/16 @ 8:00
You Can’t Build it Here Part II

You Can’t Build It Here Part II If you missed part I, go back two days to find it. Continuing on… Post frame homes can save thousands of dollars in excavation, footing and foundation forming and concrete costs inherent to stick framing. This is due to use of isolated widely spaced wood columns either embedded […]

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You Can’t Build it Here Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/06/14 @ 8:00
You Can’t Build it Here Part I

You Can’t Build It Here When I first began selling pole barn kits in Oregon, back in 1980, they were almost universally no permit required farm buildings. As our service area expanded into states such as California and Nevada, engineering was required in most instances, however there was never a concern about a pole building […]

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Basement Addition, Gambrel Modification, and a New Home

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/06/08 @ 8:00
Basement Addition, Gambrel Modification, and a New Home

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the addition of a basement to an existing pole barn, the possibility of modifying an existing gambrel style horse barn, and the connection of a house and garage. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am considering building a partial basement under my existing Pole Barn Building […]

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Basic Stats for Post Frame Home Floor Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/06/07 @ 8:00
Basic Stats for Post Frame Home Floor Plans

Basic Stats for Post Frame Home Floor Plans If there is a single commonality among us humans it is this – we are dimensionally challenged. This situation is even more so crucial when it comes to planning your new post frame home. Here are a few tips to help you out: EAVE HEIGHT Measure from […]

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Insulating an Apartment in a Steel Truss Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/06/02 @ 8:00
Insulating an Apartment in a Steel Truss Pole Barn

Insulating an Apartment in a Steel Truss Pole Barn Reader JONATHAN in AUGUSTA writes: “First of all, thank you for having a wonderful resource put together in one place for fellow DIYers such as myself. I am currently in the process of constructing a 30x60x11 pole barn. So far I have the roof put up; […]

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Condensation Prevention, Sound Proofing, and Snow Loads

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/06/01 @ 8:00
Condensation Prevention, Sound Proofing, and Snow Loads

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru tackles reader questions about condensation prevention by placing foam board over the top of 2×4 purlins, options for sound proofing a post frame home, and if 2×4 flat purlins can hold a specific snow load. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am planning a pole barn; the roof will have […]

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Floor Plans vs. Structural Building Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/05/26 @ 8:00
Floor Plans vs. Structural Building Plans

Floor Plans vs. Structural Building Plans Floor (architectural) plans and structural building plans are two completely different animals and should not be confused with each other. Architectural plans show what your home will look like, structural plans detail skeletal aspects and structural stability. In jurisdictions requiring structural plan reviews and inspections floor plans only will […]

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Running in Concrete Slab PEX Inside Large Tubing

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/05/19 @ 8:00
Running in Concrete Slab PEX Inside Large Tubing

Running in Concrete Slab PEX Inside Large Tubing Credit for writing this guest post goes to my friend and radiant floor heat expert Les Graham www.RadiantOutfitters.com. If you prefer your DIY radiant floor heat to be right, rather than cheap, call Les 1.320.212.0863. Question from Mike the Pole Barn Guru: Is it beneficial to place […]

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Hart and Home YouTube Episode IV-The Final Chapter

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/05/05 @ 8:00
Hart and Home YouTube Episode IV-The Final Chapter

Hart and Home YouTube – Episode IV The Final Chapter If you missed our previous episodes, please go to bottom of this article, on left, and click on arrow thrice to go to Hart and Home YouTube – Episode I. Moving forward: While individual results may vary, our clients have generally had good experiences using […]

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Personal Storage, Additional Height, and Floor Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/05/04 @ 8:00
Personal Storage, Additional Height, and Floor Plans

This week the Pole Barn Guru addresses a concern about personal items being ruined by storing them in an unfinished pole building, the need for an additional two feet of interior height, and floor plans for designing a post frame home. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello- not sure if you can answer this but hoping […]

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Hart and Home Youtube Episode III

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/05/03 @ 8:00
Hart and Home Youtube Episode III

Hart and Home YouTube – Episode III If you missed our previous episodes, please go to bottom of this article, on left, and click on arrow twice to go to Hart and Home YouTube – Episode I. Moving forward: For those following along at home: Some discussion will be made here about “allowable defects” in […]

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Hart and Home Youtube Episode II

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/04/28 @ 8:00
Hart and Home Youtube Episode II

Hart and Home YouTube – Episode II If you missed our previous episode, please go to bottom of this article, on left, and click on arrow to go to Hart and Home YouTube – Episode I. Moving forward: Planning and Consultation – our Building Design team will work with you, for as long as it […]

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Solar Panels, Concrete Free Slab, and Overhead Door Posts

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/04/06 @ 8:00
Solar Panels, Concrete Free Slab, and Overhead Door Posts

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru discusses the possibility of installing solar panels on a pole barn roof, use of a “concrete free” slab, and overhead door post sizes. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Can solar panels be installed on a pole barn roof? JAMES in GREER DEAR JAMES: Provided roof truss top chord and purlin […]

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Where We Ship, Raising Walls, and Bottom Chord Dead Loads

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/03/30 @ 8:00
Where We Ship, Raising Walls, and Bottom Chord Dead Loads

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about where we ship, whether or not trying to raise pre-assembled walls is a good idea, and the use of double or single trusses when applying drywall. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Where do you guys ship? Nationwide? SUZANNE in BROOKSVILLE DEAR SUZANNE: Hansen Pole Buildings is […]

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Condensation, Floor Plans, and Planning a House

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/03/23 @ 8:00
Condensation, Floor Plans, and Planning a House

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru discusses condensation issues in a metal pole barn a reader would like to convert to livable space, floor plans for a new post frame residence, and the steps to take to plan and build a new post frame house. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I just purchased a property with […]

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Post Frame Plywood Slab-on-grade

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/03/10 @ 8:00
Post Frame Plywood Slab-on-grade

Post Frame Plywood Slab-on-grade As concrete and excavation costs have increased steadily buildings are more frequently turning to slab-on-grade foundations. These assemblies require less concrete and labor than full basements and have a number of advantages over crawlspaces: better thermal performance, much lower risk for water and animal intrusion, and lower maintenance overall. Slab-on grade […]

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Building Over Existing Slab, Blueprints for House, and Pole Building Finance

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about building over or on an existing slab or concrete, whether of not Hansen sells “just the blueprints” for a pole barn/house, and lending for a pole building set on foundation/footing/wall. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: In Arkansas, I want to build a pole barn (or similar) […]

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How Much Will My New Pole Barn Cost?

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/03/08 @ 8:00
How Much Will My New Pole Barn Cost?

How Much Will My New Pole Barn Cost? Reader CLAUDIO in LEWIS writes: “Hello, I would like to know what would be the cost to build a pole barn building 25’x50′ with loft? Are the interior partitions and insulated walls and floors included? Is the permit application included? Is delivery and construction included in your […]

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When Barndominium Batman Light Illuminates

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/03/01 @ 8:00
When Barndominium Batman Light Illuminates

When Barndominium Batman Light Illuminates Dark Sky Loyal reader MARCO in EDINBURG brought a smile to my face when he wrote: “*Batman light illuminates dark sky* Pole barn guru! Help! I am building my pole barn house, Finally. This will be a DIY project with help of friends and family. I will more than likely […]

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Occupancy, a Single-Slope Residence, and Lean-to Addition

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/02/16 @ 8:00
Occupancy, a Single-Slope Residence, and Lean-to Addition

This week the Pole Barn Guru take care of reader questions about getting an occupancy permit in Victor ID, the size and scope of building a single-slope with a loft, and the addition of a lean-to to an existing structure. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I follow your posts and have seen some who question if […]

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Existing Foundation, “Home/Pool Combo” and HOA’s

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/02/09 @ 8:00
Existing Foundation, “Home/Pool Combo” and HOA’s

This week the Pole Barn Guru tackles reader questions about design ideas to build over or around an existing foundation, designing a “home/pool combo,” and design options for roofing and siding when dealing with an HOA. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: We currently have foundation/basement that measures 14×66, with additional 26×26 room with ground level concrete. […]

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Retro Installing Windows in a Spray Foamed Post Frame Building

Retro Installing Windows in a Spray Foamed Post Frame Wall Reader JOEY in PRINCETON writes: “Good Evening Pole Barn Guru! We need to add picture (9) and slider (3) windows to an existing 3-year old Sherman Pole Building Post frame building where we are converting part into living quarters. The building was spray foamed by […]

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Batteries Not Included

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/02/01 @ 8:00
Batteries Not Included

Batteries Not Included Batteries Not Included is a 1987 American comic science fiction film starring Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy (winner of a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her performance) and Elisabeth Pena about small extraterrestrial living spaceships saving an apartment block under threat from property development. Reader AARON in NORTH VERNON queried: “Does your pricing also […]

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Will My Minnesota Shouse Require Frost Footings?

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/01/25 @ 8:00
Will My Minnesota Shouse Require Frost Footings?

Will My Minnesota Shouse Require Frost Footings? Reader CHAD in JANESVILLE writes: “I am planning on building a shouse or barndominium some may call. I am doing 5″ cement with a heated floor throughout. My hope was not to bury any poles but to anchor them on top of the slap. Do you recommend front […]

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A Walk-Out, A Shouse, and Spray Foam Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/01/12 @ 8:00
A Walk-Out, A Shouse, and Spray Foam Insulation

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru addresses reader questions about the possibility of Hansen designing a walk-out basement, building a Shouse, and a consideration of spray foam insulation. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you do walkout basement? DIANE in WARRENTON DEAR DIANE: Absolutely we can provide your barndominium with a walkout (daylight) basement: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2020/02/barndominium-on-a-daylight-basement/ We […]

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My Barndominium Attic Has Moisture Issues!

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/01/06 @ 8:00
My Barndominium Attic Has Moisture Issues!

My Barndominium Attic Has Moisture Issues! Reader DAVID in CHICAGO writes: “Greetings – I’ve got a pole barn style home that’s about 2.5 years old and I’m having moisture issues in the attic. Hoping I can talk with someone to get a consult or second opinion to resolve as quickly as possible. Let me know […]

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Framing Loads, Footing Pads, and a Pole Barn Home

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/01/05 @ 8:00
Framing Loads, Footing Pads, and a Pole Barn Home

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru kicks off 2022 with reader questions about framing loads using heavy duty steel roof trusses, a stone siding wainscot, and lap siding. Mike then addresses questions about footing pads, and finally creating a pole barn home. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am planning to build a pole barn 36×40 […]

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Why Your New Barndominium Should Be Post Frame

Posted by polebarnguru on 22/01/04 @ 8:00
Why Your New Barndominium Should Be Post Frame

Why Your New Barndominium Should Be Post Frame For those who follow me – you know I am all about people loving their end results. As long as one has a fully engineered building they love, I couldn’t be more pleased, regardless of the structural system. In My Humble Opinion – fully engineered post frame […]

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Worker Injured During Pole Project, Who Pays

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/12/30 @ 8:00
Worker Injured During Pole Project, Who Pays

Worker Injured During Pole Building Project – Who Pays? Disclaimer: this article is not to be construed as legal advice, please engage a qualified construction attorney prior to any construction project. If you don’t take steps to find out in advance whether workers on your new pole building are insured for injuries, you could end […]

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Hansen (J.A.), the Insides, and Ceiling Liner Panels

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/12/29 @ 8:00
Hansen (J.A.), the Insides, and Ceiling Liner Panels

This week the Pole Barn Guru responds to reader questions about “Hansen” and the person behind the name, what the inside of a building might look like, and the possibility of adding ceiling liner panels to scissor trusses spaced 4 feet apart. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: How long has Hansen (the man himself) been building […]

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Hiring Laborers

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/12/28 @ 8:00
Hiring Laborers

Hiring Laborers/Contractors to Perform Work on Your Building Not everyone wants or is capable to perform all the labor involved to erect a new building. This pertains to any trade or type of building system. From www.TheIndianaLawyer.com: “A construction worker injured in a building collapse was, in fact, an independent contractor, the Court of Appeals […]

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You Can Do It!

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/12/23 @ 8:00
You Can Do It!

You Can Do It! Screamed headlines of my first ever print display ad for pole barn kits in 1981! I have included below a snippet from one of my first blog posts from 10 years ago: “In the summer of 1979, home interest rates began to rise. Idaho had a usury limit, home mortgages stopped […]

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Storage Barn to Dwelling

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/12/14 @ 8:03
Storage Barn to Dwelling

Storage Barn to Dwelling Reader JD in FAIRPLAY writes: “I have read over your blogs & my head is spinning. However, you obviously know your stuff. My question is this, do you have a trusted company or guy who can help me design & build a 30x60x16 RV garage that will meet the requirements of […]

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Is Fiberglass Insulation a Carcinogen?

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/12/09 @ 8:00
Is Fiberglass Insulation a Carcinogen?

Is Fiberglass Insulation a Carcinogen? We live in a world fraught with unseen perils (COVID-19 anyone?), however fiberglass building insulation is probably not one of them. When it comes to fully engineered post frame barndominiums and homes, we all just want our clients to be safe and happy. I went to an expert on this […]

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Hanging Single Hung Windows to Slide Horizontally

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/12/07 @ 8:00
Hanging Single Hung Windows to Slide Horizontally

Hanging Single-Hung Windows to Slide Horizontally You order a 4’ x 4’ sliding window for your new post frame building or barndominium. Depending upon your geographical location, you will assume this window opens up-and-down (Eastern U.S.) or side-to-side (Western U.S.). Well, we all know what happens when we assume. It is critical to clearly understand […]

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Barndominium Closed Cell Spray Foam

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/12/02 @ 8:00
Barndominium Closed Cell Spray Foam

Barndominium Closed Cell Spray Foam – and Rodents Closed cell spray foam applied directly to steel roofing and siding can be a great product for controlling condensation, achieving an air tight barndominium and at R-7 per inch is a great insulation solution. So good, I strongly encourage its use, especially for those buildings in Climate […]

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How to Quit Your Job

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/11/30 @ 8:00
How to Quit Your Job

How To Quit Your Job & Build Your Home Full Time Hansen Pole Buildings’ DIY clients Kevin and Whitney Hart are today’s guest bloggers. Hey everyone! My wife and I have been building our barndominium since about March and have been documenting the whole thing on social media. The most commonly asked question that we […]

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Owner Barndominium Builder Construction Loans

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/11/16 @ 8:00
Owner Barndominium Builder Construction Loans

Owner-Barndominium Builder Construction Loans Qualifying for owner-barndominium builder construction loans can be a daunting task. Given 2007-2008’s housing market downturn, owner-builder construction loans are increasingly hard to get but not impossible. An owner-builder is a property owner who serves as general contractor on their own project. A General contractor coordinates everything from budget to hiring subcontractors. […]

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Wet Set Brackets, a Walkout Basement, and Rigid Foam Issues

Posted by polebarnguru on 21/10/11 @ 8:00
Wet Set Brackets, a Walkout Basement, and Rigid Foam Issues

Today’s Pole Barn Guru tackles reader questions about using wet set brackets on a stem wall foundation, if it is possible to build over a walkout basement, and the viability of installing rigid foam between framing and steel cladding. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hey there guru. We are planning on building a post frame home […]

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