Category Archives: Pole Barn Questions

Designing a Dream Barndominium Loft

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/11/24 @ 8:00
Designing a Dream Barndominium Loft

Designing a Dream Barndominium Loft Reader BRIAN in PETOSKY writes: “ Hi Mike, Mindi told me to email you my lofted floor question for our project. To avoid messing with truss-support floors, we were planning to build a full 26×60 main barn with scissor trusses the full length. Then on one end, we would make […]

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Splash Boards, Roof Loads, and Truss Spacing

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/11/23 @ 8:00
Splash Boards, Roof Loads, and Truss Spacing

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about shrinkage of splash boards installed wet, roof load capacity, and truss spacing for an RV storage building. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have two questions (related) regarding splash boards and concrete floor top. My splash boards have been in place for quite a while, and […]

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Steel Roofs Are Not Meant to Be Weather Tight?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/11/20 @ 8:00
Steel Roofs Are Not Meant to Be Weather Tight?

Once upon a time I was a post frame building contractor. With as many as 35 crews erecting buildings in six states, we erected thousands upon thousands of buildings. If we would ever have told a client, “Steel roofs are not meant to be weather tight” it might (and should) have been our last job! […]

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Vapor Barrier for a Ceiling

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/11/18 @ 8:00
Vapor Barrier for a Ceiling

Reader GEORGE in LOUISVILLE writes: “I am looking to install tin on the ceiling of my 54 X 75 pole shed. I was wondering if 6 mil plastic sheeting with all seams taped would work for a vapor barrier? My concern is not to have it rain in my building after the tin is up […]

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A “Man Cave,” A Quote Request, and Snow Loads

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/11/16 @ 8:00
A “Man Cave,” A Quote Request, and Snow Loads

This Monday’s PBG discusses a “Man Cave” designed with SIP panels, a quote request from Texas, and what our snow loads are for our buildings. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Considering a monitor style pole building with RV storage in center and living quarters on one side (loft in rear of building only) When RV is […]

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I Think I Have Made Some Errors!

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/11/13 @ 8:00
I Think I Have Made Some Errors!

I Think I Have Made Some Errors! If you are a post frame building kit provider or a builder reading this article – please STOP SELLING ONLY ON A CHEAP PRICE. You are leaving dissatisfied clients in your wake and doing a disservice to our industry. Reader RICK in IDAHO writes: “Hello Sir! I think […]

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Is #57 Crushed Gravel a Good Choice?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/11/11 @ 8:00
Is #57 Crushed Gravel a Good Choice?

Thank you to reader KEN in BRECKSVILLE who writes: “How do you secure the posts in the ground when you have a steep slope requiring longer posts in the back?  The rear of a 48′ deep pole barn has about a 6′ drop in ground level from the front end. A retaining wall and 57 […]

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Floor Trusses, Plywood Floor, and Post Frame Conversion

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/11/09 @ 8:00
Floor Trusses, Plywood Floor, and Post Frame Conversion

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about building to FEMA Flood Code for a raised wood floor, use of a plywood floor instead of concrete pad, and finding a certified engineer to help with conversion of pole barn to a home. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have to build according to the current […]

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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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Insulation Options, Building Plans, and a Swing Table

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/11/02 @ 8:00
Insulation Options, Building Plans, and a Swing Table

This week Mike the Pole Barn Guru discusses about insulation options, building plans for a back yard pavilion, and steel gauge for a “swing table.” DEAR POLE BARN GURU: We are well on our way toward breaking ground. Our biggest concerns that we seem to keep going back to are these. We want a tight, […]

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My Pole Barn is Chilly

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/30 @ 8:00
My Pole Barn is Chilly

Reader TIM from INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MN has a chilling challenge, he writes: “Fabulous site, congrats.  I have a 40×60 pole barn with 10ft ceiling to the bottom of the rafters.  Last year I put a 150k btu heater in to try and take the chill out a bit.  It didn’t work so well because […]

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Questionably Designed Steel Truss Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/28 @ 8:00
Questionably Designed Steel Truss Pole Barns

Being a member of numerous social media discussion groups, I see a plethora of photos of people’s new (or under construction) steel trussed post frame buildings. Most of these buildings are from Southeastern states where it appears structural building permits and plan checks are minimal or non-existent. This results in my receiving emails like this […]

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Span, Vapor Barriers, and Planning a Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/26 @ 8:00
Span, Vapor Barriers, and Planning a Pole Barn

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the widest span a post frame building can be built, vapor barrier on a roof only structure, and the proper steps for planning a pole barn. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: How wide can you span? And approx cost per sq ft for an erected shell, […]

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Vehicle Lifts for Post Frame Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/21 @ 8:00
Vehicle Lifts for Post Frame Buildings

A trending garage accessory is an addition of a garage vehicle lift. Vehicle lifts provide many benefits for your post frame garage or shop than just being able to work on your vehicle. A vehicle lift for your garage is exactly what it sounds like, it will elevate your vehicle so you can either work on […]

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Busting Post Frame Barndominium Myths

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/20 @ 8:00
Busting Post Frame Barndominium Myths

Busting Post Frame Barndominium Myths Yep, I have been web surfing again and I came across a stick frame building contractor’s website who obviously either doesn’t understand fully engineered post frame construction, or just frankly doesn’t care to add it to his arsenal of design solutions. My comments are in italics. MYTH #1. MOST BANKS WON’T […]

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Column Height, a Hangar Door, and Splash Plank Boards

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/19 @ 8:00
Column Height, a Hangar Door, and Splash Plank Boards

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about column height for an eight foot one inch interior ceiling, what size bi-fold door for a hangar, and specific boards for a splash plank. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: New at this. If I am building a pole barn house and want 8 ft 1 inch […]

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Seal Walls, Fill for Compaction, and Condensation Control

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/16 @ 8:00
Seal Walls, Fill for Compaction, and Condensation Control

Let’s close out the week with another installment of Ask the Pole Barn Guru! First up is a resolution to seal up a building, followed by assistance with compacted fill, and finally an alternative to spray foam to control condensation. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I purchased a pole building from you last year and there […]

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Site Prep,

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/15 @ 8:00
Site Prep,

Thursday’s edition will tackle three more reader questions. First up is about how level a site must be before erecting a shop, second is about pole barn homes and the many options available, and third is a question about the best method to fix an issue left by a previous builder. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: […]

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Tyvek, Truss Attachments, and Polycarbonate Panels

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/14 @ 8:00
Tyvek, Truss Attachments, and Polycarbonate Panels

Continuing to play catch-up with the Pole Barn Guru reader questions, Mike answers questions about adding Tyvek under wall steel, attaching trusses to header on sealed plans, and the use of polycarbonate panels for use on post frame building. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: About to start the build of a 36 x 50 pole barn. […]

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Dry Set Brackets, Snow Loads, and Winch Boxes

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/13 @ 8:00
Dry Set Brackets, Snow Loads, and Winch Boxes

The Pole Barn Guru continues to be inundated with reader questions, so we will be adding some mid-week PBG responses. First off is a questions about attaching posts to a square footing with dry set brackets, whether or not a Hansen Building can withstand a 40lb snow load (they most certainly can), and the use […]

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Posts and Collars, Girts, and Non-Vented Soffits

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/12 @ 8:00
Posts and Collars, Girts, and Non-Vented Soffits

This week’s edition of Pole Barn Guru visits the topics of post and footing sizes, bookshelf girts for drywall, and non-vented soffits for building with spray foam insulation. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am currently 68 but I built pole barns as a younger man the biggest being a hay barn 24′ eaves X 80 […]

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Avoiding Being Driven Crazy With Barndominium Questions Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/08 @ 8:00
Avoiding Being Driven Crazy With Barndominium Questions Part II

Part II of a two part series. If you didn’t see Part I, go back one day. Mike’s answers are in italics.  In each house at ends of the “L” layout, I plan to have 1/3 open plan at two stories, for our great room, with nice windows for great views. The other 2/3 areas […]

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Avoiding Oil Canning of Standing Seam Steel Roofing

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/06 @ 8:00
Avoiding Oil Canning of Standing Seam Steel Roofing

BRETT in CUMBERLAND FURNACE writes: “I was talking to a contractor and he really thinks it is a big mistake to use a 26 gauge thickness vs a 24 gauge. He is stating “I will have less issue with oil canning and it will look a lot better for the extra cost over the life […]

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Floor Plan Ideas, An “L” Shaped Building, and Floor Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/05 @ 8:00
Floor Plan Ideas, An “L” Shaped Building, and Floor Insulation

This Monday the Pole barn Guru answers questions about floor plan ideas for a monitor style building, plans for a “Zen Den” or “Party Barn” in an L shape, and whether or not it is worth adding reflective radian barrier under slab. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello, I am wondering if you have any floor […]

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How to Install Roof Reflective Radiant Barriers

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/10/01 @ 8:00
How to Install Roof Reflective Radiant Barriers

How To Install Roof Reflective Radiant Barriers DAVE in SPRING HILL writes: “Can you please tell me how the reflective radiant barrier is applied? Does it go directly on top of the fully recessed purlins and then the steel is screwed over top of that? Is it applied vertically or horizontally? All of the videos […]

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Post Frame Shouse Column Options

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/30 @ 8:00
Post Frame Shouse Column Options

Post Frame Shouse Column Options – Risk vs. Reward Loyal readers will recall a recent post involving GREG in KENTWOOD (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2020/09/dont-want-pressure-treated-columns-in-the-ground/). Our discussion continues and I share below: “Mike, Thanks for the quick response.    If I was a sane man, not sure I am, if properly pressure treated lumber will last a few generations, why […]

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Loading Gambrel Loft Space

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/29 @ 8:00
Loading Gambrel Loft Space

Loading Gambrel Loft Space Loyal reader ANDY in OXFORD writes: “Mike, First, thanks for providing so much useful information to all of us. I’ve read about 1,200 of your blog entries so far, and I’ve learned so much. I have already priced a 30X36X11 Gambrel Roof building from Hansen for a woodworking shop. I’m committed […]

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A Future House, Eave Height, and Pricing for Horse Arena

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/28 @ 8:00
A Future House, Eave Height, and Pricing for Horse Arena

This Monday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about an ideal pole barn to convert into a house, the height of the exterior wall with an 11′ interior ceiling height, how clear span affects the costs of a horse arena. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Good Morning, We just put in an offer on land in […]

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Insulation, Spray Foam Issues, and Floor Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/25 @ 8:00
Insulation, Spray Foam Issues, and Floor Plans

Lets close out the week with a fifth installment of The Pole Barn Guru. Today he’ll answer questions about the best insulation for a building with steel roofing over a vapor barrier over plywood, potential issues installing spray foam, and a request for a floor plan example– we now have a third party provider of […]

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Double Doors, Insulation, and an Alaska Project?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/24 @ 8:00
Double Doors, Insulation, and an Alaska Project?

We’ll continue this week with a third day of Bonus PBG’s! Today Mike take care of reader questions about adding “double doors” to the high side of a lean to, insulation to building in Climate Zone 4A with R-49, and the feasibility of building in Alaska. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hi Mike, I am looking […]

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Pole Barn Guru Wednesday!

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/23 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Guru Wednesday!

Bonus Wednesday! The Pole Barn Guru has been inundated with questions. Let’s answer a few more. Move a hay barn? Building a Shouse, and the answer to “What all is in the pole barn kit?” DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I may move my 40 x 60 hay barn, wooden trusses, 6 x 6 poles. How […]

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Bonus Pole Barn Guru Tuesday

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/22 @ 8:00
Bonus Pole Barn Guru Tuesday

Bonus Pole Barn Guru Tuesday- Today’s extra answers questions about cupolas, heating a monitor style building, and steep grade changes on a build site. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: We are considering putting two cupolas on the roof. Can we run our drain waste vents through them instead of through the roof itself? BRANDON in CALVERT […]

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Bolt to Slab, Metal Distortion, and a Moisture Drip Issue

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/21 @ 8:00
Bolt to Slab, Metal Distortion, and a Moisture Drip Issue

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about use of dry-set brackets to existing slab, spray foam distorting metal, and a problem with drip when temperature is just right. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: How thick does the edge of concrete need to be to support a pole barn if using the bolt on top […]

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Don’t Want Pressure Treated Columns in the Ground?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/18 @ 8:00
Don’t Want Pressure Treated Columns in the Ground?

Loyal reader GREG in KENTWOOD writes: “We plan to build a house next summer with basically (2) – 40’x60’ units connected at 90°, wife is still in the planning stage, 2 story.  I feel that me and my sons should be able to erect a kit with directions from the supplier and tips.   I like […]

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Small Pole Barns, Timber Screws for Purlins, and Turnkey Homes

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/14 @ 8:00
Small Pole Barns, Timber Screws for Purlins, and Turnkey Homes

Today the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about what the smallest sized barn can be built, certifications for timber screws, and prices for “turn key” homes in Iowa. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you build barns that are smaller than 24’ wide?? I want a 20×20 barn/shed DAVID in MILAN DEAR DAVID: We have provided […]

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DIY Post Frame Construction and Winch Boxes

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/11 @ 8:00
DIY Post Frame Construction and Winch Boxes

Loyal reader and Hansen Pole Buildings’ client BOB in MOSINEE writes: “Hello Mike, This weekend I’m going to begin construction on my Hansen pole building. Very excited. You guys have been great to work with. I had originally planned to have one built by one of the bigger named companies, but after seeing what they […]

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Helping a Student with His Post Frame Thesis

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/10 @ 8:00
Helping a Student with His Post Frame Thesis

Post frame buildings are becoming more relevant as a design solution for residential construction. I recently was contacted to assist a student and will let him tell his story: “My name is George xxxxxx, I am currently a thesis student at Auburn University’s Rural Studio, located in Hale County, Alabama. I am looking into pole […]

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Searching for a Builder Embracing Hansen Building’s System

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/08 @ 8:00
Searching for a Builder Embracing Hansen Building’s System

Loyal reader RUSS in PIPERSVILLE writes: “We are in the process of having our floor plans and elevations done by Greg Hale. A pleasure to work with by the way. I’m wondering if you have any experience with pole frame builders in the east shore area of Maryland? We really want to purchase our building […]

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SIP Floor Panels, Stack-able Hanger Doors, and Sliding Door Installation

This Monday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about installing a SIP floor instead of concrete, stack-able hanger doors for addition, and rough cuts on some sliding door lateral braces. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am considering installing SIP floor in my pole barn instead of a concrete floor (the barn will be a […]

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Installing Steel Liner Panels in an Existing Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/09/02 @ 8:00
Installing Steel Liner Panels in an Existing Pole Barn

Installing Steel Liner Panels in an Existing Pole Barn Reader JASON in WHITEHOUSE STATION writes: “ Hello! I have a post frame 30X40 Pole Barn that was built prior to me owning the house. Currently, the shop is not insulated. I would really like to insulate it, as it’s quite unbearable in the summer and […]

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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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Top Chord Repair, Little Voices, and Building Use

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/08/31 @ 8:00
Top Chord Repair, Little Voices, and Building Use

Today the Pole Barn Guru tackles questions about repairing a rotted top chord of an existing truss, a little voice in a contractor’s head, and the use of an existing building on newly purchased parcel. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: When we bought our property the pole barn on it already had a rotting roof with […]

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Skylights in Barn You Built for Us Need Replacing

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/08/28 @ 8:00
Skylights in Barn You Built for Us Need Replacing

Skylights in Barn You Built for us Need Replacing Reader MICHELLE in ASTORIA writes: “Hello! You built our barn located in Astoria, Oregon. The sky lights that were installed now need to be replaced. My husband called and was told you’d get back to us with no response. We are hoping to either hire you […]

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Steel Roofing and Siding Over Purlins

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/08/27 @ 8:00
Steel Roofing and Siding Over Purlins

There is just plain a lot of bad (and scary) information floating around out there on the internet. For whatever reason, people will believe a random unqualified answer from a stranger, rather than going to a highly educated expert (e.g. Registered Professional Engineer). Reader DYLAN in BEDFORD writes: “I am building a 50×60 using 2×6 […]

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Gothic Arch, Steel Board and Batten, and Engineering Services

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/08/24 @ 8:00
Gothic Arch, Steel Board and Batten, and Engineering Services

This Monday the Pole Barn Guru discusses Gothic arches, steel board and batten, and engineering services. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am going to build a 24×36 barn and have become infatuated with the Gothic arch roof line from looking at existing arch roofed barns in my area (one is amazing…built in 1911). Any thoughts […]

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Final Inspection, Framing Lumber, and Trusses

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/08/21 @ 8:00
Final Inspection, Framing Lumber, and Trusses

This Friday’s blog include some extra Pole Barn Guru reader’s questions about a final inspection, materials needs for a building, and the quantity of trusses for another. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: In a pole barn the inspector will not pass final inspection with a crushed concrete floor for storage of any kind of vehicle inside […]

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A Shouse, Eliminating Condensation, and Building Trusses

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/08/17 @ 8:00
A Shouse, Eliminating Condensation, and Building Trusses

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the design of a shouse (shop house), a resolutions for condensation, and building trusses. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hi – We are looking into pole barn buildings however we’re clueless on where to start and how big we actually need it to be. My husband […]

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Tyvek Weather Barrier, Overhead Door Sizes, and Slab Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/08/10 @ 8:00
Tyvek Weather Barrier, Overhead Door Sizes, and Slab Insulation

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about use of Tyvek weather barrier, best size for overhead garage doors, and insulation for a slab. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hi, I was thinking of putting up a metal clad pole building and insulating it with R28 batt. Wondering your thoughts on adding Tyvek to the […]

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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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Cost of a Pole Barn Home, Metal Trusses, and Rafter Connections

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/08/03 @ 8:00
Cost of a Pole Barn Home, Metal Trusses, and Rafter Connections

Today the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about he cost of a pole barn home, the possible life span of metal trusses, and connecting wing trusses or rafters to posts on a “monitor” style building. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Is it possible to build a small pole barn home for $100K or less? KERI […]

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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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A Frustrated Shopper, Sealant Around Posts, and Vapor Barriers

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/07/27 @ 8:00
A Frustrated Shopper, Sealant Around Posts, and Vapor Barriers

Today’s Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about a frustrating shopping experience, use of a sealant around embedded posts, and best method for a vapor barrier under concrete. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello my husband and I have been pre-approved to finance a pole barn and I am becoming very FRUSTRATED. We have called “Oscar […]

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Truss Spacing and Design

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/07/23 @ 8:00
Truss Spacing and Design

Truss Spacing and Design for Sheathed Post Frame Roofs In most instances, there is not a structural or Code requirement for solid roof sheathing (plywood or OSB – Oriented Strand Board) to be placed below through screwed roof steel for post frame buildings. In some cases, clients look upon this as being an easier installation […]

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Steel Roofing Over Living Areas

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/07/21 @ 8:00
Steel Roofing Over Living Areas

 Steel Roofing Over Living Areas Requires Solid Decking? Barndominiums, shouses and post frame homes have become a recent and trendy rage. Seemingly everyone wants one, at least as gauged by hundreds of weekly requests received by Hansen Pole Buildings would attest to. Reader STEVEN in BOONE writes: “I visited with the building inspector with your […]

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Financing a Shouse, Drawings, and Roofing advice

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/07/20 @ 8:00
Financing a Shouse, Drawings, and Roofing advice

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about financing a Shouse, a timeline for plans to build a large pole barn, advice for roofing with standing seam steel. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: We are in the process of selling our home and buying a piece of property to build on. We want to build […]

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Rock Letters

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/07/17 @ 8:00
Rock Letters

Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Doug recently sent this message to company owner Eric and me: “I’m getting the question regarding rock letters from Clients and builders in central and eastern Oregon.  Have we, or do we ever send the building department a rock letter regarding buildings where optimum post hole depth is not achievable?” When […]

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Lofty Barndominium Ambitions

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/07/16 @ 8:00
Lofty Barndominium Ambitions

Lofts and mezzanines (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2020/03/a-mezzanine-for-your-barndominium/) are popular inclusions in barndominiums. Even though my lovely bride and I have a mezzanine in our South Dakota shouse, they are not often truly practical from an accessibility or economics stance. Reader Devin in Porun writes: “I’m designing and building a 42’x50′ pole barn home with 10′ exterior walls. Viewing […]

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Connecting Structures, Help with Connections, and a New Home

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/07/13 @ 8:00
Connecting Structures, Help with Connections, and a New Home

Today’s Pole Barn Guru answers questions about connecting structures, connections for a DIY project, and help with information to build a new home. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: What is the easiest way to connect 30x50x16 to 30x50x16? JACK in CARDWELL DEAR JACK: Connected end-to-end will be easiest. Your overall “new building” will need to be […]

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Attic Venting, Moisture Reduction, and a Vapor Barrier

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/07/06 @ 8:00
Attic Venting, Moisture Reduction, and a Vapor Barrier

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about ventilation for an attic space, what type of insulation to use for the reduction or elimination of moisture, and to place a vapor barrier under the concrete slab. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I know you have answered a few questions regarding attic venting so I […]

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A Real Life Climate Controlled Post Frame Wall

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/26 @ 8:00
A Real Life Climate Controlled Post Frame Wall

Reader BRANDON in WICHITA writes: “Hello Mike!  I am in the engineering field and we are just about to put up a personal climate controlled post frame building.  I have followed many of the teachings of Dr. Lstiburek on wall and roof assemblies.  I also enjoy your very detailed write ups.  I am conflicted in […]

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PBG Bonus Round 3– Column Material, Insurance, and Barn Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/24 @ 8:00
PBG Bonus Round 3– Column Material, Insurance, and Barn Doors

Today’s BONUS round of the PBG includes questions about column advice, liability insurance to harvest reclaimed wood, and parts for used pole barn doors. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: My barn will be 9’4″ to the eave, 40′ x 64′ long. What column material should I use? My options are 4″x 6″ Pressure treated wood or […]

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Building a Workshop, Chemical Reactions, and a Retaining Wall

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/22 @ 8:00
Building a Workshop, Chemical Reactions, and a Retaining Wall

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about building a workshop, if there should be concern for a chemical reaction attaching steel siding to a PT skirt board, and building a shop near a new retaining wall. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hi, we are looking to do a workshop build in the next 2-4 […]

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Bonus Round 2– Backfill Compaction, Blueprints, and Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/19 @ 8:00
Bonus Round 2– Backfill Compaction, Blueprints, and Insulation

Today’s BONUS Round of PBG discusses backfill compaction, finding an engineer to draw blueprints for a building of reclaimed wood, and the ins and outs of insulation. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have 18” diameter x 60” deep pits for 6×6 posts. My backfill material and method is ¾”less gravel with every 8” compacted. But how to […]

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A PBG Bonus Round! Finishes, Colors, and Cupolas

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/17 @ 8:00
A PBG Bonus Round! Finishes, Colors, and Cupolas

A Wednesday Edition of PBG! Bonus Round! Home finishes, Color Samples, and Cupola Framing. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you also finish out the home, not just the shell? DONNA in LEXINGTON DEAR DONNA: Hansen Pole Buildings are designed to be constructed DIY by average physically capable folks who will read directions. Many of our clients […]

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Pouring Concrete into Holes With a High Water Table

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/16 @ 8:00
Pouring Concrete into Holes With a High Water Table

Back in my general contractor days we would run into building sites where water would fill up some or all of our hole depth. While this seemed highly problematic then it was actually far less of an issue than originally presumed. Reader RACHEL in CLARK writes: “We are looking to put up a 24′ X […]

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Gable Vents, Plasti-Sleeves for Posts, and Cost per Square Foot

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/15 @ 8:00
Gable Vents, Plasti-Sleeves for Posts, and Cost per Square Foot

This Monday’s questions are addressing the issues of ventilation with gable vents, the use of plasti-sleeves to protect posts, and the cost per square foot of a post frame home. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: My dad has a 40 x 60 pole building. It has 18″ eaves but the soffits are non vented. The building […]

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Out of Square Steel Panels

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/10 @ 8:00
Out of Square Steel Panels

Out of Square Steel Panels Builder CALEB writes: “Hey Mike, sorry to bother you again with another question. Do you know what causes this? The sheets of siding are plumb and the rat guard is level. Am I being too picky? Thank you!!!” Mike the Pole Barn Guru responds: Sure do – these panels are […]

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Barndominium Drywall Cracks

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/09 @ 8:00
Barndominium Drywall Cracks

You have just moved into your beautiful new barndominium, shouse or post frame home. Your drywall was painted and looked perfect for months and then you start to see seams cracking and screw heads popping through. Our first inclination is to blame whoever installed it. It is possible drywall was installed incorrectly leading to screw […]

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An Architect’s Guide to Drawing Your Own Barndominium Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/04 @ 8:00
An Architect’s Guide to Drawing Your Own Barndominium Plans

An Architect’s Guide to Drawing Your Own Barndominium Plans Architect David Ludwig (www.LudwigDesign.com) has over 50 years of construction and design experience. A frequent contributor to assisting those interested in barndominiums, but without knowledge to create their own plans, David has offered his sage advice: 1. Draw to scale. Use 1/4” graph paper. Make each […]

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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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Roof Steel, Building a Post Frame House, and Fire Restoration

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/01 @ 8:00
Roof Steel, Building a Post Frame House, and Fire Restoration

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about a possible roof steel replacement, planning a post frame house, and assistance finding a contractor to complete fire restoration of a post frame building. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Good day PBG, I have a huge old wooden beam barn currently covered with standing seam tin roofing. I […]

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How to Install Bookshelf Girts for Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/29 @ 8:00
How to Install Bookshelf Girts for Insulation

How to Install Bookshelf Girts for Insulation Reader SEAN in CAMAS writes: “Please help! I have plans for a 48x60x16 pole barn here in the NW. I helped build a pole barn when I was in my teens and I think mostly for my young back and ability to swing a hammer. However I am […]

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Cutting Barn Trusses

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/28 @ 8:00
Cutting Barn Trusses

Just a Little Nip Here, Tuck There As so many of us have entered an age of Covid-19 binge television watching, I can imagine there are more than a few who have consumed calories while watching 100 episodes of Nip/Tuck (originally aired on FX from 2003-2010). While nipping and tucking can solve many human cosmetic […]

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Slab or Crawl, Insulation, and Building by a Leach Field

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/25 @ 8:00
Slab or Crawl, Insulation, and Building by a Leach Field

This Monday the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about building on a slab or with a crawl space, insulation for a shop, and if a person is able to build near a leach field. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I appreciate the building technology used when building a residential pole barn. I am not yet […]

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Isolating Heated and Unheated Barndominium Concrete Floors

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/22 @ 8:00
Isolating Heated and Unheated Barndominium Concrete Floors

Isolating Heated and Unheated Barndominium Concrete Floors Loyal reader MIKE in COUPEVILLE writes: “I see you recently posted a detailed drawing on insulating the perimeter of a pole barn, very helpful.  https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2020/03/meeting-barndominium-slab-requirements/ I’m currently looking at purchasing a large pole barn, it will be 84’x42′ with posts 12′ apart.  I plan to make 2 of […]

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“One-Pour Post Frame Concrete Footings

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/21 @ 8:00
“One-Pour Post Frame Concrete Footings

“One-pour” Post Frame Concrete Footings and Bottom Collars As originally engineered Hansen Pole Buildings’ column encasement design, had pressure preservative columns placed to the bottom of an augured hole. Pre-mix concrete was then poured around each column’s lower 16-18 inches to form a bottom collar. Concrete to wood’s bond strength was sufficient to enable this […]

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Adding to a Floating Slab Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/19 @ 8:00
Adding to a Floating Slab Building

Adding to a Floating Slab Building Most buildings need foundations to transfer the structure’s weight as well as roof and floor loads into the ground. Small sheds and backyard structures like gazebos and pergolas may not need elaborate foundations because they are so light. But, for any building over about 150 square feet, a strong […]

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Where to Stop Metal, Installing a Sliding Door, and Footings

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/18 @ 8:00
Where to Stop Metal, Installing a Sliding Door, and Footings

This week’s Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about where to stop metal in relation to concrete, installing a sliding door to a repurposed building, and the proper depth of footings. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Where do I stop my metal in relation to my grade board/ bottom stringer. I’ve set the bottom of my […]

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Labor Costs for a New Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/15 @ 8:00
Labor Costs for a New Barndominium

Labor Costs for a Post Frame Barndominium In my humble opinion, an average physically capable person who can and will read instructions can successfully erect his or her post frame barndominium. This is a great place to save money (provided time is available) and most people frankly will end up with a better finished home! […]

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Is This Floor Plan Doable as a Post Frame Barndominium Kit?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/13 @ 8:00
Is This Floor Plan Doable as a Post Frame Barndominium Kit?

Is This Floor Plan Doable as a Post Frame Barndominium Kit? This question was posed by Reader TIFFANY in HOPKINSVILLE. My answer is yes. Whether an existing floor plan or a custom design – virtually anything you can imagine, can be converted to a post frame barndominium kit, provided it is possible to do structurally […]

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Whole House Barndominium Fans

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/12 @ 8:00
Whole House Barndominium Fans

Whole House Barndominium Fans Apparently when it comes to barndominiums, there is a limitless number of subjects to cover! Reader CAROLYN in CLEVELAND writes: “We would like to build a post frame home but I would like to have a whole house fan to cut down on cooling costs. Most barndos we see under construction […]

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Footings, Payments, and Financing

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/11 @ 8:00
Footings, Payments, and Financing

Today the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about a requirement for “continuous footings” in South Carolina, lump sim or payments for a building purchase, and finance options. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Are continuous footings required for a pole barn in Dorchester County South Carolina. Size is 24 x 32 M KELLY in SUMMERVILLE DEAR […]

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A Garage Apartment, A Moisture Problem, and Insulating a Ceiling

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/04 @ 8:00
A Garage Apartment, A Moisture Problem, and Insulating a Ceiling

Today’s Pole Barn Guru answers questions about building a garage apartment aka a “Shouse,” how to address a moisture problem, and the best way to add insulation to a ceiling. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Can I design a garage apartment pole barn? JAY in HINTSVILLE DEAR JAY: You may not have this ability however we […]

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My New Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/30 @ 8:00
My New Barndominium

Reader RENE in MICHIGAN is one of a growing tide of Americans looking to build a barndominium. She writes: “I would like to build a barn with living quarters but I do have unanswered questions! My property is in Riverside WA 98849 and therefore the first question is whether you service this area? I have […]

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Worldwide Steel Buildings or Post Frame?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/29 @ 8:00
Worldwide Steel Buildings or Post Frame?

Loyal reader STEPHEN in AUSTIN writes: “Mike –  I am so thankful for all the info you and your company have provided over the years. Your experience and knowledge have helped so many.  I especially love your promotion of bookshelf girts.  Every time I see a building framed within a building, I ask why?  Bookshelf […]

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Footers, Building Over Old Pool, and Home Made Glu-Lams

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/27 @ 8:00
Footers, Building Over Old Pool, and Home Made Glu-Lams

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about need for a “footer,” building over an old pool, and the efficacy or viability of building ones own glulaminated posts. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: You have most likely answered this question before. I don’t seem to be able to find it. I am thinking about building a […]

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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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Post Frame Purlin Blocking

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/23 @ 8:00
Post Frame Purlin Blocking

Every time I begin to rest on my laurels and think I have covered all post frame (pole barn) building basics up jumps yet another one to bite me where I deserve to be bitten due to my overlooking it. Our independent drafting team at Hansen Pole Buildings (thanks Kristie) came up with this question […]

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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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Raised Floor Over Crawl Space, Engineered Plans, and a Pool House

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/20 @ 8:00
Raised Floor Over Crawl Space, Engineered Plans, and a Pool House

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about a raised floor over a crawl space, purchase of engineer sealed plans, and moisture issues in an above ground pool house. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Appreciate all the information on your website very awesome it’s a lot to take in we are thinking of building a […]

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Pole Building Layout for Drilling Holes

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/17 @ 8:00
Pole Building Layout for Drilling Holes

Building Layout for Drilling Holes Reader ROGER in LISBON asks: “What is fastest way to layout a building for drilling holes?” From Hansen Pole Buildings’ Construction Manual: Building Layout The building layout establishes exact reference lines and elevations. Care in layout makes construction easier and helps keep building square.  REMINDER:  Building width and length are […]

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How Roof is Done, “Logs” for Kits, and Two-Story “Shoffice”(?)

This Monday, Mike the Pole Barn Guru discusses the ins and outs of a roof, lumber provided with the Kit, and if we can offer a two story shed/office (“Shoffice”?). DEAR POLE BARN GURU: How is the roof done? Do you use screws or nails? Is the frame wood or steel? MARY in MT. PLEASANT […]

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Upstairs Conversion, Building Plans, and Basic Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/06 @ 8:00
Upstairs Conversion, Building Plans, and Basic Buildings

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about converting an upstairs space in a pole barn to a living space, Plans only packages, and a basic building kit. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a 30×30 pole barn with upstairs 2 story shingle roof. Want to convert it to a living space for my […]

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Insulating an Existing Post Frame Building Attic

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/02 @ 8:00
Insulating an Existing Post Frame Building Attic

We are in an era where climate control of brand new post frame buildings is extremely common. It is also much easier to insulate (or plan for it) at time of construction, rather than having to go back and do it afterwards.  For new post frame buildings, here is my Ultimate Guide to Post Frame […]

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Hi, I Should be an Engineer

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/01 @ 8:00
Hi, I Should be an Engineer

Hi, I Should Be an Engineer. Can You Tell Me What I Left Out? Seemingly every Spring I receive an email similar to this one from JOHN in UNION DALE, who it sadly appears has not done much (if any) homework in reading my articles. JOHN writes: “ Hi, I have been doing a couple […]

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Percentage of Price Difference by Building Profile

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/03/31 @ 8:00
Percentage of Price Difference by Building Profile

This ended up being an interesting exercise and it yielded results pretty much as I had expected. Reader RON in MONROE writes: “Can you tell me the approximate percentage difference in pricing or cost of the different building styles? I know this will vary according to the size of the building, etc., so let’s pick […]

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Two Story House, Car Storage, and a Post Frame Basement

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/03/30 @ 8:00
Two Story House, Car Storage, and a Post Frame Basement

Today’s Pole Barn Guru answers questions about building a two story pole barn house, condensation in a car storage building, and how to build a post frame house with a concrete basement. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: We are wanting to build a 2 story pole barn house, it will have an upstairs loft. Would the […]

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Staging Deliveries for DIY Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/03/27 @ 8:00
Staging Deliveries for DIY Pole Buildings

For those who are considering a Do It Yourself (DIY) post frame barndominium, shouse or just a good old barn – not everyone can work at it expediently, or rouse enough person power for a barn raising. There do exist some options. Reader LEE in LOUISIANA writes: “I am in the process of conceptual design […]

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Stilt Home Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/03/25 @ 8:00
Stilt Home Barndominium

Stilt Home Barndominium For many challenging building sites (those with grade change, in flood zones or close to oceans or seas) stilt homes are a viable and practical design solution for barndominiums. Reader DAVID in EMINENCE writes: “We are planning to build in southern Missouri a 30′ x 36′ x10′ post frame home on a […]

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Meeting Barndominium Perimeter Slab Insulation Requirements

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/03/24 @ 8:00
Meeting Barndominium Perimeter Slab Insulation Requirements

Meeting Barndominium Perimeter Slab Insulation Requirements Our world (at least my world) of post frame buildings has evolved quickly into residential construction of barndominiums, shouses (shop/houses) and post frame homes. Having built two shouses for myself, I have learned a lot about what to do and not to do, as well as receiving helpful contributions […]

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