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Installation, Plans, and Quotes

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about the installation of a building, plans provide to erect the structure, and a quote for a potential client.

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you offer installation? Not sure I would have help to put it up. 


DEAR JESSICA: Thank you for your interest in a new Hansen Post Frame building. Our complete post frame building kit packages are designed for an average person who can and will read English to successfully assemble their own beautiful building. We have had clients do nearly every construction process step without any other person to assist them. If you do end up needing an extra pair of hands or more (even complete assembly), capable help is most usually no further away than a free Craigslist ad under “gigs”.

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Good morning, I hope to be helping a ‘friend of a friend’, get plans ready for a Cracker Barn type home they would like to build. They have never built a home, or even thought about it, but they want to ‘do it their self’ which is not a good plan for a first timer. I have a few of her emails where I see she has reached out to Hansen several times, so I wanted to start here. 

My question is:  Do you have anyone in the Nashville TN area who could oversee her project? I have noticed that some ‘pole barn’ companies do, and some do not.  She would definitely need a ‘do’.


Engineer sealed pole barnDEAR GINGER: Actually “do it their self” is a perfectly acceptable plan for a first timer – at least as we provide post frame building kit packages. Our plans (view sample plans here: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/sample-building-plans/) are detailed down to showing each and every board and connection, our nearly 500 page Construction Manual walks every DIY person through assembly process step by step and includes actual photos. Feeling stuck, unsure or have any other assembly challenge? Hansen Pole Buildings provides free Technical Support to work with clients to guide them around pitfalls.

I have personally been involved with nearly 20,000 successful post frame building projects. One thing in common with each one – there has never been a need for an onsite project overseer. If your friend of a friend can and will read English, they can build for themselves are far nicer finished building than they will get from any building contractor.


DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Good afternoon! My husband and I own land in Defiance County, Ohio and have discussed building a residential pole barn. I’ve reviewed your website and am interested in getting more information about your residential pole barns. Could you point me in the right direction as to where to start? Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you! AMY in DEFIANCE

DEAR AMY: Please dial 1(866)200-9657 and discuss your wants and needs with a Hansen Pole Buildings Designer.



Installing Buildings, Additions, and Custom Designs

Today the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about installing buildings, adding on to an existing structure, and custom designs.

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: If we purchased from your company do have does it come with installing in Hedgesville WV. Thank you. BRENDA in HEDGESVILLE

DEAR BRENDA: Our buildings are designed to be able to be successfully constructed by anyone who can and will read instructions in English. And frankly, an average building owner will probably end up with a far better resultant than if a construction ‘professional’ was hired. We are not contractors or installers anywhere.



DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a detached block building that I would like to attach a 30×30 building on one side. Is it possible to mix the construction methods and have a shared wall or do they need to be separated with a breezeway or the like? The shared wall would be the gable end of the building. Frost heave is a concern in my area.

My thinking would be to do concrete piers under each post that go from below the frost line to few inches above grade. Would the two sides move too differently to work? ROBERT in ANNAPOLIS

DEAR ROBERT: It’s certainly possible to mix two dissimilar construction methods. Post frame buildings lend themselves well to being attached to a myriad of other types of structures.

As to frost heave movement, new addition portion of site can be prepared to virtually assure there will be no heave. You can read about prevention of frost heave here: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2011/10/preventing_frost_heaves_in_pole_building_construction/

If you prepare new site properly, then any movement issues could be attributed to existing block building – hopefully you have not been experiencing them.

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I built a Hanson building kit many years ago. The gable ends were framed with 2×12, center pole, and purlins sat on a 2×8? and were nailed thru 2×12. Is this still an option for gable ends with sliding doors? DAN in HARRINTON

About Hansen BuildingsDEAR DAN: If you absolutely loved your previous building kit, then it must be one of ours! In all seriousness, I have searched through our records and we do not show you as having been a previous client. Also, we have never designed buildings with raftered ends, rather than trusses, unless it was to be pole and rafter design without any trusses, or was a specific request by a client. We also use engineered hangers to connect roof purlins to rafters or trusses, rather than reliance upon a nailed only connection on top of a ledger.

Whilst it would be possible to design such as you have suggested, it may merely add complexity, without benefit of gaining any interior height. My recommendation, call (866)200-9657 and discuss your particular needs with a Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer.