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Building Design Solutions

Next thing you know….

One of our Building Designers, Bob, and I were sharing stories about our client’s favorite objections. You know, why they are procrastinating moving forward with their new building projects.

Keep in mind, our clients usually contact us because they have a problem. Something like, “My wife/husband wants to be able to use the garage/basement/family room and needs my stuff out of there!” Another favorite is, “I’ve been paying to store my stuff or board my horse and am tired of having to drive there and/or make someone else’s building payments”.

Or, you are heading towards your goals – a home business, expanding your existing business, or you just need more space.

Now Bob and I had shared several stories we had heard in the past, but he came up with what may be the all time winner…..

Here is Bob’s favorite. This is from a client who is certainly a part of rural Americana at its best. The gentleman told Bob:

“I will put down posts and then lay a 6×6 horizontally on top of cut off posts 2 feet off the ground and place a lesser building on top because I have trees nearby with aggressive roots.  I’ve seen what these roots have done to my brick wall and I don’t want the same thing going on with my building.” 

Certainly a building design solution we are not familiar with and we hope it works well for him.  It better be somewhere with little or no wind.

Building materials are at historic lows, in relationship to inflation. There is has never been a better time to invest in a new pole building.

What is YOUR reason for not having your problems solved, or reaching for your goals?

The Truth About Setting A Pole Building Budget

Shhhh….somebody might hear you.

We want to know what your budget is for your new pole building. You know, how much do you have set aside for the building (or are planning to borrow to pay for it)? This dollar amount should be cash on hand (which you are willing to invest into your new pole barn) plus the amount you can borrow.

But….you may be thinking, “If I tell you how much I have to spend, you will overcharge me”!

Wrong – the goal is to be able to see to it you get the most possible value in your new building, for every dollar spent.

Plan Your Budget With our Building Planning Guide

With the knowledge of your pole building budget, the problems you want your building to solve for you, and goals your new pole barn will help you reach, your Building Designer can best work with you. Numerous factors can be adjusted to save you dollars, or to get you a larger, or more featured garage, shop or riding arena.

Working from a given set of features, the greater the “footprint” of your building, the lower in cost per square foot it will be. My premise has always been, to construct the largest building I can afford, and possibly fit onto the available space. At my own home, I have a very narrow lot, which is 14 degrees out of square. By building the building to follow the 5’ setbacks required from the lot lines, I was able to construct a three story tall shop!

Is your dream pole building a little over budget? If so, some features can be installed at a later date. Overhead door openings can be left, with the doors to be installed at a later date, when more funds become available. Concrete floors and driveways can easily be poured after the building has been constructed, making for a large savings in cash, which can be allocated towards the original pole building shell.

In my bride’s words of wisdom, “To get the most value for your building dollar, put the four corners as far apart as possible!”