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Multi-Story Pole Barns, Rubber Coatings on Posts, and Heavy Snow Loads

Today’s Pole Barn Guru answers questions about multi-story pole barns, rubber coatings on  posts, and building for heavy snow loads.

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am looking into a multi-story pole barn with the top story being a home. I would need outside assess to the top story also. Do you build the pole barn or just send the materials. DEBBY in OJAI


DEAR DEBBY: We provide multi-story post frame (pole barn) building homes on a regular basis. Having outside access to your second floor is highly doable. We are not contractors in any state, we provide complete custom designs, third-party engineer sealed, all materials delivered to your site as well as complete construction assembly instructions for an average individual to successfully erect their on beautiful home.

 

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Is there an issue with rubber coating a post with liquid rubber for first 6 feet of the pole (or coating the whole post even) and pouring concrete and slab together around the posts in pier-slab foundation style? ROB in JACKSON

DEAR ROB: As long as your proposed product is nonflammable and has no toxic off gassing then it should not prove to be an issue other than time and expense to protect a product having an ability already to outlast any of us. You should read: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2017/12/will-poles-rot-off/. It would also behoove you to have your building’s engineer of record sign off on using your product of choice.

 

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: We are in an area of 120 – 150 snow load in the mountains of MT and want to error on the 150 load side when building our shed. The shed plan is 30×70 (2 RV doors) on the 30 side) with a 15×70 enclosed lean to (car garage door on the 15 side) that will have a car garage, workshop and storage room. Can we do a pole building with this size of shed and snow load or do we have to go stick built? KIM in BIGFORK

DEAR KIM: Post frame construction lends itself to high snow load requirements much better than stick built. We just finished designs for a building is Truckee California where snow load is 390 psf.

 

 

Hansen in Washington, Alternate Siding and Roofing, and Post Frame Homes

This Monday, the Pole Barn Guru responds to questions about Hansen’s service area, alternate siding and roofing, and post frame homes.

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you service this area? MARELYN in TENINO, WA

DEAR MARELYN: Thank you for your interest in a new Hansen Pole Building. Not only do we service Tenino and its surrounds, we provide more post frame building kit packages in Washington than any other state. For those of you outside of Washington, we have delivered our post frame buildings to every state in our country – you are never far away from a Hansen Pole Building!

 

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Can you build a pole building that has brick on the outside with a shingled roof? SEAN in GRANITEVILLE

DEAR SEAN: A beauty of post frame (pole) building construction is virtually any variety of materials can be utilized for roofing and siding. This would include have a bricked exterior as well as a shingled roof.

Unless you happen to be in a neighborhood with restrictions against steel roofing, you might want to consider not using shingles and here is why: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2015/03/shingle-warranties/.

 

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: My husband and I are interested in building a Residential Pole Barn home. Can you please send a catalog of Residential Pole Barn Kits that you offer and pricing.

Thanking you in advance. JUDYANN in HEMET

DEAR JUDYANN: Thank you very much for your interest in a new Hansen Pole Building. Because all of our buildings are 100% custom, we can design and provide virtually anything you can imagine as a post frame building. This also means we have no catalog. Find a home design you like and we can fit it into being a post frame building. One of our Building Designers will be reaching out to you to further discuss your needs or you can dial 1(866)200-9657.

 

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Need an Engineer in Utah?

I’ve never met or spoken with engineer Max Gregersen, engineer. I don’t even know for certain if he is an excellent engineer or not. What I DO know is he is not so egotistical as to believe he knows it all and he will reach out to others for assistance. This in itself speaks volumes to me.

Max recently wrote to me:

“Hello,

I have a client who has requested post and beam with light frame wood framing using preformed metal panels for roof (standing rib) and walls (ribbed panels) in 2015 IRC Seismic Design Category D1 without plywood or OSB sheathing under the metal panels for the roof or walls. 

This would require the metal panels to act as shearwalls and roof diaphragm with a light-framed wood supporting structure.

  • Is this something that you have done any past residential home projects?
  • Are there any ICC ES reports or shake table testing your technical engineering team is aware of that covers this?

Thanks, 

Max A. Gregersen, P.E., S.E.
Principal Structural/Earthquake Engineer

GREGERSEN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING, INC.
1143 Two Moons Circle
Ivins, UT 84738 USA

385.232.1747 “

And my response:

Dear Max ~

Thank you very much for reaching out to us. Any standing seam panels will have to be installed over 5/8″ CDX plywood and minimum 30# felt per manufacturer’s recommendations. You can read more here: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2015/08/standing-seam-steel/

There are published tables of the shear values of various configurations of ribbed panels in the NFBA Post-Frame Building Design Manual (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2015/03/post-frame-building-3/).

In most jurisdictions you should not even be questioned as to the validity of these numbers, as they not only followed rigid testing standards but have also performed admirably over the test of time.

You may want to have your client consider post frame construction totally, as opposed to traditional light wood framing as it offers a great deal of flexibility in design, lower costs and quicker construction times.

In need of an engineered post frame building in any state (or just want the peace of mind which comes with one)? Call us at Hansen Pole Buildings (866)200-9657. Need a Structural/Earthquake engineer in Utah, you might try Max!

Can’t Afford a Backyard Guesthouse? Think Again

Hansen Pole Buildings GuesthouseWho wouldn’t want a backyard guesthouse and the endless possibilities it offers? You could use your guesthouse to host friends from out of town or house parents or in-laws. You could earn some extra income by renting out your guesthouse on Homeaway or Airbnb, or you could use it as your very own sanctuary for a relaxing staycation.

Unfortunately, many homeowners convince themselves that the cost of building a guesthouse on their property is too steep to justify the project, no matter how much they would enjoy the additional living space. However, price doesn’t have to be an obstacle when you use a pole building house kit to construct your beautiful pole barn guesthouse.

What is a Pole Building and How Can It Become a Guesthouse?

Pole buildings are cost-effective, easy-to-install permanent structures. As the name suggests, poles play a significant role in the design: pressure-treated timber columns are embedded in the ground to support primary structural frames. The walls and roof of the building are supported and connected with purlins, girts, and sheathing. This is a building style that has its roots in agricultural communities. You may have seen pole barns before! More recently, this affordable, customizable, and versatile structure has become increasingly popular for primary homes, seasonal cabins, hobby buildings, and guesthouses.

While the standard pole building can have a somewhat industrial look, your pole building can be designed with your preferred aesthetic in mind, whether you’re looking for a rustic back garden cottage or a modern, minimalist detached studio. When you order from Hansen Pole Buildings, you can get a custom pole house building kit with each component designed to meet safety, space, and style needs.

Adding a Pole Building Guesthouse

Before you decide to add a pole building guesthouse, you will, of course, need to check your city’s zoning and property laws. Building codes vary from place to place, but in most cities, you will need a building permit to add a new standalone structure to your property.

Once you’ve obtained the proper permitting, the actual construction process is relatively straightforward. Because residential pole barns come in prefabricated kits with detailed instructions, it’s not even necessary to hire a construction crew—many ambitious DIYers choose to construct their own pole barn guesthouses.

With your pole building completed, it’s up to you to decide how you want to use it. Maybe you’ll decide to host more visitors—or to set aside the space for your own work or relaxation. There’s no wrong way to use a pole building guesthouse.

Can’t Afford a Guest House? Think Again

DSCN0060Who wouldn’t want a guest house and the endless possibilities it offers? You could use your guest house to host friends from out of town or house parents or in-laws. You could earn some extra income by renting out your guest house on HomeAway or Airbnb, or you could use it as your very own sanctuary for a relaxing staycation.

Unfortunately, many homeowners convince themselves that the cost of building a guest house on their property is too steep to justify the project, no matter how much they would enjoy the additional living space. However, price doesn’t have to be an obstacle when you use a pole building kit.

What is a Pole Building and How Can It Become a Guest House?

Pole buildings are cost-effective, easy-to-install permanent structures. As the name suggests, poles play a significant role in the design: pressure-treated timber columns are embedded in the ground to support primary structural frames. The walls of the building are supported and connected with purlins, girts, and sheathing. This is a building style that has its roots in agricultural communities (you may have seen pole barns before), but more recently, this affordable and versatile structure has become increasingly popular for primary homes, seasonal cabins, hobby buildings, and guest houses.

While the standard pole building can have a somewhat industrial look, your pole building can be designed with your preferred aesthetic in mind, whether you’re looking for a rustic back garden cottage or a modern, minimalist detached studio. When you order from Hansen Pole, you can get a custom pole building kit with each component designed to meet safety, space, and style needs.

Adding a Pole Building Guest House

Before you decide to add a pole building guest house, you will, of course, need to check your city’s zoning and property laws. Building codes vary from place to place, but in most cities, you will need a building permit to add a new standalone structure to your property.

Once you’ve obtained the proper permitting, the actual construction process is relatively straightforward. Because pole buildings come in prefabricated kits with detailed instructions, it’s not even necessary to hire a construction crew—many ambitious DIYers choose to construct their own pole building guest houses.

With your pole building completed, it’s up to you to decide how you want to use it. Maybe you’ll decide to host more visitors—or to set aside the space for your own work or relaxation. There’s no wrong way to use a pole building guest house.

If you have questions about creating an affordable guest house call us at 1-866-200-9657 for a quote.

The Rise of the Barndominium

barndominium-2 When you look at a barn, what do you see? A space for hay or machinery storage? Living quarters for livestock? If you’re like the increasing number of people in the market for a barndominium, you may see it as something completely different: a home.

So what is a barndominium? It’s any barn or pole building that has been converted into a residence, with all the amenities and comforts of a traditional house. In some cases, homeowners will choose to leave the bottom floor of their barndominium as open storage space (e.g. for farm equipment or a classic car collection). while building a loft apartment on the top floor.

Other homeowners will turn the entire building into a luxury home, with stained concrete floors, high ceilings, and large sliding doors. Barndominiums can also be weekend retreats, seasonal hunting lodges, or year-round residences.

Benefits of Barndominiums

While still not a well-known housing type, barndominium homes are becoming increasingly popular, especially in Texas and the Southwest. What’s the appeal? Part of the draw for some people is the affordability. The cost to build a barndominium is significantly lower than the cost to construct a traditional house, and in many cases, this type of pole building will come with lower insurance and tax rates.

gambrel-barndominiumBarndominiums can also be constructed relatively quickly and easily. Barndominium material kits are readily available, allowing the do-it-yourselfer to assemble their own home or bring in a contractor for a reasonable price. Once barndominium contractors have completed their project, the exterior maintenance requirements are minimal.

One of the other major advantages of the barndominium is the amount of flexible space it provides. Thanks to post frame design, builders can add walls wherever they want—or leave the space completely open. As you’ll see if you perform a quick online search for barndominium pictures, there are few limitations with this kind of structure.

Ideas for Barndominiums

Although it’s certainly not a requirement, many barndominium homes include workshops, storage spaces, or even stables. (In fact, for horse owners, eliminating the cost of horse boarding may be reason enough to construct a barndominium.)

Of course, other homebuilders want their barndominium to look more like a traditional home—and to include some luxury amenities. Some barndomonium builders opt to take the money they’ve saved on construction and put it towards features like granite kitchen countertops, patios, or swimming pools. Some also turn the large open space that their barndominium provides into an area to entertain large groups of guests.

barndominium-interiorIn terms of decorating a barndominium, the sky’s the limit. While pole buildings may naturally have a more simple look, many barndo owners customize their homes to have a more rustic appearance, using features such as wood beams, faux brick walls, and antique decorations. Of course, it’s just as easy to opt for a modern design, with open, airy spaces and wide glass doors and full-length windows. A common misconception is that barndominium pole buildlings must have metal sidings or a metal roof. That’s just not the case. A pole building can be designed and built with any roof or siding materials!

While barndominiums may still be somewhat niche, it’s easy to see why more and more people are starting to search for barndominium kits for sale. If you think this sounds like the right type of home for you and your family, contact Hansen Buildings for a quote on a custom pole barndominium kit.

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