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How Much is the White Gambrel Barn?

How Much is the White Gambrel Barn?

Reader ALLISON in SALIDA writes:

“I’m wondering what it would cost to build the large white gambrel style barn that’s on your website.  Thanks!”

This building has been featured in places like covers of NFBA’s post frame building design manual and Rural Builder magazine. It is truly a monument to what fully engineered post frame buildings can do.

My lovely bride Judy and I happen to live in this building. We put it up 15 years ago for just under $400,000 (turnkey) and have since added features such as a full sized elevator, custom cabinets, granite countertops, hardwood flooring and tile. We recently had it reassessed for insurance and it came back with a replacement cost right at a million dollars for roughly 8000 finished square feet.

Now not every barndominium has all of our home’s features. All windows are triple-pane low-E gas filled. Primary heat is geothermal radiant in-floor. CHI overhead doors are highest R value available, with openers. Lower level begins with a 48′ x 60′ half court for basketball, with 16′ ceilings. It is clearspanned with floor trusses (yes, 48′) so there are no interior columns. On one side are two 18′ x 24′ offices with built in oak desks, drawers, cabinets. Front office has a vaulted ceiling (slopes from 17 to 11 feet). Opposite side has garage space for my 1950 Chevy pickup and motorcycle, a sauna, bathroom, kitchenette and utility room for hot water heater and water conditioner. There is a finished storage area above this of nearly 500 square feet. Besides our full sized elevator, opposite it is a tube elevator. Also on this level is a mechanical room for a big elevator and directly above it a huge storage closet.

Upstairs we have a 40′ x 60′ living area with my ideal dream kitchen (roughly 20′ x 25′) open to our great room. (Read more about this kitchen here: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2020/05/not-your-average-kitchen-in-a-barndominium/) Master suite is in one corner 20′ x 32′ including an ADA bathroom, laundry and a roll in closet. Above is my wife’s sewing loft. (photos of loft in this article: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2020/03/a-mezzanine-for-your-barndominium/)  All of this level also has 16 foot ceilings. Besides elevators, there is a four foot width oak stairs to access this level from below. We also have a pantry on this floor, large enough for a refrigerator and an upright freezer, plus two foot deep shelves on two walls. There are gas fireplaces in both master suite and the great room.

This is what one does with a 16 foot tall great room wall:

If you ever get to Northeast South Dakota, drop us a note and we will give you a tour.

Gold Key of Excellence Award

Rural Builder Key of ExcellenceRural Builder magazine has sponsored the Gold Key of Excellence Award for 33 years. This award relies upon a ballot process which allows builders in the rural industry to vote for the companies which provide the best products and services time and time again.

The balloting process begins in late February each year, with the final selections announced in the July issue of Rural Builder.

In 2014, Rural Builder awarded to only 59 companies across the United States their Gold Key of Excellence.

Today I am proud to say I received an Email today from Sharon Thatcher, Editor of Rural Builder magazine, announcing the selection of Hansen Pole Buildings as a Gold Key of Excellence award winner for 2015. As such, Hansen Pole Buildings will be featured in July’s Rural Builder along with the other deserving recipients.

Part of what has allowed Hansen Pole Buildings to reach this pinnacle has been the relationships we have with other Gold Key of Excellence recipients, who are among our valued vendors and suppliers.

Among these (listed in order by the number of years they have received the Gold Key Award) are:

Plyco Corporation https://www.plyco.com/ – commercial steel entry doors

Fabral https://www.fabral.com – steel roofing and siding

Maze Nails https://www.mazenails.com – threaded hardened nails

American Building Components https://www.abcmetalroofing.com – steel roofing and siding

RigidPly Rafters https://www.rigidply.com – glulaminated columns

National Hardware https://www.natman.com – sliding door components

Leland Industries https://www.lelandindustries.com – powder coated screws

MWI Components https://www.mwicomponents.com – cupolas

Marco Industries https://www.marcoindustries.com – foam closures

Simpson Strong-Tie https://www.strongtie.com – joist hangers

Perma-Column https://www.permacolumn.com – brackets to anchor columns to foundations

Schweiss Doors https://www.bifold.com – hydraulic and bi-fold doors for hangars and agriculture

Thank you again to our vendors without whom we could not provide the high levels of quality and service which gained us the Gold Key of Excellence Award. And most of all, thank you to the builders and those who recognize the commitment made by Hansen Pole Buildings to provide each and every client with an exceptional post frame building experience.

Residential Pole Barns

Common Sense – It Isn’t Common Any More

As reported in the West Frankfort, Illinois Daily American, in an article posted November 12, 2014 by Leigh M. Caldwell:

“The much-discussed ordinance establishing codes for mobile homes, modular homes, portable buildings and pole barns will go back before city commissioners tonight for a vote.

West Frankfort’s Planning Commission has drafted a couple of different versions of the ordinance over the past few months, garnering much discussion and public comment.

As for portable buildings and pole barns, the proposed ordinance would ban them from being used as residences. Anyone wanting to build a so-called pole barn house would have to meet the requirements for residential structures.”

residential-homeFor the benefit of the unenlightened in West Frankfort (or anywhere else in the United States), “pole barns” are actually more technically “post frame buildings” and their construction is covered as Code Conforming in the International Codes.

It could be unlawful, as well as possibly unethical, for a jurisdiction to deny a Code conforming structural building system. However, as best I have been able to ascertain, to place limitations upon types of roofing and/or siding as well as even colors is certainly within a jurisdiction’s area of control.

Now if you are one who is faced with these types of limitations – keep in mind the folks who have enacted them were either elected by you, or appointed to positions by the folks you elected!

Regardless of the type of building system, whether it be stick framed (stud walls), masonry, concrete, straw bale, or yes – even pole barns – if it falls under residential pole barns, the International Residential Code (IRC) requirements must be adhered to.

The September 2014 Rural Builder Magazine recently focused upon residential pole barns, including the cover story which was authored by yours truly! To read more visit: https://www.constructionmagnet.com/post-frame-technique/post-frame-comes-home-part-i-brave-new-world-of-the-pole-barn-house