Pole barns are simple structures supported by poles placed in the ground and anchored by concrete. They are easy to create yourself and relatively affordable ways transform your backyard on a low budget. Pole barns are also easy to customize, making them a feasible project for any size of yard or style. If you’re interested in creating a pole barn, you’ll need to collect the following materials: concrete, square posts, wood trusses, metal roofing, metal siding, and nails, screws, and other basic power tools. You’ll also need to properly plan your project and prepare your worksite.
Why Build a Pole Barn?
Pole barns are quick weekend projects with many benefits. They can be used for multiple purposes, including storage for yard tools, cars, and other items, or as an outdoor area for socializing when the weather turns colder. A pole barn can be built in any size, from small square shaped structures to larger rectangular ones, depending on your purpose, making them suitable for nearly any size of yard. They can also be made from a variety of materials in whichever color suits your yard. Finally, pole barns are relatively affordable and can be built with some basic construction materials available at hardware stores nationwide.
Before building your pole barn, it’s important to prepare the site of your barn. Clear the area of rocks, plants, and any other debris, and level the ground to ensure it’s flat. You may need to use fill dirt to smooth the area and create an even surface by filling in holes and other bumpy areas. Creating a level surface before you begin installing your pole barn helps ensure that it will have an even floor and that the poles will easily be placed at the same height. If you overlook this step, you risk an uneven and unattractive finished product.
Plan and Design Your Barn
Now that you know how much space you can use for your barn and have prepared the area, you can begin planning and designing your barn. Consider the purpose of your barn and, if you’re using it for storage, make a list of all the items you intend to store in it to ensure that you build a shed large enough for those items. Then, draw a rectangle and begin mapping out storage areas within it. This will help you determine the size necessary for the barn. You can then choose design elements, like the type of doors you’d prefer and any windows, wainscoting, overhands, porches, and other details. Consider using larger doors than necessary in case your storage needs change over the years.
Depending on your location, your pole barn may need to be designed for heavy snow or wind. Review local building codes and zoning laws to be sure that your structure will meet or exceed them, and make any adjustments to your plans before you start building to avoid costly mistakes.
Budget the Project
You can make a pole barn out of several types of materials, from wood to metal sheeting. You can select the individual materials at your local hardware store or purchase a complete kit, which contains all of the materials needed for a basic pole barn. The pricing may vary based on the materials you select and whether you choose to purchase items piece by piece or in a kit. Review the costs associated with each option before choosing one to be sure that you’ll have enough to finish the project.
Purchasing Your Materials
If you decide to order a pole barn kit, review what materials are included in the kit to determine whether you’ll need anything extra. When the kit arrives, check that all of the necessary materials are included and in good condition before beginning construction. Choose a company that offers long warranties and good customer service for support as you build if it becomes necessary.
If you haven’t chosen to purchase a kit, you’ll need to purchase all of your materials individually. You’ll need concrete footing and pressure treated, rot resistance square posts for the vertical framing. Depending on the type of flooring you choose, you may need more concrete or gravel, though dirt floors are also used in pole barns. To frame the structure, purchase wooden trusses and several 2×4 and 2×12 planks. Finally, purchase the walls and roof pieces, which are traditionally made of metal, and any nails, screws, and other basic tools needed to fasten the structure together.
Building the Pole Barn
Before you begin building your barn, it may be helpful to mark out the boundaries of the structure with spray paint. You can then dig out holes for the corner posts. The holes should be dug three to five feet deep and filled with concrete. Then, insert the poles and ensure they are all set at an even height. Once the concrete dries, you can add the roof support beams and install the trusses. Additional boards will likely be needed for support throughout the structure. Finally, add the siding, roof, doors and any windows or other decorative elements you’ve chosen. Red is a popular color for pole barns, but you can paint yours in any combination of colors for a unique and personalized look.
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