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Porch Addition Ideas for Your Post Frame Building

Post frame building porch

Modern post frame buildings can take on many forms and functions. From agricultural buildings, and functional equestrian, to commercial, civic, and storage buildings. With considerable design flexibility, building owners can add architectural features to their post frame buildings such as a post frame building porch. These details can make them more inviting and valuable.

Consider adding a porch with an overhang adjacent to your new post frame building. This addition may serve as a place to relax and entertain, host events, enjoy the scenery, or reflect on the events of the day. The feature can also make the approach to your post frame building more inviting and appealing. This can be a big benefit for businesses or community areas.

Why Add a Porch to Your Post Frame Building?

While a porch does not add any real structural benefits to your post frame building, it certainly adds value to the curb appeal. It can also add to the functionality of the structure. Whether the porch is in front, back, along a side, or elsewhere, the porch area and other added features break up the “rectangular” nature of the building’s form. And while that new porch can add a sheltered recreational and entertainment area, it will likely become a focal point for many future activities.

What Are the Options For Post Frame Porch Additions?

Before starting, it is important to consider zoning issues. This can include setbacks and height restrictions. Consult the local zoning authority before committing to a plan. Post frame building professionals like Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings can advise how to proceed and identify any limitations.

Depending on your post frame building’s purpose and, perhaps, the orientation relative to accessibility, views, and other factors, consider the location of the porch area. There are several different ways to position your porch addition and various length options.

Consider these:

Front Porch

A front porch can provide an inviting covered entryway to the building. If the structure is intended for customers or visitors, a well-designed addition can serve as an inviting, nicely decorated entryway.

Back Porch

A back porch offers a more private entryway. This could be to a workshop, separate quarters, an office, a lounge, or other space. At the same time, the front entry may be reserved for the storage of vehicles and equipment. The back porch can serve as a covered, well-decorated rear access. Here you can add plenty of seating and other features to entertain visitors.

Recessed Porch

A recessed porch is an “outside” area created by replacing a ground-level corner of the larger structure. This indented area offers a shaded, covered area with protection from the two resulting sidewalls. The overhead ceiling is created by the second story of the structure.

Wrap-Around Porch

Your post frame porch does not need to be limited to the front or back, or under a corner. Instead, your design can extend the porch from one side to the next or around the building if you prefer. This adds more covered exterior space to relax and entertain as the sun moves across the sky. Plus, a great design can make your building even more attractive. For retail operators, the extra square footage also provides more protected areas to display your goods.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

A post frame supplier, designer, and builder supplying Northern Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and Northwest Ohio, Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings has been a vanguard in the post frame business for over four decades.

Contact the post frame experts at Pacemaker to discuss your post frame building needs and solicit advice about the construction and placement of multi-functional porches to enhance the appearance of your structure.

To learn about the many effective ways that durable, adaptable, and economical post frame buildings can serve you, visit the Pacemaker Post frame website or call the Pacemaker professionals at 1-888-834-4448.



Design Ideas for RV Post Frame Storage Buildings

RV and boat in post frame storage building.

Post frame buildings are the perfect solution for all sorts of situations. An important reason for their popularity is that post frame designs are easily adaptable. The dimensions can be adjusted to accommodate various tall, wide, and long vehicles and equipment with plenty of open space to maneuver. Post frame storage buildings are a great solution to store RVs, campers, or boats.

Providing shelter for RVs and trailers has become a substantial and growing need, and post frame designers and builders have the most economical, practical, and effective solutions.

Building to Store Your Camper, RV, or Boat

Boating and camping are marvelous family-oriented activities, especially for those who love the great outdoors. But, as the winds blow and the days get shorter, many RV and boat owners return to their permanent shelters, continually looking for ways to protect their oversized summertime gear. After all, the equipment lasts much longer if you can protect it from winter weather.

However, in most cases, a standard-sized garage and garage door will not do the job. It’s time to think about building a structure that will fit your vehicle, boat, or possibly a horse trailer.

The height of the entry and the interior of the building should be the primary consideration during planning. Additional floor space will also come in handy if you plan to store other equipment in addition to the oversized item.

Things to consider when designing your camper or boat facility:

Placement and Access

RVs and campers can be difficult to maneuver in tight spots. Your first objective should be to define the location and orientation of the structure’s footprint. Ensure that there are no overhead obstructions like power lines or tree limbs.

The design should also allow easy access and entry. Consider also adding supplementary driveway access where necessary.

Plan for Growth

What you decide today may not be sufficient in just a few years. As we know, replacement campers and boats are often larger than the originals. Families and their needs may grow, as such, recreational toys also tend to get larger. Make sure to allow more space in your plan. It may not seem necessary at first, but you will be glad you did as the years pass.

Blending in Aesthetically

Your post frame building does not need to detract from the appearance of your home or neighborhood. Use aesthetics, textures, and colors for your new building to incorporate elements that complement rather than detract from the surrounding structures.

Professional designers can use three-dimensional, computer-aided design (CAD) techniques to help you visualize the final project and make any color and style changes.

Consider a Multi-Use Post Frame Building

Perhaps building a new post frame building just for your RV or boat may seem a little extravagant. But the dream of a new and modern post frame building may trigger thoughts of many other “what ifs,” like a workshop, office, lounge, “man-cave,” adjacent outdoor patio, or a kitchen for grilling and entertaining. Consider combining several uses to make the most out of your new building.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

A long-time leader and innovator in post frame building design, supply, and construction, Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings works closely with all their Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio clients to ensure they achieve their objectives. Whether for agriculture, equestrian, vehicle storage, or commercial purposes, Pacemaker provides expertise and support to build the economic and durable post frame buildings their customers require.

Visit the Pacemaker Gallery on their website to view some recent complete projects and get some creative ideas about your future post frame project.

For a no-obligation consultation to discuss a custom post frame building, contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings in North Webster, Indiana. You may complete the brief Contact Form on the Pacemaker website. Or, you may phone Pacemaker at (888)-834-4448.

Building a Post Frame Structure to Withstand High Winds

Post frame building shown with storm clouds.

Modern post frame buildings have a built-in design feature that allows them to be safe and secure in extremely high wind conditions while other types of buildings could suffer substantial damage or even collapse. There are many documented instances where post frame structures have survived hurricanes and tornadoes.

Standard “stick-frame” and other types of construction do not always fare as well in extreme wind conditions. This is because they typically connect to their foundations right at ground level. However, as they are supported by sturdy, deeply embedded posts, post frame buildings can withstand winds effectively. They do this by redirecting the wind forces into the ground below the building.

Concrete anchoring can provide more stability for these vertical posts in areas where extreme wind conditions above 90 miles per hour occur.

Designing a Post Frame Building for Maximum Wind Resistance

In many places, the weather is becoming less predictable year-to-year. Temperatures are rising on average, and weather events are occurring in places where they never did before. Excessive wind storms are also happening more frequently across the midwest. Building designers must now consider how to incorporate even more protection against the threat of high winds. They must factor in sustained and continuous wind, as well as gusty, sudden wind storms.

Orient the Building According to the Prevailing Winds

During the design phase, consider the location and the direction the building should face. The location and direction can reduce the building’s exposure and minimize the effects of the prevailing winds. The USDA provides a tool to help identify the historic wind tendencies in each area. This allows designers to orient the structure in the most beneficial wind direction, while also ensuring it is efficient for use.

Reduce Spacing of Vertical Posts

You can strengthen the overall structure of the building by narrowing the distance between the vertical posts. Instead of eight-foot distancing, six-foot spacing can provide a more robust defense against abnormally high winds. Similarly, the roof girt spacing can be narrowed to strengthen the roof structure and prevent lift.

Dig Deep and Anchor

Vertical post frame posts should always reach at least four feet below the ground’s surface. For areas with higher wind potential, at least six feet deep adds an extra degree of stability. For further strength, use preformed concrete footings or consider refilling each hole with concrete rather than dirt or gravel.

Employ the Most Secure Fasteners Everywhere

Joints and connections must be strong to ensure the integrity of the post frame building during extremely windy conditions.

  • Truss-to-Column connections could be bolted rather than nailed or screwed.
  • Pay close attention to all support bracing and connectors. This will ensure the high winds will transfer evenly through the trusses, walls, and columns into the ground beneath the building. Distributing the forces evenly will ensure the post frame building can withstand whatever nature offers.
  •  Use screws, not nails, to attach metal siding. This helps the building withstand heavy winds by reducing the chance of the material lifting and tearing.
  • Keep Doors and Windows Closed

Close and latch doors and windows when not in use, especially when a storm is approaching. If the wind has a chance to enter through one of these openings, the potential for damage will increase dramatically.

Check with Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Pacemaker has four decades of experience dealing with unpredictable, high-velocity wind conditions in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes Region.

As a result, Pacemaker’s post frame designs, structural components, and fasteners are designed specifically to withstand the windy, stormy conditions of that sector of the country.

To view, many of Pacemaker’s beautiful, economical, and rugged post frame buildings, visit their Website Gallery. You will see many attractive commercial, agricultural, equestrian, and even residential solutions by Pacemaker.

Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings serves clients in Northeastern Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and Northwest Ohio from the base of operations in North Webster, Indiana.

To discuss your needs or ideas, complete the brief Contact Us form on the website, and one of our post frame experts will contact you promptly. Or, you may call Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings at 888.834.4448.