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Pole Barn Construction Process: 4 Steps You Need to Know

Pole-Barn-Construction-Process_-4-Steps-You-Need-to-Know-315Pole barn construction process in 4 efficient steps. Pole barns and post frame buildings offer many advantages over conventional construction methods. As they are supported by vertical columns embedded at a minimum of 48” into the ground, concrete foundations are usually not needed. As a result, site preparation is simplified, typically requiring removing the organic material and building a pad with granular compacted fill material, respectively.

Additionally, the pole barn framing process is generally more efficient since the complex network of “stick frame” construction is not needed.

Building a Pole Barn from Concept to Completion

While pole barn design and construction are significant; following the correct procedures to do it will help to avoid headaches along the way.

Here are the four necessary steps for constructing a quality, long-lasting post frame barn.

Builder Selection and Contract Development

Select a reputable builder with experience and expertise specifically for post frame buildings. Collaborate with them on planning, permits, start time, construction time estimates, cost estimates, and other details that can be envisioned at this time.

If needed, you will begin to work with a lender for financing during this phase.

Design, Planning, and Permits

Working with your builder’s design team, finalize the plan that incorporates all requirements for the post frame structure. Pay attention to:

  • Floor elevations
  • Access and egress points
  • Doorways and windows
  • Storage capacity
  • Directional orientation of the building
  • Possible overhead obstructions such as trees and powerlines

At this stage, you should be able to stake out the perimeter.

Once the plans are fully conceptualized, it is time to head to the local authorities with these to get permit approval to proceed. A contract may be created at this time, although design changes may create some modifications later.

At this point, you and the project manager will organize the list of materials and dimensions needed to build the barn. Allow the supplier enough time to produce and ship the building components to the site.

Pre-Construction Phase

With plans in place, permits in hand, contract completed, materials ordered, and financing secured, the pre-construction process can begin.

Site preparation for post frame buildings requires that the ground is level. Additionally, all vegetation must be removed to at least four feet from the external perimeter of the proposed building. The surface around the base of the building should slope away from the structure to ensure that water does not accumulate within the structure.

With site preparation complete, you will need to request a site inspection before moving on to the construction phase.

Construction and Completion Phase

The expected arrival of the construction materials on-site and the availability of the builder’s crew will determine the official start of the construction.

Construction preparations will include:

  • Final review of the design
  • Materials inspection to ensure everything has arrived
  • Laying out components in “envelope fashion” to determine that everything “fits” properly
  • Workforce assignments

At this point, the time to completion estimates should be accurate. One advantage of post frame construction is that the build-time is generally shorter than with other types of construction due to the efficiency of design.

Upon completion, conduct a walk-through inspection with your builder representative to identify any issues.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings is a leading manufacturer, designer, and builder of post frame materials and buildings. For four decades, this Northern Indiana family-owned and operated construction company has created post frame buildings for municipal, agricultural, retail, educational, religious, and equestrian uses.

Before beginning your pole barn or post frame building project, consult with the experts at Pacemaker to help you through the process.

Visit the Pacemaker website to view many of their beautiful and highly functional completed projects.

For more information, phone the professionals at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings at 1-888-834-4448.

Pole Barn Farm Shop Layout Ideas


Post frame buildings, also known as pole barns, are one of the most useful buildings on a farm. And generally the most versatile. Commonly designed for housing large animals and equipment, pole barns are also ideal for storing feed, tools, tack, and other necessities.

Another typical application within a modern post frame building is the addition of a farm shop. Whether the entire building is to become a workshop for your vehicles and equipment repair, or part of the building is to be partitioned off to become a shop. Therefore many options are possible.

For those who need the room to make or repair items for use on the farm, having a well-equipped and orderly shop can be well worth the investment in space and cost.

Include a Pole Barn Farm Shop in Your Building

Creating a shop within your existing post frame agricultural building for keeping tools and working on equipment or woodworking projects is not difficult. The interiors of any post frame structure are not obstructed nor limited by interior beams or load-bearing walls.

The openness makes selecting a location to partition for a shop an easy decision. Your plan should be to locate space that does not limit other uses of the building while creating a sufficiently sized, well-lighted area to work and store supplies and tools efficiently.

If you are starting from scratch, you should plan a specific area of the building for working on equipment. Also, carve out ample space for storing spare parts, fuel, lubricants, tools, air and oil filters, and anything else you may routinely need. Having enough space to keep everything orderly allows you to:

  • take advantage of volume purchases
  • keep everything in its place
  • not lose tools and parts because of over-crowded conditions

To accommodate large vehicles, you may include an oversized overhead or sliding door. If you wish to store items upstairs, an upper floor may be added, and a stairway added.

And, for convenience, adding a bathroom is a great consideration.

Money and time saved by these advantages plus the efficiency of being able to perform your service efficiently will eventually pay off any additional expense of creating a barn shop and storage in your post frame structure.

Create a Dedicated Post Frame Shop Building

For those dedicated to creating their own “garage” workshop, post frame buildings are perfect and economical. Easy and quick to build, using fewer materials and less labor. These buildings can be designed to replicate the appearance of the main home or other buildings. Owners can purpose-design their post frame structure to fit their needs. Thus precisely creating the right amount of space, customized configuration, and the appropriate door size for the intended purpose.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Custom-designed and built post frame farm and home workshops are popular options for those who repair and service equipment themselves. In many instances, these shops serve as wood or metal workshops to restore or create new items for the home or farm.

Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings has been serving the upper Midwest and Great Lakes Region with design, materials, and support for high-quality post frame buildings for four decades.

Visit the Pacemaker website to see their Gallery of the remarkable and versatile buildings that they have created.

If you are looking for detailed information regarding post frame barns, garages, sheds, and outbuildings for workshops or other purposes, contact the experts at Pacemaker. They will be happy to discuss your project.

Phone Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings at 1-888-834-4448.


Pole Barn Building New Use Possibilities


When anyone mentions pole barn, your first reaction may be a large, metal or wood-sided building sitting on a piece of agricultural property with vast unobstructed space within. Perfect for keeping animals, machinery, hay, feed, seed, and farm implements. Pole barns or post frame buildings almost always have been mentioned in the context of agriculture.

However, with advances in materials, durability, exterior accessories, and techniques, post frame buildings are common for municipal buildings, retail stores, equestrian centers, fire stations, schools and school annexes, churches. As well as, personal residences.

Pole barn or post frame buildings offer practical and economic advantages. They are durable and versatile, adaptable to just about any use. Having wide, clear, uninterrupted space makes these perfect for large gatherings.

New Uses for Pole Barn or Post Frame Construction

The number of ways post frame buildings are used continues to grow. Here are a few recent applications:

Special Event Centers

Communities realize the value in building an economical and sufficiently sized post frame structure to feature special events, community gatherings, civic affairs, meetings, weddings, small trade shows, reunions, and many other events. Flexible space configurations are a standard benefit of a pole barn. The ability to configure a space with temporary partitions to allow for flexibility of needs from one event to the next.

Truck Repair and Service Building

Tractors, trailers and other large trucks and equipment demand considerable vertical space. Post frame structures offer large entryways. Hence able to accommodate the length, width, and height of massive vehicles and equipment.

RV Maintenance

Perfect for accommodating several large RV vehicles, post frame buildings built without interior vertical supports within allow easy maneuvering by RVs, automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles.

Veterinary Clinic and Boarding Facility

An emerging opportunity, owners of veterinary hospitals and boarding facilities are choosing to use post frame construction for new facilities. These buildings offer significant flexibility for configuring the space as the business needs change.

Dividing sections can include the reception area, clinic, examination rooms, boarding kennels, and indoor play areas. Thus, repartitioning to accommodate shifts in business demand is a big advantage of a post frame structure.

Why are Post Frame Buildings Becoming Popular for So Many Applications?

The reasons for post frame/pole barn popularity can be summarized as cost, versatility, flexibility, and durability.


Post frame structures allow for efficient use of materials and labor, easier site prep, and a shorter time from plan to completion. In addition, a post frame building is often more energy efficient than conventional structures because insulating materials can be more uniformly installed.


You can style and configure a post frame building for any purpose. With no permanent load-bearing walls, it’s simple to reconfigure the structure.  For instance, the interior space of an office building can accommodate a growing staff with by easily moving partitions. Similarly, in a residence, no need to endure a major remodeling project and expense, when you need to add or remove bedrooms.


Because of the wide 6-10-foot spacing between the vertical columns, adding a new section to an existing building is much easier than with other types of construction.


Post frame buildings are built with treated wooden columns usually anchored onto concrete at least four feet beneath ground level. During a heavy windstorm, post frame structures fare very well. Due to the fact of its ability to redirect wind forces evenly into the earth through the posts. Conventional buildings attached to a foundation often snap off at the ground level causing the damage that we often see.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings for More Information

For more information, contact the experts at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings located in Northern Indiana and serving Southwest Michigan and Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana.

Visit the Pacemaker website to view some of the many uses of their completed structures.

Phone Pacemaker at 1-888-834-4448.