Category Archives: Pole Barns

Top Uses for a Garage Pole Barn

Top-Uses-for-a-Garage-Pole-Barn-315When we think of a garage, we naturally envision a place to store cars, pickups, and lawnmowers. However, as we all know, our garages often become places for many other purposes. In fact, as usually happens, we wish we had built more garage space. Especially for those practical and not-so-practical reasons that we had overlooked originally. Consider these uses for a garage pole barn.

How about extra space for a workshop? Or, possibly, you need to find room for that camper or boat that you recently purchased. An indoor place to house those extra cars or even that antique you are restoring would be nice as well.

Make Your Dream Come True

A well-designed post frame or pole barn garage could be the answer to your dreams. Post Frame structures are spacious, inexpensive, practical, and even expandable, able to accommodate your several cars, boat, and camper while also providing a new workshop or office, all in one.

You can create more breathing room within your home as you transfer much of the overflow into a clean, functional post frame garage. The uninterrupted space within, as well as the option of an easily accessible room upstairs, can solve every storage issue you may have.

Creating the Ideal Storage and Workspace in Your Garage Pole Barn

Vehicle Store-All Building

If your lot is sufficiently sized and you want additional space, consider a 32’ x 40’ or smaller pole barn garage that will house all your equipment and vehicles. Make sure the entryways are ample enough for your cars, a motorhome or camper, and boat as well as those smaller toys and gardening equipment.  Typically, overhead 12’ x 12’ doors will accommodate larger coaches, but the key is to confirm in advance so that you do not undersize your entryways.

One of the primary advantages of post frame construction is the massive clear space within, unobstructed by interior vertical beams. This allows you to maneuver and reposition vehicles and machinery easily without excessive turning, backing up, or worrying about causing structural damage to the supporting beams of conventional structures.

Workshop and Storage

Having a pole barn garage workshop lets you install more equipment while providing ample space for supplies and raw materials. The workshop may be adjacent to or above the automobile parking and might even include a den and bathroom above or on one side.

Designs should allow ample light, both natural and artificial, as well as the necessary heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Recreation Room and Storage

Besides allowing ample space for parking your vehicles, why not add a recreation room to your pole barn garage design? This could free up much-needed space in your home while offering a space for family and friends’ fun and entertainment. Allocate a section for a TV viewing area, a pool or ping pong table, or maybe a bar and party room. Add a bathroom and kitchenette, and you may find your family spending more time there than in the house.

Design and Build with Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings is a leading manufacturer, designer, and builder of post frame materials and buildings. For over four decades, this Northern Indiana family-owned and operated construction company has created post frame buildings.

The experienced Pacemaker professionals will help you with the design, components, and construction of your custom post frame structure.

Visit the Pacemaker website to view the many beautiful examples of past projects.

If you have any questions, contact the experts at Pacemaker by phoning 888-834-4448.

Interior Finish Options for Your Pole Barn

Interior-Finish-Options-for-Your-Pole-BarnHow you plan to use your pole barn or post frame building will determine the best way to finish your interior. Many post frame builds serve as equestrian centers, equipment storage facilities, schools, churches, firehouses, or even private residences, each demanding a certain type of interior finish. Let’s look at interior finish options for your pole barn or post frame building.

Your interior choices may also depend upon the amount of potential abuse the walls will receive. Offices, for example, will likely have walls clad in a different material than those that house heavy equipment or vehicles.

Build and Insulate

Modern post frame or pole barn buildings are built around large vertical wooden columns that anchor deeply into the ground. These “posts” are typically 6-10 feet apart and support the trusses and the entire roof structure. Since post frame buildings have no interior load-bearing walls, walls can be placed wherever you choose.

Note that before installing an interior wall finish, insulation should be positioned uniformly between the vertical supports. Once completed, the wall and roof surfaces can be installed to create the look you desire.

Here are some interior  finish options for your pole barn building:

Oriented-Strand Board (OSB)

OSB is an engineered-wood product like particleboard. The material is made by compressing layers of aligned wooden strands or flakes with adhesive materials. Some of OSB’s strength comes from the original material, which is usually smaller fast-growing trees from tree farms, rather than from forests. OSB is a product of up to 50 layers of strand material.

OSB can be produced in sheets up to 16-feet, thereby covering most walls without any requiring any horizontal seams between the floor and ceiling.

A downside to OSB is that the material will not accept paint or stain as well as materials like plywood or drywall. If aesthetics is a primary issue, OSB may not be the best choice for your interior.

Plywood

Plywood was a longtime favorite for flooring and roofing among builders until the less expensive OSB became available. The principal advantages of plywood over OSB happen to be the stiffness and its ability to withstand excessive moisture without signs of damage.

In most instance, plywood is still preferable material as the sublayer for roofing, even though it is more expensive than OSB.

Plywood sheets are generally 8-10 feet in length. Therefore eliminating horizontal seams in post frame buildings that have lofty open space above.

Plywood is lighter weight than OSB, and it will accept paint and stain much better than OSB.

Drywall

Drywall is the premier choice for walls and ceilings in residences and office-type buildings. Installing insulation first is essential for drywall since this material damages easily when there is excessive exposure to moisture from the outside.

An advantage of using drywall is that you can be plaster or paint it. As well, You may decorate drywall as you wish with hanging lamps, pictures, and other adornments.

Another benefit of modern drywall is its fire-resistant properties, an essential attribute for any structure.

Steel Liner

Steel is especially prevalent in pole or post frame buildings that house vehicles, heavy equipment, and have more potential for inadvertent damaging impact. The material is ideal for firehouses, warehouses, storage facilities, manufacturing, and food processing facilities.

Steel is easier to clean and maintain than other wall materials. Steel paneling will also reflect light better and is fire resistant.

Although steel is a more expensive option, you can expect it to wear and resist damage better. If a panel does become damaged, you can easily replace it with a new one.

Additionally, the ability to regularly hose down and wash floors and walls without damaging the steel panels is a great benefit. In many applications, this characteristic may be a critical determinant.

Combinations

Another concept for interior finish options for your pole barn is to use a combination of materials. In some instances, using steel as wainscoting to cover the lower parts of certain walls can save money. Areas above that are not vulnerable to damage from water and equipment can be finished with less expensive materials.

Alternatively, using drywall or OSB in office and bathroom areas to complement steel paneling in operational areas is a smart choice.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Pole barns and post frame buildings are practical and economical solutions for many applications. 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.

Visit the Pacemaker website to view the many beautiful examples of past projects.

If you have any questions, contact the experts at Pacemaker by phoning 888-834-4448.

 

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.