Building and Financing a Beautiful and Practical Post Frame Building

Building-and-Financing-a-Beautiful-and-Practical-Post-Frame-Building-315Durable, attractive, functional, and affordable, post frame buildings offer many advantages over more conventional construction methods. More than ever, homeowners, retailers, and farm and equestrian managers are turning to post-frame construction to solve their challenges.

Post frame structures are no longer the simple pole barns of the past. These highly engineered and beautifully adorned buildings are as attractive as any other building while offering many practical advantages.

Moreover, financing can be simple. In our low-interest-rate environment, many lenders in the area are excited to help you build your new home, construct a commercial facility, add additional storage, or build a new barn or horse stables using post frame construction methods. A retailer like an automobile dealership may find the necessary financing from reputable local lenders to grow their businesses with beautiful, wide-open display space.

Advantages of Post Frame Structures

  • Design Flexibility: Post frame structures do not incorporate permanent load-bearing walls within. This feature allows owners to reconfigure the space with minimal physical restrictions. Additions to the structure are far more straightforward as well since the vertical posts are usually eight feet apart at least.
  • Open, Clear Space: For auto dealers, fire stations, retail businesses, equestrian centers, agricultural buildings, and even private residences, post frame buildings are ideal for creating plenty of space to maneuver vehicles and animals while providing broad, unobstructed views.
  • Durability: Post frame buildings often endure high wind and storm conditions better than other structures. Because the vertical posts are sunk and anchored at least four feet below the ground, the force of high winds channels the energy directly into the ground below.
  • Lower Cost: Less material, less labor, fewer specialized workers, and shorter time to completion often equals lower cost.
  • Time to Completion: Because of the simplicity of design and less material required, post frame structures can often be completed in less time than conventional “stick” frame buildings.
  • Easy Financing: Many area lenders look forward to helping meet the needs for new construction or expansion.

Client Endorsements for Pacemaker Project Showcase

Below are just a few examples of the versatility of post-frame construction and the collaborative, customer-focused efforts exhibited by Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings:

Equestrian Center in Mishawaka, Indiana:  Dimensions: 66’ x 144’ x 15’ on P-8 4/12 Slope.
“Pacemaker was great…they made several extra visits and their design suggestions and knowledge made our project. The crew was outstanding…we are so pleased…Thanks for our perfect project. ”  Trace & Ann


Suburban Home in Edwardsburg, Michigan: Dimensions: 45”x90’x12’ on P-6 4/12 Slope.
“One of the best experiences we have ever had… They took very good care of us…I would recommend Pacemaker to anyone…Thanks” Ken & Pam


Agricultural Building in Buchanan, Michigan: Dimensions: 36’x48’x13’ on P-6 6/12 Slope.
“I want to thank you and your excellent crews for constructing the superb building that now graces our 163-year old Sesquicentennial Family Farm. Your team performed excellent work, were always courteous, kept the work site clean and organized. Thank you, Jack!” Richard & Mary


Automotive Showroom Addition in Ligonier, Indiana: Dimensions: Various.
“Excellent company to work with…our addition is even better than we anticipated…thanks we will continue to use you for our future expansions.” Burnworth Zollers, Inc


Suburban Personal Storage Facility in Nile, Michigan: Dimensions: 26’x36’x9’ on P-6 4/12 Slope.
“Highly recommend to anyone looking to build to choose Pacemaker…The Pacemaker staff, construction of our building and Jack’s commitment far exceeded our expectations…keep up the good work.” James & Katherine


Visit the Pacemaker website’s Gallery of completed projects to see the many applications and successes of Pacemaker’s post frame construction. If you have questions regarding this highly functional and beautiful construction method, phone Pacemaker at 888.834.4448.

Financing Options

Whether expanding or building new, the question of how to pay for it is always present. In Northern Indiana and Great Lakes region, Pacemaker and their clients work with several high-quality lenders, each with a sensible business support approach. Pacemaker also believes in taking the “hometown approach” with lenders who better understand their client’s financial environment.

Check out the funding information and lenders on Pacemaker’s Financial Page on their website. Whether you choose to buy or lease your new building, home, or addition, these lenders will assist in accommodating your cash flow. Here are three excellent choices for helping turn your objective into reality:

    Sheridan, Indiana
    Culver, Indiana
    Converse, Indiana

For further assistance, contact the professional at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings at +1-888-834-4448.

12 Tips for Building the Ultimate Horse Barn

12-Tips-for-Building-the-Ultimate-Horse-Barn-315When you design and build a horse barn or equestrian center with stalls, storage, and other elements, careful pre-planning is essential. While your goals may be a stylish exterior and maximum functionality inside, sometimes you end up with too much or; more problematic, too little space.

You may want to add to in the future, or you might have an overnight guest horse or two at some point.

To achieve the functionality you’re looking for, incorporate your personal experiences and the experience of others who have undergone the same process to determine what will be essential in your design.

Tips to Consider when Designing Your Ultimate Horse Barn

Plan Way Ahead

Even with post frame construction’s relatively simple horse barn expansion capability, the best approach is to project your maximum capacity expectation. Neither you nor your horses are going to enjoy too little space for stalls, tack, storage, and maneuvering.

Easy Mobility

Build bigger stalls and aisles. Moving horses from stalls, saddling or unsaddling, currying, and managing supplies is less cumbersome with extra elbow room. The additional cost per square foot with a post frame horse barn is relatively small, and the horses will likely hold you in higher esteem.

Ample Water Availability

Make sure the water source is substantial and well-located from multiple areas.

Soften the Flooring

Make the floor softer for your horses by applying a matting system in the stalls. As with people, standing and moving on hard concrete flooring all the time can be a problem.

Plan for Airflow Inbound and Outbound

For proper temperature management, ventilation, and comfort, guarantee the barn has enough airflow to keep animals comfortable.

Fans and Ventilation

As part of your critical airflow systems, fans should be strategically situated to facilitate proper air-flow.

Natural Light

Natural light benefits horses and people and saves on utility costs. Provide windows and admit light under overhangs to keep the barn bright and well-lit during the day.

Eliminate Columns

One unique advantage of post frame construction is that weight-bearing columns are not needed, allowing for free movement, unobstructed sightlines, and more efficient space usage.

Tack Room

An essential addition, clean, well-appointed tack rooms allow for extra storage and relaxing.

Sliding Doors

Provide sliding barn doors at each end, if possible. These are quieter and easier to operate than garage-type doors.

Build Separate Hay Storage

Constructing nearby hay storage reduces fire risk in the barn.

Add Wash Stall

A separate room for washing is a good investment and saves work over time. A wash stall will keep the rest of the barn and aisleways dry.

Contact Pacemaker Buildings

Post frame construction for horse barns and stables is the most popular choice. An economical, expandable, and durable option, post frame buildings work best for this application.

Check out Pacemaker Buildings’ Gallery of Equestrian Buildings on their website. Contact Pacemaker Buildings to discuss your options further at 888-834-4448.



Post Frame Building Types and Size Considerations

Post-Frame-Building-Types-and-Size-Considerations-315There are few limits to the potential uses of beautiful and economical post frame buildings. Some of the benefits are ease of construction, durability, expansive uninterrupted space inside. As well as featuring modern techniques and materials, post frame buildings have become a premier solution for many more applications than just merely agricultural structures.

Post frame construction has evolved from simple pole barn buildings into highly sophisticated, technically engineered and durable structures that offer the aesthetics of more conventional buildings.

The Versatility of Post Frame Construction

Are you planning for an economical, energy-efficient, and durable civic building? One that doesn’t involve those space-wasting, weight-bearing columns and pillars? How about a retail or office building with the flexibility to accommodate changes in the interior layout?

Or, are you considering a cost-effective building? One that can go from initial blueprints to finished construction in a much shorter time without breaking the budget? Consider also that post-frame construction allows for easy future additions without disruption to your existing space.

How about a post frame structure for your school or church? The open design allows for easy adjustment to growth and flexibility by allowing you to move walls as you wish, not restricted by existing structure.

How are Post Frame Buildings Constructed

In simplest terms, and with some variations, the basic structure of a post frame building is a framework consisting of sturdy treated wooden columns. Columns are sunk at least four feet into the ground approximately six to eight feet apart. In addition, the columns are anchored on concrete piers or another system for permanent stability. The posts are joined by horizontal members to create a solid box. The roof consists of prefabricated engineered trusses lowered and solidly anchored onto the frame.

Site preparation involves leveling the footprint where the structure will sit and providing the proper compactable granular fill material.

The exterior cladding can be anything from steel, brick, masonry, wood siding, stucco, or combinations of these. Install the roofing material and the landscaping of your choice and the outer appearance of the completed building becomes a beautiful addition to the neighborhood.

Install utilities, insulation, interior covering, and the interior layout and your beautiful new business, home, school, church, civic building, fire station, retail space, auto dealership or service center, storage facility, or barn is often ready to go in less time of a conventional stick frame or brick structure.

Popular Applications for Post Frame Construction

Check out the website of Pacemaker Buildings, a leading designer, manufacturer, and builder of post frame buildings, and components in Northern Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and Northeast Ohio. Pacemaker features a Gallery of their many successful post frame buildings in Elkhart County, St Joseph County and more. The photographs include buildings for commercial, residential, suburban, civic, equestrian, and agricultural buildings.

Civic Buildings and Schools

City and county budgetary restraints frequently restrict the addition of new space. Post frame is an ideal economical option since the technology reduces the time from design to construction. Moreover, post frame construction makes efficient use of materials required to build and the adaptability of the new building to future change.

Fire Stations, Municipal Equipment Storage, Car Dealerships

The open, unobstructed space within a post frame building allows for smooth movement and storage of large and small vehicles. Therefore, without the weight-bearing columns to interfere with maneuvering, post frame is perfect for handling heavy equipment.

Retail Space

Retailers need sizeable open space for their customers to view more within the building to find areas they may seek. Obstructive pillars “chop up” space and makes the building seem smaller.

Schools and Churches

For their growing and changing needs, schools and churches can add and adapt their space easily than when permanent walls have been built into the structure.

Contact Pacemaker Buildings

For more information regarding the economics, durability, and sustainability of post-frame construction, contact Pacemaker Buildings. You can visit their website to increase your understanding of post-frame constructions many advantages.

To speak with a Pacemaker professional about your next project, phone Pacemaker at (888)-834-4448.