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The Advantages of Using Post Frame Buildings for Barns and Equestrian Centers


Prospective barn and equestrian center owners have an extensive list of requirements to guarantee the structure matches their expectations. Especially to meet the requirements of functionality, cost, aesthetics, and durability. Coming up short in any of these areas can be regrettable and costly.

Post frame construction is the perfect option for barns and equestrian centers. Inherently adaptable, with wide, clear space within, post frame construction allows for unobstructed movement and notable flexibility.

What is Post Frame Construction?

An early form of post frame construction, pole barns, has been used for agricultural purposes for nearly a century. Over the decades, newer methods and materials have increased the viability of post frame construction for many other purposes.

Today, civic buildings, schools, retail outlets, fire stations, schools, new barns, equestrian centers, schools, and even private residences use post frame technique. The building exteriors may be clad and finished with just about any material or architectural feature that may be used with standard construction methods.

While post frame construction is relatively simple, the architectural engineering that produces a highly durable, versatile, sustainable, and practical structure is complex. Post frame buildings consist of widely spaced, pressure-treated heavy wooden columns anchored securely in the ground at depths of at least four feet. Secured to these vertical members are support girts and trusses that are connected without concrete, masonry or conventional wood or metal studs. As a result, external forces from high winds and even tornadoes are redirected through the vertical pillars and directly into the ground beneath.

Important Advantages of a Post Frame Barn or Equestrian Center


Barns and equestrian centers require open space to be effective. Obstructions like load-bearing vertical beams in conventional buildings present problems when maneuvering tractors, equipment, and horses within the structure. Backing up, turning around, and reversing is simple when these obstructions.

Also, when storing supplies and feed for animals, loading and unloading are easier without the interference of space-limiting obstructions.

Adaptability and Flexibility

As an owner’s needs change, interiors of any post frame building can be redesigned to accommodate more or fewer interior rooms or walls. No interior partition is load-bearing. Hence additional stalls and storage areas can be easily added to the building.

If the original structure becomes too small for growing requirements, expansion is simpler than with conventional construction. Upright support beams are 8-10 feet apart in post frame structures. Thus a new addition may be added that immediately provides wide access from the original building.


Post frame construction offers more for less.

First, the design itself costs less due to its simplicity. Secondly, site prep only requires grading to level the surface.

Also, the elapsed time from start to finish for a post frame building is roughly half of a conventional structure. Labor and material costs are substantially less.

As well operating costs are lower. Eight foot spacing between vertical posts and deep cavities of the 4” support beams allow for more efficient insulation application. The standard 12 to 16-inch spacing with “stick frame” wooden framing creates many more “breaks” in the insulation.  And therefore a greater opportunity for energy loss.


Everything in a post frame building is recyclable. Furthermore, wood is a renewable resource. These elements, plus higher energy efficiency, make post frame building for agricultural and equestrian use a truly eco-friendly option.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings, strategically headquartered in North Webster, Indiana, at the approximate center of the triangle created by metro Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit, is a leader in designing, manufacturing, and constructing post frame buildings for every application. Past and current projects include municipal and civic buildings, agricultural structures, residences, retail buildings, and more.

To view some examples of Pacemaker’s outstanding projects, check out Our Gallery website section to see some amazing results in a range of categories.

For more information about post frame construction, call the Pacemaker experts at 1-888-834-4448.

Alternatively, complete the brief information section of the Contact Us page, and one of our Pacemaker professionals will contact you at your suggested time.

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.

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.