Build a Pole Barn w/No Experience?

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Old 06-13-17, 09:35 AM
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Build a Pole Barn w/No Experience?

It has been a dream of mine to always have a pole barn on my property - roughly 20x20 more or less in size. I am passionate about woodworking and building things, although my skills aren't that great (yet).

Have any of you built your own pole barn before and/or do you think its feasible to complete a project like this on your own (with help from friends of course)? Obviously would take a long time, but I am excited about the opportunity.

I would love to have something like the one in the picture attached...

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Old 06-13-17, 10:54 AM
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Although the concept of a pole barn is nostalgic it increases the required skills needed for the project. The building pictured would look the same from the outside if built with traditional framing and some of the more challenging aspects of a pole barn, like framing for the roof, could be accomplished with trusses.

As for the time factor it is best to get everything enclosed, dried out as they refer to it, as quickly as possible. leaving the construction exposed to the elements degrades the quality of the project. And, with friends helping it is much easier on them to dedicate a few days to "raise the barn" then to spent an entire summer with spot work. You may be willing to spread this project out over a couple of years but most friends will have their own plans to attend to.

As for a first time project you should buy a very detailed set of building plans, right down to every board and dimension. Sounds like overkill but there is a lot that needs to be learned.

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Why do you specifically want a pole barn? It's sorta like saying you want a balloon framed house.
 
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I need storage. I'm somewhat poor. Don't want a plastic shed from Lowe's.
 
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Not trying to speak for Pilot Dane, but I imagine his question, as would be mine, isn't about you needing space, but why specifically a pole barn? As opposed to a stick building. Make up a size, say 20' x 20' x 10', or whatever is likely, do a rough material list for the framing components, and see where a pole building comes in compared to a stick building. You don't need to mess with rafters or trusses, decking, roofing, siding, or anything other than actual skeleton for this, because all of those options will be pretty much the same either way. It sounds like a stick built might be something you are more familiar with than setting the posts and girts, and you might be surprised at how the costs compare.
 
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IMO the only advantage to erecting a pole barn is you can postpone the concrete slab until a later date.
 
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A barn can be built to any size you want. Why do you specifically want a pole barn? Especially for something nice looking like your picture I would go with more traditional stick built construction.
 
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You say your low on funds, then post a picture of about a $20,000 garage.
You can buy a metal 20 X 20 garage with one side door, and an overhead door for about $5600 plus whatever a slab would cost and have it installed in about a day.
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Cost

Price out the following for your area:

Site preparation
10 yards concrete
520 sq ft concrete mesh
Anchors to secure bottom plate
8 treated 2x4 - 10 ft.
16 2x4 10 ft.
60 studs 10 ft.
30 4x8 sheets osb wall sheathing 1/2 in.
Siding 1000 sq. ft.
10 windows
1 - 7 x 9 garage door
1- 36 in. exterior walk through door
2x10 header material for doors and windows
11 2x6 8 ft porch rafters
11 2x4 8 ft porch ceiling framing
120 sq ft porch ceiling finish material
5 porch posts
11 roof trusses 20 ft span
18 4x8 sheets osb roof sheathing 1/2 in.
680 sq ft roof underlayment if using shingles
680 sq ft roofing
Trim for doors and windows
2 gable vents
Door hardware
Nails and screws
Paint
Add 10% contingency

This is a rough estimate of materials for the building in you photo.
 
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Pole barns generally have horizontal purlins covered by steel siding, not wall sheathing. I would +1 joe's post if that was an option here.
 
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On the roof, across the rafters or trusses, we call them purlins, but on the sides, horizontal across the posts, we call them girts.
 

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Material Cost

I was merely suggesting a way to start comparing costs for stick built vs. pole barn. Someone else with more experience can do the pole barn materials.

in you photo.
in your photo.

Sorry for the spelling error.
 
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