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Pole Building & Barn Design

What is a Pole Barn or Building?

Once used only in agriculture, pole barns have gained popularity in both the residential and commercial markets. This building type has clear benefits and offers a strong alternative to traditional construction methods. Modern pole buildings owe their popularity to their low cost and the ease and speed with which they can be erected. Pole buildings adapt to a wide range of functional structures for residential, industrial, and commercial use.

Because of their efficiency and adaptability, pole buildings are a great choice for a wide variety of situations from stores, to workshops, to garages, to entire homes and more. It’s a space that can be designed however you like. Pole barn houses in particular are trendy and can be less costly compared to traditional home construction.

Read on to learn the benefits and details of a pole structure!

Pole Barn Design & Plans

Pole structures are framed by poles cemented into the ground or placed into a concrete slab. Pole building construction is both simple and light. The floor loads are supported independently by the ground, not by the pole building itself, and can be easily modified or expanded. The sides can be metal (steel or aluminum), or wood.

It depends on preferences, and those preferences will obviously dictate pricing. Traditionally, pole structures are relatively inexpensive, which is one of the primary reasons that pole barn design has become more popular and is no longer considered just an agricultural structure design.

Rustic but functional, residential pole building design is simple.

Does My Pole Barn Design Need to be Engineered?

The need for structural engineering on pole barn design varies from county to county.  Some counties will have exemptions for agricultural buildings, and other counties will require stamped plans to meet code requirements.

We suggest reaching out to your local building department to check and see if you need engineered plans, so that you are not paying additional for something that you may not need. If you decide to put a living space inside the pole barn, you will most likely need to have it engineered. If that’s the case, we are able to provide you with a pole barn engineer to make sure your structure meets both your needs and the proper code.

Residential Pole Building Designs

With the outer structure in place, all that is needed to transform a big empty space into a home are interior walls, flooring, electricity, and plumbing—the elements of traditional home building. Pole barn homes can be a single story or two stories, and the size is completely up to the homeowner. Since homeowners save money with the actual structure, they can afford to allocate additional funds to interior features, or go bigger with the square footage.

And it’s not just pole barn homes that make up what a residential pole barn can be. Pole building construction offers a solution to building a cabin, vacation home, or workshop. You don’t have to think of it as a “barn,” it can be an affordable way to build your dream space, whatever that space may be for. Whether you want to make it a storage shed or the ultimate man cave, that’s up to you.


Commercial Pole Barn Designs

Like other types of structures, pole barns can be designed to serve quite well as shops, retail stores, garages – anything really. Pole shops and garages are popular among mechanics and tradesmen, as they are relatively inexpensive to build. Equestrians also find pole structures convenient and effective for horse arenas. Durable and easy to clean, a pole barn horse arena is more practical than traditional structures. Never mind horses, you could create a pole barn design for any number of sports facilities, depending on the needs of the sport.

Just like with residential pole barn design, the main limitation with commercial pole barn design is your own imagination. The design itself is distinct and rustic, and whether you want to run a workshop or a coffee shop, a pole building design is one you can make work with whatever you need. If you’re interested in pitching your pole barn design (or any other sort of design) so we can help you make it a reality, just contact us and we’ll get your ideas moving!