How to Design a Pole Barn

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If you are looking to build a barn that complements your house, or looking for a structure that is fully functional without a lot of wasted space, designing your own pole barn is way to go.

  • Figure out how the barn or building will be used. A horse barn needs 10-foot ceilings and enough room for feed, stalls and tack storage. A barn just for storing garden supplies can be fine with a lower ceilings and less space.

  • Look at the variety of facades that are available for pole barns. They don't need to be covered in shiny galvanized aluminum any more. You can build a pole barn with colored aluminum siding or wood paneling.

  • Identify a location. If your pole barn is to be built on a hill side, it will have to have different structural qualities than if it is built on a flat. Depending upon the size and slope of the hill, you can design your pole barn with a cellar for storage or to use as a tornado shelter if you chose to put in a concrete foundation.

  • Decide on doors. Walk through doors are fine if you are going to be simply using the pole barn for storage, but you need to design larger doors for livestock, farm implement parking or for hay storage.

  • Plan windows. Even a horse barn needs some windows. You will also benefit from adding windows to a storage shed. If you have enough windows, you can forgo wiring most of your pole barn for electricity.

  • Have a designer look at your pole barn design. You need to make sure that your structure is sound and meets all state requirements for structures.

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