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July 14, 2015

The 4 Biggest Considerations for Making Your Perfect Pole Barn Plans

If you're considering having a custom pole barn or other post-frame structure built on your property, there's a lot of leg work that has to happen first. First step: getting the right plans together.

Whether you're buying pre-existing plans, working with an architect, or even drawing up your own, there are a few things you need to know about your future pole barn before you get started. Let's take a look at some of the most important ones.

Local Building Codes

Local building codes and other regulations can vary widely depending on what state, county, or town you're in. Be sure that your pole barn plans are in line with local regulations, or you might waste a lot of time and money putting up a building that's illegal.

Site Conditions

This includes the landscape (is it hilly of flat?), what kind of weather can be expected, snow loads, soil loads, and more. All of these affect can place different burdens on your pole barn, and need to be accounted for in its design and engineering. For instance, in a place where lots of snow in the winter can be expected, the building will need to be designed to hold more weight than a barn in a desert. There are similar challenges for places prone to high winds or other natural disasters.


A pole barn that's being used as a horse shelter is going to have very different requirements than one that's going to be used for grain storage, or a guest house. Some things to consider when taking your pole barn's purpose into account:

  • Size - how much space will you need?
  • Windows - a residential building will likely need more windows than one for storage.
  • Utilities - will your building need running water, gas heat, running water, or other amenities?
  • Ventilation - animal housing especially has very specific requirements for ventilation. If any people, pets, or working animals are going to be spending any significant amount of time in your new building, good ventilation is a must for health. Storing hay also requires good ventilation.
  • Insulation - Depending on who and what will be housed inside your new pole barn and what part of the country you're in, insulation requirements can change drastically.


This one's not as much fun to think about as the others, but it's just as necessary. The sad fact is that your new pole barn is going to be restricted by the amount of money you can spend. This doesn't mean you should cut corners (quite the opposite), just that a 40,000-square-foot man cave with vaulted ceilings, bay windows, and 2.5 baths might not be in the cards.

When you're ready to get started on designing the pole barn of your dreams, get in touch with The Pole Barn Company. Offering custom, DIY pole barn kits and pole barn plans at unbeatable prices, there's no one better to call. Once you know what you want, they'll help you make it a reality. Click here or call 844-213-0034 to get in touch today.

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