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January 19, 2016

The Advantages of Using a Pole Barn as a Home

Pole barns are generally used to shelter horses and livestock or to protect vehicles from the weather, but they are very versatile and can be used in other ways. Many people use pole barns as homes because they offer several advantages compared to more traditional types of houses.

One of the greatest benefits of using a pole barn as a house is the price. It costs significantly less to construct a new pole barn than to build a house using traditional methods. Even if you decide to add optional features such as wainscot, overhangs, and decorative windows and doors to your pole barn home, the final price tag will still probably be less than what you would have paid to build a traditional house. This is because of the way pole barns are designed. Since the poles are spaced 10 to 12 feet apart, they require less material to build than other houses.

Pole barns are durable and easy to maintain. Since pole barns are covered with steel, you will not have any of the maintenance hassles that are common with houses, such as needing to scrape and paint the exterior every few years. There is also no potential for wood siding to warp or rot and need replacement. The roofing and siding on pole barns are generally maintenance-free.

The interior of a pole barn can be customized in countless ways to suit your needs, preferences, and budget. The building can be separated into the number of rooms you need in a variety of sizes and configurations. You can design your pole barn house to have one or more floors and possibly an attic. It can be finished with drywall and hardwood floors and equipped with heat, air conditioning, and optional features.

Pole barns do not look different from the outside than other, more traditional houses. You can have your pole barn built with roofing and siding to blend in with other houses in your neighborhood.

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