The Basics Of Building A Pole Barn On Your Property

2 August 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles


When you are fortunate enough to live on a large parcel of land, you can build auxiliary structures on your property to house vehicles, lawn equipment, work tools, livestock feed and even farm animals. You do not need to spend tens of thousands of dollars to obtain a sturdy structure. A simple pole barn constructed over the course of a few days can be a more economical and long-lasting alternative to a full-sized barn or other type of standalone facility.

If a pole barn seems like a practical solution for your storage needs, the following guide provides you with an outline of what you need to know in order to construct a structure that fits your exact needs.

Permit and Site Selection

Pole barns are simpler than full-sized barns. Support poles and beams are the main support structures for pole barns. Typically the structures are open-air and include a garage area for vehicles. If you live in a rural area, you may think that you do not need to obtain a permit to build a pole barn. However, some counties mandate that property owners obtain a permit for agricultural-type buildings.

If your local government requires you to apply for and purchase a building permit, you may need to submit your plans for the pole barn before you break ground as well as complete tasks like performing a soil test and taking a survey of your property. You should also check with your property insurance agent to find out about protecting the structure and how it may affect your insurance costs.

The site you select for your pole barn should be level, stable ground. It should also have well-drained soil that does not hold water for long.

Materials and Features

The design possibilities for a pole barn are endless. However, there are some basic things you need to know about the type of materials used to build the structures and typical features if you want to make sure that contractors build a pole barn that satisfies your needs.

When you talk to a builder, you should discuss your options for the following features of pole barns.

  • Trusses

  • Gables

  • Lumber

  • Post materials

  • Roofing

  • Siding

  • Doors and Gates

A concrete foundation is an optional structural feature of pole barns. Whether or not you opt for one depends on your climate, soil type and how it affects the total cost.


If you plan on using your pole barn as a work area with enclosed rooms or a place to house horses or other animals, you will need to have the structure insulated.

While insulation adds to the overall costs of the pole barn, the investment will be worth it in the long run because you will not have to use as much fuel or electricity to heat the barn's interior during the colder months. Insulation can also protect the pole barn from moisture.

Aesthetic Features

A simple and plain pole barn will serve its purpose. However, you may want to have a structure that is aesthetically pleasing and blends well with the landscape and your home's architecture.

You can have your contractor install decorative siding and paint that matches your house. In addition, you can add attractive extras such as weather vanes, skylights, cupolas, decorative wrought iron on gates and custom windows.

If you want to have another place to relax in nice weather, you can also add a covered porch or deck with decorative railing to the pole barn.


If you do not have the desire to work with a contractor to design a pole barn from the ground up, you can also order pre-designed kits from construction companies. You can browse the kits online and have the materials delivered directly to your property. All the contractor has to do is show up with their construction equipment and build your pole barn.

For more information, contact a company like Swiss Construction.