Living in a Poll Barn House
There are many uses for pole barns. Many people build pole barns on their property as agricultural buildings or large garages. However, a new trend in private affordable housing is creating a home out of a pole barn. Here we’ll go over what you need to know before building your pole barn house!
What is a pole barn?
Pole barns are structures that are created from vertical poles that are either dug into the ground or inserted into a foundation. From there, girts are placed to provide horizontal support. This frame is then covered with the wall material. This building technique is much simpler than traditional construction.
How to live in a pole barn
Recently there has been more and more interest in living in pole barn construction. Because pole barn construction is simple and relatively inexpensive, it’s no wonder that this is a growing trend. To live in a pole barn, you’ll need to check zoning laws in your area to be sure that a residential pole barn is allowed. Certain building codes will have to be followed that may be different from building codes that would apply to a pole barn agricultural building or garage. For instance, a frost footing foundation is often required to consider a pole barn a residential space. Frost footings extend the foundation below the frost line in order to provide more support for walls during the winter months in which the ground freezes.
Pole barn house customization
Pole barns may seem to be a bit boring for your design aesthetic. No worries - most pole barns are completely customizable. You can pick colors of both the siding and the roof, design windows, create your own floor plan, and more! If you’ve ever dreamed of designing your own home, but never thought you could afford it, a pole barn house may be just what you’re looking for.
Other uses for a pole barn house
Some people create hunting cabins, vacation spaces, and more out of pole barn construction. Pole barns can be a great option for a budget-friendly vacation home for your family. All you need is a piece of land in a desirable location and a pole barn builder willing to help you with customization.
One of the greatest positives about pole barn living is the reduced maintenance! Pole barn houses generally have all metal roofing and siding, allowing you to save money on costly roof and siding maintenance. Be sure to check with local building codes before planning your pole barn house. Many rural communities have less strict codes allowing for pole barn house construction, however, within metropolitan areas, pole barn houses may be out of the question - but it never hurts to ask!
Contact Robb’s Portable Buildings today to discuss a customizable pole barn house today!