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5 Pole Barn Design Regrets to Avoid

Buyer’s remorse – we’ve all been there. We bought something we didn’t need (e.g., a motorcycle that collects dust in the garage). And, we didn’t buy something we should’ve (e.g., a house with plenty of storage room). In the moment of our buying or non-buying decision-making process, it’s hard to predict how our choices will impact our future. We don’t want to purchase something that won’t serve its purpose, but we don’t want to miss out on something useful.

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3 Tips to Meet Your Pole Barn Schedule in 2020

It’s hard to believe that we are over halfway done with 2020. To say that 2020 has been an interesting year would be an understatement. COVID-19 has left several ripples throughout the country, which has caused a “new normal” for businesses, schools, churches, restaurants, etc.

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How Much Does a 24' x 24' Pole Barn Kit Cost?

If you find yourself reading this blog, there’s a good probability that you like to tackle DIY projects head-on. Perhaps you’re a go-getter who’s never had a job you couldn’t handle. Or maybe you’re not one to turn down a challenge.  If the DIY Network or YouTube can show you how to do it, then you will do it. Whether it comes to creating, repairing, or building, you’re confident you can tackle it yourself instead of hiring someone else to do the job.

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FBi Buildings vs Arnold Lumber Pole Barn Kits: Who’s Best for Your Project?

Our next builder comparison features Arnold Lumber. This construction center sells agricultural and residential building kits in the Midwest. They’re not to be confused with a Rhode Island LBM dealer of the same name. In this blog, we present the facts and strengths of each pole barn builder. Our goal is to provide you with a better understanding of how FBi Buildings compares to Arnold Lumber before making a buying decision.

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What Are The Most Popular Horse Barn Sizes?

It can be challenging to envision a pole barn in your head and know what building size you need.  Sure, it'd be helpful if our minds could calculate the specifications, but that’s one superpower we, unfortunately, weren’t given.

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FBi vs Borkholder Buildings: Who’s Best for Your Project?

Our next builder comparison features Borkholder Buildings. This post frame company constructs agricultural, commercial, residential, and equine facilities. Their main purpose is “to provide people and businesses with green, attractive, and affordable building solutions through innovative engineering and applying quality components.” In this blog, we present the facts and strengths of each pole barn builder. Our goal is to provide you with a better understanding of how FBi compares to Borkholder before making a buying decision.

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What is Pole Barn Shear Load & Why is it Important?

When you imagine a pole barn, you probably picture a horse barn with a riding arena, or a commercial building used for retail purposes. Most likely, you don’t think of the engineering components that make your post frame building structurally-sound.

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FBi vs Graber Buildings, Inc.: Who’s Best for Your Project?

Our next builder comparison features Graber Buildings, Inc. This fast-growing post frame company constructs farm, commercial, residential, and equine buildings in East Central Illinois. They’re not to be confused with Graber Post Buildings in Southwest Indiana.

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Pole Barn Renovation vs New Construction: Which One is Right for You?

Is your post frame building showing signs of age? Are prior repairs not holding up like they once did? While we wish pole barns were invincible, that’s just not how things work.

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FBi vs Greiner Buildings: Who’s Best for Your Project?

Our next builder comparison features Greiner Buildings.  They construct agricultural, commercial, and residential buildings with a commitment to “raising the standard” through superior materials and service. In this blog, we present the facts and strengths of each post frame builder. Our goal is to provide you with a better understanding of how FBi compares to Greiner before making a buying decision.

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Ag Features: Top Components for Your Farm Building

When you’re considering a new post frame building, the excitement sets in, and you can’t stop anticipating the end result. Maybe you’re visualizing working on projects in your new farm shop, or maybe you’re imagining how a combine will look in your new cold storage building.

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Pole Barn Interior: Can You Install Drywall?

There’s a vast array of options when it comes to finishing your post frame building, both inside and out. Deciding on the finishing touches is always the most fun, but finalizing these selections can seem far-fetched.

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Top Pole Barn Fan Companies: 4 Installation Advantages

Summer is right around the corner in the Midwest, and it’s about to get hot and humid. After a long winter of minimal sun and bitter cold, we feel it’s time for the sunshine and the heat to make its appearance. Until we complain that it’s too hot and we’re ready for winter again.

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FBi Buildings vs Blunier Builders: Who’s Best for Your Project?

Our builder comparison for this week features Blunier Builders. They construct agricultural, commercial, and suburban buildings with a focus on using high-quality materials and craftsmanship. In this blog, we’ll present the facts and strengths of each post frame builder. Our goal is to provide you with a better understanding of how FBi compares to Blunier before making a final decision.

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Who Are the Top Pole Barn Builders in Iowa?

Taking on the task of hiring someone to build your dream pole barn can seem a bit daunting. With so many post frame builders in the post frame industry, how do you know who is the best at what they do? How do you know they can see your vision as you do and bring that vision to life?

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Rising Pole Barn Commodity Prices

Over the last few months, we have seen quite a few changes that have arisen amid the effects of COVID-19. We see these changes happening in our daily routines, business operations, and the economy. Here at FBi Buildings, we have seen some changes in the post frame industry as well.

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Pole Barn Roof Purlin Connection: Screws vs. Nails

You’ve been saving for your dream pole barn for a while now, and you’re officially ready to start the building process. Maybe you had to work a few extra hours a week or had to cut down on going out to eat, but you reached your budget goal, and you’re excited to get the ball rolling.

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Can I Still Obtain My Pole Barn Permit During COVID-19?

States are slowly beginning to open back up, allowing for businesses to operate at half and/or full capacity in phases. The uncertainty of not knowing what is open and what is closed can be a bit frustrating. Thankfully we have the resources readily available to get some insight on where everyone stands.

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Can I Design My Own Pole Barn Floor Plan?

You’ve spent countless hours researching, reading, and scouring Pinterest for all of the inspiration, and you now feel confident in how you want your pole barn to look. Maybe you created a Pinterest board solely for your new pole barn, or maybe you’ve compiled a stack of photos you’ve torn out from magazines for ideas. No matter how you decided to find your inspiration, you’re ready to take the next step. Designing the floor plan for your pole barn.

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3 Economical Benefits to Building Post Frame in 2020

Our daily lives have looked a little different over the past couple of months. Our living rooms have turned to classrooms and offices, we’re cooking dinner instead of dining out at restaurants, and people are getting seriously creative in finding ways to have fun at home. Even with social distancing in place, families and friends are connecting and growing closer than ever before.

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What’s the Importance of Pole Barn Wind Bracing?

Lately, it’s been incredibly windy here in the Midwest. However, this does not come as a complete surprise to all of us since it’s consistently windy year-round. With our ever-changing temperatures from day to day, it’s windier than not, and we think any Midwesterner can agree to that statement.

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What Are Our Most Popular Residential Pole Barn Sizes?

One of the most challenging things to decide when constructing a pole barn is how big or how small you’re looking to build. You can look at post frame galleries online all day to get an idea of what size you'll need, but that pole barn was custom made for someone else's needs in mind. Figuring out the purpose of your post-frame building will help you determine what size your custom pole barn will need to be.

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Can A Pole Barn Have A Basement?

We all know that Midwest weather can be a little unpredictable. Our seasons are temperamental and can change in the blink of an eye, most of the time without warning. It’s not unusual to wear a winter jacket then change into shorts - on the same day.

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Did You Know We Offer Residential Metal Roofing?

When you imagine a residential home, what exterior features pop in your head to describe it? Do you see a farmhouse in the country with board-and-batten siding and a large, wrap-around porch? Or, do you see a craftsman style home at the end of a cul-de-sac with large columns, intricate details, and an eclectic color scheme?

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COVID-19: The Effects on Pole Barn Construction

As humans, we don’t do well with uncertainty. We are creatures of habit, and the majority of us thrive off of routine. Knowing what to expect means we are prepared for what we need to do, so when something comes along that throws a wrench in our plans, we don’t know how to act at first. But, like anything else, we learn to adapt. We do our research, then do even more research, and finally, start putting a plan of action together. Before we know it, we’re total experts on the topic, and we feel fully confident in handling the situation.

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What Size Should I Make My Farm Building?

Farming is a significant job and, depending on the classification of farming, can require a great deal of equipment and machinery. Farmers have combines, tillers, plows, tractors, balers, and planters - just to name a few.  If you are a farmer or if you have ever been around these types of equipment, then you know they are definitely not small. The equipment and machinery in farming keep getting larger and larger, and the last thing you would want to happen is to run out of storage space.

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Pole Barn Insurance: 3 Steps to Take When Filing a Claim

You’ve probably always thought to yourself, “this will never happen to me,” and let’s be honest, who hasn’t thought this? Statistics say it happens to one in a million, so you can’t possibly be that one, right? But unfortunately, you are that statistic, and now you’ve found yourself reading this blog because it did happen to you.

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6 Cost-Effective Ways to Build a Pole Barn

You work hard for your money, so you want to ensure those dollars are properly spent. If there is a way to cut costs and keep the bottom line down, who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that? More and more people are looking to save their money instead of spending it all, and we can’t blame them.

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Are Pole Barn Homes Cheaper to Build?

Pole barn homes are currently one of the biggest trends in post frame construction, and we’re here for it. If you look up the word “genius” in the dictionary, you’ll see a photograph of the person who decided it was a great idea to build a pole barn with living quarters.

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Who Are the Top Pole Barn Builders in Michigan?

When the sun sinks beneath the horizon into shades of orange after a hard day’s work, there’s a place you can store the equipment used to plant this year’s harvest. Or, when it’s time to gather around the table for a home-cooked meal, there’s a place that will provide you and your loved ones with comfort, warmth, and an abundance of memories.

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Pole Barn Renovation Ideas: What Can I Do?

When it comes to renovating a pole barn, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with what to do and where to start. Thanks to social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, it seems as though we are constantly bombarded with the latest ideas in renovating.  Enter man caves and she-sheds.

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Did You Know We Sell Pole Barn Kits?

There is a good probability you’re reading this blog because you are the ultimate “do it yourself” type of person. You’re known as the Chip or Joanna Gaines in your circle of friends, and those friends know just who to call when they need help.

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What Pole Barn Features Affect Your Snow Load?

It's Sunday, March 8th, 1998. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and life is good. Winter has been long and dark, but in the air, there is a promise of Spring. The weather is tolerable, so you're outside prepping your lawn and garden for the warm weather that will undoubtedly be here soon. Just when you start to get somewhere, dark clouds begin to roll in and threaten a storm. In no time, rain begins to fall, so you inevitably head inside to stay dry — dang you, crazy Midwest weather.

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Who Are The Top Pole Barn Builders in Illinois?

In this day and age, it seems like people are more conscious about the decisions they are making and the products they are purchasing. People perform extensive research to ensure they are making the best possible choice before making up their minds. The last thing anyone wants is to regret their decision later on down the road - especially when that decision involves their hard-earned money.

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Comparing Pole Barn Steel: Morton vs Menards vs FBi

Post frame companies want you to purchase their product over their competitors, and the one way they can convince you to do so is to advertise their product as the best on the market, especially when they’re comparing the structural integrity and pole barn steel warranties of their main competitors.

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5 Different Ways to Design a Pole Barn with Living Quarters

When you hear the word “pole barn,” what do you see? Most people picture a red barn with a white roof, cupolas, and sliding doors for moving heavy machinery. It’s the epitome of a farm building in the rural Midwest. However, the latest construction trend is a pole barn with living quarters. Yes, you read that correctly.  You may wonder, “Why would someone want to live in a barn?” Nowadays, building usage goes beyond the realm of agriculture.

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Pole Barn Flooring Options: Which One is Right for You?

This year, one of your core objectives is to build a new pole barn. You already have the land and finances set aside. There’s half the battle that prospective customers face in post frame construction.

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FBi vs Lester Buildings: Who's Best for Your Project?

Our builder comparison for this week is featuring Lester Buildings.  Similar to FBi, Lester constructs buildings for farm, hobby, horse and stable, livestock, commercial, and residential buildings. They firmly believe that they set themselves apart from their competitors with these three things: A professional, collaborative planning experience from concept to completion Customization Value In this blog, we will be presenting the facts and strengths of each builder. Our goal is to help you have a better understanding of how FBi compares to Lester before you make a final decision.

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Pole Barn Garage vs Stick Built: What Should You Choose?

Do you have an existing storage shed or even two-car garage that is overflowing with bikes, Christmas decorations, fishing poles, an abundance of tools, or even extra boxes and totes that you don’t know where to store? It’s bound to happen at some point. Perhaps you’re looking for more storage space for that recently purchased (and still shiny) ATV? Or maybe you recently purchased an antique car and need the extra space for a three-car garage. If so, it may be time for you to consider building a new garage. 

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FBi Buildings vs Wick: Who's Best for Your Project?

Our builder comparison for this week is featuring Wick Buildings.  Similar to FBi, Wick constructs buildings for ag, commercial, residential and equine facilities. They’re firmly committed that the strength and longevity of their post frame buildings will endure the test of time.  In this blog, we will be presenting the facts and strengths of each builder. Our goal is to help you have a better understanding of how FBi compares to Wick before you make a final decision.

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What is Pole Barn Snow Load & Why is It Important?

Being located in the Midwest, Mother Nature brings us all types of unpredictable weather, especially when it comes to the winter months. It’s not uncommon for us to receive a couple of inches of snow one day and then the next day it’s sunny with a high of 47 degrees. What’s also true about Midwest living is that we are capable of getting several inches of snow within a matter of hours. Do you remember the blizzard of 2014? That’s a perfect example of a snowstorm that started in the Midwest and worked its way east...dropping over 18” of snow along its way (in some areas it was much worse).

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What Size Should My Farm Shop Be? 3 Tips to Get Started.

As we know by now, there are many things to take into consideration during the planning stage of your new post frame building project. If you think about it, this statement is also true for any big event, vacation, or large purchase that you might make during your lifetime.  For example, what steps do you take when you plan your family vacations? How do you find a compromise when half of your family wants to go somewhere warm and tropical and the other half would rather do something adventurous without leaving the continental United States? 

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FBi Buildings vs Morton: Who's Best for Your Project?

Our builder comparison for this week is featuring Morton Buildings.® Arguably one of FBi’s biggest competitors, Morton constructs post frame buildings for ag, commercial, residential, community and equine facilities. They’re firmly committed to being the industry leader with a focus on innovation, service, and quality. Morton pledges to construct only high-quality, post frame structures that help make your dreams come true.

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5 Reasons Why Pole Barn Truss Spacing Is Important

Whether you refer to them as pole barns or post frame buildings, one thing is certain... the post frame building design has evolved significantly over the years. From round poles to laminated columns, from nails to stainless steel screws, from Silicone Polyester to Kynar, the post frame building continues to innovate.

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FBi Buildings vs Cleary: Who’s Best for Your Project?

Our builder comparison for this week is featuring Cleary® Building Corp.  Similar to FBi, Cleary constructs buildings for ag, commercial, residential and equine facilities. They’re firmly committed to bringing their clients lasting quality all at an affordable price.  In this blog, we will be presenting the facts and strengths of each builder. Our goal is to help you have a better understanding of how FBi compares to Cleary before you make a final decision.

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7 Organizational Ideas for Your Pole Barn

Do you consider yourself an organized person? For some of us, it comes naturally. For others, it’s a work in progress.  Each and every single one of us has our own system on how we store things. It might not make sense to the person who’s trying to find that extension cord or drill bit but it makes sense to you.

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FBi Buildings vs Menards: Who’s Best for Your Project?

We understand that most people shop around and get multiple pole barn quotes before they make a decision. It’s also not uncommon for us to get several questions from our customers asking how we are different from other pole barn builders or pole barn supply companies. Whether you’re looking for a farm building, hobby barn or horse stable, we want to make sure that you understand the seven key differences to look for when comparing builders. Over the course of the next several weeks, we will be comparing our post frame buildings with some of our biggest competitors.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Windows for Your Pole Barn

When it’s time for you to start designing your post frame building, what steps do you think you need to take? It’s not uncommon for some customers to sketch their pole barn layout on graph paper because they don’t want to forget their design. Not only does this help them visualize the layout of their building prior to talking to a post frame builder, but it also lets them compare different layouts if they have more than one in mind.

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5 Types of Pole Barn Porches: Which One is Right for You?

Building a pole barn has always been a goal of yours. When you pull into the driveway, you can envision a 40’ x 80’ tool shed in your spacious backyard. This post frame building will house bikes, four-wheelers, lawnmowers, and other outdoor accessories. But this pole barn isn’t just about storage; it’s about recreation too. A large porch would be an ideal spot to hang out with family and friends.

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How to Determine the Right Pole Barn Size

There are a lot of decisions to make when building a pole barn. From the overall building design to figuring out proper site preparation, and even choosing your building colors. Aside from pole barn costs, one of the even bigger decisions to make is trying to figure out the proper amount of square footage you will need...without running out of space. That could be tricky, right? Trust me when I say that we hear this all the time from our customers, “I wish I would have made my building bigger.” And we get it. 

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Pole Barn Wainscoting: 4 Design Benefits You Should Know

We can all agree that building a pole barn is a big decision. For some people, it may take weeks, months, or even years to convince your significant other or business partner(s) of this large purchase.

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Building a Pole Barn? 7 Tips You Need to Know.

After several months (or years) of kicking the idea around of building a pole barn, you’ve finally made the decision that you’re going to move forward with this long overdue project.  You’ve spoken to friends who have a post frame building, you’ve done your research online, and you’ve probably even read Google reviews on who the best pole barn builders are.  Your decisions have been narrowed down to the top three builders (in your opinion), and you want to do your due diligence and make sure you get an apples to apples quote comparison.

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Pole Barn Trends: Building a Man Cave or She Shed

It’s safe to say that man caves and she sheds are in style. Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock for the last few years.

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Pole Barn Maintenance: 4 Tips You Need to Know

When your post frame building project is completed, it’s probably a sigh of relief for you. You spent months (or maybe even years) planning the perfect building. Every detail was thoughtfully considered, even down to the type of hardware that was going to be placed on your walk doors.   You’re probably ready to spend every waking minute in your new post frame structure, and we can’t say that we blame you...we would want to do the same thing. But have you thought about the type of maintenance that needs to happen after your post frame building is finished?

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Are You Attending the 2019 Farm Progress Show?

Well, folks, summer is coming to an end. The warm weather is winding down. School is back in session. Department stores are gearing up for Halloween...or Christmas (because it’s never too early to get started on your shopping list). Your favorite primetime drama will soon be gracing your television screen. You can’t help but wonder, “Where did the time go?” Before you put away the pool floats and bust out the flannels/hoodies, let’s focus on one of the positives. This time of the year marks the beginning of the nation’s largest outdoor event – the Farm Progress Show.

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How to Choose Your Pole Barn Walk Door

If we told you that the small details take up the most time when planning the perfect post frame building design, would you believe us? Some of you might. Some of you might not.  Let’s think about that statement for a minute. Think about all of the small details that go into planning a building. From color selections, window options added features like cupolas and weathervanes to overhangs and mansards.  Are those things that you thought about before having a building constructed? Or, are those afterthoughts? My guess is it’s a good mixture of both.

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Pole Barn Kits vs Material Packages: What’s the Difference?

If you’re interested in building a pole barn, there’s a good chance that you’ve done a little research into price estimates.  We shop around when purchasing a vehicle, house, insurance, schooling, television providers, etc. So, it only makes sense that you do the same for your post frame project.

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Our Top 5 Pole Barn Garage Plans

Do you have an existing storage shed or even two-car garage that is overflowing with bikes, Christmas decorations, fishing poles, or even extra boxes and totes that you don’t know where to store? Or are you looking for more storage space for that recently purchased (and still shiny) ATV? If so, it may be time for you to consider building a new pole barn garage.

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100’ Pole Barn Trusses: A Viable Option for Your Building

Are you the type of person who likes to take weekly drives through the countryside? It’s okay to admit it. We don’t mind taking the scenic route from time to time. If so, you probably tend to pay attention to the surrounding neighborhood activity. It’s not uncommon for your eagle eyes to notice someone building a new house or post frame building. As you made the journey back home, one construction site caught your eye — a wide pole barn with 100’ clear-span trusses. You’ve never seen anything like it before.

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5 Ways to Finish the Interior of Your Pole Barn

You’re already aware that when you want to build a new pole barn or post frame building the first thing that you have to do is plan.  Depending on what type of building you have in mind - whether it be a farm shop, retail building, riding arena, or hobby shop - will also determine how long the planning process will take you.  Generally, the bigger the building (especially for commercial buildings), the longer the planning process will take. There will be a lot of back and forths with iterations of different floor plans and prices.

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8 Design Tips to Consider When Building a Horse Barn

As an owner, you’ve considered building a top-notch pole barn for your horses. These animals are your favorite pastime (or livelihood), so why not invest in a new structure?  You already have the land set aside. You’ve been consciously saving your money. So, there’s half the battle. Now that you’ve pulled the trigger, you’re tasked with designing a floor plan for your equine facility.

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How to Design Your Pole Barn Online

Arguably one of the most difficult decisions of building a pole barn is trying to decide your buildings floor plan. Sure, picking out building colors and deciding what interior and exterior features you may need (or essentially want) is also challenging.  It’s also not uncommon for customers to second guess themselves on what size of post frame building they need. The last thing that you would ever want to happen is to run out of storage space. But, if that is a problem you are currently facing (or budget restrictions won’t allow you to get the size you want), we do design and build pole barn additions.

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Our Top 5 RV Storage Pole Barns in 2020

Rejoice, it’s officially summer! Warm weather is finally here. School is out. It’s the perfect time to take your kids or grandkids on a camping trip in your RV.

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Pole Building Prices: 6 Considerations for Comparing

When you’re in the process of buying a new vehicle, what steps do you take? Do you research different makes and models? Do you know you’re going to buy pre-owned and want to keep the mileage under a certain limit? Or, do you call up your favorite dealer and just have them start looking for you? If I had to guess, there’s a handful of people who would fall under each category. Right or wrong...it’s just the process of how we shop. But, what if you’re going to buy a new pole barn...what steps would you take? Would it be the same, or would you want to get estimates from multiple builders to see who has the better price?

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4 Ways to Ventilate Your Pole Barn: Why Air Circulation is Important

Building a pole barn is a complex construction project. It’s relatively easy to get caught up in the nitty gritty details of planning and designing your post frame structure.

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7 Most Common Pole Barn Repairs

It’s not uncommon for damaging wind gusts to bully their way through the Midwest. If we didn’t have at least a dozen wind storms throughout the year, we wouldn’t know how to act. Yes, it really is that common around these parts.  As a professional Northwest Indiana pole barn builder, we understand the odds are somewhat against us, especially in the spring and summer months. Honestly, the pole barn construction business would be much easier for us if Mother Nature wasn’t so unpredictable.

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6 Types of Post Frame Buildings for Your Commercial Business

Are you interested in expanding your commercial business with a new post frame building? Maybe you're just getting started in the commercial industry and looking to construct a post frame structure. Whatever the reason, you've come to the right place.

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Pole Barn vs Post Frame Building: What’s the Difference?

Pole barn - a term that we have been familiar with since 1958. A term that we commonly use interchangeably with post frame building. A term that will always be used by our customers.

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Color Combination Tips for Your Pole Barn

Building a pole barn is a big decision. Arguably, a bigger decision is designing your pole barn.  Lately, your spare time has consisted of scrolling through online galleries for inspiration. There are multiple building features and layouts to choose from.

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4 Benefits of Post Frame Construction for Commercial Buildings

When people think of a post frame building or pole barn, they envision farm shops, machine sheds, or even suburban garages. The common misconception about post frame construction is that it’s primarily used for agricultural buildings. However, what you might not realize is that post frame structures are also an ideal construction method for commercial buildings.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Consider an Open-Sided Building

Are you a hardworking farmer interested in extra storage space for large implements? Are you a commercial business owner looking to protect your products or services from the elements?

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Pole Barn Construction Process: 4 Steps You Need to Know

Often, we have customers who call our office wanting a pole barn...and they want it now. In some cases, we can handle the job in a matter of days. Meanwhile, other post frame projects take a little bit longer to build...especially commercial buildings. Why? Because there are multiple steps that one must complete before construction can begin.

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3 Energy-Efficient Landscaping Tips for Your Pole Barn

Spring has sprung! The remaining evidence of last winter’s snowfall is melting away. Seeds are starting to take root.  The surrounding scenery is coming to life with new sprouts and blossoms. Warmer temperatures are here to stay. Post frame projects are in full swing.  It’s our favorite time of the year.

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Pole Barn Warranty: One That Can’t Be Beat

What do big purchases (e.g., appliances, electronics, pole barns, and vehicles) have in common?  Warranties. Those written guarantees by manufacturers to purchasers promising to repair or replace defective products/services with a specified period. Most product warranties are available on the manufacturer’s website. So, where can you find your post frame builder’s warranty? Is it listed on their website too? Or, do you have to speak with a salesperson?

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Pole Barn Structural Integrity: Top 5 Building Components

As you enjoy your Sunday drive through the countryside, you can’t help but notice the diverse lineup of pole barns.  The durable farm shop for a hardworking farmer that houses his/her heavy equipment.  A spacious storage building for the outdoorsman’s RV, boat, and ATV.  An equestrian’s dream horse barn equipped with an indoor riding arena.  The design flexibility of a post frame building is mind-boggling.

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Managing Pole Barn Condensation: 5 Tips You Need to Know

It’s the time of year that most people look forward to...nice weather! The days are getting longer, and the temperatures are warming up.  Unless you live in the Midwest (like us) because Mother Nature loves to play tricks. Regardless, you can finally start working on the long list of outside projects, such as landscaping.

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7 Crew Questions to Ask a Quality Pole Barn Builder

Congratulations, you’ve decided to build your dream pole barn! You’ve been consciously saving your money for months, or even years. Now that you have the necessary funds, your free time consists of designing the perfect building online.

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Should I General Contract My Pole Barn? Pros, Cons & Best Practices

There are three kinds of people in this world:  Those who go out and make things happen Those who sit and watch things happen Those who wonder what happened Since you’re reading this article about general contracting your pole barn or post frame building, there’s a pretty good chance that you fall under the “those who go out and make things happen” category. Sitting around and waiting for things to happen isn’t a part of your personality. You’re well aware that the only way something is going to get done is by going out and doing it yourself.

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7 Tips to Help You Hire the Right Pole Barn Repair Team

As a post frame builder, we know firsthand that the weather is unpredictable and uncontrollable.  One day, our construction crews are erecting pole barns in the brutal chill. The next day, it’s sunny with temperatures in the mid-50s. Eventually, you become accustomed to the abnormal weather patterns and don’t give it a second thought.

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Determining the Right Pole Barn Size: 3 Tips You Need to Know

The million dollar question when building a pole barn is, “How do I know what size pole barn I will need?” It’s not uncommon for this question to come up during almost every conversation we have with our customers...and rightfully so. Figuring out what size you need can be a tough decision, especially if you’re thinking ahead about future building expansion.

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Build Your Dream Horse Barn: Our Top 5 Designs in 2020

As an owner, you’ve considered building a top-notch pole barn for your horses. These animals are your favorite pastime (or livelihood), so why not invest in a new structure?  You already have the land set aside. You’ve been consciously saving your money. So, there’s half the battle. Now that you've pulled the trigger, you’re tasked with designing a floor plan for your equine facility. The design process can be a challenging task.

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Pole Barn Insulation: 4 Ways to Defend Your Building From Heat Loss

Brace yourself; winter is officially among us.  As Midwesterners, we know firsthand that Mother Nature can be unpredictable. We never know what type of winter she’ll bless us with until it’s here.  One day, it’s sunny with clear skies. The next, we’re shoveling our snowy driveways and skating across the parking lot.

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The History of FBi Buildings

Deciding to build a pole barn is a large undertaking. From making the initial calls to the best pole barn builders, all the way to the final touches. The people designing and constructing your post frame building influence your overall experience...from start to finish.

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7 Common Questions About FBi Pole Barns

Often, we have customers who call our office with the same pole barn questions. Frequent inquiries include: What is the average cost per square foot? Who should I use to finance my post frame project? How can I customize my building design (e.g., color combination and wainscoting)? Which structural components are covered by your pole barn warranty? Or, “I don’t live in your primary service area, but can you still build my structure?”  The list goes on and on. We applaud our customers for asking these questions. In fact, we want them to ask us questions. 

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3 Benefits of Building a Pole Barn Before Summer

Has building a pole barn been a goal of yours for quite some time? Maybe you already have acreage to construct one of the following post frame buildings: A durable farm shop to shelter your heavy machinery from the elements A versatile commercial building for your booming retail business A hobby shop that’ll serve as a man cave/she shed with additional storage space A picturesque horse barn equipped with an indoor riding arena No matter the building design, you can’t help but wonder, “When is the best time to purchase a pole barn?” We understand why you would think that because you don't want to miss out on any deals or savings.

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Looking for Pole Barn Pictures? Check out Our Gallery.

Congratulations, you’ve decided to build your dream pole barn! You’ve been saving your money for months, or even years. You’re ready to start breaking ground with proper site preparation. So, what is the next step in the decision-making process? Don’t worry; there’s no right or wrong answer.

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Our Top 5 Pole Barn Hobby Shops in 2020

Do you have more “toys” than you do storage space? I’m not talking about children’s toys either. I’m talking about your hobby toys. Like that bass boat that you fish on every summer, or the newest Polaris Ranger that you and your kids drive around every fall.  Maybe it’s in your plans to purchase a snowmobile, but there’s just one problem. You’re running out of adequate storage space. It’s bound to happen...maybe you just didn’t think it would happen as soon as it did.

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Residential Pole Barn Buildings: Explore Your Options

Storage. Like it or not, it's something that we all need. If you’re like some, it’s something that we just have to have.  Why? Because we are running out of space...and we have too much stuff. We never thought we would accumulate so much “junk” over the years but we have.  Our house is full. Our closets are full. Our basements are full. Our attics are full. And guess what? We keep getting more stuff to add to the mix.  And guess what? If you have kids or plan on having kids it doesn’t get any better. Kids want and require a lot of stuff. Granted, some of these items can stay in the house but what about the things you see yourself using frequently? 

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Our Top 5 Pole Barn Farm Shops in 2020

Whether farming is your hobby or your business, we understand the many unique requirements of building a safe, efficient, and attractive post frame building. It all starts with proper site preparation, good planning, and intelligent design.  The last thing that you want to have happen is to run out of space in your new farm shop because you built a building that was too small for your current and future needs. It’s not uncommon for that to happen and it’s our job to make sure that it doesn’t happen to you.

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Our Top 5 Farm Shop & Machine Storage Pole Barns in 2020

Farming for a living is anything but easy. It requires hard work, sacrifice, blood, sweat, tears, and dirt...lots of it. At the same time, it’s a beautiful and rewarding lifestyle.  Often, you feel like you're taking a gamble. The markets can be unpredictable. No two years are the same, but that's the challenge you've accepted. Your story is no exception. Despite these obstacles, you’ve worked hard for your place. Also, you’ve made it work hard for you.  We’re sure you’ve heard the saying, “It takes money to make money.” So, what would your next logical step be if (and when) your operation expanded?

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The 3 Best Ways to Heat a Pole Barn in 2020

If you live in the Midwest (like we do), you never know what type of weather you’re going to get...especially in the winter months. Why? Because the winter weather here can be so unpredictable. One day it’s warm...the next day it’s rainy...and the next day? There’s so much snow on the ground that you’re stuck at home. For some people that’s probably an ideal situation to deal with, but for others they still have work that needs to be done. Maybe they have a long commute to work, or maybe their kids are on a two-hour delay and they need to drive them to school, or maybe they have stalls that need cleaned and hay that needs in their horse barn.

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How To Fix a Pole Barn Sliding Door: 5 Easy Steps

Your pole barn project is complete. It’s everything you imagined it would be and then some. 

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3 Guidelines to Follow for a Pole Barn Addition

Your pole barn or post frame building is key to your operation. Your day-to-day activities happen in this building. Your future generations will be working in this building. Or maybe, if you’re in the commercial industry, your monthly income is dependent on this building. But, what happens when the building gets crowded? What happens when you realize that you’re running out of space? What happens when it finally hits you that this building just isn’t big enough?

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Can You Build a Pole Barn in The Winter?

During the winter months, we are oftentimes faced with the same question from our customers, "Can you build a pole barn in the winter?" The answer is simple. Yes, you can!

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Pole Barn Additions: 5 Considerations for Expanding Your Building

Your pole barn or post frame building is key to your operation. Day-to-day activities take place in this building. It’s where you spend a significant amount of your time and for some, helps generate revenue for your business. If you’re a farmer, you store and service heavy machinery in your durable farm shop. As a hobbyist, you restore antique tractors or classic cars in your custom hobby shop. Maybe you’re a commercial business owner, and your monthly income is dependent on this building. Occupations aside, you hope that future generations will be able to work in your pole barn. Someday, your children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren will be old enough to follow in your footsteps and expand the trail that you’ve blazed.

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3 Money-Saving Ways to Heat and Cool Your Pole Barn

Did you know that heating and cooling are the largest energy drains in post frame buildings with climate controlled spaces? If you think about it...it does make sense. Heat rises to the top of any building, and if your building isn’t well insulated what happens to the heat? It will escape through the top of your building, or around any windows and doors that aren’t properly sealed.  If you’re losing heat (or even air) around your windows and doors then you’re also wasting money on energy costs. Let’s think about how that concept works. Have you ever noticed that it takes forever for your furnace or even your air conditioner to stop running? That’s because it’s trying to keep up with heating or cooling your post frame building or even home. If there are leaks around windows, doors, or even in your attic then you’re wasting energy.

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Farm Building Plans: Inspiration for Your Building

Have you been thinking about building a new post frame farm shop, tractor storage pole barn, or even a seed warehouse building? There are many things to take into consideration during the planning stage of your new post frame building project and sometimes–ok...let's be real now–the majority of the time, it can be a stressful process.

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Is Renovating a Pole Barn Practical?

Over time, post frame buildings, aka pole barns, can lose their original luster...especially if they’re anywhere from 50-60 years old. We’ve all seen it before–the metal is starting to rust, the sliding doors aren’t functioning as they should, and you’ve been struggling with a roof leak that you just can’t seem to fix...no matter how many times you get someone to come out and look at it.

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What Should Your Pole Barn Warranty Cover?

After months of mulling around the idea, you’ve decided to build your dream pole barn. In your spare time, you research quality pole barn builders in the area. You slip on the reading glasses and scour through countless brochures to educate yourself over post frame construction.  You stumble across a design online tool to help visualize the perfect floor plan. Then, you request a quote from your preferred builder. All those years of saving money has finally paid off!

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Which Type of Door is Best for Your Pole Barn?

Helping farmers and agri-business owners determine the pole building that best meets their current and future needs is how FBi got their start back in 1958. Fast forward 60 years later, and FBi has built thousands of agricultural buildings throughout the Midwest. Each pole barn is unique to the farmer or business owner’s needs. Do you know what type of building needs would make your pole barn or post frame building work best for you? That’s where FBi can help you out. FBi’s in-house design team makes sure each structure is customized for the building owner.

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Custom Pole Barn vs Pole Barn Kit: What’s Best for You?

Congratulations! You’re finally living on your own in the “real world,” and you couldn’t be happier. You have the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. It feels so good.

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Post Frame Buildings vs Steel Frame Buildings: Which One is Better?

As an entrepreneur, have you ever found yourself in the following scenario? Business is booming (pro), but the current space no longer fulfills your needs (con).  It’s an exciting time, but now you’re tasked with designing a new building. After much consideration, you’ve decided to expand your commercial operation. You keep going back and forth between a post frame and a steel frame building in your mind.

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Post Frame Home vs Stick Built: What Should You Choose?

It’s a nice, sunny day and you find yourself driving down a country road. What do you see? Fields of corn. Pastures with cows. Post frame sheds. A stick built home currently being constructed. Another stick built home...or so you think. This building has multiple windows and a country red front door with a ‘Welcome’ sign hanging on the front. It’s nicely landscaped and the grass is freshly mowed. Could this be a pole barn home? The answer is yes.

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Pole Barn Designer: See Your Building in 3D

Our new and improved online design tool helps you take the guesswork out of choosing the right building size and location for your business, garage or farming operation. Not only are you able to design you own custom post frame building, you can also determine window and door placements and exterior finishing options.

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Who Are the Best Pole Barn Builders in the Midwest?

Have you been tossing around the idea of post frame construction? You know you need a new hobby barn or farm shop but maybe you’re waiting until the time is right (or the cash flow is on hand). Which isn’t a bad idea...it’s never good to rush something.  I’m sure you’ve started doing (or have even completed) your research. Maybe you’re looking for a post frame company with years of experience, or maybe you want to find a company who’s part of the midwest.

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Top 5 Pole Barn Builders in Indiana

The World Wide Web has drastically changed our lives since its inception in 1989. Nowadays, we rely on technology for so much. Think about it...we’re always online in some way or another.

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Pole Barn Financing: 5 Lenders to Choose From

Congratulations! You’ve finally decided to move forward with your pole barn building project. You know what size you want, you know what colors you’re going to choose, and you even know what the interior is going to look like.

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3 Tips for Choosing the Best Post Frame Builder

Building a post frame building takes a lot of time, commitment, and dedication on the buyer’s end. There’s a lot of moving parts and pieces that go into the decision-making process, such as:

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How Much Does a Pole Barn Cost in 2020? 5 Factors to Know

Here at FBi Buildings, we have a daily influx of customers calling or sending messages via web chat asking, “How much does a pole barn cost?” This is a great question, but, unfortunately, there is no black and white answer.

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4 Steps to Help You Expand Your Commercial Business

Are you ready to expand your business and move into a new commercial building? If so, have you developed a clear vision for your construction project? Creating a solid strategy is the foundation for a successful post frame building. It’ll require some critical thinking from the involved parties.

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Pole Barn Renovations: What Can You Do?

Over time, buildings can lose their original luster. We’ve all seen it before–the paint is peeling off, the doors aren’t functioning, and that roof is going to cave in any day. Maybe one morning you woke up to realize you want to refresh the building you love. It is full of history and memories, and you want to guarantee that it will last. We want to help you spruce up your building.

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Is a Post Frame Home Right for Me in 2020?

While it’s important to determine if a post frame home is right for you, it’s just as important to figure out if you’re a right fit for a post frame structure. You’re probably wondering why that’s even important because a pole barn has to be cheaper than stick built, right? Well, not necessarily and here’s why. It takes a certain type of homeowner to get the biggest bang for their buck with pole building construction. But before we discuss who that ideal customer is, let’s cover the basics of post frame construction and why people assume they’re a cost effective solution for a brand new home.

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4 Ways to Take Control of Your Pole Barn Project

Building a new pole barn can be complicated and time-consuming, especially if you’re not making a conscious effort to make headway. Your job doesn’t stop at the building design. In fact, it’s only getting started...

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Project Planning: 3 Roles That Will Finish Your Job On Time

Who doesn’t love a good surprise? A surprise birthday party, surprise tickets to a game, you name it. But do you want to know a surprise that nobody wants? Finding out that there has been an accident on their job site–because that means more time and more money. 

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Post Frame Storm Damage Repairs: 7 Tips You Need to Know

Disaster strikes your building and you don't know where to turn....unfortunately, that is something that we have to worry about with living in the midwest. The weather is unpredictable. Turn of events are unpredictable. And, if you don't get your building repaired correctly...the longevity of your building can be unpredictable. We've put together a list of 7 tips to help you find the right builder to repair your post frame building.

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What Kind of Expenses Will My Commercial Project Have?

It’s not uncommon for some commercial post frame building owners to focus most of their time and attention on the planning, design and construction process of their commercial building project. Looking beyond that may seem unimportant at this point.

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How to Add Value to Your Commercial Building Project

In our previous blog about making sure your site is right, we touched on making sure the land is right for your building and proper drainage. Tip #4 and #5 cover project management and planning ahead.

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Make Sure Your Commercial Building Site is Right

In our previous blog about adding value to your commercial post frame building, we touched on building location and determining financing. Tip #3 is to make sure the land is right for your building.

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2 Tips to Get Your Pole Barn Project Started

Starting a new project, process, or innovation is an important step for any business owner. FBi works together with our customers to help them define and refine what their needs for a new building will be. Asking the right questions from the start helps proficiently advance the process.

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What is Site Preparation? 7 Tips to Get You Started.

Do you have a good understanding of what goes into site prep? Or do you think it’s a tedious and somewhat difficult process? Maybe for you it comes natural and you’d rather tackle preparing your site instead of choosing pole barn colors. Don’t get me wrong, at times it can seem overwhelming. If we lived in a perfect world, everything would go smoothly and we wouldn’t have to worry about any obstacles to tackle. But (I know...I always ruin it with a but), there is a decent amount of coordination that goes into site preparation. For those of us that are not overly organized, it’s not exactly an exciting part of the construction process. Needless to say, this won’t make site prep go away and as the old saying goes, “the show must go on.” 

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How to Avoid Condensation in Your Post Frame Building

Did you know that condensation control starts with site preparation? Who would have thought, right? But how do you manage it? Removal of all sod, humus, and organic matter pre-construction eliminates the risk of that natural material decomposing later, causing the flooring to settle and crack. Coarse stone is layered over a crowned base to prevent any capillary action from occurring. Fill material can often be problematic itself. Wet fill material can hold up to 15 pounds of water/cubic.

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The Importance of Permitting for Pole Barn Construction

If you close your eyes (but not right now because you need to keep reading) and think about pole barn permits or zoning, what words come to mind? Perhaps confusing, complicated, or frustrating, to name a few? 

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Project Planning Saves You Money, Time and Stress

Building a new building can be complicated – but not if you start at literally the ground up. A successful project starts with the ideal site selection and then preparing the site to maximize its usefulness and save money in the process. Keep in mind that good, early decisions make for the best long-term building. Plus, it’s also critical from the start to carefully consider functions: the purpose of the building – office, equipment shed or barn.

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Post Frame Prices: Determining the Cost of Your Building

There are multiple aspects that go into determining the cost of your pole barn or post frame building. Your builder will quote you on a building shell, but what about the other costs? Here’s a list of common items that you’ll want to remember. Getting quotes on each of these items early will help you eliminate surprise costs over the course of your project.

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5 Keys to Managing Condensation in Your Post Frame Building

“It’s the little things” – it’s a phrase we hear so often to express how little things build up over time to make a difference. Sometimes it’s a positive difference as in a kindness, or someone looking out for another. But it can be said about troublesome issues that accumulate over time.

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Wood Frame Pole Barns vs Steel Frame Buildings

What advantages does a pole barn have over a steel frame building? In a previous blog post we mentioned how a metal building can have either a wood frame or a steel frame. Which is better? The answer to that question depends on your priorities.

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Recommended Interior Liner Systems for Your Post Frame Building

The Energy Advantage Package is our recommended high performance interior liner system. With the Energy Advantage, your building becomes more attractive, energy efficient and useful. The high-tensile steel liner (or plywood, OSB, drywall or any combination) covers all interior framing, improving appearance and reducing maintenance.

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How are Post Frame Buildings Energy-Efficient?

When you hear the terms “pole barn or post frame building,” what image comes to mind?  Do you picture a durable farm shop for the hardworking farmer and his/her equipment? Do you picture a large showroom exhibiting the newest sports car or heavy-duty truck? Do you picture a spacious hobby shop for the classic car collector and his/her collection? Do you picture a horse barn equipped with an indoor riding arena for the equine enthusiast? All of the above? The design flexibility of post frame construction is mind-boggling. It’s the very reason why you’re interested in building a pole barn.

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Did You Know Bane-Welker Equipment is a Post Frame Building?

  For Phil Bane, CEO of Bane-Welker Equipment, the look and design of his commercial post frame buildings is key. He wants space that is welcoming to his customers and is something the community can be proud of. These buildings help represent 50 years of legacy started by Phil's father in 1967. While the design and quality of these buildings is superb (according to Phil), the values shared by FBi Buildings and Bane-Welker Equipment are extremely important; family, community, trust, and integrity are just a few. 

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Did You Know the Watseka Ford Dealership is a Post Frame Building?

Elevate your business with a commercial, post frame building When people think of a pole barn or post frame building, they often picture a farm shop or cold storage building for agriculture. What many people don't know is that post frame construction gives you flexibility in design and is a great option for commercial buildings, including automotive dealerships.

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Is it Time to Replace the Sliding Doors on Your Pole Barn?

It’s no surprise that properly maintaining anything we own (whether it be a building, vehicle, lawnmower, electronic, etc.) is a key part of extending its life.  Would you buy a brand new vehicle and not get the oil changed? Probably not. Would you hire landscapers to improve the curb appeal of your post frame home and not pull weeds regularly? Probably not.  While no post frame building (or vehicle, lawnmower, electronic, etc.) lasts forever, many can span lifetimes with proper care and maintenance.  You’re probably thinking, “Well, my pole barn was built to last.” And I’m sure that your builder said that to you as well.

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More Than Just Pole Barns: We Build Legacies

Your farm is more than fields of corn and beans, it's the family's heritage and future. Hear Dick Clark from Remington, Indiana, share the legacy of his farm and the shared values between his family business and the FBi Buildings family. 

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Pole Barn Columns: Laminated Posts vs Perma-Columns

As you enjoy your Sunday drive through the countryside, you can’t help but notice the diverse lineup of pole barns. 

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Establishing Finish Floor Elevation for Your Post Frame Building

At the beginning of the year, you and your significant other decided to build a new pole barn. Ever since your family expanded, the kids have claimed the house garage. You’re tired of navigating the maze of bicycles, coupe cars, strollers, wagons, and other miscellaneous toys. Who knew kids could collect so much stuff? We feel your pain. Storage is a necessity. That’s why we wholeheartedly support your decision to build a tool shed.

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Condensation Management in a Post Frame Building

Water condenses when warm, moisture-laden air contacts a cooler surface, such as the underside of your roof steel. Because lower-temperature air cannot hold as much moisture as warmer air, the excess humidity turns into water droplets. Then….drip, drip, drip! But if you reduce the humidity inside, you dramatically reduce condensation.

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How to Determine Estimated Pole Barn Project Costs

To arrive at a realistic estimate of what your pole barn building project is going to cost, you need to get a grasp of the major project component costs. What do we mean by that? You know...site costs, design, construction, etc. All of these are a factor when it comes to overall building price. 

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Building Tips  |  Farm Buildings  |  Posts

Design the Perfect Farm Shop Plan: 3 Tips to Get Started.

As we know by now, there are many things to take into consideration during the planning stage of your new post frame building project. Actually, this statement is true for any big event, vacation, or large purchase that you might make during your lifetime.  Let’s stop and think about this for a moment… Let’s say you want to plan your next family vacation. Your wife wants to go somewhere warm and tropical and relax on the beach (or maybe this is a dream of your husband or significant other). You, on the other hand, prefer to do something adventurous and in the mountains. After all, that’s the whole purpose of a vacation, right? How do you even make a decision?

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Building Construction  |  Building Design  |  Posts  |  Structural Integrity

What is Diaphragm Design? Why is it Important?

Each component of a building system is important, no matter if you decide to build a wood structure, steel structure, or a pole building. Have you ever stopped to think about the construction method being used and what all of those details will require? Is that something that even matters to you? Will you be looking over those details before you choose a builder?

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