Determining the Cost of Your Post Frame Building Project
Angie Dobson

By: Angie Dobson on March 13th, 2018

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Determining the Cost of Your Post Frame Building Project


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.

Common items to consider when getting a quote:

  • Permit Fees
  • Clearing and excavating
    • Look for an excavator who talks drainage and soil types, then ask him for recommendations on where to place your building. Good excavators have an expert and practical eye for determining the best location for drainage.
  • Drainage
  • Building pad
    • Gravel or concrete
  • Building shell design and erection
  • Builders Risk insurance
  • Specialty windows & doors
    • If not included in building shell price
  • Interior build-out
    • Framing
    • Electrical
    • HVAC
    • Plumbing
    • Drywall
    • Finishes
    • Trim
    • Carpet
    • Cabinets
  • Masonry
    • Brick or stone exterior if you choose to not use steel siding
  • Finish grading
  • Paving
    • Sidewalks and driveways
  • Landscaping

TIP: Also, did you know that if your inspector says your building isn’t code compliant, you’ll have to get it redone? Yikes! How are you supposed to know if your building is code compliant? Our blog on What Makes a Quality Post-Frame Builder will help you out!

P.S. Want to save money on your building? Of course you do! Builders prize optimal sites. A “ready” site means that all the site work is done, and the site is easily accessible and has a gravel or concrete building pad. Since this allows the builder to be more efficient during erection, he saves time and you save money.

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Have more questions about building costs not covered in this article? If you need help designing and planning, please contact FBi Buildings at 1.800.552.2981 or click here to email us. If you are ready to get a price, click here to request a quote and a member of our sales team will call you!


About Angie Dobson

Angie graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Prior to joining the FBi team, Angie was a kitchen and bath sales consultant in Lafayette, IN. In 2012, she started with FBi as the Inside Sales/Marketing Assistant. Today she holds the role as Marketing Project Manager. Angie grew up in a farming community and has always enjoyed helping her family on the farm. A past 10 year 4-H Member, her passion for livestock pursued her to take a career in the agriculture field. Her and her husband live in Northwest Indiana with their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor leisure activities and spending time with friends and family.