Cori grew up on her family's small grain and livestock operation in Northwest Indiana. In 2018, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Marian University Indianapolis. Having shown beef cattle for 12 years at the county, state, and national level, Cori chose to pursue a career in the agriculture field. Today, she serves as the Marketing Content Creator on the FBi team. In her free time, Cori enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, listening to music, and traveling.
Many consumers like to combine aspects of open-sided and post frame buildings. They park in-season equipment underneath the lean-to for easy access. Meanwhile, out-of-season equipment is stored in the enclosed structure.
We understand that farmers and business owners are busy individuals. Therefore, site flow is crucial to the efficiency of their operation. For many, it’s a matter of mobility and time management.
Think about how you move around your property. Are there any potential obstacles that could impact your site flow? Existing structures? Landscaping? Driveways?
You’ll need to consider these barriers before selecting a location for your open-sided building.
Most importantly, how are you currently using your pole barn? If the answer is “storage,” then you’ll love not having to open/close the sliding doors as you move machinery in/out.
For instance, when planting season is upon us, farmers can pull into the building with their tractor and wide row planter still attached. This advantage makes it easier to park and avoid bottlenecks when it’s time to move implements around.
The end result? Your equipment will be more accessible, saving your valuable time and energy. It’s like having the basic functionality of a large door opening without the added expense.
2) Open-sided Buildings Have Lower Maintenance Costs
As mentioned above, it’s imperative that you consider the intended use of your post frame building. Why? Because the pole barn application will greatly influence the way it’s constructed.
Let’s stick to the farming narrative. You plan to use your pole barn to store large implements. Depending on the size of machinery you intend to store (both present and future), different bay sizes and clearances may be required.
In addition, you may want to add concrete bollards at each column to prevent pole barn damage caused by collision. If this component is harmed, it may cause racking, sagging, or building collapse.
Racking is the effect of lateral loads (e.g., strong winds). If the building diaphragm is weakened, the pole barn won’t be able to resist structural loads or external pressures, which may cause leaning.
Have You Considered Your Future Building Plans?
No matter the intended use of your open-sided building, you should really consider site flow. The building location will affect the future of your property.
What will it look like in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? If possible, we recommend avoiding a location that prohibits traffic or prevents building additions.
Moreover, you should hire a post frame builder who will help you develop a comprehensive site plan that includes your future plans.
Don’t forget to contemplate future modifications, as these add-ons may affect the building design and placement.
For example, do you plan to enclose the structure and install doors? This feature may require upgraded columns, footings, and headers.
It’s crucial that you account for these potential modifications in the early stages of planning and designing. Being proactive will spare you from buyer’s remorse and growing pains.
Is an Open-Sided Building Right for You?
Whether you’re a hardworking farmer or savvy commercial business owner, you can benefit from a versatile and efficient open-sided building.