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By: Cori Lane
September 25th, 2023

Pole barn columns, also known as posts, are the backbone of your post-frame building. They bear the weight of the entire roof system (including purlins and trusses) and ensure all structural loads (such as snow and wind) are transferred to the foundation. In other words, posts play a significant role in your pole barn’s structural integrity. However, it’s common to encounter rotted wood in older post-frame buildings dating back to the 1980s and 1990s.

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By: Nettie Grubb
September 18th, 2023

Most midwesterners dream of buying acreage and building a custom home with a large shop. Just like you, I looked into building a barndominium in 2020. My husband and I eventually bought a house in town, but we still dream of buying 10 acres of timber and putting up a pole building. Today, our dream has shifted towards a shouse we would use as a hunting cabin, workshop, and storage. Since working at FBi Buildings, I have learned a lot about pole barns and how they often are not a cheaper solution for residential living when compared to a traditional home.

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By: Addy Cain
September 5th, 2023

If you’re looking to add a touch of elegance or visual appeal to your new pole barn, wainscoting can be a great way to customize your post-frame building. With different material options, certain key factors can influence your decision-making. If we’re thinking about aesthetics, metal elements lean more toward modern design and architecture, and natural stone elements push for a timeless and polished look. This article will discuss the different options for stone and metal wainscoting.

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By: Nettie Grubb
August 28th, 2023

Did you know the Buckeye State is home to aviation? There’s a good chance you might be considering building a pole barn with room to store your airplane. Perhaps you want to build a pole-building man cave with a room to watch NFL games. Or, like many Americans interested in building a barndominium, you are curious what the average cost to build a pole barn home would be. This article will outline the starting cost of pole barns in August 2023 and explain the hidden costs competitors don't discuss.

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By: Cori Lane
August 21st, 2023

Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been two years since we showcased our revolutionary QLYFT building system at the 2021 Farm Progress Show! And now, we’re getting ready for another three full days at the nation’s largest outdoor event in Decatur, Illinois.

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By: Addy Cain
August 7th, 2023

Creating a comfortable interior inside your new residential building is a must. Whether you’ve chosen to build a pole barn home or even a stylish hobby shop, several options are available to you. Depending on the style and purpose of your post frame building, certain interior finishes work better than others. Or, you may choose not to finish the interior because that works best for you. However, keep in mind that the design of your pole barn and interior space can be personalized to fit your exact needs, and you can even create your own layout online. In this article, we’ll discuss interior options for pole barn homes, hobby shops, workshops and garages.