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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.
Luckily, there are ways to avoid that regretful feeling down the road. Having resources available is helpful when making a significant investment, like a pole barn.
In this article, we breakdown the five common regrets past customers have when designing their post frame building.
Before we dive deep into the regrets, it’s important to note that you can change your building design if you aren’t ready for certain features. For example, you may want to install concrete flooring and interior finishes at a later date.
We recommend jotting down your pole barn ideas on a piece of paper, sticky note, or napkin. Then, it would be best if you gave it to your post frame builder and their design/engineering team so they can prep your building accordingly.
Top 5 Pole Barn Design Regrets to Avoid – Our Customers’ Feedback
Before you finalize your floor plan, let’s look at some of the design regrets past customers have made. Are you unknowingly making the same mistake(s)? Let’s find out and make those changes (if needed).
1) “I should’ve built a bigger pole barn.”
It’s a tale as old as time. Unfortunately, some customers don’t consider future use when considering building size.
Please keep in mind that pole barn additions can be costly, especially if not communicated with your post frame building in the design phase.
Otherwise, the structural integrity of your pole barn will need to be re-evaluated. New square footage can overload the current building components. In some cases, certain types of building additions or connections may not be possible.
2) “I should’ve installed a deck system.”
A deck system, or loft, is a great way to get more storage out of your post frame building. You can store the following items that take up space:
Other miscellaneous items that you don’t want to give up because you never know when you may need it
Can a deck system be installed in the future?
Like pole barn additions, a deck system can be installed later if the building design allows for it.
First, you need to consider the use of the loft. Are you going to store small boxes that don’t require much headroom? Do you want to be able to walk on top without bumping your head? Pole barn height will determine what type of deck system can be installed.
Your foundation will also need to be adequately sized to support the intended structure and its design load. Your pole barn interior will need to be prepped with deck joists and framing members.
3) “I should’ve finished my pole barn interior.”
Sometimes, customers wished they would’ve added finishing touches to their post frame building. For instance:
If you plan on spending a lot of time in your building year-round, then insulation will help keep it at a comfortable climate. For more information, you can download our FREE “Ultimate Guide to Pole Barn Insulation.”
Can I finish my pole barn interior at a later date?
Again, you can add interior finishes to your pole barn if it’s prepared accordingly. You’ll need to install interior framing. Steel liners can be placed 24’’ on center with other materials being spaced 12’’ – 16’’ on center. Insulation will need to be installed beforehand.
4) “I should’ve included additional features.”
When you first design your pole barn, some features might seem unnecessary. They’re just additional costs that you don’t want to take onto the bottom line right now.
However, you may find that the following features are beneficial in their unique ways:
Porch (an ideal spot to kick back and relax after a long day’s work)
Unless you want to re-skin your pole barn completely, we do not recommend adding wainscoting in the future. If you think you may want this feature, it’s best to incorporate it into the building design from the beginning.
5) “I should’ve poured concrete flooring.”
Despite its cost, concrete is one of the most popular floor selections in post frame construction. It reduces the following annoyances associated with dirt, gravel, and stone floors:
Are you ready for a quote? Submit your building design, and a member of our sales team will give you a call to begin the estimating process.
Do you have more questions that are not covered in this article? If you need help designing and planning, please contactFBi Buildings at 800.552.2981 orclick here to email us. If you are ready to get a price,click here to request a quote, and a member of our customer engagement team will help you determine the next steps of your project.