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Most customers want to know if post frame homes are as great as they look/sound. That’s why we compiled a list of pros and cons to building a pole barn home. From there, you’ll be able to determine if this type of construction is right for you.
What is a Pole Barn Home?
A pole barn home is the perfect combination of living and storage space.Laminated posts are driven into the ground and secured by a precast concrete pad with uplift anchors. Columns support the roofing system (no interior stud-walls needed).
Post frame homes are open-concept. They can be one- or two-story (depending on personal preference). Also, a basement can be poured. However, residential buildings are typically built on top of a sturdy concrete foundation.
Note: Most post frame builders specialize in the building shell only. That’s just a fraction of your overall project. Other design aspects can be handled by a general contractor (GC).
Do you like the idea of having a taller ceiling? Pole barn construction is also a cost-effective solution for making spaces feel and look bigger than what they actually are.
5) Less Exterior Maintenance
Although pole barn construction offers various roofing and siding options, steel is the most popular selection. Metal is a hardier material, meaning less maintenance or future renovations.
Say goodbye to the days of cracked or warped siding and asphalt shingles with a short lifespan.
Pole barn steel can last up to 40 years without showing aging signs, so you can rest easy knowing that your money is well-invested.
6) Good Challenge for DIYers
It’s important to note that most frame builders specialize in the building shell only. That’s just a fraction of your overall project. Other design aspects can be handled by a general contractor (GC).
Some customers prefer to handle this process on their own. Those with the background and knowledge find DIY to be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Meanwhile, others may be surprised by how time-consuming it is to manage a building project.
General contracting your own post frame structure is a major commitment. It requires expertise, resources, and time.
Plus, there’s always the assumption of risk. For many people, it’s worth it. Do you agree?
What are the Disadvantages of Building a Pole Barn Home?
1) Extra Work Can Be Costly
While a basic pole barn is less expensive than a stick-built home, the custom building features and extra materials can add up quickly.
If you like the bells and whistles, a pole barn home may not be cheaper than a stick-built one. But if you’re looking for a simple build, then post frame construction can be a budget-friendly solution.
2) Difficulty Obtaining a Mortgage Loan or Necessary Permitting
Obtaining a mortgage could be difficult for post frame homeowners as it might not qualify for a loan. You may have to fill out extra paperwork or provide more information than you would for a standard loan.
If you need pole barn financing, be prepared to discuss the following information with your preferred lender:
Are you ready for a quote? Submit your building design to us, and a member of our sales team will give you a call to begin the estimating process.
Do you have more questions about post frame homes that are not covered in this article? If you need help designing and planning, please contact FBi Buildings at800.552.2981orclick here to email us. If you are ready to get a price,click here to request a quoteand a member of our customer engagement team will help you determine the next steps of your project.