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When it comes to renovating your pole barn, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest are constantly bombarding you with the latest renovation ideas. So, what should you do, and where should you start?
And when you think you’ve made up your mind, some new trend comes along and skews your vision.
If you’re going to spend a significant amount of time and money on renovating your post frame building, you want to make sure it’s worthy of gracing the front cover of HGTV Magazine.
But don’t fret too much – some styles have a way of coming back. Just take a look at wall paneling.
Luckily, your options are virtually endless when it comes to refurbishing your pole barn. Whether you want to make a few minor changes or tackle a complete makeover, resources are certainly not lacking.
In this blog, we break down the current pole barn renovation trends.
These materials give your post frame building a finished look compared to exposed girts and posts.
Click here to learn about the pros and cons of each pole barn interior finishes.
2) Pour a Finished Floor
Again, your building needs will change over time. The dirt, gravel, or stone flooring in your pole barn is no longer the look you want to achieve. Luckily, you can upgrade to a more solid solution at a later date.
Concrete is one of the most popular floor selections in post frame construction. Why? Because it reduces the following annoyances associated with dirt, gravel, and stone floors:
Depending on the contractor, it’s available in a wide variety of colors, finishes, and stamps.
You can also consider adding wooden or tiled floors that sit on top of the concrete foundation. It’ll give your business, man cave/she shed, office, or post frame home a nice decorative touch.
3) Add an Office or Workshop
Are you working remotely during the global pandemic? Are you tired of working at your kitchen table and need a designated spot to focus on paperwork? If so, you can easily convert a portion of your pole barn into an office.
Do you enjoy hobbies like woodworking or tinkering on classic cars? You may want to consider moving out of your stick-built garage and into a workshop. You’ll be happy to have your own space, and your significant other will be glad that he/she can finally park their vehicle inside.
4) Entertain Family & Friends in Your Newly-Renovated Space
If you and your significant other are entertainers, why not add the living quarters to the older pole barn in your backyard?
You can add a small kitchenette for preparing light meals. Complete the sitting area with comfy furniture and a flatscreen TV. Be careful not to make your space too entertaining. Otherwise, your guests will never want to leave!
5) Lay Down a Basketball Court
Are you raising the next Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, or Lebron James (depending on who you think is the G.O.A.T.)?
If you’re not a basketball fan, you can install a tennis court or batting cages instead.
6) Overhead Storage with a Loft/Deck System
When you’re running out of space, installing a loft is the easiest way to add more room.
You can store outdoor accessories (e.g., bicycles or kayaks) or holiday decorations that are taking up precious real estate in your garage.
Moreover, lofts can be converted into a hangout spot or toy room for your kids.
We recommend talking to your post frame builder about loft requirements. After all, building codes still need to be met.
How Should I Renovate My Pole Barn Exterior?
1) Add a Porch to Your Post Frame Building
Porches are a great way to add charm to your pole barn.
Nothing welcomes guests like a well-designed porch with a rocking chair or two. It’s nearly impossible to turn down a cold glass of sweet tea and good conversation with family or friends.
Whether you prefer a simple front porch or one that wraps around the entire structure, you can’t go wrong with this feature.
There’s nothing better than ending a long day by sitting on the porch with both feet kicked up, watching the sun sink below the horizon.
2) Try a New Pole Barn Color Combination
Is the original paint of your metal roof and siding looking blah? Now is your chance to switch it up with a completely different color that better fits your personality.Click here to learn about our pole barn color combination tips.
Add a little flair to your building design with a designer wall (or wainscoting). Take it to the next level with a brick or versetta stone façade, depending on the exterior options provided by your post frame builder.
3) Upgrade the Doors & Windows
You’d be amazed by the effect new doors and windows can have on a pole barn. Trends are constantly changing, and styles are more modernized with no exception to walk or overhead doors and windows.
Not only will door and window upgrades change the look of your post frame building, but they can also lower that utility bill. Spending extra on energy-efficient choices can save you money in the long run.
Don’t forget about the finishing touches that you’ll add when it’s all said and done. It’s the small pieces that will reflect your personality and truly make your space special.
How Will You Renovate Your Pole Barn?
How you choose to refurbish your post frame building is up to you. Our goal as one of the top post frame builders in the Midwest is to provide tips that will help you design the perfect structure.
So, which pole barn renovation ideas inspire you the most? Do you like the thought of having your own place to work on classic cars, shoot some hoops with the kids, or retreat from the demands of everyday life?
Regardless of how you wish to revamp your post frame building, we’re positive it’ll look better than you imagined. As long as you remember to build with confidence, there’s no renovation project that you can’t tackle.
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 about pole barn renovations 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’re 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.