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THE BEGINNING - In the early 1930s, the Great Depression made it necessary to build with fewer materials. Being forced to think outside the box, inventor H.Howard Doane had the idea to combine utility poles and sheet metal which led to the creation of the first pole barn concept.
Little did he know he would start an economic movement that would grow and expand over the next 100 years.
THE MIDDLE - The agriculture industry took advantage of this pole barn concept and used it as affordable storage for farming equipment and livestock protection. This trend caught on and spread quickly throughout the country.
CONS - If we lived in a perfect world, there wouldn’t be any cons. However, we like to keep it real and feel it’s right to keep you informed on the details that might impact your decision-making process.
A few post-frame construction challenges to keep in mind are:
Basements are more costly
Not ideal of 3 or more floors
Can be more challenging to receive traditional mortgage/loan for construction
One of the most crucial factors during the construction process is staying on budget.
Here is the cost breakdown of an average 40’ x 60’ (2,400 square foot) post frame home to help you budget accordingly:
Building shell: 40%
Site prep: 14%
Notice we said, “building shell” - It’s imperative to remember that most post-frame builders will only erect the exterior shell of your building. Therefore, additional building costs other than the building itself are:
Interior decorating and fixtures (floors, cabinets, lights, etc.)
FBi Buildings offers General Contractor (GC) services if you are interested. In addition, we can assist you with building permits, have an excavator handle all the site prep, and make sure your project gets scheduled to meet your deadline.
If you choose to be your own GC, this General Contracting guide will be a great resource to help you get started.
Technology Used to Increase Construction Safety and Post Frame Longevity
As a leader in the post-frame construction world, FBi Buildings is constantly looking for ways to be innovative, efficient, and raise the quality bar.
This forward-thinking mentality led to the creation of FBi Buildings’ QLYFT system. Building your project with QLYFT will ensure quality, enhance safety and reduce delays in the construction schedule. The 6 key benefits of the QLYFT building system are:
This Structural Integrity eBook will give you the confidence that incorporating these new innovative building methods will ensure your building will stand for the next 50+ years.
Make Your Post Frame Building Project A Success
A new post-frame building is a large investment of your time and money. Visit the Learning Center on our website for various free resources and blog articles that give you insight into post-frame construction.
Now that you’ve done your research, reviewed the pole barn facts, and have your budget in mind - let us know, and we are happy to provide you with a free quote!