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Pole barn must haves...

giles

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The time has finally come that the barn is coming in 2020. Many of you have buildings and have built them yourself or contracted it out.

What are things you like?

What could’ve waited?

What do you wish you would’ve done?

Talking structure only. I will finish it myself with electric and so on. I plan to save a little coin by not doing all the concrete to start with. $30-35,000 budget. Thinking 40x56x14
 
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giles

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Barn style doors?

Garage doors?

Roll up doors?

I don’t think I’ll do any windows. Maybe one or two south facing ones in the future. Trying to get ass much building as I can for the money. I plan to call a logging person to come pay me for the lumber. Transfer those funds to dig a pond for site prep fill.
 

giles

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Roll up doors are less affected Than sliding doors by snow/ice. A concrete apron in front of the door is very handy. Build It a little higher than you think you need.
What is this snow and ice stuff you speak of? Haven’t seen that in years. 😂

I think I’ve had to shovel/plow snow 4 times in 7 years of living here.
 

giles

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I work as a carpenter/laborer all summer we specialize in buidling pole barns
How does that help me right now? 😂

Honestly, with what Amish charge around here. I can have them get the structure in for about what it would cost me to get a kit. So I ain’t gonna do the structure myself. Once I get to finishing it out, we will have many of food and beer on me weekends.
 
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How does that help me right now? 😂

Honestly, with what Amish charge around here. I can have them get the structure in for about what it would cost me to get a kit. So I ain’t gonna do the structure myself. Once I get to finishing it out, we will have many of food and beer on me weekends.
Amish are cheap but they are hacks, they are about quantity not quality
 

hickslawns

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Insulation and concrete can be added later. Planning on how you intend to insulate may save some steps later. For example: if doing spray foam insulation, you may want a layer of visqueen (so?) Between the siding and poles.
 
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Sgt Fury

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I’ve got LED lights in mine...they are great. Also, if you are going to have electric run to it, get the roll up doors. May as well run water to it for a sink and spigot for a garden hose for rinsing out deer, etc. I insulated my garage myself and saved a good chunk of change. After it’s up, do yourself a favor and caulk really well around the spot where the concrete meets the metal/wood. After a heavy rain, I had water deep into the garage floor. I caulked it and pulled some of the dirt away so the water can run away from the bldg. (it was pretty level in the back...where the water came in). Also may want to consider rain gutters to divert water from the bldg. Keep your eyes open for a glass door refrigerator also, so you can keep it stocked for visits from Toozers.😂👍
 

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When it comes to concrete- plan ahead. This goes with doors too. Will it have a lift? How will it mount? Do you need measurements for bolts cemented in? Do you need a taller door for camper?

What about a corner for a vault door? I'd love a built in gun vault. Not sure I have enough guns to justify, but how cool would that be? Concrete walls and ceiling. Opening for a vault door.

Drains in the floor would be great. Don't put them in middle of floor. Leave a slight slope towards doors. Put drains by doors. You don't want everything sloping to middle if you are on a creeper working on something. Pain in the butt with grates under creeper wheels.

Water, electric are a must. Overhead air lines can be added later. So many options on these.