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Site Selection

A great feature of a pole barn is that they can be erected without destroying the natural environment surrounding the site. These buildings can be built in a wooded area without disturbing vegetation, which in turn, cuts down on soil erosion.

The first factor to consider in site selection is the slope of the land. More slope means erosion control and construction issues will be slightly more involved.

When leveling your site add base material at least 3' beyond the width and length of the building to obtain 6" of slope away from the proposed structure for proper drainage.

Soil type is a consideration when estimating post hole diameter since that impacts soil bearing capacity.

Your pole barns orientation is important from an energy conservation standpoint. The sun, prevailing winds, and shading are all factors to consider which can have animpact on animal confinement buildings.

Northern climates require proper use of southern exposure. A barn or building facing south takes advantage of the passive solar heating available by having window space on the southern side. This will also provide better natural lighting.

Remember that the sun passes low in the sky in the winter so nearby trees can impede your planned natural lighting and solar heating.

Are you in a residential neighborhood, or have an HOA involved? Building codes in some areas place specific requirements on post frame buildings and HOA's often frown upon steel siding. Start with a plot plan and work out setbacks with permitting to make sure you can build your dream project without applying for a variance. Our building code page includes some suggested questions to ask prior to applying for a permit or pricing your project.


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