Pole Barn Ideas , SUGGESTIONS PLEASE!!!

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  1. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    As the containers are a "go to sea" for original use I hardly think humidity would damage whats inside? They are for sale/rent all over the USA as are old tractor hwy trailers. My local school uses 2 containers for dry storage. I really dont get them as a support for a bldg? I can see having either or both but not built together unless they were a freebie, which is unlikely. They will cost more than the materials to build the walls for a pole bldg..
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  2. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Neighbor bought a container a couple years back. Don't remember the price but sure remember the clusterf....of the delivery. I don't think the truck driver was very good, he sure got stuck and it took a rather large old tractor to get him out.

    Anyway the neighbor's container has a pretty nice wood deck and is vented, top & bottom. I am pretty sure that has to do with ships loosing them over the side. If sealed they will float for a very long time and I know that it is one of the biggest hazard to navigation and probably the highest rate of collisions with objects at sea....floating containers. Yep we had to go babysit a few of them many years ago until a tug showed up and dragged them ashore.

    Too bad we are not in the salvage business, there was also a lot of nice lumber floating around, probably enough to build a very nice shed/barn.:wink:
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  3. LewisNClark

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    Bought container several yrs ago for storage....
    Range from $1,200 to $2,000 for typical length and height plus delivery and setup. I found containers difficult to work with...IMO.

    Pole barns roofed in 20x30 foot can be had in my area for $5,000. No concrete slab, but includes lumber, hardware, metal roof and gable end, labor. These are normally done by framers looking for quick part time job....this is not a bad choice for someone trying to do it themselves...once the poles and roof are on pouring slab and most anyone can frame/box in some walls and enclose/finish out a living area or shop...but framing,leveling, and squaring up a framing structure takes a little experience. The hard part is framing roof part..especially single handed. Trusses are a no brainer for pole barns and most garages.

    With pole Barnes, the difference between a 10 foot tall and 12' tall frame is just a few dollars (height of poles)... If in doubt best to go with 12, 14, or higher poles.

    Many times an INexperienced individual can waste more material (rental equipment, trips to Home Depot, than the cost of subcontracting the pole barn out to a guy with the equipment and a couple of helpers and a 1 or 2 day project..that would take an individual 2 weeks to two months, and a lot of blisters & sore muscles.

    From a former framer....
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  4. greywolves

    greywolves Too OLD to be a NOOB

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    Thanks for the input LewisNClark!

    Yup,
    This is exactly the "Way I Feel about it" It just not "Cost Effective" to build a ONE TIME deal UNLESS you just WANT to do it!
    I used to tell folks this same thing when I worked in a body shop. "YES - you can paint a car/bike, etc, -. BUT - when you're done it will have cost you TWICE as much $$$ in twice the amount of time trying to LEARN how to do it and your paint job MIGHT be 1/2 as good as someone who KNOWS what he's doing in 1/2 the time.

    I KNOW that this is "Most Likely" MY only time and I want the BEST JOB I can get!
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  5. boardrider247

    boardrider247 Weekend Anarchist

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    I have a pole barn that is about 22'Wx50'L long and skinny isn't great for use of space. I would have much preferred a 32'wx35'L or something along those lines. Mine came with the house so I won't complain too much.

    If you get much snow any doors on the sides will be a pain in the ass, Doors on the ends are much nicer (again long and skinny sucks).

    If you plan to heat it I would highly recommend in floor heat. It will be much more comfortable then any type of forced air heat. If not in floor heat the hanging radiant tube heaters are pretty nice.

    Go with roll up doors. I have big hinged doors and they are not great, don't seal well ect. (the one on the side is terrible when the snow dumps off the roof in front of it). The big sliders are not much better.

    The fiberglass panels they use to let light in don't last very long. Mine were about 12 years old and you could easily stick a finger through them. If you decide to use them at least put them on the walls and not the roof.

    Consider some type of "bonus truss" with the extra large space in the middle for storage. They won't cost very much more then standard truss's.

    Good luck.
    Post pictures when it's done:freaky
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  7. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Not anything scientific--would be a 48x48 footprint, which fits your square footage requirement, take away a 12' shed roof along one side and that leaves a 36' wide main building. Just good 'ol stick in the dirt design work.
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    go with a standard width - once you get into engineered trusses the truss cost can go up pretty substantially..
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  10. greywolves

    greywolves Too OLD to be a NOOB

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    A "BIG THANKS TO ALL" who have responded to this thread!

    And IF you've got ANYTHING to add PLEASE do!!! Nothing is too BIG or TOO small.....

    Diggin it!!! :clap
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  11. greywolves

    greywolves Too OLD to be a NOOB

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    I'm gonna run this up the flagpole ONE MORE TIME!

    Anybody? Bueller?? Bueller???
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  14. kantuckid

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    Sure!
    When you build it yourself you can do it in stages as when you have the money to buy materials, hire help,otherwise you are stuck with one payment or borrowed money.Thats a biggie for me from the get go! Earlier statement r.e. painting your own car , truck or bike one time just isn't the same senario(entirely different skill set for starters) as a one time pole bldg, unless you simply lack the building skill or time to do it. E.g. even if I didn't have a tractor to bore my post holes I could easily hire out that part locally w/o going all the way to a pro builder.
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