WHAT IS A POLE BUILDING?
Pole building or pole barn construction uses large posts for its support columns in addition to trusses, wall girts, and roof purlins. Because of the larger posts and unique framing method, it can handle larger loads requiring fewer materials and labor time, which makes pole barn construction a cost effective option. For information on our different building options, click here.
WHY CHOOSE A POLE BUILDING?
Pole Buildings can be used for residential, agricultural, equine, or commercial use. Post-framed construction is a viable way to meet low-cost and sustainable building needs. Pole buildings are sustainable and energy efficient because the wood materials that used are a renewable resource. Wood products also require less energy to produce versus steel. Pole barns are easy to insulate which helps conserve energy year-round in Oregon.
Other reasons why post post-frame construction is the better way to go:
- Post-frame construction reduces the disturbance to the site compared to other forms of construction.
- It uses less wood to create the structural system.
- It has a building cavity with room to accommodate insulation for energy conservation.
- It gives you the flexibility of interior design due to the absence of interior structural columns.
POLE BUILDING USES
The sky is the limit when it comes to pole building uses. Typically pole barns are constructed for uses such as a garage, shop, workshop, shed, greenhouse, carport, barn, outdoor storage, outbuilding, horse arena, tack rooms, and lean-too sheds. However, if you think outside the box pole buildings can be used for just about anything. We've seen pole buildings used as a structure to house an indoor pool, a cover for a basketball court, a home gym facility, a hobby room, an airplane hanger, and even a cabin or house. Basically, we construct the shell of the building and you can convert the interior to anything you'd like. Below is some information on each type of pole building we construct: residential, commercial, agricultural, horse barns, storage sheds, and greenhouses.
RESIDENTIAL POLE BUILDINGS
Residential pole buildings can be used as a garage to house your vehicles; a shop to store your RV, ATV's, toys and the like; a workshop, a recreational room, and much more. Building options and sizes are custom designed to fit your needs.
COMMERCIAL POLE BUILDINGS
Pole Buildings are a quick and economical option when building your business. We have built post-framed buildings for warehouses, retail stores, wineries, nurseries, and the like.
AGRICULTURAL POLE BARNS
Agricultural pole barns can be used for multiple purposes whether you need a place to house your animals or a dry space for grain and storage. We offer gable and monitor style pole barns, and lean-too additions to new or existing buildings.
Our horse barns and riding arenas are a great option for your equine needs. Pole buildings are the best option if you are needing more space on a budget. If you're in need of a tack room, we also offer smaller post-framed buildings for storage purposes.
If you're house is feeling a little cramped, maybe it's time to build a storage shed for all of your "stuff". You can store household, garage, or garden items in our economical storage sheds. We offer a variety of colors that you can choose from to to better match your house.
Pole buildings are a great option when it comes to greenhouses. We can create a dry and sturdy structure so you can regulated the conditions optional for growth. Our structures range in size from small sheds to large industrial-sized buildings.
SELECTING YOUR BUILDER
It is always a good idea for a consumer to check out any contractor they hire. This is especially true today. The current economy has driven many “handymen”, contractors of a variety of specialties, and otherwise inexperienced people to try tackling the pole building market. Evidence of this can be seen on Internet classifieds, in local newsprint, and on every other utility pole as you drive around town. This evidence doesn't deny that these pole building hopefuls aren’t skilled craftsmen, but their inexperience often shows in their legal credentials.
The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) states, “most construction projects can go smoothly if consumers do their homework by checking out their contractor, setting realistic expectations, and making wise decisions during the project.” Some of the CCB’s suggestions include verifying the contractor holds an active/current license, bond, and liability insurance. A consumer should check for a history of disputes or disciplinary actions. The CCB also suggests that a consumer asks the contractor for references and checks with previous customers. Further information can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/CCB/
In addition to the sources listed above, it’s a good idea to see if a contractor is a member of a trade association. Being a member of a trade organization can show proof of activeness in the industry. A local trade organization for the post frame industry is the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Frame Builders Association.
Below are direct links to Econ-O-Fab Building’s CCB “License Summary” and BBB “Reliability Report.”
WHY WE DON'T OFFER SQUARE FOOT POLE BUILDING PRICING
Comparing square foot prices between buildings typically doesn't display a fair cost analysis, at least in pole buildings. The costs of buildings trend into an economy of scale. As the square footage increases, typically the price per square foot decreases. An example would be to compare a 12' x 12' building to a 24' x 24' building. We would have a similar amount of installation time involved in both buildings, so the price per square foot would be drastically different. This comparison holds true between a building with many optional features and a very basic building.
Because of the inaccuracy of square foot pricing, we price all of our buildings based on each piece of material and the amount of time required for installation. This is how we can give you a building price and stand by it without additions during construction.
A well prepared site is level with adequate room to work around the building. This helps us stay organized, keep your building clean, and work safely! We can work in just about any conditions, but when asked what we need for site preparation, this is ideal.
We don't do site preparation or concrete floors because we focus on what we do best, the building construction. Although, we are happy to offer advise and help you with these aspects of your building!
POLE BUILDING STYLES
The two main styles of pole buildings are Gable Style and Monitor Style.
Gable style buildings are the most common and economically built pole building due to its symmetrical roof line. Many find this shape attractive due its simple and clean lines; and it compliments most styles of homes.
Gable style pole buildings are a popular choice for those in need of a shop, garage, out-building, or storage shed. It is common to see lean-too additions on a gable style pole building for added storage space.
Gable style buildings offer a large open interior space to work with. You can keep the area as an open work space, build lofts for extra storage, or frame in walls to create separate rooms within your building.
The monitor style pole building is popular amongst the rural, agricultural, and equine groups because of the “ranch” or “farm” style that it portrays. A monitor style building has a large center aisle with shed wings on both sides. The large center section is much taller than the attached wings.
A monitor style is perfect for raising animals as you can use the side wings for stalls, storage, and tack rooms, while leaving the center aisle open for large equipment and caring space for the animals. A second story is an option with this style of building by creating a loft in taller center aisle area.
When it comes to choosing which style of pole building is right for you, you will need take into consideration what your needs are, and what features you like, and what your budget is. Give us a call and we can help guide you through your decision making process.
ARE YOU BUILDING AN AGRICULTURAL, EQUINE, OR PERMITTED BUILDING?
Approved Agricultural Building Exemption Application Required
“Agricultural Building” is a structure located on a farm and used in the operation of such farm for storage, maintenance or repair of farm machinery and equipment or for the raising, harvesting and selling of crops or in the feeding, breeding, management and sale of, or the produce of, livestock, poultry, fur-bearing animals or honeybees or for dairying and the sale of dairy products or any other agricultural or horticultural use or animal husbandry, or any combination thereof, including the preparation and storage of the produce raised on such farm for human use and animal use and disposal by marketing or otherwise.
“Agricultural Building” does not include:
(a) A dwelling;
(b) A structure used for a purpose other than growing plants in which 10 or more persons are present at one time;
(c) A structure regulated by the State Fire Marshall...;
(d) A structure used by the public; or
(e) A structure subject to... the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968...;
EQUINE FACILITY BUILDING
Approved Equine Facility Building Exemption Application Required
“Equine Facility” means a building located on a farm and used by the farm owner or the public for:
(a) Stabling or training equines; or
(b) Riding lessons and training clinics.
“Equine Facility” does not include:
(a) A dwelling;
(b) A garage;
(c) A structure in which more than 10(ten) persons are present at any time;
(d) A structure regulated by the State Fire Marshall pursuant to ORS 476
(e) A structure subject to the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968
(f) A building used for storing any personal belongings (i.e. boats, RV’s, automobiles, boxes, junk, etc.)
ALL OTHER BUILDINGS
Approved Building Permit Required
“All Other” means any building being used in manner not allowing “Agricultural” or “Equine” status.
Examples of “Other Building” are:
(a) A dwelling;
(b) A garage;
(c) A shop;
(d) A storage building;
(e) A structure in which more than 10(ten) persons are present at a time;
(f) A structure regulated by the State Fire Marshall;
(g) A structure subject to the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968
Required material on Permit Application:
(a) Plot plan
(b) Engineered drawings
(c) Snowload design
The source of this information is: Columbia County Land Development Services