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Identifying Needs and Wants in Your Post Frame Building

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When planning the design for your next post frame building, it’s important to identify your needs and wants. Buildings “last” 50+ years. Longer in dry environments. Longer still if certain applications are done when building. Your highly functional and practical building can last years without you outgrowing it.

The way a building is designed is one of the most important things, and it’s essential to have all of the little nuances of the building figured out before you start framing, building and installing other components of it. 

As one of the first steps, and arguably the most important, the Burrow’s team is here to help you. We’ve worked with many builders over the years and while every builder is different, we’ve heard many of the same pain points from clients. We have outlined some of the early considerations you and your team should ponder when looking at building types and materials:

  • How tall is the tallest stored item, whether a vehicle or equipment, for work or play? 
  • How wide is the widest stored item, so you know the minimum open span width? 
  • Do you want a concrete floor, floor drains or floor support for unusually heavy loads? 
  • If a concrete floor, will you pour the slab first or pour after the building is finished? 
  • Do you want your vehicles to always back in or can they drive in one way and out another? 
  • Would you like side doors, sidewalks, canopies, or exterior enclosures? 
  • Will you need space for opening vehicle doors, attachments to vehicles/equipment?
  • Do you need options for work or play such as a ventilated area for a paint booth? 
  • Consider activities requiring a slop sink, kitchen sink, bathroom or other areas requiring plumbing or electrical, heating or cooling. 

Burrow’s Post Frame Supply can assist you in identifying your needs and wants, along with designing your building. There are great web-based software tools like Keymark SmartBuild that are helpful in the first steps of planning.

Before working with these web-based software tools, you should be prepared with a list of the larger things that will go into your building. It’s also a good idea to have an outline sketch of each item from a top-down perspective on individual pieces of paper using a scale of ¼” = 1 ft. Cut around each shape and arrange them on quarter-inch graph paper representing the floor of your new building. 

It’s also a good idea to identify your areas of activity, whether for work or for play, and identify the traffic patterns, entrances, and exits around all of the items you have identified. This will guide your required square footage. You will also need to ensure you add 30% more square footage to allow for contingency growth.

Our team of building design professionals is equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to help you design the building of your dreams. With over 30 years in the post-frame building business, we know quality construction starts with the right materials including lumber, trusses, and steel.

Burrow’s Post-Frame Supply is here to help you design your next building and pole barn. You can view more of our tips for buying a pole barn here.

Contact us today to get started and learn more about our services.

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