This guide was created to provide insights to help you plan your building purchase. Consider all your wants and needs so your investment will continue to pay you back for many years to com
Establish minimum height and width requirements. What are the tallest and widest items you will put in it. Consider the entryway, plus all side doors, sidewalks, canopies, and exterior enclosures. Will you want options that require plumbing or electrical, heating or cooling.
Style is personal, and construction methods offer you a wide range of architectural freedom. Style relates to the silhouette of the building so you should choose from a variety of roof shapes such as gable, gambrel, or raised center. Form follows function: home, equestrian, agriculture, storage, industrial, or religious.
Even if all you need is a simple box design, the style of your building can be established and enhanced by a few functional or aesthetic touches. From doors and windows, to ventilation and cupolas, to gutters and trim…options can add up, but typically there are choices that meet your needs and align with your budget.
Speak to your local planning and zoning office or your local building inspector. Keep in mind that almost all residential areas will have a setback requirement, meaning the building must be so many feet from the property line, in addition to height restriction.
The construction crew will need a 5-ft. workspace around the perimeter; the pad will need to be compacted or given time to settle and it should be well away from power lines and not above underground utilities. Have a route planned for the heavy delivery truck getting to the site without driving over septic lines.
Before you start building, know the location of public utilities. The farther the building is from the utility, the greater the costs. Determine where you may need lights, electric service, and any special amperage outlets. For plumbing, are you tying into a city sewer or a septic tank?
Certain building materials and methods are more sustainable. Lumber is a renewable resource and recycled steel is used in the manufacture of metal siding and roofing. Buildings with deeper wall cavities can allow for better insulation with higher R-values, which in turn offer better energy savings.
Wood trusses are engineered based on load factors as well as structural design. We provide professional builders drawings of our trusses with an engineer’s stamp. Wind loads and snow loads vary by location; plan for these.
Your insurance company may give you a lower rate based on using metal that passes the Underwriters Laboratories 2218 impact resistance test. Understand that 29 Gauge metal is thinner than 26 Gauge metal. Paint warranties will depend on the type of paint used on the metal. A silicone-modified polyester paint typically has a 40-year warranty.
First and foremost, get references. Professional builders will gladly give them. Legitimate builders will provide a certificate of insurance verifying coverage for workers’ compensation and general liability insurance. Finally, get any estimates in writing, and discuss everything you are unclear on.