Lot Preparation for Pole Barn Construction

pole barn lot preparationHave you designated a site for your future pole barn? Just because the land is empty does not mean it’s ready to accommodate a steel building or other structure. You need the right kind of lot preparation for a pole barn; otherwise you may run into unforeseen problems during construction.

Acquire the Legal Permits

Even if you own the property, you may still need to obtain the proper permits depending on your specific district. Contact your local city administrator. We are familiar with most zoning requirements in and around Spokane. We may be able to assist you in this area if the construction is within our common service zones. You may require a special permit, even if you reside outside major metropolitan areas.

The Lot Preparation Process

Use stakes and boundary ropes to designate the exact lot space. Ideally, the land should consist of mostly flat and a well-draining area. The area should also be spacious enough for possible future expansion. After staking the area, you should still have enough walking space on all four sides. Finally, establish the required elevation and grade for adequate drainage. Continue Reading →

Barn Vs. Pasture: Which Is Better for a Horse?

barn vs. pasture, horse stableDo you own a farmstead with one or more horses? Do you keep them in a barn or a pasture? Which promotes healthier and happier horses? We’ll explain the benefits of each.

Barn vs. Pasture?

Most horse owners recommend pastures over a stable. This makes sense because pastures provide open air and the opportunity for exploration, which is a definite plus for a horse’s well-being.

An open pasture for a horse is preferable; no argument. However, a barn stable has its place as well. On the one hand, an indoor stable provides a warm place during the cold or rainy season. Keeping a horse in a stable is also beneficial for the owner when conducting horse care, such as feeding and grooming.

Of course, it’s not good to keep horses cooped up in a pole barn all day. Horses that spend prolong periods in a stable may chew the wood, kick the wall, or walk the stall. These are signs that your horse is bored, isolated, and not getting enough exercise. Continue Reading →

Add a Pole Barn to Your Agritourism Business

agritourismWashington isn’t exactly a rural state, though it does have its fair share of farmlands. More farmers are profiting by incorporating some form of agritourism to their business. This form of tourism is on the rise. Agricultural businesses around the Spokane region may benefit by expanding their business to include tourist attractions.

What Is Agritourism?

Visiting a farm is a novel experience for urbanites. These people pay to see livestock and even partake in day-to-day activities, such as grooming a mare or milking a cow. Agritourism is a rapidly growing industry; it was estimated to be a $704 million sector in 2012.

More farmers are expanding their business to accommodate visitors. This may include creating a bed and breakfast or renting out a barn as a wedding venue. Other activities for tourists at a farm include livestock petting zoos, bird and wildlife watching, and navigating through corn mazes. Continue Reading →

How to Increase Pole Barn Security

pole barn securityRegardless of the purpose of a pole barn, the structure is vulnerable to burglary, just like a home or other facility. As the owner, you have to take precautions to minimize the possibility of a pole barn break-in. We’ll explain why thieves target pole barns and how you can increase your pole barn security to protect your property.

Why Pole Barn Break-Ins Occur

More often than not, pole barns serve as storage units that are detached from the main home or building. As such, expensive equipment and tools lie inside. Sheds also seldom have people inside, making them an attractive target. The same vulnerability applies to pole barn garages, hay storages, and livestock barns. Burglars know these units more than likely contain items worth good money.

Pole Barn Security Measures

We recommend the same precautionary measures you would take for your home or place of business. Consider these pole barn security practices:

  • Install more outdoor lighting, and consider motion sensor lights for the main pole barn entrance. Remember, thieves use darkness for concealment.
  • If the pole barn has windows, are valuables in plain sight? Consider adding curtains, or keeping expensive items out of view from the window.
  • Optional features for pole barns include various door styles and locking mechanisms. Consider a model with a sturdy lock and a strong door that a thief can’t kick open. If the door can accommodate an additional lock, use a professional-grade padlock resistant to a bolt cutter.
  • Burglars may break the door or window using items within the vicinity of the barn. These include hand tools, such as shovels, garden forks, pruning shears, etc. Relocate these items indoors.

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Pole Barn Flooring Options at a Glance

pole barn flooringOnce fully set up and ready for use, pole barns really aren’t that different from a conventional building. This means you generally have the same options in terms of roofing, insulation, and flooring. Speaking of flooring, choices are plentiful here. Find out about the different styles of pole barn flooring for your newly erected shed or facility.

Flooring Styles for Pole Barns

Your ideal flooring style depends on your budget and what you intend to use the pole barn for.

Dirt Flooring: This is one of the more economical options especially if using the barn for storage. Some owners start with dirt flooring to see how it holds up. Keep in mind, though, that the structure may eventually require another flooring type. Moisture and soil conditions may create unstable flooring. You will also need to upgrade if you intend to use the space for human dwelling. Continue Reading →

Fabric Buildings Prevent Corrosion in Storage Facilities

fabric buildingsCorrosion naturally occurs when metal comes into contact with water, humidity, road salt, and other exposures. Corrosion can be detrimental for traditional buildings. The National Association of Corrosion Engineers, in fact, estimates annual corrosion damage in the U.S. at $276 million. This is why we recommend fabric buildings for preventing corrosion.

Fabric Buildings Are Corrosion-Proof

We especially recommend fabric-covered buildings as storage facilities. This is especially so for buildings that store any type of metal products. Fabric is non-corrosive, making it perfect for material that shouldn’t be in corrosive environments, such as scrap metal located in a high-humidity area.

Many clients, in fact, have requested a fabric building for their work sites. This includes various hardhat companies in the mining, agricultural, and recycling sectors. Continue Reading →

Invest in a Pole Barn EV Charging Station

EV charging stationDoes your company own a fleet of commercial vehicles? New Year’s resolutions for companies often include increasing revenue while lowering overhead. One way to achieve the latter is by transitioning to hybrid fleet cars. Of course, you will also require multiple charging stations. Here’s a food for thought: how about a pole barn EV charging station?

Why Transition to Hybrid Cars?

The average hybrid car costs about $4,647 more than its gas-only counterpart. In 10 years of ownership, though, you can save an average $6,742 at the pump per vehicle. The bigger your fleet the bigger your overhead savings.

In addition, you can also advertise your company as an eco-friendly business. Clients these days are willing to pay more to do business with companies whose practices they agree with.

Pole Barns for an EV Charging Station

Of course, you’ll also need to invest in a charging station for your vehicles. To save money on the initial construction, consider a pole building. Continue Reading →

A Pole-Barn Hotel in Spokane?

pole barn hotelIn past posts we discussed the viability of pole barn restaurants, venues, and more. Well, how about a pole-barn hotel? We know the idea is a bit hard to conceive, considering the size of a structure for lodging. However, this can definitely be done.

Why a Pole Barn Hotel?

Washington is the sixth most visited state in the U.S. Its cities and natural scenery drive a strong tourism market. Visitors need lodging during their brief stay.

We’ll admit that we rarely receive enquiries for pole-barn hotels. Most people don’t even consider it a possibility. While not exactly commonplace, pole-barn inns do exist throughout the U.S. One example is the Crossroads Inn in Martin, South Dakota. It has been running since 1990 and currently has 34 rooms. Continue Reading →

How to Protect Posts from Rot

protect posts from rotMost modern pole barns are constructed from wooden posts treated with an oil-based primer. This protects the material from weather exposure. If you have an existing pole building, the posts may not be treated. If so, we’ll show you how to protect pole barn posts from rot.

Leading Causes of Rot

We recommend a visual inspection at least once a year. Here are the top problems that can lead to eventual wood rot if left untreated.

Cracks

Look for cracks around caulked areas, such as around the doors, windows, and dryer vents. Re-caulk any openings; we recommend caulk made from acrylic latex for long-lasting quality. Continue Reading →

A Pole Building as an Event Venue Is a Good Idea

pole building as an event venueDoes your company or non-profit org normally host events for the public? Events allow people to come together for face-to-face interactions. We can all use more of this in the age of social media. A pole building as an event venue works well as a gathering space.

Why a Pole Building as an Event Venue Is Beneficial

Venue rental is perhaps the single largest overhead. Of course, the cost varies depending on a facility’s size, amenities provided, etc. Even on the lower end of the cost scale, the final fee can easily run into the five-digit range.

To save on this portion of the spending, some companies are investing in their own event space. They do this by setting up a permanent pole building or fabric-covered building, usually on the company’s own premises. Continue Reading →