Wednesday, September 28th, 2011


You need to consider a lot when determining the pole barn cost of construction because there are several hidden factors that many people miss. Pole barns themselves are pretty straight forward and pretty cost effective, but like everything, there are hidden costs that you need to be aware of. The Grand Rapids pole barn cost can be effectively derived when you follow through from start to end and consider all of the variables defined below.

Before you build to evaluate the pole barn cost in its entirety, you need to examine the location you intend to build on and factor in the costs of the site prep. You need to accommodate for grading costs, tree removal, and plumbing costs (if needed) and other basic building costs such as inspections and building permits. Make sure that you check Grand Rapids building codes for any special conditions they might have as well. For example, in some areas, wind sheer calculations by a certified engineer are required. All of these items add up, so you need to be diligent in tracking every little detail. Don’t forget to take into account the cost of the plans if you’re building yourself. You may want to use an estimator or even an online calculator to give you an approximate cost and a checklist to follow.

There are lots of options to choose from, such as a pole shed or metal barns, and other such designs, so make sure you examine the floor plan for its intended use. Also import is making sure that it is sized appropriately for your needs. The pole barn cost will largely be determined by its size, so building the smallest necessary size will certainly reduce your costs. Smaller units start out as narrow as 9′ and larger units can be as large as 48′ x 72′ or bigger – it all depends on your needs. Each use, whether for commercial storage, horse barns, commercial warehousing, semi truck storage or simple garages will all have their standard size recommendations.

Pole barn cost will also be affected significantly depending upon how the construction is finished. Will it be simple storage and not require insulation? Or will insulation, window bays and/or specialty doors be required? All of these possible modifications can dramatically impact the overall cost of the project and each option has many variations. Commercial doors can be simple or very complex steel doors requiring motorized lifts.

The best way to evaluate the pole barn cost properly before you get underway on the project is to talk to a Grand Rapids construction contractor that specializes in pole barn construction and have them give you an estimate. Or, to save money, you could create your own checklist of what you believe will be necessary to complete the project from start to finish and then ask the licensed Grand Rapids contractor or estimator to go over your list and critique it. You will likely find that you have missed some key items or perhaps underestimated some line items that may make a big difference in the overall bottom-line. It is important that you know that your costs will be before getting underway on the project because that is the reason most projects fail – poor planning and costing information.

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