Thursday, November 17th, 2011

A Grand Rapids pole barn is usually a very simply structure of poles set in concrete, with 3 or 4 walls, a roof and a dirt floor. But don’t limit yourself to these type of pole barn designs. This type of barn can actually be a great form of storage and because it’s low cost and strong, many people build themselves a backyard pole barn instead of a little old garden shed.

The following are the main variations that you will find in the Grand Rapids pole barn designs

1. Roof

There are 4 types of roofing that you can choose from.

  • First off is the Gambrel Roof which is known as the barn roof. If you are wanting more storage in the loft then go for this style, but they are a mission to build if this is your first time.
  • The second type is the Shed Roof. This is just a straight roof that angles backwards which means you will have to build higher front than back walls. This is used for the smaller sized pole barn.
  • The third type is the hip roof which is 4 sides and kind of looks like a pyramid. The roof is low and has no gables. If you are building a single story barn, then this style of roof is great because its easy to build and not susceptible to wind.
  • The fourth style of roof is the gable roof. This has two equal sides to the roof going downward on either side of a center apex. It is easy to build.

2. Floor

You can choose from dirt, concrete and wood or wood only flooring.

Most people use pole barns for livestock so dirt floors are fine for this. However, if you want to use the barn for storage, or as a garage, or tool shed, then you need to make a concrete floor. This is the cheapest and simplest option after a dirt floor. You can also choose a wooden floor.

3. Walls

Depending on climate, budget and tools, you can choose either wood, steel or prefab material. If it were me, I would try to get the barn fitting in with the property surroundings, taking into consideration what I would want to use the barn for.

If you are looking for Grand Rapids pole barn designs, find a set of barn blueprints and then adjust the above 3 factors accordingly.

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