Let’s Build a Pole Barn!
Our sales staff is here to help – but before you call us, let’s go over a few basics to make sure your project meets your needs now and in the future.
Think carefully about what will go into your shed. If you are building a workshop, think about not only the tools that you have now, but what you might purchase in the future. Plan to leave enough working space around saws, joiners, and other tools that might be used with long lengths of lumber. Sketch out your shop layout including lumber racking, your dust collection system, and work benches.
For the best value, plan your building in increments of 10′ or 12′ widths and 12′ lengths to make the best use of materials. For example, 24′ x 36′ or 30′ x 48′ dimensions are popular and efficient sizes.
What type of floor?
How you will use the structure will determine your floor type – gravel or concrete. Heavier anticipated loads may require a thicker slab.
What size doors and windows do you need?
Door widths and heights are important considerations for your shed. If you have large toys such as boats, campers, trucks or tractors that will go into your shed, measure them! Most travel trailers will fit under a 12′ tall door, but fifth wheel or diesel pusher RVs will require a 14′ tall opening. For larger sheds, think carefully about how many roll up or walk doors you may need.
Don’t forget about windows to provide light and ventilation to your space.
Are you going to heat or cool your shed?
Insulation is much easier to add during the initial build rather than adding it later. Radiant barrier or fiberglass insulation can make your shed a much more comfortable place to work or play. This may also impact your door selection.
Pick your colors
You can choose from a variety of colors for your walls, roof and trim. Use our Color Selector tool to preview the different colors.
Do you want additional porches or overhangs?
You can design your shed with a “lean-to” area on the side, or an open area at the endwall. These covered areas are great for additional outdoor storage or space to relax in the shade.