Pole Barn House Plans

Picture of my neighbors pole barn house.

Picture of my neighbors pole barn house.

As much as I keep wishing my retirement day would get here soon, I am also glad it’s not. I know I am not ready, I have so much to learn yet, not just about farming but also building our pole barn house. With me planning to do most of the work on our house, I have to learn every aspect of building this type of home not just the construction, but everything from the  plumbing system to radiant floor heating to name a few.

We are building a style of pole barn house that will take advantage of this view of Gander Hill Pond.

We are building a style of pole barn house that will take advantage of this view of Gander Hill Pond.

The most perplexing thing about coming up with plans for building our dream home is the house I am dreaming of doesn’t yet exist. At least I have not found one like it any where to get plans from, but nothing can discourage or deter me from turning our dream into reality. I have searched all over the  internet  and the lack of information for pole barn construction for residents has been frustrating and has caused me uncertainty in our own design plans. My hope through these post I do about our house will be a source of information for others and will give them the confidence to move forward in their plans

I have found  from the post I did  Pole Barn House that there is a lot interest in these types of homes, because like me, people are looking for good affordable housing that takes just a few days to put up the shell and once done requires little maintenance. Most people who build these get a builder to build the outside frame and then they can finish the inside that is all enclosed and protected from the weather at their leisure. In these series of posts I will show you the style, floor plans, interior and the different components  of the pole barn house we are going to build.

Milligan's Gander Hill Farm

The pole barn we built on our farm last summer

The style of pole barn house we want to build.

Before I could work on floor plans, window placement, and other aspects of the home we needed to decided what style of pole barn house we wanted to build. We have decided to build a two-story house that will have a front porch, with windows, roof, trim, and doors all in white with green siding. The very same colors like the pole barn I did above, only it will look like the house below.

I got this photo from APB Pole Buildings and have a quote of 17,297.00 for materials to build this one. There are no windows priced in this quote

This is the front view of my house, but will have little different window and door placement then the one above. The front faces true south that will take advantage of the suns rays in the winter being lower in the sky and will shine in the windows and warm the polished brown stained concrete floors that will act as thermal mass and will keep releasing heat even after the sun goes down. The house will be protected by the higher summer sun with the 6 ft front porch for the first floor windows and a two foot overhang for the upper windows. The white roof is supposed to last longer and also help keep it 25% cooler in the summer reflecting most of the sun rays.

In order to build a two-story house, you do have to have more of a beefed up foundation then just a precast concrete pad in the bottom of your post holes because of the weight of the second story. On a gabled roof house like the one above, the post on the eave side or in this case the front and back side of this house carries the weight of the roof trusses, roof, snow loads, and bigger portion of the weight of the second floor. The front and back will have 6×6 lam post that will be 8′ on center. The bottom of the posthole  needs a 26 inch wide by 10 inches thick  cast in place foundation to help distribute the weight of the structure. The gable ends of the house will not carry as much of the weight of the house, the post foundation only needs to be 18 inches wide by 8 inches thick. The posthole foundation you need for your pole barn will all depend on the style, soil type, frost heave, wind and snow loads for your area.

for the front the foundation needs to be poured into place 26 inches wide by 10 inches thick.

for the front the foundation needs to be poured into place 26 inches wide by 10 inches thick. This diagram call for 8×8 post but I was told by APB pole barns that because I will have a second floor I can get by with the 6×6 post.

The right side of my house that will face the view of gander hill pond I put at the top this post, will have a 8 foot deep full height gable porch which is nothing more than an extended roof line and will be a cheaper version of the picture of the house below that was done by New Energy Works who designs and builds timber frame homes.

New Energy Works designed home

To see more photos of this house go here http://www.houzz.com/projects/109781/Thistle-Hill-Farm

Our home will not look as grand and beautiful as this one, but it will be affordable. Our roof will not be as steep as this one with only a 4/12 or 6 /12 pitch. Our windows will also not go all the way up to the roof line. You can see below of the drawing I did of how this side of our house will look.

Pole barn drawings

I think you can get the general idea how our house will look and the next post will be on the floor plans. Don’t forget if you want to follow our progress on our pole barn house sign up by email to follow this blog on the right side of this page towards the top, hit the follow button then you will get a confirmation email and you have to click that to follow.

About Gordon Milligan

I am a retired conductor for a commuter railroad in Chicago IL, I now live in and have bought a 40 acre farm in South Central Iowa that I have built from the ground up. My wife and I are trying to raise and grow most of my own food using sustainible and organic methods. I have a blog that journals my journey to becoming a farmer.
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22 Responses to Pole Barn House Plans

  1. langela says:

    Looks good so far. When you get a design finished, don’t forget to price it at Lockridge’s there in Chariton. They’re pretty competitive and local. They can also do up computer blueprint drawings for free for you. I’m not sure about the Chariton store, but the one in Promise City (main store) is where we do business. The building project manager there is awesome. When we built our barn, he was out every day and sometimes more than once to make sure the workers had everything they needed and things were moving as planned. Wells is his last name. Feel free to ask questions if you need to.

    • Thanks Langela, I do like to use and support local business there and I will call Mr. Wells and get a quote from them and I will tell him you sent me. I am also going to call Dutch Mill in Pella Iowa, that is where the Amish get their material.

  2. Zephyr Hill says:

    You’ve done tons of research and planning and calculations. I’m sure your project will go great! More power to you for taking it on yourself. And I love the view you’re planning to capitalize on. Seeing that island in the middle of the pond makes me think of swans! Or geese–for Gander Hill. They need a safe place to nest where predators can’t get them, and that would be perfect. I guess I should let you get your house built before I have you adding geese, shouldn’t I? 🙂

    • Thanks Susan, we got the name Gander Hill because there are 4 or 5 Canadian geese that nest on that hill every spring. It is fun to watch the little geese swim with their mothers after they have hatched. I do want to raise some domestic ducks and geese closer to the house.

  3. John Copsy says:

    Hi Gordon. I really like the looks of your choice of pole barns. I saw a lot of lose out along the cost of Washington when I was out there in 07-08. They are very popular there because of the milder climate and low cost of building. I was wondering, since there are a lot of tornados in this area if you will need to make an emergency shelter or not?

  4. Stephanie Cook says:

    Following in White House, TN where my little family is looking for an affordable housing project for our growing kids. 🙂 can’t wait to see your floorplan. The outside ideas look awesome!

  5. Sharon says:

    We live in the woods and are building a little pole cabin for guests and storage. It is fun but hard the worst part so far is finding, skinning and putting protection on the poles. Can’t wait until it is done. We are making it very rustic mostly from trees and branches in our own neighborhood.

  6. Sandy says:

    I’m so glad to find your blog, I am wanting to build a pole barn house myself, but don;t really know where to start. I have about 100K to work with and not sure if this can get me what I want, but I’m hoping!

  7. Stacie says:

    You mentioned in the post that you were going to post your floor plan but I haven’t been able to find it on the site. Has it ever been posted…thought I might be missing it? Thank you so much for all the information that you have provided. It is SO helpful!

    • Thanks Stacie for stopping by, I have not posted those floor plans as of yet. I have just been so undecided how we want it laid out and I am not sure where we want the fire place and things like that have kept me from finishing them. I also now have changed the build date to September 2015 so I know I have to get on it real soon and make up my mind. I will get those out someday but not sure when, sorry for the delay.

      • Stacie says:

        Thanks so much for replying Gordon! Couple more quick questions…are you going to have a professional put up the exterior shell or are you going to tackle that yourself? Are you still planning on using APB (just wondering if you have been able to find any other companies with more competitive pricing?) Again thank you for taking the time out to reply… it is so much appreciated!

      • You are welcome Stacie, yes we are going to have a professional put up our pole barn and then finish the inside our selves. We may still use ABP pole barns, they have good prices but with their out of state work crews create some problems for our project. We are now looking at other builders and see what prices they have and will let you know what we end up doing.

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    This Beginning Farmer has some good advice and good thoughts – very useful for anyone.

  9. Clermont1 says:

    It’s been great fun watching you all go through each step of this journey. I’m sure others are finding you because they are searching Pole Barn home construction as I was. Another way to find pole or post beam construction is by looking up “Post Frame” construction. The NFBA is at http://www.nfba.org/About/default/whatispostframe.html as well.
    I plan to build more than one post frame in the state of Georgia and I welcome advice as well as questions. For now, enjoy searching and discovering. That’s what I’ve been doing. Until we meet again..

  10. Christine says:

    Would love to follow your progress. We are planning to do this on our property.

  11. Kurt grassel says:

    Post and frame homes now to be built on basements crawl spaces and slabs contact me and I will prove it to you I’m the developer of this 614-357-7691

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