HOW MUCH DOES A POLE BARN COST?
You will find that pole barns are less expensive when compared to traditionally framed buildings.
A simple 24’ x 24’ garage built traditionally can be anywhere from: $5,000-$20,000 more expensive than a post framed building.
You can compare a Stellar pole barn to a conventionally built structure and see the price difference:
|Stellar Pole Barn||Traditional|
WHY DO STELLAR POLE BARNS COST LESS?
Two factors can be attributed to the reduced cost when discussing pole building packages, material and labor.
The material for a pole barn can certainly match or exceed a traditionally built structure; however, the style and use of pole barns typically remain inexpensive and highly effective.
The labor in building pole barn kits is exponentially reduced. A traditionally framed building can take weeks, if not months. Your pole barn project, pending size, location, and features, can take anywhere from 2-10 business days once ground is broken.
What about structural integrity?
Pole barns are erected in such a way that they are just as strong as traditionally built structures. Posts are placed at least four (4′) feet into the ground and secured with 3,000 psi or higher concrete. This process ensures lateral strength against wind. The walls and roof/trusses are secured via brackets, nails, timber loks, etc.
A well built pole barn will last decades.
STELLAR POLE BARN COST VERSUS TRADITIONAL BUILT STRUCTURE COST
|Size||Pole Barn Estimate||Traditional Built Estimate|
|2 car garage 24’ x 24’||$10,000*||$15,000-$16,000|
|Storage 40’ x 60’||$20,000*||$26,000-$32,000|
|Horse Barn 36’ x 48’||$29,000*||$38,000-$48,000|
*estimate pricing is based off local packages and delivery within 75 miles of headquarters in Fort Collins, Co. Pricing is an estimate based on material and labor cost. Prices are subject to change.
FOUR POLE BUILDING PRICING FACTORS TO CONSIDER*
*Location does affect price. Call Stellar Construction today to determine the exact price of your pole barn.
Whether you want to youse your pole barn as a garage, shop, horse arena, or man-cave, the structure is built the same. There are four factors that contribute to the overall price of your post-framed building, which we outline below:
HOW DOES THE SIZE OF POLE BARN AFFECT PRICING?
A smaller barn is going to be less expensive than a larger pole barn, just in material.
The larger the barn, the more the labor will factor into its construction.
However, pole barn pricing stays consistent with the market as the size or footprint of your project increases.
A good rule to follow when determining the price of your pole barn is to estimate $10 per square foot. You will find that this pricing is either close or a little high, which isn’t a bad thing when estimating the cost of your barn. As the market changes, the $10 per square foot pricing may be a low or high estimate.
It’s always good to get a quote from at least three companies to determine the market price in your area. Also, the cheapest price isn’t always the best deal. Many of our clients choose us because we deliver excellent craftsmanship and the best customer service in Colorado.
You will also see the price of labor per square foot decrease the larger your pole barn. For example, a 40′ x 60′ basic pole barn kit can go for $8.25 per square foot, pending various factors. If you’re concerned with labor costs, get more than one quote from multiple companies. Ask how they determine labor costs. You’ll also want to compare quality of craftsmanship between pole barn builders. A barn built well will last decades.
Remember, and we cannot stress this enough, your pole building project is unique and is priced as such.
The best thing to do is shop around and find a company and kit that fits your needs the best.
HOW DOES MATERIAL AFFECT COST OF POLE BARN?
Material follows market cost, so the pricing of it depends on location, quality, and quantity.
Stellar purchases local material for all their projects, so the client is supporting their community while saving on their barn kit.
The quality of material is always top notch when Stellar is involved. We hand pick lumber, demand high-quality metal with the best warranties on the market, and ensure that you’re getting the best deal passed on to you.
HOW DO POLE BARN FEATURES AFFECT PRICING?
The features on your pole barn project can increase the price; however, there are no surprises. Pricing is up front and included before you commit to Stellar. If you decide to change your mind and add more windows in the middle of your barn project, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. We also communicate clearly our change-order policy once we start a project.
For example, you can add extra overhead doors, walk-doors, and a cupola for a fraction of the cost if you were to do the same on a traditionally built structure.
Not only are you saving on material and labor via a pole barn project, but time-to-build is decreased while quality and integrity are kept at the highest standard.
You will find during a Stellar Pole Barn Consultation that the main topic of conversation is “how will you be using your pole barn?” The experts at Stellar are more focused on you getting the functionality out of your pole building you need than selling you something you don’t need.
“I’M READY TO BUY A POLE BARN KIT: NOW WHAT?”
Payment with Stellar works in phases.
Phase 1: A deposit.
A deposit of ten percent (10%) is required to get on the books with Stellar. What this does is guarantee your spot in line for your project to be built next. The ten percent secures an estimated start date for your project.
Phase 2: Materials.
Once plans and permits are accepted by your county, Stellar will request a forty percent (40%) payment to order your materials and deliver your barn kit. This is so, you, the client collect as much savings as possible while in the middle of our pole barn project.
Phase 3: Building and Final.
Stellar will begin erecting your pole barn structure. Depending on your county requirements, inspections will be called in and completed for you.
Once the building is COMPLETE, Stellar will request the final fifty (50%) percent of payment. After payment is received, the final inspection will be called in and scheduled for you.
CONSIDERING TAKING OUT A HOME EQUITY LOAN?
The most realistic measure for our clients, who are also homeowners, is a home equity loan. Most clients we talk to have built up enough value in their home to acquire a loan against that value. If you have good to very good credit, you are most likely able to get a home equity loan to fund your pole barn project.
Make sure and discuss this option with a financial adviser if you’re not sure or would like more information.
WHAT ABOUT A MORTGAGE?
Considering the barn as a vacation home or even a primary residence? Consider applying for a home loan. Mortgage rates are at historical lows. Make sure and consult an expert to answer questions. Take advantage of the rates and get started on your pole barn project today.
THE DO-IT-YOURSELF POLE BARN KIT
Stellar encourages homeowners to get involved in building their own barn.
Here’s some friendly advice, so that you are getting the most out of your experience:
Make sure you get high rated lumber. The lumber system is rated on a scale that can be confusing sometimes, if you’re not sure how to read it. Most local lumber yards do not meet Stellar’s requirements when it comes to lumber, which is why we hand pick our material when we order it.
We highly advise against second-hand material bought at surplus. Yes, it’s fantastic to get a bargain deal, but you’re risking the integrity and lifespan of your barn to save a couple dollars. We recommend having an expert with you to purchase the material, if you do decide to searching for bargain material.
Remember to install truss bracing and hurricane ties. A very costly mistake we’ve seen with those who build their own barns is not adding bracing and ties. If you don’t add these two structural necessities, the integrity of your barn’s roof is compromised.
Engineered stamped plans are the safest route when erecting your pole barn. Anything less than stamped drawings adds risk to the process. Most counties, if the structure is small enough, do not require engineered drawings, but you will find that detailed plans and requirements make your structure safer, more reliable, and longer lasting after it’s built.
Triple check the grade (slope) of your job site. Just by looking, your grade can look level or close-to-level; however, it is best to ensure it is at or less than three percent (3%) grade before your dig holes and begin building. Why does this matter? It is safer to work on level ground. Your building will not need as much fill after it’s finished. And in most counties, if any part of your building is too far off the ground, they won’t allow it to pass final, which means you will have to bring in fill-dirt anyway.
MORE POLE BARN FEATURES PRICING AND OPTIONS
- sliding/double hung windows
- overhead doors
- extra walk doors
- extra windows
- concrete flooring
- interior finish
- sky lights/clear panels
- wood siding
- lean to
WHAT’S THE COST OF A CHEAP POLE BARN?
Stellar encourages its potential clients to consider the cost of a cheap pole barn over time.
To build without detailed plans, buy material out of the bargain bin, and build without consulting an expert could lead to headaches and more costs later.
A cheap pole barn involves cutting corners and expecting the structure to last a lifetime.
Here are some corners NOT to cut when building a pole barn:
- Bracing systems in the trusses and walls help hold up against winds as mild as 10 mph.
- Deep foundation holes help support the building from wind and other elements.
- The thickness and size of posts affect overall strength.
- Glued and nailed posts insure strength and integrity.
- High grade metal lasts longer against rust and deterioration.
- High quality lumber withstands time and load bearing requirements.
- Snug fittings and carriage bolts insure the integrity and strength of the entire building.
- High quality, rust resistant paint applied to the metal before leaving the manufacturing plant.
TRADE SECRETS: 5 WAYS TO BRING THE COST OF YOUR POLE BARN PROJECT DOWN
- Use metal as opposed to wood or shingles on your roof and walls.
- Remove excess windows and doors from your project.
- Consider using spray foam insulation as opposed to traditional insulation.
- Apply for an agricultural exempt building permit with your county.
- Instead of windows, use clear metal-panels to allow natural light in.