Post frame buildings are common here in the Midwest, particularly with commercial or agricultural businesses.  The use of wood poles in this fashion initially emerged in the 1930s as a fast and economic method of getting needed buildings completed more efficiently

Over the past 90 years, the poles have evolved from simple tree trunks or utility poles to engineered, chemically pressure treated and shaped framing materials.  As the materials have improved, the uses have extended from simple animal or equipment shelters to commercial buildings, homes, and anywhere the beautiful rustic design is well appreciated.

    Post Frame Design

    When a pole frame building is planned, the manner of the building layout and materials involved are extremely dependent on the end use.  Obviously, a shed to protect the RV may differ in needs than a home to protect your family.  Regardless, there are some basic similarities between the two.



    The poles utilized require support.  In most cases, that support comes in the form of holes dug in the ground at evenly spaced intervals.  The poles are placed into the holes for lateral stability, then reinforced with crushed stone, soil, or concrete.  Alternatively, the poles can be anchored to a concrete slab.

    Depending on the width of the building, interior poles may be utilized for increased strength and stability.


    The posts themselves can vary in terms of size and spacing.  The most common spacing ranges from 8 to 12 feet apart and the poles can range in size from 4 to 12 inches diameter, on average.


    Depending on the application, the area between the poles can be framed with anything from sheet metal panels to full drywall, insulation, and exterior siding.


    Pole frame buildings generally have either a truss-type roof supporting laths or are built using regular rafters.  This style building lends itself to a high slope roofing style (greater than 3:12 or 3 inches of drop for every foot of lateral roof).

    Benefits of a Pole Frame Building

    As with all forms of construction, pole frame buildings offer specific benefits.

    Cost.  The cost of a pole frame building is almost always substantially less than a comparable metal frame building.  Also, since a full footer isn’t required, there are less foundation costs than a traditional stick-frame building.

    Durability.  Particularly when compared to a traditional stick-frame building, post frame buildings are sturdier and offer a longer life-span.

    Size.  Due to the ability to include interior poles as an integrated component of the building design, pole frame buildings easily lend themselves to very large, open buildings, while retaining superb structural integrity and wonderful aesthetics.

    Time.  Pole frame buildings can be safely and professionally built more quickly than almost any other new construction style.

    There are so many other benefits to a pole frame building.  Call the pole frame experts at Beachy Contracting for a more extensive list and see how this simple design could be the perfect answer for your new construction needs.  We would love to schedule a consultation with you.  Call 877-277-0829 today.

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