So you need a pole barn for protecting things from the elements but struggling to decide what is the best method to get started. There are several choices available to you. Lets look at each one with the pro's and con's of each method.
1. You can have your pole barn built by professional contractors
Clearly the easiest route to take and maybe ideal if you do not have the time to do it yourself. However, this is also by far the most expensive option. While contractors can get materials at cheaper rates, the labor cost is often 1.5X the material cost. Expect to spend thousands of dollars more using this option.
2. You can buy a kit containing everything you need to build it yourself.
This is a good middle of the road idea if you have the resources. Getting a kit does have a major disadvantage, though. Namely, pre built kits offer no flexibility to size and shape, and they also are typically of lower quality materials to save the producer costs.
3. You can build your pole barn from scratch by following quality detailed plans.
Perhaps the best pole barn building option of the three, especially for someone who takes pride in their work. Using detailed plans, you can easily build a pole barn yourself, and save huge money. Plus, it is just as efficient as a kit if the plans are easy to follow.
What's right for you depends on your skill level, tools and time available, and your cash budget. Which of those points are most important to you deciding which option may work best for you. If cash is the tightest factor then building your pole barn yourself might be the best option if you're comfortable with the tools used. If time, tools, or skill are the limiting factors, then having a contractor build a pole barn for you might be the best way to go.
Once you have fact everything together and find yourself in the DIY camp for a pole barn (which is what I recommend you do), you're going to need some drawings or building plans to follow. Without a good set of plans it's impossible to be sure that your project is done efficiently, safely, and correctly.
There are a couple options available for the DIY outdoor storage barn builder.
1. You can download free plans for outdoor storage pole barns from some sites and you can probably do quite well with these. Thought I do see complaints from users that they can be of lower quality and cause expenses to add up.
2. You can pay a small fee – usually under $ 40, that's less than a few sheets of plywood. These DIY pole barn plans are typically of higher quality and easier to use.
The major advantage of free plans are that they're free – can not argue with that. But free plans often lack the detail of the paid plans. Paying a small fee for plans brings a much higher quality level of plans in both completion and detail. That means you can better estimate the time, cost, and skill level required to complete the job. You know will not be getting in over your head and starting something wont be able to finish.
Paid plans are available for immediate download – no waiting for delivery or anything like that. You can buy and download several plan plans or even large bundles of plans for less than the price of a dozen 2×4 studs. All complete with step by step instructions and details including parts lists. – download it everything right now if you wish.
Quality plan come with lists of materials needed so you can purchase lumber and hardware easily – right off the list. Step by step installation details and everything needed to ensure a safe and sturdy build that will last for years.
You do not have to be an expert carpenter to build a professional pole barn, shed or other yard structure. Anyone handy with tools who can follow instructions and drawings can have success – that's what you're paying for – the level of detail and simplicity.