04:56PM | 01/10/99
I'm going to be building an approximate 24' x 40' 3-car garage in the spring. Currently, I am trying to determine if I should build it conventionally with a footer/block foundation (frost-line 21" here), or doing it "pole-barn style". What i'd like is to make this garage with a gambrel (barn-like) roof, so I can possibly put a 2nd floor in it, for storage, etc.

I am familiar with how to build a conventional garage using a footer and block foundation, but am completely unfamiliar with polebuilding construction.

What are the disadvantages/advantages of a pole-style versus conventional? I assume a pole-style is cheaper, foremost. Will it last as long and be as stable? Can I have the 2nd story? Do they look the same on the outside?




12:35PM | 01/11/99
The only problem with building a pole-barn garage is sizing the posts for second story usage. You must also consider snow loads if they are applicable in your area. All of this calculation should be accomplished by an archetect or structural engineer since you are dealing with live loads and dead loads in the calculations.
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