30' X 40' Pole Barn Shop Build

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    30' X 40' Pole Barn Shop Build

    I am going to start by saying that this won't be a particularly interesting or unique build, but I figured I would post it up just to help jump start the content on Irate.

    I have been needing a place to store and work on my junk for a while. My truck barely fits in my attached two car garage, and I have to pull a vehicle out to be able to access anything in my garage; which is annoying on a day-to-day basis. It also sucked for doing major projects because I would have to leave everything parked outside whenever I worked on anything and I hate leaving my junk sitting out in the weather. The wife also hates having her DD parked outside in the winter.


    My father has a 30'x40' steel building with two 12' wide doors and a two post lift, which I quite like, so I am basically emulating his setup. I too am going 30'x40' with two 12' wide doors and plan on installing a two post lift along with 220V power for my welder.

    I don't have the time or access to cheap/free labor or familiarity with the permit and inspection process, so I decided to pay to have the building erected. I got quotes from several builders and building manufacturers, and doing a pole barn-style construction was the cheapest by far. I would have preferred steel, but this is not my "forever" home, so I figured it would be fine to get me through the next 5 years or so when I decide to move on from this house.

    Here are the plans that were submitted for the building permit that hopefully might help someone who wants to build a pole barn themselves:

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    Sorry for the shitty pictures of the plans, but the contractor never sent me the original files
    Last edited by '84 Bronco II; 06-02-2020, 06:05 PM.

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    My property has a bit of a slope, but nothing crazy considering many of the properties in the area are on pretty steep hillsides. The contractor I went with is based out of Albuquerque (pretty flat) and balked at the amount of dirt work needed for the shop since he only has a skid-steer for dirt work. I happen to have a few friends with heavy equipment, and one of them was willing to deliver his back hoe for me to use to do the dirt work for the contractor.

    Here is the back hoe getting dropped off:
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    I had to build up about 4' of dirt on the southeast corner and cut a a couple feet and a drainage from the northwest side. Here is the start of the dirt work:

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      #3
      We had underground utilities located, and an internet line ran right where one of the posts needed to go. I figured I would dig up the line and move it over about 1' instead of moving the building or messing with the pole spacing. I started digging, and the more I dug, the more lines I kept finding

      Here's the point I stopped and decided to just move the building over a couple of feet (I had wanted it as tight on the property line as I could get it since I am just on one acre):
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      After deciding where the building needed to be to avoid the lines (about 2-3' to the northwest), the contractor finally came out to auger the post holes:
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        #4
        After augering the post holes, the contractor had to wait for the holes to be inspected before proceeding.

        The second day of work they got most of the poles set:
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        After the third day they got much of the bracing installed:
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          #5
          What is the estimated cost?

          i know it’s apples and oranges but just wondering if the couple prices I’ve seen local to me are semi comparable.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Mr Stubs View Post
            What is the estimated cost?

            i know it’s apples and oranges but just wondering if the couple prices I’ve seen local to me are semi comparable.
            So I am locked in at a little shy of $24,000 for the building itself, but that includes taxes and permit fees.

            I had to sub out the concrete, and the quote I am going with was $4,200 for a 3,000PSI 4" slab with wire mesh reinforcement.

            I am planning to seal/epoxy the concrete myself as well as do most if not all the electrical installation. I am hoping to come out at or below $30,000 all said and done (not including the lift). I haven't decided yet whether I am going to install the lift right away or hold off a bit, but the lift I am eyeballing is about $2,000.

            I think a pole barn like I am building would be quite feasible to do yourself on the cheap if you have some friends/family you could count on the give you a hand and you can hold yourself to a realistic schedule. I don't have a lot of friends and family nearby, and I didn't have a lot of confidence in myself completing it in a reasonable amount of time or dealing with the permit process and inspectors.

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              #7
              That price is very similar to what is available size wise in my location... thanks!

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                #8
                Hole inspection? WTF. Why did they have to look at the holes before you put the posts in?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by shortbus4x4 View Post
                  Hole inspection? WTF. Why did they have to look at the holes before you put the posts in?
                  I guess to make sure they are deep enough (they had to be 5' deep to support the wind loads with the height of my building) and somewhat straight. I am not sure since I wasn't home when the inspector came by. I joking said the same thing to the contractor, and he assured me not to worry, he has never had any holes fail.

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                    #10

                    Today's progress:


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                      #11
                      are the images loading for anyone else?

                      I'm in SD county and also need a shop built, how is the county/city to deal with?

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by carslut View Post
                        are the images loading for anyone else?

                        I'm in SD county and also need a shop built, how is the county/city to deal with?
                        The pictures come up on my phone, my wife's phone, and on my laptop just fine, so I am assuming the problem is on your end

                        I can't tell you how the city and county are in, I am assuming, San Diego. I don't live in Commiefornia!

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                          #13
                          Anyways, here's the latest update. They finished getting the trusses up yesterday and framing the front in for the roll-up doors. The contractor had a pretty sweet home-built attachment for his skid-steer to raise the trusses in place and have a guy on each end attach them really quick.

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                          And a few "tech" details to maybe help out someone who is trying to figure out how to put their own pole barn together:
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                          Apparently I got the pad too compacted, and the contractor was having a hell of a time doing the finishing leveling on the pad for the concrete with his skid steer, so he asked me to scratch the pad with the backhoe which I did today:

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                          Last edited by '84 Bronco II; 05-23-2020, 05:34 PM.

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                            #14
                            Well, I guess I have been remiss keeping this thread updated, but I guess that is because I am a bit frustrated that progress has stalled out. They "finished" the building Wednesday 5/27 last week, but apparently they sub out the door installation and they didn't get those guys lined up and ready for when the rest of the building was completed They are supposed to install the doors on the 8th. On top of that, the concrete guy I had lined up finally answered one of my calls Tuesday 5/26, and told me that he is at least three weeks out and can't give me a date. I had called him about a month ago for a quote and told him when construction was supposed to begin and when it should be done, and he told me no problem and to call him when the building is up. I called him the Friday (and following Monday and Tuesday...) the week before the building was finished to let him know that I was about ready for him, but apparently I wasn't a priority in his schedule. so in the mean time I am stuck with a big carport. God I hate contractors and wish I had the resources to do everything on my own

                            Anyways, here are some picture updates of the progress:

                            The guys came on Memorial day for a few hours and started getting the siding up
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                            Then Tuesday they got most of the siding and half of the roof installed.
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                            And from Wednesday, the finished product minus the doors and concrete

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                              #15
                              Very nice!

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