Pole Buildings are More Cost Effective than conventional construction

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Pole buildings are commonly known as pole barns, these cabin buildings or pole barns are built with posts or vertical beams, which costs a lot less than placing conventional footers. Pole barns and pole cabin buildings are much more cost-effective than conventional construction. Most people think of a pole barn as something used to house animals or agricultural. This is not true as pole barns, and pole cabin buildings can be used for almost anything from workshops, garages, cottage living, utility buildings and so much more. You can even attach a pole barn or a pole cabin building to your home as a garage or workshop.

To better understand pole cabin buildings you want to know the basics of pole buildings. Pole framing is a simplified building technique that was adapted from the labor-intensive traditional timber framing techniques. Pole framing uses large poles or posts that are buried in the ground or on a foundation to help provide the vertical structural support, along with the girts to provide the horizontal support. This method of cabin building was developed during the 1930s as the agricultural practices changed, and when there was a shift towards engine-powered farm equipment, and there was a need for cheaper, storage areas and larger barns.

Many natural methods of building such as cob building, straw bale, and cordwood masonry can benefit from the timber-framing method of construction mostly because these cabin building methods can involve infilling between the timbers that make up most of the cabin building’s structural framework. Unlike conventional two-by-four stick framing, the center-to-center spacing that you find with timber-frame posts is about 6 and 10 feet. This makes the infilling of the cabin building much less tedious. Also, there is a great advantage in building a timber frame first, because you get the roof on which serves to protect the cabin building somewhat like a huge umbrella. You can accomplish this with a traditional wood-on-wood build, but these types of builds require intricate cuts and more exact measurements, and to do that right, you need a lot more time, along with specialized tools that also need to be purchased. The reality when it comes to cabin building is that most contractors, farmers, and builders use methods of timber framing which is also known as post-and-beam that they have simply picked up along the way whether it be from relatives or neighbors. With the advent of fairly inexpensive mechanical fasteners, you will find th at most builders, whether it be contractors or owner-builder rely on other methods of joining, such as truss plates, pole barn nails, screws and bolts, and sometimes just simple gravity.

Timber Framing Advantages. Whether your cabin building is built using traditional timber framing or modern timber framing, there are certain advantages and disadvantages to both systems. Strength. Timber framing your cabin building is strong. Heavy-timber frames, with or without the infilling, are much more resistant to damage from earthquakes, heavy snow loads, and wind uplift than light-framed cabin building construction. Conducive to infilling. Heavy-timber framing methods of cabin building are more appropriate than stick framing for the infilling with natural building techniques. With infilling, it is not critical that the exact spacing is left between the vertical studs or the posts, the masonry and cob can fit most any space, and the straw bales can also be made to fit almost any width of any cabin building space. You will find these pole wood cabins at The Western Reserve Pole Building Company site. On the site, you will find wood cabins, cabin buildings, small house living, and so much more. **

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