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April 9, 2017

Home Sweet Pole Barn Home


Did you see today’s rerun episode of Fixer Upper, where the Meek family converted a 1000-square-foot "barndominium" (barn + upstairs apartment) into a beautiful 2700-square-foot home? Joanna Gaines said, “It’s my favorite fixer upper by far!” It was indeed a beautifully finished old barn-style home. See it here: http://www.hgtv.com/shows/fixer-upper/fixer-upper-a-very-special-house-in-the-country-pictures


But, because it still had recently housed horses (manure) and hay, it was not an easy task nor was it cheap! The Pole Barn Company suggests that to have a barn as a home, start from scratch…it’s a whole lot easier and must less expensive!


Pole barn homes need everything from insulation to plumbing to foundation. The Meek barn project on HGTV would have been cheaper had they completely started over with a pole barn kit and not tried to save that old barn. In fact, they spent just south of $400,000 to make their barn work as a home. A new pole barn home can be constructed from a kit for much less than half of that amount.


It’s not just the cost that makes the reconstruction of converting an old barn to a home nearly impossible, one must also consider the time it will take to make the project a reality.  This type of project is very time-consuming because everything because a challenge; very few old barns are habitable for many reasons:

·      there is usually no foundation to start with; most barns have dirt floors

·      the existing barn is not structurally sound

·      damage from rodents and insects is excessive

·      permits, inspections and other regulatory compliance is very difficult to obtain


To make a barn a home, a pole barn kit is the perfect solution! It can make your dream a possibility…and for much less than converting an old standing barn.


For a look at The Pole Barn company prices for a barn home, visit us at www.thepolebarncompany.com. You can use our online estimator http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/quote/index.php?package=standard&zip= to get an idea of what you’ll pay for the size of kit you desire. Lock in your quote (good for 30 days) and if you do decide to buy within that time frame, you’ll save 5% of the quote amount.

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