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About The Pole Barn, Post-Frame Garage and Post-Frame Workshop Plans

These free instant-download plans will help you envision, price and build a practical, inexpensive post-frame building on your property. They can help you  create a new one or two-car garage, hobby shop, workshop, crafts barn, studio, storage building or all-purpose mini barn. All designs include storage lofts.

Free Barn, Garage and Workshop Building Plans by Don Berg

 The Plans

Woodberry Barn, Garage & Shop  Candlewood Mini-Barn  Berrywood Garage

 What's Included

All plan sets include 1/4" scale floor plans, 1/4" exterior elevations, a large scale building section, large scale framing and foundation details, a framing isometric drawing and builder's specifications. Details include the option of using a concrete slab floor, tamped earth or gravel.

Construction uses standard 6x6 pressure-treated structural posts, 2x6 wall girts and conventional 2x8 roof rafters.

Your download of the drawings gives you permission to build one unit of the copyrighted design, or to have the basic design used as a starting point for a customized design by your architect, construction engineer or contractor.

Since the drawings are for utilitarian storage spaces, they don't include details for insulation, interior finishes, electricity or plumbing. If needed, these can be added by a local building professional.

 Design Standards

The buildings were engineered to meet the following criteria:
90 Lbs/SF Ground Snow Load +  5Lbs/SF Roof Dead load
35 Lbs/SF Loft Live Load (Typical of Residential 2nd Floor Attic Storage) + 10 Lbs/SF Loft Dead Load
90 mph+ Wind Load (10psf+ wind force)
1,500psf Soil Bearing Strength

 Building Codes

The buildings on the plans were originally designed to meet or exceed most national standards and code requirements. However, they are not updated to meet changing code requirements. Like all stock blueprints, these drawings must be reviewed by a building professional in your community to see if they comply with local ordinances and to see if they are suitable for your site and your planned use. In locations where environmental conditions exceed the criteria listed above, and in seismic zones, the drawings should be reviewed and modified by a state-licensed construction engineer. Check with your building department. We've tried to make these plans easy to modify for use in high-wind, heavy snow and earthquake-prone regions.

Many building departments require that plans be printed on 11"x17" or 18"x24" paper. These plans will print on 8 1/2" x 11" computer printer paper. However, we've tried to layout the pages so that you can easily tile and tape them together, to make one larger sheet from two or four originals. Your local copy shop can then print them on large format paper.

 Construction Costs

Construction costs vary widely based on your location, your building site, the options and materials that you choose and even the season that you build in. Use the plans to get accurate quotes from builders and building supply retailers in your area.

 Do It Yourself?

The drawings are intended for experienced builders and use standard methods, abbreviations and symbols. They do not include step-by-step building directions. These are fairly large buildings and are not recommended for first-time builders.

  Why You Need These Drawings

Accurate construction drawings will save you construction time and cost. Use them to get competitive bids from a number of different contractors. Choose the materials and options that you want and take a set to your favorite building supply center or lumber yard to find material costs. Your contractor will save time and expense in construction because details are worked-out in advance. You'll have documents to present to your building department, zoning board or community's building reviewers to get their approval before you start construction.

 Changes to the Standard Designs

You can customize your building by choosing the exterior materials and optiona that you want. The designs shown on the drawings and website illustrations are just a few samples of the many variations you can build from the standard drawings. Changes are fairly simple and can be done during construction by an experienced contractor. Adding or eliminating doors and windows and substituting overhead doors for sliding barn doors are changes that can be done by your contractor. You're very welcome to pass the drawings to an architect or construction engineer in your area for those modifications. 

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