/ 20x20 Pole Barn Project #21
- Dec 7, 2011
- Virginia USA
- Kubota L3200, Deere X380, Kubota RTV-X
S219, If you don't mind do you have a break down of the costs. I am thinking about a pole barn and was wondering what it might cost.
The best thing to do is to go to the website for DIY PoleBarns, and price up materials for the size of barn you want with your desired features and options (there are many ways to go). Then you can also get a labor estimate from their website, and their preferred builder happens to be the CHA folks if you're on the east coast. That should give you a very good and specific estimate of both materials and labor. If I recall right, I was looking at about $4000 in materials and $2600 in labor for a standard steel-roofed and steel-sided barn of this size with split-slider doors, a bunch of windows, 12" overhangs, venting, and an entry door.
In this case, after exploring that option, I contacted CHA directly to see if they could do wood board & batten siding, as that is not an option from DIY. As much as I would have liked metal siding for the low-maintenance, it wasn't allowed in my neighborhood and we sort of wanted a barn that would look more rustic and fit in with our home's architecture anyhow. Well, going with the wood siding increased costs quite a bit (total was about 2X the overall cost had we done steel). I don't know the breakdown of materials/labor, but I suspect most of that was labor. The CHA crew got the frame up in 1/2 day, which would have been common to any siding materials. Much of the remaining 1-1/2 days were spent sawing, nailing, and trimming the siding. It was very labor intensive, getting into what I'd call "trim carpentry" myself.
So for a barn of this size, in the 20x20 to 24x24 range, expect about $6600 for steel siding/roof with lots of options, and then go up from there as other materials are used. If you can do the labor yourself, you can save a good chunk of money. This project would have been well within my carpentry skills, but with two jobs and a baby in my house, it would have taken me many weeks or months to complete. In this case, the CHA guys knocked it out in less than 3 days, and I just need to spend another day building/hanging doors and then have someone else come in to pour and finish the floor.
Note that you can really get the cost down if you have a very basic building and skip things like overhangs, venting, windows, etc (most pole barns I see in this area have no overhang, windows, or venting, for example). I kind of though overhang and venting were important, but not everyone needs it.