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Residential Post Frame Examples- The economical revamped old style of pole barn construction for modern day uses
Here's How Post-Frame Buildings Can Save on Construction Costs
Fewer Materials Needed for Construction
Post-frame construction requires limited wall and roof framing materials, and minimal footing and foundation materials. Wood posts spaced 8 to 12 feet apart with a frame building system means fewer resources than most other construction methods.
Reduction of Labor Costs
Post-frame construction site preparation often requires fewer trades and less time. Fewer building components lead to less time for installation labor then those built with wood frame systems. This is because many post-frame building components come prefabricated to the project site.
Shorter Time of Construction
Start with a wood frame system site preparation. Post-frame construction utilizes posts to build frames. Augering holes for posts require minimal effort. On average, it takes experienced post-frame contractors two or three days to erect a basic frame. That includes posts, girts, trusses, and purlins.
Minimization of Construction Delays
Delays due to cold weather, even in northerly climates, are minimal. With frame building systems, post foundations can be installed on or below freezing temperatures.
Achieve virtually any aesthetic with post-frame construction’s flexibility and large, open interiors.
Post-frame construction includes various sustainable benefits. Many of which can help earn LEED Certification.
|Compare the Lumber Needs of Post Frame Building to Traditional Building Techniques image below|
Example of Traditional Stick Frame Building Image Energy Vanguard
|Post Frame||Stick Frame|
|true dimensional 4x6 posts @ 8 feet spacing = 4 = 68 board feet (site built posts would be even less)||2x6 studs @ 24 in spacing= 14 qty = 77 board feet|
|3-2x4 Runners = 31.5 Board Feet||2x6 top and bottom plates= 38 board feet|
|Total: 99.5 Board Feet||Total: 115 Board Feet|
|Savings of 15.5 Board Feet||15.5 more board feet|
|x 4 walls = 62 Board Feet Saved (almost the total board feet needed for the posts in one wall)||Door/Window Framing is a push or equal needs on construction techniques for this comparison.|
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