I am starting my journey to build my first pole barn. My wife and I bought 13 acres out in the country, and we will put our pole barn up this year, and build a house next year.
My barn is manufactured by Cleary, it is 40x56x12 with an 8x16 porch on the front. Have one overhead door on the side, and two service doors, one on the same side, and one around the corner. I plan to have a concrete floor, with infloor heat.
I rented a 40' shipping container to put my materials in...don't need them walking away on me.
I just got the majority of dirt work done, so now I can start digging out the footings. The county states that I need 26x10 footings, which sadly is a far cry from what was originally thought at 18x9. I had purchased an 18" auger for my new post hole digger.
Being that the county wants the footings bigger, I am thinking that I will rent a mini excavator and dig them out that way. Sort of wish I had saved my money on the post hole digger, and bought a used backhoe!
One thing that I have heard mixed reviews on is how to put the foam for the floor. I have seen where some just lay it vertical on the ground, and others have dug down about 2' and placed it on edge.
Being that I will have a backhoe there, I was thinking of just digging around the perimeter one bucket wide so simplify that part of the job. Do you all feel that is a good idea, or should I just put it on ground level and call it good?
Once the building is up, we will put two more inches of class 5 in to get the base needed for the concrete floor.
We will see if I can show a picture of the current layout.