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Just curious if anyone has or knows a good outlet for Pole Barn Plans. I have a builder local who knows how to build them but he doesn't have any architectural plans I can take to an engineer and sign off on them for our building permit. Was curious if any one has a set for a 26x32 or knows where I could purchase a set.

Also, I have a 2 foot drop in grade where I want to place the barn and can't really bring the level up as the way the whole group slopes in the backyard. Anyone ever do this and did you have any issues with pouring concrete in the barn after? Did you pour a quasi footer wall on the deeper side with rebar for added measure?

Any other advice on what I should be asking for or including in the barn build?
 

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Just curious if anyone has or knows a good outlet for Pole Barn Plans. I have a builder local who knows how to build them but he doesn't have any architectural plans I can take to an engineer and sign off on them for our building permit. Was curious if any one has a set for a 26x32 or knows where I could purchase a set.

Also, I have a 2 foot drop in grade where I want to place the barn and can't really bring the level up as the way the whole group slopes in the backyard. Anyone ever do this and did you have any issues with pouring concrete in the barn after? Did you pour a quasi footer wall on the deeper side with rebar for added measure?

Any other advice on what I should be asking for or including in the barn build?
There is usually always a way to work the grade to drain properly.
You can cut the high side down, and make everything slope away from the building.
If you absolutely couldn't mess with the grade...
They can just use extra tongue and groove grade planks, and build into a hill.

The Cadillac solution would be a full concrete foundation, all the way around.

You could consult with your local Morton office. They are experienced with virtually every possible way to put a pole building in any given space. I have 3 of their buildings, and probably wouldn't consider anything else.
 

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I'm confused by the you can't change the grade issue. Are you going to level the floor by filling the area of the drop with concrete? If that's the case I would build up the area with compacted clay as the base and not fill the entire area with concrete.

I build some of my pad up over 5 foot to get level and left areas to drain water from around the building and into the natural areas that the water flowed from the rest of the land.

You need plans designed for your climate. I don't think our snow loads are even close to the same.
 

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I'm confused by the you can't change the grade issue. Are you going to level the floor by filling the area of the drop with concrete? If that's the case I would build up the area with compacted clay as the base and not fill the entire area with concrete.

I build some of my pad up over 5 foot to get level and left areas to drain water from around the building and into the natural areas that the water flowed from the rest of the land.

You need plans designed for your climate. I don't think our snow loads are even close to the same.
That's exactly the problem. The ground slopes down and I need to build it up. I've been calling around for fill that is compatible but not having much luck. I can get tons of crush and run, but think that might be too difficult to work with later.
 

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There is usually always a way to work the grade to drain properly.
You can cut the high side down, and make everything slope away from the building.
If you absolutely couldn't mess with the grade...
They can just use extra tongue and groove grade planks, and build into a hill.

The Cadillac solution would be a full concrete foundation, all the way around.

You could consult with your local Morton office. They are experienced with virtually every possible way to put a pole building in any given space. I have 3 of their buildings, and probably wouldn't consider anything else.
I may be missing something but this looks like a solution to me. Cut more into the high side and put in a retaining wall with drainage if need be.

Doug
 

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I may be missing something but this looks like a solution to me. Cut more into the high side and put in a retaining wall with drainage if need be.

Doug
You wouldn’t need a wall if you didn’t want one. You can cut back further and just slope it:good2:
 

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I may be missing something but this looks like a solution to me. Cut more into the high side and put in a retaining wall with drainage if need be.

Doug
That is what I did. We dug out 5 feet at the deepest point. I built a retaining wall out of treated lumber & then used the dirt we dug out to build up the drive.
 

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ChrisR,

Nothing better than BTDT replies with pics. Nice looking well thought out (plenty of doors) building with a solid drive way. Nice
 

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I'm in the same boat, but cutting out isn't an option as the main entrance needs to be on the high side of the slope.
Luckily (or unluckily) I have a few years before the budget will allow it anyway. :dunno:
 

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The low end of my pad was built up 5 foot, 2 inches. It's primarily clay, luckily it was a cheap option.

 

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The low end of my pad was built up 5 foot, 2 inches. It's primarily clay, luckily it was a cheap option.

That's exactly what I am going to have to do. I did a quick calculation and looks about 90 cu yards I'll need. Probably more! Thanks for the insight!
 

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