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Where Should I Build My Pole Barn?

You may already realize that choosing the location for your new pole barn is of utmost importance. However, did you know that the positioning of your unit on that location is equally important? Keep in mind these 7 factors as you determine the positioning of your new pole barn.


1) Hide Your Junk

If your pole barn will be a 3-sided building, you probably don’t want all of your storage items (junk) visible to the main street that lies in front of your property. However, if you’re building a 4-sided unit, you’ll want to position it for easy access to the existing driveway.

2) Look For Shade

Take advantage of any shade trees that are nearby. Not too close, but close enough to break the afternoon sun. Also try to take advantage of prevailing breezes, especially if livestock will be in it.

3) Avoid North Winds

If you’re building a 3-sided unit, you’ll want to avoid the cold north winds, especially if you’re protecting livestock.

4) Maximize Drainage

It’s ideal if your pole barn's site has a slight crown (hill) to it. Roof water can then run off in all four directions. A gabled roof will allow you to move the water away in two directions. Don’t forget that the metal roofs of pole buildings make one of the best sources for capturing rainwater. So be sure to install gutters and rain barrels.

5) Check the Slope

Your barn will be level, but the ground isn’t always level. So plan your unit and its use based on the slope of the ground (assuming you’re not putting in a slab). For instance, if the unit slopes to the open long side, you’ll be able to drive somewhat taller equipment into the unit. If the ground slopes from one gable to the other, the height of each bay will be different, allowing for different uses.

6) Avoid the Stink

If you'll be using your barn primarily for housing livestock, you’ll need to be aware of the prevailing winds carrying the barn smells…especially if you live nearby.

7) Work with Improvements

If you have improved your property with features such as fences, gates, loading chutes or holding pens, be sure to take advantage of them as you determine the positioning of your pole barn.


Although it's important to choose your building site carefully, it is equally important to take into account details about your site before determining the final position of your pole barn.

Wondering how to pick lumber for your new pole barn? Check out my article on 6 important things to look for when buying lumber.

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About the Author Darrell Davis

Darrell has been building pole barns professionally for almost 30 years. His system for building quality structures has served farmers, ranchers, and everyday homeowners. He is the author of the popular eguide, Let's Build a Pole Barn, and creator of the Pole Barn Academy.

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