Split-level Home

This 36 X 38-foot year-round house, the largest and most ambitious project in these building plans, provides for 1700 square feet of living space. It is distinguished by clerestory windows in the living room and at the top of the stairwell. The living room and both upper level rooms have balconies. A further refinement is … Read more

Year Round Home

Locating a pole building on a suitable slope can provide a dividend of a carport and a storage area, as shown in these drawings. This 28 x 40-foot house uses roof trusses to achieve a spaciousness unusual for a relatively small home. Many lumber yards build standard trusses which, if purchased, would save a great … Read more

Vacation Cottage

This cottage has been laid out to take advantage of standard construction lumber, which comes in increments of two feet. If you want to change the outside dimensions, keep this in mind, to avoid needless waste. In the plans it is essentially square—less the porch. One modification of previous text instructions is very important: Because … Read more

Storage Shed

This 12 X 18-foot shed is designed to provide additional family storage space, as well as providing practical experience in basic pole construction. No attempt has been made to detail the design for a specific need, but it could be adapted or fitted out for housing animals or poultry kept on a smaller scale than … Read more

Double Garage and Tool Shed

A choice of layouts and of roof line is possible in the construction of this building simply by moving the tool shed from the rear to either side, and by switching the location of the poles to match. In this case the distance between the poles from front to back would be 11 feet and … Read more

Small Barn

Here in part is what Ed Robinson of the famous “Have-More” Plan wrote in 1945 about building a small barn: “Once you decide you’re going to have some livestock on your place in the country, then it’s obvious that you’ll need a barn to house it. “If you’re primarily interested in the production of your … Read more

Side Wall Construction

Side Wall Construction If you want to have your pole building fully enclosed to the ground, start at the ground with splash boards. This is true whether you are planning an enclosed farm building, or to put skirting around the poles on which a house is built. Starting about 3 inches under the ground line … Read more

Attaching Wall Plates

The outside plates at the eaves should be attached first. Determine the height for these plates by measuring up from a level line this way: Drive a nail in a pole a few inches above the highest point of ground. With a straight-edge and carpenter’s level establish this level point on all the poles in … Read more

Planning and Digging the Holes

The first thing to consider even before starting to dig, is the general soil condition of the site; secondly its grade. In general for any pole building, the soil is considered below average if it is soft clay, poorly compacted sand, or clay containing large amounts of silt (with water standing during a wet period). … Read more