Kay and I have decided to build a pole barn on our property in Edmond, and to share the process with you!
My father passed away in September 2014 and left me with his tractor and nice, although older, Ford F350 double cab pickup truck. I want to keep those indoors under cover. We have 2.5 acres in north Edmond – plenty of room for a building or two. I am not a construction expert, although I did do a fair amount of construction work growing up through high school and part of college. Since that time I have been mostly in the computer business, which I still do now along with writing and photography/videography. I have done a few home improvement projects over the years but this is the home project I have tackled so far. My goal with this video is to show you that YOU can build your own shop, saving thousands of dollars in the process. Plus you get to build it exactly the way you like and know that it is done right.
After much discussion Kay and I decided to first build a 24′ by 60′ pole barn to store the truck, tractor, mowers, and a few other pieces of equipment. This will be metal over wood construction, with a simple gravel floor. Later we will build a true shop nearby with a concrete floor, insulation and electricity.
I first designed the building on a computer program called Sketch. It is a 3D design software that I found very easy to use. This is my first project using Sketch. Once I got done with the design I was able to print out a detailed list of materials, which I then shopped around and decided to purchase at Lowes Home Improvement – handy, since they are only 2 miles from my house and one of the best prices for materials. I will have another video on designing the building in Sketch.
This first video shows how to set concrete piers for the building. While I designed the building in Sketch, the City of Edmond requires that I have a licensed engineer draw up the footing plans to withstand 90 mph wind loads. I hired an engineer for this and he designed the footing and post spacing a bit different than I originally planned. I had to go with his design per city requirements. His design called for piers with posts mounted on top, while my designed called for post in the ground buried in concrete. He also placed the posts every 6 feet versus every 12 feet in my plan. This required extra work on my part but it did make the building much, much more resistant to high winds. And seeing as how our home was hit a glancing blow by a tornado in 2009, I felt this extra strength was probably a good idea.
This first video walks you through setting the concrete piers and making sure everything is square and level. I am using a Dewalt DW074KD rotary laser level for this project. It works very well although I for sure needed the remote sensing instrument that comes with the package. I cannot see the laser with my bare eyes during the middle of the day.
So watch the two videos below to see how to start your own shop.
Part 1 of the Setting Piers video.
Part 2 of the Setting Piers video.