5 Things You Should Know About Post Frame Homes
Published Oct 26, 2020
Post-frame homes have seen a surge in popularity in recent years. And why not? If you’re into rustic stuff, post-frame homes are spot on in the aesthetics department. Plus, it combines both storage and living quarters in one place. So if you’re planning to build one soon, we really can’t blame you.
But before you get overexcited and ask for quotations from all the post-frame contractors in the area, know that a post-frame home is not for everyone. In fact, down the line, you will realize that it’s a lot more work than you originally signed up for.
To determine whether it’s worth your time and money, here are five things you should know about post-frame homes.
1. They’re Not Just Charming But Economical Too
Yes, we all know post-frame homes make charming abodes. But aside from the aesthetics, they can save you money too.
For one, they are usually built on a concrete slab rather than on a basement foundation. Slab-on-grade foundations tend to be a lot cheaper than a full basement foundation. Though the former isn’t practical if you often experience harsh winters as ground freezing can lead to cracks in the foundation.
Post-frame structures also use laminated columns. Its interlocking mechanism allows it to hold greater loads than stick-built construction. So you won’t have to spend more on structural materials.
These laminated columns are also spaced farther apart which allows for larger wall cavities. This provides ample room for insulation letting you save on heating and cooling costs.
Since the posts and trusses in a post-frame home already create one structural unit, it doesn’t need interior support walls. This means more savings for you. Plus, the exteriors are usually constructed with steel panels which are pretty low-maintenance.
Building a post-frame home is also usually faster than stick-built ones. The savings in labor reflects on the overall project cost.
2. It Maximizes Space Usage
Since post-frame homes don’t require interior support walls, this leaves lots of large open spaces. It also allows you to have larger openings for doors and windows. If you plan to have large halls for living rooms, a post-frame home is perfect for you.
3. It Gives More Flexibility as to Interior Design
Aside from making your space look bigger, the large open spaces also give you flexibility when it comes to interior design. You can make it look like a rustic barn house to complement the exteriors. Or give it a more modern vibe to contrast the rustic exterior. It’s basically a DIYers paradise.
But know that this flexibility is a double-edged sword. Most post-frame home contractors only build the shell. So you’ll have to find another contractor for the interiors. Or you can also do it yourself if you have the time. Either which, it won’t be cheap as decorating large open interiors tend to require more materials.
4. Permits Can Be Hard to Secure
Like all other construction projects, you also need to secure a permit for your post-frame home. But depending on your location, getting one can be complicated and very confusing.
Every town and county has different rules and requirements when it comes to issuing building permits. But it ultimately boils down to the intended use and location of the structure. Some counties also generally don’t grant permits to pole-barn structures.
So before imagining your dream post-frame home, be sure to check with your local building office first.
5. Most Banks Won’t Appraise It
Even if you have no plans to sell your dream home in the immediate future, almost every homeowner is concerned about the market value of their homes. This is especially true if you’re anticipating using it as bank collateral at some point.
Unfortunately, most banks and lending institutions don’t know how to assess the value of post-frame homes. So you’ll most likely have a hard time using it as collateral, much more selling it at some point in the future.
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About The Author
Judy Ponio is an avid fan of interior design and wood work. Her experience in carpentry and homes design has led her to becoming a writer for Vintage & Specialty Wood. Take a look at more of her posts on our blog.