How Much Does It Cost to Build a Pole Barn?

Gemma Johnstone
Written by Gemma Johnstone
Reviewed by Robert Tschudi
Updated October 11, 2022
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The cost to build a pole barn ranges from $7,000 to $120,000, depending on design and size

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Pole barn costs average around $27,000, but larger or more elaborate ones can run as high as $120,000 or more. If you have some extra land and are considering an open, covered space for your hobbies, projects, or storage, this type of barn may fit the bill. Pole barns are a simple, sturdy kind of barn that uses poles to frame the structure and provide support.

“If you have the land, and the zoning permits it, a pole barn is an awesome investment,” says Bob Tschudi, Angi Expert Review Board member and general contractor in Raleigh, NC. “There are so many possibilities for the space, from storage to a workshop. We’ve even seen a customer build a pole barn and turn it into a complete car restoration shop, complete with car lifts.”

National Average CostMinimum CostMaximum Cost
$27,000$7,000$120,000

Pole Barn Cost Breakdown

The main factors that contribute to pole barn costs are materials and labor, but there are a host of other factors that influence your end price. Get in touch with a barn-building company near you to get quotes and begin the building process.

Size

If you need a sturdy, affordable barn for your property, then a pole barn could be a good choice. Pole barn construction costs an average of $11 to $20 per square foot. This includes both the cost of materials and labor. 

Not only can you use a pole barn to house farm animals, but you can also use it as a garage, workshop, garden center, or even as a separate space to fit in recreational activities like a sports court.

Pole Barn SizeUse This ForCost
600 sq. ft.One-car garage$7,000 – $12,000
1,200 sq. ft.Eight-horse barn$14,000 – $24,000
1,800 sq. ft.12-horse barn$20,000 – $36,000
2,400 sq. ft.Farm workshop$27,000 – $48,000
5,000 sq. ft.15-head cow herd$56,000 – $100,000
6,000 sq. ft.Small warehouse size$67,000 – $120,000

Materials

The cost of materials ranges from $6 to $10 per square foot. Common materials include wood and aluminum siding, a concrete foundation pad, wood or laminate flooring, insulation, and roofing materials.

Labor

The cost of labor ranges from $5 to $10 per square foot. This may include tasks like leveling a site, constructing the barn, and adding electricity and drainage.

Location

The price of services is higher in some areas, and workers and materials may be easier to access in some places.

Site Leveling

You don’t want your pole barn to be lopsided. If the site of the barn is on sloped or uneven ground, you’ll need to level it so that it is smooth and flat. This costs about $1,200 to $4,300.

Siding

What type of siding you choose for your barn also affects the costs. Wood siding costs $3 to $10 per square foot, while aluminum siding costs $5 to $12 per square foot.

Flooring

You’ll also need to install flooring for your barn. A concrete pad foundation can cost between $1,500 to $4,000. Wood flooring costs an average of $8 to $12 per square foot, and laminate flooring costs between $4 and $8 per square foot.

Insulation

Insulation can help your barn retain heat in winter and make sure that any animals who live in the barn stay nice and cozy. It costs between $900 and $1,900 to insulate a pole barn.

Roofing

You’ll also need to decide on a roofing material. A roofing kit costs between $5,000 and $10,000, while an aluminum or steel roof costs anywhere from $5,000 to $24,000. Contact a roofing company in your area for a quote. 

Electricity

The cost to add electricity to a pole barn is about $1,000 to $3,000. Installing electricity can also open up your options in terms of what you use your pole barn for, and it’s a good idea if you want to install an electric light or use electric-powered tools in your barn. Reach out to a local electrician to see how much it would cost to run power to your pole born. 

Drainage

It costs about $45 to $150 per hour to install plumbing in a barn. It takes about two days to add simple piping and water access. While you don’t necessarily need plumbing for your barn, it can come in handy for cleaning up messes and providing easy access to running water.

Windows, Doors, and Other Openings

The cost of windows for the entire barn falls between $2,500 and $7,500. Windows let in air and natural sunlight and reduce energy costs. Doors usually cost between $700 and $2,000. Horizontal sliding doors are a common option for pole barns.

Vents cost $1,000 to $2,000. These small openings help to manage heat and keep moisture in check.

10 cost factors for building a pole barn, with roofing ranging from $5,000 to $24,000

DIY vs. Hiring a Pro 

Complex pole barn construction is a job best left in the hands of a professional pole barn builder near you. Getting tricky structural jobs, like laying foundations or installing electrical wiring, wrong can be costly, dangerous, and possibly even illegal.

But, in terms of construction projects, erecting a pole barn is one of the more straightforward and economical options. So, if you have some building know-how, you might feel confident enough to tackle the assembly of a basic modular pole barn kit or just get support on the demanding, code-compliant aspects.

Cost to Install It Yourself vs. Hiring a Contractor

If you don't need to go too ambitious, you can save at least $5 to $10 per square foot on labor costs by assembling a pole barn kit yourself. Basic modular kit prices start at around $10,000. The kits provide most of the building materials, but you will still need tools and materials for add-ons.

Pole Barns Cost. vs. Garages and Sheds

The interior of a pole barn with hay bales
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You might be considering a pole barn construction rather than a traditional garage or shed. But what’s the difference?

Are pole barns more affordable than sheds?

Sheds generally cost less to construct than pole barns and are faster to install. The average storage shed costs $2,500, with most homeowners spending from $100 to $30,000. While a small storage shed won’t cost anywhere near as much as a large pole barn for keeping big machinery, it’s all about evaluating the function and purpose.

Are pole barns less expensive than garages?

If you’re on a tight budget, the cost to build a pole barn is usually less than building a garage of the same size. They have a simpler construction, and you don’t necessarily need to worry about laying foundations or flooring. The average cost to build a garage is $27,500 or around $50 per square foot for labor and materials, compared to $11 to $20 per square foot for the average pole barn.

Frequently Asked Questions

A basic pole barn construction might not increase your property’s value, although, sometimes, it can make your house more attractive and practical for potential buyers. For a more multifaceted pole barn with foundations, insulation, electrics, and appropriate permissions, you might get a 50% to 80% return on investment.

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