Can a Pole Barn Garage Be Attached to a House?

Can a Pole Barn Garage Be Attached to a House?

A pole barn can be an excellent choice for a garage. If you own a house and want to add a garage, you have to decide whether you want it to be attached to the house or detached. In some cases, you may be able to attach a pole barn garage to your house so you won’t have to walk outside to go from your house to your car and back.

Why You Should Use a Pole Barn as a Garage

Using a pole barn as a garage can save you money. A pole barn is quick and easy to build, and you can save money with the footings and foundation. Using a design with wide spaces between the trusses can probably save you thousands of dollars compared to the cost of building a traditional garage.

A pole barn can be built to match the architectural style of your house. You can use the same type and color of siding and can add eaves and overhangs to match the design of your house for a consistent appearance. You can also add other features, such as a cupola, vents, and wainscot, to enhance your garage’s appearance.

Consider Long-Term Costs

You should consider the tax bill for your new pole barn garage. In some cases it may be less expensive to attach the garage, and in others it may cost less to have it detached. Contact your local tax assessor’s office to ask about the potential costs and think about whether you would be willing to pay more in taxes to have the convenience of having an attached garage.

Research Your Local Building Code

You will need to do some research to find out what your local building code allows and requires when it comes to using a pole barn as a garage. For a mixed-use occupancy with a house and a garage, you will need a firewall between the two sections. You will probably be able to add a layer of Type X gypsum board that is fire-taped to the shared wall on the garage side.

The code may require you to make some changes to your house in order to add a pole barn garage. You may have to remove siding from the house on the side where you will add the garage. If your house has a stud wall frame, you can add dimensional lumber nailers to allow it to support more than the weight of the garage. The building code will require you to remove any windows that would look out of the house into the area where you will be putting the attached pole barn garage.

Contact CHA Pole Barns to Get an Estimate for a New Garage

If you are thinking about building a pole barn garage, CHA Pole Barns can help. We can discuss your needs, create the plans, and construct a new garage for you. Whether you want your pole barn garage attached to your house or separate, we can get the job done so you will have the storage space you need and an attractive addition to your property. Contact CHA Pole Barns today to get an estimate.

When you are ready contact CHA Pole Barns to talk about your pole barn project.


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