Tips For Designing A Floor Plan For Your Pole Barn Home

Pole barn homes are affordable, simple, and charming to live in. You'll spend far less on materials to have a pole barn home built than to have a more ordinary home built. Plus, the open plan of a rectangular pole barn gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to developing a floor plan. But how do you devise a floor plan for your pole barn home? Here are some tips to ensure you're on the right track as you do so.

Aim for an open floor plan as much as possible

You will probably want to put walls up to enclose bedrooms and bathrooms. But aside from these private rooms, it can be a good idea to devise an open floor plan for the living room, dining room, and other common areas. There are a few reasons for this. First, putting up walls costs more money, and if your goal is to keep your pole barn home affordable, fewer walls will help you achieve that goal. Second, an open floor plan makes it easier to heat and cool the space. This is important in a pole barn where there's no basement to run ducts through. 

Put furniture along the inside walls

Pole barns can be insulated to help reduce heat exchange, but they still tend not to be as well-insulated as many other homes. The areas right along the walls may get a little chilly on the coldest days. So, creating a floor plan that places furniture and appliances along any inner walls and further from the exterior is wise. You won't catch a chill on a couch that's a few feet towards the interior of the pole barn as easily as you will on one set right against an exterior wall.

Put the bathroom and kitchen areas back to back

Since you don't have a basement in a pole barn, running plumbing is also harder. You will make things easier on your plumber and allow for a simpler plumbing layout if you put the bathroom and kitchen next to one another. For instance, you can have the two rooms back up to one another. This allows the plumber to run your kitchen and bathroom pipes off of the same main connection.

Designing a pole barn floor plan is not terribly difficult, but you do want to put some thought into your plans. Follow the tips above, and enjoy better results. Talk to a company like Bower and Sons LLC to get help designing your pole barn.