Reasons to Build an Indoor Playground

indoor playgroundAccording to a report from the West Virginia Education Association, children spend an average nine hours per day on digital devices. That means less time outside playing as in the days before smartphones and social media. One way to encourage physical activity is by installing an indoor playground.

Why an Indoor Playground?

Winter is not far off, and some parents hesitate letting their children play outside where they’re prone to catching a cold. A pole barn or steel building provides a cozy environment for children to engage in physical play and exercise.

Another reason to build an indoor playground is safety. Some parents are hesitant to take their kids to a public playground. You never know if a child predator is lurking nearby. With an indoor setting, your children can play freely without needing to keep a close eye 24/7.

Finally, an indoor playground provides more playtime opportunity. This includes play in the evening, during extreme cold or hot weather, etc. They get more exercise and spend less time tweeting or taking selfies. Continue Reading →

The Benefits of a Cupola: It’s not Just an Aesthetic Feature

cupolaContrary to popular belief, cupolas are not merely an add-on relegated to turn-of-the-century-era barns. And, they provide more than just an aesthetic value. They actually have a functional purpose that applies even to modern barns. The benefits of a cupola are many, even when applied to pole buildings.

What Is a Cupola?

A cupola is a small tower-like structure that protrudes from a building’s roof. They are a mainstay in older barns. While quite a decorative feature, they are mainly installed as a ventilation device. The open vent also allows for additional natural light. The additional venting is a natural way to reduce moisture at the top of the barn, thereby reducing mold and mildew.

The History of Cupolas

In western countries, cupolas are usually associated with farmsteads. However, their origins pre-date most western civilizations. The earliest cupolas can be found in mosques and other Islamic architecture as far back as the 8th-century. These were larger and could accommodate at least one person for announcing the times of prayer. Continue Reading →

Fall Pole Barn Construction: Why Autumn Is the Best Season to Install One

autumn pole barn constructionYou can build a pole barn any time of the year. However, we believe starting in the fall has its advantages. With autumn in full swing, now is an excellent time. Here are some seasonal reasons why fall pole barn construction is ideal.

Ideal Weather

Because autumn falls between summer and winter, the weather is neither too hot nor cold. If the structure is for livestock, then the construction will be ready just in time for winter. Livestock will have a cozy and roomy interior as opposed to a chilly outdoor pasture.

Less Demand

Fall is typically an off-season for contractors. Spring and summer are usually the peak seasons for building construction. Installers have fewer projects to juggle, meaning they can spend more time on your construction and stay on schedule. With contractor demand on the low-end, costs are usually lower as well. Continue Reading →

Ideas for a Motorcycle Garage

motorcycle garageOur projects frequently include garages for many types of vehicles ranging from RVs to boats. Some homeowners are also opting for pole building garages for the sole purpose of storing their motorcycles. Are you a biker at heart? Consider these ideas for erecting a motorcycle garage.

Why a Motorcycle Garage?

Motorcycles require protection from the elements just as much as cars do. Parts like the caliper, brake rod, and shock absorbers are vulnerable to rust. Furthermore, keeping your motorcycle in the driveway just makes it prone to theft.

Considerations for a Motorcycle Garage

We have various optional features for our pole barns and steel buildings. This gives you options galore for converting an otherwise bland garage into a personal mancave.

First, we suggest reserving an entire section for storing tools and a separate cabinet for storing chemical compounds. Liquids, such as chain lubes, polishes, and brake oil, should be securely stored and out of sight if you have children in the home. Continue Reading →

Why You Should Invest in a Pole Barn Potting Shed

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Avid gardeners should have a safe location for storing their tools and supplies. The simple solution is a typical storage shed. However, we suggest a more garden-specific investment in the form of a pole barn potting shed. Here’s why this is a sound solution for the weekend gardener.

What Is a Potting Shed?

A potting shed is designed specifically for storing garden equipment and supplies. Unlike a typical shed, a potting shed usually also has windows. In fact, the windows constitute a large portion of the structure. Windows in the shed enable it to function as a greenhouse for those who choose to dabble in indoor gardening. 

Let’s have a look at some of the special features of a potting shed.

Cultivate Your Seeds

Many gardeners place seed trays on the windowsills in their home. This option may not be feasible if you have a large quantity of seeds. A potting shed provides the ideal environment, especially if you’re growing plants that require a warmer climate.

A Warm Growing Environment

With its multitude of windows, you get a greater warming effect in spring and summer. It also keeps frigid temperatures down a bit in late fall and winter. This makes the potting shed a great location for overwintering plants and bulbs. For the gardener, it’s also a delightful spot to relax and catch up on your favorite gardening magazine.

Storage Solutions

Potting sheds also provide the space for securing garden essentials. Optional features include shelves, hooks, and cubbies. Practical storage solutions include wall-mounted tall shelves and built-in hooks for small items like trowels and thermometers. 

We Construct Potting Sheds

We can construct potting sheds using a traditional steel building design or pole building architecture. This gives homeowners more freedom for exploring their hobby and cultivating healthy plants. Contact C&S Construction to enquire about a pole barn potting shed for your property.

High-Quality Potting Shed Construction

Serving customers from Pullman to Bonners Ferry and Wenatchee to Western Montana, including Spokane, Coeur D’Alene, Cheney, Pullman, Sandpoint, Wallace and the surrounding area since 1998

Summer Pole Barn Preparation: Install Insulation for Warm Weather

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Summer is in full swing. If you use a pole barn to store perishable goods, you may need to install insulation in the building, or make other modifications, to keep the interior temperature down. Summer pole barn preparation prevents goods from spoiling prematurely.

Increase Ventilation

Stale air is a primary contributor of indoor heat. Even if you run a fan, you will just be circulating warm air around the room. To allow stale air to escape, the pole barn requires vents along the walls and ceiling. Vents are especially important for stalls containing livestock. If the building contains windows, keep them open.

Update the Installation

Whether you have a pole barn or a traditional steel building, all structures require some form of insulation. Insulation acts as a barrier that prevents heat from leaking through the roofs and walls during the winter. Likewise, it can also prevent hot outdoor air from sneaking in during the summer. Insulation also has the added benefit of keeping energy costs down. Common forms of pole barn insulation include fiberglass, cotton, cellulose, and rock wool. An installer can determine which is optimal for your barn type.

Install a Cooling System

Our optional features include a number of cooling systems, such as ceiling fans. Ground fans are another option. Just be sure to keep cooling units out of reach of animals if you are housing livestock. You can even install a full HVAC unit if you plan to spend extensive time inside the building. Finally, consider an exhaust fan, which reduces condensation and reduces the disparity between air and ground temperatures.

We Conduct Summer Pole Barn Preparation

Depending on what you’re using the pole barn for, the building may not have adequate cooling. Contact C&S Construction to modify your building with appropriate ventilation and insulation. Summer pole barn preparation is essential during the hottest time of year.

Summer Pole Barn Modification

Serving customers from Pullman to Bonners Ferry and Wenatchee to Western Montana, including Spokane, Coeur D’Alene, Cheney, Pullman, Sandpoint, Wallace and the surrounding area since 1998

Pole Barn and Stick-Built Building: What’s the Difference?

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You may have heard of the term “stick-built” when researching building plans and blueprints. Some people have confused the term with a pole barn, believing the two to be interchangeable. They are actually quite different. Here’s the difference between a pole barn and a stick-built building.

Pole Barn and Stick-Built Building at a Glance

In a stick-built structure, the building is constructed on site from lumber and other materials. One benefit of this is that the builders can correct problems as they encounter them.

A pole barn, by contrast, is made from materials pre-cut at a factory. The materials then arrive at the construction site as a ready-to-assemble kit. 

Pole Barns Are More Affordable

Pole barns are typically more affordable than a stick-built structure while providing the same level of durability and longevity. Pole barns are less expensive because of the foundation. In a traditional, stick-built building, the foundation makes up about 15% of the structure’s total cost. In a pole barn, posts are buried deep into the earth in lieu of a traditional foundation.

Pole Barns Are Versatile

The lack of a foundation also makes it easier to erect a pole barn on an uneven or sloped surface. Since a stick-built structure has a foundation, it requires an even flooring, which equals more site preparation.

Pole Barns Are Durable

A pole barn’s posts transmit lateral wind loads on the walls to the ground. This allows it to remain steady against severe weather. This style of construction also allows the structure to remain intact during a fire, as opposed to completely collapsing. 

We Construct Multi-Purpose Pole Barns

Our service includes steel barn and building construction with customizable and optional features. Call C&S Construction to add an additional structure to your property. Pole barns and stick-built buildings refer to different building styles; the former is more affordable and advantageous.

Pole Barn Plans and Construction 

Serving customers from Pullman to Bonners Ferry and Wenatchee to Western Montana, including Spokane, Coeur D’Alene, Cheney, Pullman, Sandpoint, Wallace and the surrounding area since 1998

Pole Barn Shed Storage: What Not to Store in Your Barn

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A pole barn shed is an excellent investment. More people are considering a pole building on their residential or commercial property as a storage unit. However, depending on the shed’s construction, some items may not be appropriate for long-term storage in a pole barn shed. What items don’t belong inside a shed?

Containers with Food

This includes non-perishable foods, mainly canned goods. While these items don’t require refrigeration, they still need to be in a stable environment. A hot and moist environment can cause the metal inside the can to corrode and contaminate the food.

Artwork

Without adequate ventilation, storage sheds can be prone to temperature extremes. Heat and humidity can cause canvas surfaces to become moldy. Likewise, cold and dry weather can cause surfaces to become brittle. Aside from artwork, also think twice about storing photographs, magazines, or anything with ink.

Electronic Devices

Anything with electronic circuits require storage at a stable room temperature. Heat can melt the circuitry and wires. The humidity can also cause corrosion. Frigid temperatures can lead to brittleness and breakage of internal components.

Paints and Glue

Paint and adhesives contain chemicals that will break down and lose their quality under extreme temperatures. Low temperatures can cause these items to harden and turn to sludge and lumpy globs.

Fortify Your Pole Barn

If you wish to store the above items, then you must take several construction factors into consideration. This means the inclusion of ridge or soffit vents for better air circulation. Optional features like radiant floor heating may also keep temperatures in check during the colder months.

We Construct Pole Barn Shed Storage Units

Contact C&S Construction if you’re considering a storage unit for your property. We construct both pole barn and steel building units. Our pole barn shed storage units can be customized to include proper ventilation for storage of temperature-sensitive items.

Pole Barn Shed Construction 

Serving customers from Pullman to Bonners Ferry and Wenatchee to Western Montana, including Spokane, Coeur D’Alene, Cheney, Pullman, Sandpoint, Wallace and the surrounding area since 1998

Considerations for an Aircraft Hangar Construction

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Did you know that pole buildings are so durable they can even accommodate multiple aircraft? Of course, you can’t construct the building the way you would for, say, a hay shed. Aircraft hangar construction has specific requirements to ensure longevity. Consider the following requirements.

1. Debris management

The facility must have ample storage to keep tools and small equipment off the floor. Pilots and mechanics often run the engine while the plane is inside the hangar. The propeller can create enough power to lift objects into the air, resulting in facility damage and bodily injury.

2. Heavy-Load Management

Aircraft are not tiny. The KC-135 Stratotanker, for example, weighs about 297,000 pounds. For comparison, an average RV weighs about 5,200 pounds. Granted, civilian pilots probably won’t own an aircraft as heavy as the stratotanker. Nevertheless, you need to take the weight into consideration. The pole building’s concrete floor needs to be able to withstand the weight.

3. Electrical Equipment 

A hangar requires immense empty space. An electrical outlet in the wall may be too far away to be of use. Likewise, having multiple extension cords crisscrossing the floor may pose a safety hazard. Construction may need to include outlets in the scaffolding or rafters. All outlet placement must also consider the movement of the craft.

4. The Grade

Some planes have parts that hang low relative to the fuselage, or main body, of the craft. Examples include the turbine on a turbojet or propeller on a prop plane. Any variations in the floor’s grade may result in damage to both the aircraft and hangar floor. 

We Do Aircraft Hangar Construction

Our pole and steel buildings are of sturdy construction and can accommodate most civilian and commercial planes. Our optional features add any necessary requirements for plane storage and maintenance. Call C&S Construction for aircraft hangar construction on your private or workplace property. 

Sturdy and Reliable Aircraft Construction

Serving customers from Pullman to Bonners Ferry and Wenatchee to Western Montana, including Spokane, Coeur D’Alene, Cheney, Pullman, Sandpoint, Wallace and the surrounding area since 1998

Four Common Pole Barn Insulation Problems

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As with steel buildings and other structures, pole barns require adequate insulation. Otherwise, the interior gets incredibly nippy in winter and blistering hot in summer. Is your pole barn insulation up to standards? Learn to identify the signs of bad insulation and how to remedy it.

1. Condensation

Condensation occurs when moisture in the air comes into contact with a cold surface. Most insulation materials consist mainly of fiberglass, which is prone to moisture accumulation. Too much moisture absorption causes a loss in R-value. You can mitigate this by installing a vapor barrier.

2. Lack of Ventilation

No matter what you use the pole building for, the structure requires ventilation. Lack of ventilation causes moisture to cling to the insulation and other fibrous material, eventually leading to mold growth. Our optional features include the addition of various types of vents, such as soffit and ridge vents.

3. Corroded Metal and Wood

Poor insulation also results in moisture accumulating on metal surfaces, causing corrosion. The same goes for untreated wood, which can rot. To prevent moisture penetration, use a close-cell spray foam insulation. For the wood, consider replacement with laminated posts. Our supplier Timber Technologies manufactures treated and rot-resistant timber posts.

4. Water Leaks

Pole barn roofs can leak just like a roof in a residential home. Once water gets in, so will mold, mildew, rot, and corrosion. Locate and patch openings. This will require professional assistance. Once you do that, use a closed cell spray foam that is designed to prevent water intrusion.

We Fix Pole Barn Insulation Problems

Your insulation must be in good shape, especially during temperature extremes. If you detect moisture in the pole barn interior, give C&S Construction a call. Pole barn insulation problems can quickly lead to deterioration of the material, from the wood posts to the metal frames.

Pole Barn Fortification

Serving customers from Pullman to Bonners Ferry and Wenatchee to Western Montana, including Spokane, Coeur D’Alene, Cheney, Pullman, Sandpoint, Wallace and the surrounding area since 1998