Why You Should Consider a Monitor-Style Pole Building in Coeur D’Alene

Monitor-Style Pole BuildingsPole buildings come in various styles and architectural designs. In fact, they’re just as stylish as the main home even when they just serve as storage space. One type that may be suitable for your needs are monitor-style pole buildings.

What’s a Monitor-Style Pole Building?

A monitor-style building has a raised center with trusses that act as support for the gabled center roof. The raised middle enables the installation of extra windows, which provide more natural light penetration.

One of our old projects included a monitor-style pole building, which you can view at our gallery.

Monitor-style barns are typically used as horse stables. Today, storage sheds, car garages, hangars, steel shops, and accessory dwelling units may adopt the same architectural design. Continue Reading →

Should You Undertake a DIY Building Construction Project in Wenatchee?

DIY building constructionDo you have your eyes set on a new steel building or barn? You may feel right at home with a wrench and toolbox, but that doesn’t mean you can tackle the construction of a new building from beginning to finish. We have frequently seen homeowners aspiring to be their own contractor. We highly advise against DIY building construction for reasons we’ll explain.

Why DIY Building Construction Is Not a Good Idea

DIY projects are on the incline due to the availability of affordable steel building kits. However, you’re not exactly building a bookshelf or bike rack. Constructing a standalone structure requires a whole different level of expertise. There are three reasons being your own contractor is not in your best interest.

1. Permits

Constructing a building from the ground up is a tremendous physical undertaking, and the logistics involved are extremely complex. Does the building meet municipal codes? In most instances, even a residential project will require approval from the city. A professional contractor knows exactly the types of permits needed and the process for obtaining them. Continue Reading →

Visual Grade Lumber Vs Machine Stress-Rated Lumber in Pullman: What’s the Difference?

Visual Grade/Machine-Stress Rated LumberMost post-frame and pole buildings use lumber as the main material. If you’re building a new shed, barn, or hangar, do you know the lumber’s durability? Do you know if you’re using visual grade lumber or machine stress-rated lumber? Do you know the difference, or have you even heard of these two terms?

Visual Grade and Machine Stress-Rated Lumber Explained

Not all lumber is created equal. In the past two decades or so, lumber quality has waned considerably due to the proliferation of fast-growth, farmed lumber. Slower-growth, natural lumber, by contrast, is sturdier and lasts longer.

Wherever you acquire your lumber, it’s critical that the material undergoes machine testing. This is where the machine stress-rated (MSR) test enters the picture.

To evaluate the wood’s density, the MSR process uses sophisticated ultrasound equipment. Another variety of MSR testing includes a mechanical bending process. Both tests measure the amount of strength the wood can withstand. Continue Reading →

Is Your Spokane Pole Barn Ventilated Properly?

Animal Pole Barn VentilationProperly ventilating your animal pole barn is essential for maintaining indoor air quality. This ensures the health and long life of your livestock. There are three types of ventilation for pole buildings.

Natural Ventilation

As suggested in its name, natural ventilation relies on natural vents. There is no use of mechanical supplements like fans. This also makes it an affordable option. Natural ventilation is especially common here in the Pacific Northwest where the weather is fairly mild year-round.

While complete reliance on natural ventilation does make for a cold barn in the winter, you can warm the interior by adding insulation. Ventilation can also be enhanced by keeping doors and windows open at all times. We also suggest installing ridge vents, which allows air to exit via natural convection. Continue Reading →

How Do I Avoid a Stuffy Horse Barn in Pullman?

Learn How to Avoid Stuffy StablesLike humans, horses need fresh air to breathe. However, inadequate ventilation is one of the most common mistakes we see in the construction of stables, leading to stuffy horse barns. Most horses are standing around 15 hours per day in a stall. If your barn doesn’t provide ample fresh air, and you don’t adjust for changes in climate, your horses will be much more susceptible to ill health. 

Consider These Ventilation Factors:

Before anything else, hire a builder who knows about barn ventilation basics. The needs for barns are different than the needs of residential or commercial structures. If done right, ventilation should:

  • Introduce fresh air into the barn through planned vents
  • Completely mix both outside and inside air; this:
    • Removes contaminated pathogens
    • Regulates heat and humidity
    • Reduces odors

Other factors you should consider include the building site and landscaping (such as drainage), design and size of the building, number of horses, and weather. With the proper design, it’s possible to vent naturally instead of mechanically. Continue Reading →

Consider a Steel Building as Your Next Garden Shed

cs-construction-6Whether you have a small vegetable plot or a large roaming garden, having a secure space for storing your equipment is an important investment. Garden sheds are constructed with various types of materials, but here are some reasons why using a steel shed is your best option.

Steel Shed Size & Flexibility

We install a garden shed to your specifications, so you’ll have the perfect amount of space required for your tools. We design your shed to be free of interior support posts and beams, maximizing the amount of space for organizing your equipment. With various optional features, we can help you create your ideal garden shed. 

Steel Sheds Offer Protection

A steel building provides excellent protection from the elements. Along with the typical wood and metal tools used for gardening, you’ll probably also store soil, seeds, plants and other materials in your garden shed. A steel building will keep your equipment and gardening supplies safe from any weather, including heavy rains, snow, and high winds. Steel buildings are also pest resistant. Insects and small rodents will be unable to burrow into your steel shed and cause damage. Continue Reading →

Customizing Your Workshop Space

C&S-Construction-5Do you need more space for your hobby? Are you in need of a place to work with no distractions? A custom workshop building is an ideal solution for you. At C&S Construction, we coordinate with you to create a workshop that is tailored to your needs and budget. Whether you’re looking for a man cave or a woodworking shop, we can help you design, plan, and construct the workshop space every hobbyist dreams of.

Pole-Building Workshops

Our custom pole-building workshops can accommodate nearly any hobby you may have. A pole building is the perfect structure for a woodworking or welding shop, allowing for air circulation and natural lighting. Pole buildings are also terrific for home brewing areas, gaming rooms, art studios, or writer’s retreats. For large-scale hobbies, we recommend steel structures. Continue Reading →

Horse Barn Planning & Building Tips

C&S-Construction-4With the complex building codes and equipment choices available, there are tons of details to keep in mind when planning your ideal horse barn. A well-planned barn will add value to your property and have lower maintenance costs, so be sure to consider every option during the design and planning phase. Simplify your horse barn planning with these tips.

Location of the Horse Barn

The first step of building a horse barn is finding a suitable site. The area should have easy access, solid and even ground, close proximity to utilities, room for future expansion and good natural drainage. Another factor is the wind. The barn should be positioned to benefit from the wind’s natural air circulation while not being directly in the wind. Orienting your horse barn at a 45-degree-angle to the prevailing wind will allow for optimal air circulation while preventing a wind tunnel from forming in the center aisle. Be sure to leave some accessible land aside for hay storage and manure as well. After determining the perfect location, you’ll need to decide on the type and size of your horse barn.

Horse Barn Types

There are many horse barn styles and selecting the best one for your horses can be tricky. Typical options include pole and steel barns. When deciding which style is right for you, consider the climate, the function of your horse work, and your budget. A pole barn uses beams and posts to allow for maximum space with minimal framing elements in the walls. This is the most popular style for custom barns because it’s economical, strong and simple to build.

Steel horse barns provide an affordable alternative to traditional horse barns. They are durable, easy to maintain, and safe for horses. Once you’ve chosen the type of pole building, the last planning consideration is the size. Continue Reading →

Pole Buildings Versus Conventional Framing in Spokane & the Inland Northwest

Pole Building vs. Stick-Frame ConstructionConsidering a pole building vs. stick-frame construction? Conventional stick-frame buildings require a slab foundation or continuous foundation walls. Pole buildings offer greater adaptability since no foundation is needed.

Here are some of the differences between pole buildings and conventional framing:

Conventional (Stick-Frame Construction)

Conventional framing, also known as stick-building or stick-framing, requires a continuous perimeter foundation. This gives you the option of adding a basement to the structure. However, stick-built framing requires more build time, materials and labor than a pole building. In addition, it doesn’t provide the lateral strength of a pole building. Stick-frame structures require interior support walls and posts. As a result, the need for support limits your options for using the interior.

Pole Buildings (Post-Frame Construction)

Pole buildings use post-frame construction. They’re adaptable, inexpensive and easy to build. This is because they require less material and labor costs. Post-frame gets its name from the posts anchored four to six feet into the ground. These posts allows superior vertical and lateral strength. Pole buildings are incredibly strong in the wind and under heavy snow loads. There’s also no need for interior framing walls for support. This allows more options for large equipment, gatherings, or wide open spaces. Pole buildings are very versatile and adaptable. Continue Reading →

Winter Pole Barn Construction: A Good Idea?

winter pole barn construction, pole barn constructionIs there an ideal time of year to construct a pole barn? Some people are under the impression that winter pole barn construction is a bad idea, thinking, instead, that it’s better to hold off plans until the following spring. Let’s explore this notion more in depth.

Is Pole Barn Construction in Winter Possible?

The answer is a resounding “yes.” Why is it, though, that many people believe winter poses problems? This stems from how traditional buildings are built. A typical home or shop has a foundation. Installing the foundation includes a concrete-pouring process. The concrete has to fully cure before construction can resume. Cold weather lengthens the curing process, extending the construction timeframe. This isn’t an issue with pole barns and some steel buildings, though, because they do not have a concrete foundation.

Wet Weather Concerns

Another concern is the snow and high humidity. Some people believe this can damage the wood frames, leading to mold, warping, and rot.

The frames we use consist of treated lumber. We acquire our lumber frames from Titan Timbers, manufacturer of the highest-quality treated wood products. We also use concrete in some parts of the construction. However, we use pre-cast concrete, so the curing time is completely out of the equation.

Benefits of Winter Construction

Contracting companies tend to have greater availability during the winter because most people hold off projects until the following spring or summer. Installers are also less likely juggling multiple construction projects from other clients. That means more time focused on your project and a speedier completion time.

We Build Year-Round

2020 marks a new decade. Consider a major resolution by investing in a pole barn for residential or business use. We have numerous optional features for enhancing building usability. Contact C&S Construction while the year is still young. Winter pole barn construction is a worthwhile property investment.

Winter Pole Building and Steel Shop Installation

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