For larger barns or storage sheds that need to be built on a tight budget, a pole shed is a good option. A pole shed is one of the most common structures on many farms. It is usually made of poles sticking up out of the ground with a slanted or “Pent” roof. A pole shed differ from normal sheds in that they do not have traditional foundations. The foundation of this type of shed is quick and easy to put in place. Holes are dug and poles are erected which will support a roof. Holes are dug deep enough to avoid frost provide support for the post, and always below the frost line. When the holes have been dug to the correct depth, the posts are put in place and supported so that they are perfectly vertical from all angles. Supports are used to keep the polls vertical, concrete is then added to the holes to complete the foundation. The size of the pole shed can vary depending on the purposes it will be used for.
A peaked roof is common, as is a gambrel roof, which looks similar to a barn roof. Such a roof enhances the storage capacity within the shed. Floors of pole sheds can either be bare dirt, or crushed stone. On rarer occasions, wood chips may be used. Large, garage-style doors are common on pole sheds to allow large machinery to enter the shed and be locked within.