Polebarn living has really had an explosion in interest over the past 5-10 years. I believe the interest come from the love of our recreational toys that includes things like boats, motorcycles, show cars , ATVs and RV's. The list is really goes on and on for recreation possibilities and polebarn useage.
Polebarns can also be used for awesome workshops. There is a quest for smaller living spaces now and enjoying the outdoors more. Additional polebarn uses include; farm animals, equipment, having large get- togethers and reunions. The space allows for you to hold as little or as much as you want which is appealing to many.
We have considered all sorts of possibilities for a permanent place to lay our head while we gracefully grow into those empty nester years. We started thinking about retiring early and traveling in our motorhome. The early retirement thought process quickly lead to selling our house and starting to prep for our future "dream". Some of the brainstorming options included.
1) Full time RV living only
2) Single wide trailer living
3) Small plot of land 1-2 acres. (Cindy's wish)
4) Large plot of land with room to roam (Tony's wish).
5) Downsizing to a smaller house.
6) Flipping a small space with room for a motorhome
While scouting out some local land in our planning stages , we came across empty farmland that we fell in love with. The land has open pasture and woodlands with no buildings. It also has some really cool features including a view of a really cool bridge (hence the name... Bridgeview Adventures), and a wooded cliff side . We decided to purchase the land along with our daughter and son in law who is also looking for a homesite. We split the price of the land and this made it affordable for both parties.
We decided and started planning our polebarn after purchasing the land and our Thor Ace Motorhome in 2017. We wanted a "homebase" and a place to store our motorhome during those times when we will be returning from the road.
We sold our house in 2018 and the plans started for the polebarn. We stated drawing up the plans ourselves and trying to figure out a floorplan. It really helps to make a list of likes and dislikes to get the features you want.
Here are the Polebarn Specs
Construction started around the first week in June 2019 and is currently being completed.
Polebarn information/ Specs:
40x80 with 16ft walls.
12 x 40 front porch
40 x 32 concrete pad landing
1200 sq ft main floor
Stairs to loft
480 sq ft loft.
4 garage doors (2 car, one RV and one utility)
Here's a virtual walkthrough of our upcoming polebarn with living quarters. We used an architectural software called Sweet Home 3D. The polebarn is 40ft x 80ft total with a 12 ft porch. The living quarters has an open kitchen with living space and a loft area. There is a separate laundry room and 1st floor bedroom (not shown in the walkthrough). There is a small hallway that leads to the garage area of the polebarn. 1st floor laundry/ BR not shown.
Our Amish contractor started on the polebarn home in June 2019. This video is filming the very first day of digging and pouring the footers and columns. *We have an Amish Contractor who gave us permission to film. *The Amish children are occasionally present at the job site for "teaching/training" The are not being worked if you have any concerns over this.
*The contractor is completing the garage portion and we will be finishing the interior or subbing out at a later date.
This video shows some drone footage of the almost completed exterior. Tony also talks about getting temporary electric and a DIY meter pole for service
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We do a look back from the empty land, to excavation, then the start of the polebarn erection. It's a fun process to watch. I can't believe how much we've gotten accomplished. 💙Special thanks to Ange, my daughter for her drone skills!