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BHargrave 02-29-2012 09:44 PM

Adding a room in a pole barn
We just moved into our new house and I had a 60 x 40 pole barn built in the back. It is on aconcrete slab and I am going to turn half of it into my man cave. My questions is that when I go into frame my walls should I frame away from the poles as you would in a basement or tie it into the frame of the barn? The poles are perfectly plumb, but i may have an issue with the bracing as they are not flush with the poles. I worry about any settiling that may occur in the main frame of the barn. This is the Houston,TX Thanks,

joecaption 02-29-2012 09:58 PM

You need to go back and edit so we know where you live for better ansewers.
How to you plan on heating and cooling this?
How high are the ceilings inside the building?
How big are you going to make it?
Here's my first thought. Build it sort of like a completly separate building with 2 X 6 walls, and a flat roof inside the barn. Picture a shed. This way there will be no rising cold or moisture issues from the slab, could be insulated top bottom and sides.
Use 2 X 10's for the roof rafters and lay Advantec subflooring over the roof. Add some stairs to the side and you have added storage area.
Depending on how big it is you could add a Mini Splt HVAC system so the compressor can be set outside and you would have heat and cooling with one unit that uses very little power.

BHargrave 02-29-2012 10:20 PM

it is 13'3 fro slab to truss. it will be 30 x 30 overall dimension. i will frame out a bathromm and 2 spare bedrooms in the back of the space. It will have HVAC, but I have not made it that far yet. i already had my builder add septic and water to the slab so I am that far ahead. why 2x6's and not 2x4 framing?

joecaption 02-29-2012 10:23 PM

I thought you were just building a small club house type thing.
2 X 6's so you can fit more insulation in the walls. R-19 instead of R-13. It will save you money in the long run to heat and cool.

BHargrave 02-29-2012 10:33 PM

thanks joe. i will take that into consideration.

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