400 amp service pole barn and home later
I'm new to this site and welcome any help and comments from members. I am building my own pole barn and later a 2400 sq ft home. I'm thinking 200 amp service will be enough for each building. The barn is 40x60 with a 900 sq ft apartment on the second level and a garage area for my small collection of vintage cars.The barn and apartment will be heated with LP fired radiant heat via pex pipe and the apartment will be air conditioned with roughly a 1 1/2 ton unit. I know from experience that 200 amp service will be plenty for the barn. My home, built at a later date will be approx. 2400 sq ft w/3 bedrooms and most likely geothermal heating and cooling via a heat pump trench system. I don't think I will need any kind of supplemental heat for the home as I will design the geothermal trench system to be more than capable for my expected use and weather in my region. My current home has 200 amp service, 4 bedrooms is 2800 sq ft and has a gas furnace with a 3 ton AC condenser so this is what i'm basing my 200 amp service on for my new home. My question is this:My barn is about 200 from the road and the house will be another 250 from the barn. Both the barn and home will be pretty much in a straight line from the road. I would like to have all of my service underground but I understand this can drive up my cost. Due to this I would consider the service from the road to my barn be via a pole or two. I do want the service from the barn to the house to be buried. Sooo, how can this project be done? A 400 amp cable from the road to the barn area? and then a 200 amp cable to the house later? One meter, two meters? A transformer on the pole at the road? Any suggestions would be appreciated.I might also mention I have a great deal of experience in the security and video industries and would be more than willing to answer any questions other members might have. Thanks,Walt
Last edited by walt1955; 06-28-2012 at 11:30 PM.
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