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Old 07-03-2009, 06:41 PM   #1
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I recently bought some land with a really nice 25x55 "wood pole barn" (I think thats the term). It is only a couple of years old, solid, with a new metal roof. I want to convert it into a house but I am concerned about the foundation. It was built with 4x4 posts set directly into the ground. I drilled down beside a couple of the posts with a 3 foot 1/2" drill bit just to see if there was any concrete around the posts below the surface. I didn't hit anything so it would seem the posts are just backfilled with dirt. I know this type of post setting can be common with pole barns but if I convert it into a house...
Could this be a problem? I was thinking of pouring a slab too.

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Old 07-03-2009, 07:53 PM   #2
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you need to speak with the building department in your area as to the codes involved. a pole building is not acceptable, in many areas as a residential structure.

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There are no building codes where I live.
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Building codes exist thru-out the US
You may not have permits & inspections where you are
But the codes still exist

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The major model building code used in the United States is developed by the International Code Council (ICC), the International Building Code (IBC).
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Where are you located?
The posts in dirt would be a real problem if you are in a frost area
How tall is the building?
I've seen lots of barns converted around here
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:11 PM   #6
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I live in Kentucky so there is some frost here. The barn has been around a few years with no noticeable settling so far. It has a flat roof that is 15 feet tall at the front and slopes down to about 11 feet at the rear. If this post/foundation is a problem can it be fixed?

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I'd get it jacked up and have a basement done. This aint cheap though, but if you bought the property without an actual house I'm guessing you had intent to build anyway.
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I was planning to build but lack of funds got me thinking I could save a bundle of time and money buy using the barn.
What is the worst that can happen? Post rotting? Settling? Is there a low cost solution to make this work?
I read that the post usually rot at the surface. Maybe I could dig down a foot or two and wrap them or coat them before I pour the slab???
Also if I covert this into a house and set up a proper drainage system around the house wouldn't that cut down on the moisture around the post?

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