Design the layout for a pole barn by downloading the FBi Buildings Pole Barn Design Tool available on the company's official website, or visit The North American Farmer website for a step-by-step guide. Determine the best location on your site for the building, and check county regulations to see if the building needs fire exits and sprinklers. Begin with an example of a building site plan, or create a custom plan from a blank canvas by entering your preferred dimensions.
Have the plot of land surveyed before beginning the design of your pole barn. Mark where the footings need to be placed to give yourself an idea of scale before creating a virtual design plan.
Once you're sure of building codes and scale, use the FBi Buildings Pole Barn Design Tool for a step-by-step process for designing the layout of your structure. This tool can be used by novice builders with ready-to-build plans or by experienced contractors who need an online platform to build a custom pole barn design for a specified plot of land. The planner verifies door locations, required sizes, and standard building lengths and widths, and allows builders to rotate scaled buildings, landscaping, tractors and equipment. This allows the builder to create a space suited to store his specific equipment.
The North American Farmer website lists a step-by-step guide with photos for designing and constructing a pole barn. This guide begins with choosing building materials and digging footings, and it completes in 27 steps with installing siding and optional windows.