Barns Stables
HomeAbout UsStandards & PracticesGalleryBarnsShops & GaragesCabinsItems & OptionsUseful LinksContactsPole Barn Packages

Pole Barn Designs

Pole Barn BuildersPole Barn BuildersPole Barn Designs

Getting Started

Pole Barn Builders

Have you been dreaming of that perfect barn? With all the room and options to fit your lifestyle?

Find it Here!
We created this web site to help you make your dreams come true. It is packed full of useful information that is easy to access.

From downloadable sales sheets for each Standard Building we offer, to a complete list of all our options and custom items, you can find it here. We even included all the prices so you can do your own estimate. So, take your time and enjoy finding the building of your dreams.

Click HERE to download our step by step Estimate Worksheet.

if you have any questions about our Standard Buildings or are interested
in a custom building, please contact us for a free estimate.

Getting an Estimate
When you request an Estimate, we recommend that you ask for all of the possible options you might be interested in. Then you will have an itemized list of all options available to you. With this, you can pick and choose to suit your needs and budget.

Please be sure to review our selection of Standard Buildings and note the models that you feel come closest to fitting your needs.Then, let us know what other options you are interested in. We will send to you a detailed estimate with drawings, a list of all included options and the cost of all necessary items.

•Please include your name and contact information.

You can send your estimate request via email or you can fax us at: (360)264-4800

The Purchasing Process

Planning Stage
The Estimate is the beginning of the planning stage. At no cost to you, we will be happy to discuss your needs and what options might be used to meet them. We will also address any additional items that may be required to get your structure built. And we'll continue this process until we find the right combination for you. We will finalize this process with a quote, so you will know what your costs are up front.

Once you feel confident that you wish to work with us, we will send you a customer folder. It will contain floor plans, accurate drawings of the structure to be built, and an itemized account of materials and their costs. It will also contain a sales agreement which will inform you of what your responsibilities will be. Please see Customer responsibilities below.

Click HERE to download a copy of our sales agreement for review.

We use a 3 step Payment system

  1. Initial payment 10%: Due upon signing of agreement, at which point permitting and planning begins
  2. Mobilization payment 50%: Due when lumber package is dropped on site and work begins.
  3. Final Payment: Due when work is completed. this is approximately 40 percent, It may include additional charges for changes made during the process of construction, that you have agreed to. This payment will also include the county’s building permit fee if we handled these for you.

wagonwheelback to top

The Permitting Process

Each County has specific requirements for obtaining a building permit. Their basic requirements include approved plans which accurately depict the structure, how it will be built and where it will be built.

The minimum you will need is:

• Two copies of the building plans
• Two copies of the engineering plans

We will supply the building plans and the engineering plans.

• Two copies of the site plan

The site plan is a scaled drawing of your property that shows it's dimensions, all improvements, meaning the house and or other currently existing structures, any wellheads, the pump house, septic tank, drainfields, driveways, bodies of water, fencing and it may need contour lines showing elevation changes.

You will also need to have the footprint of the building to be constructed indicated on your site plan, it needs to be to scale and it's location needs to be accurate.

These are the minimum requirements, if you plan on handling this on your own, please inquire with your counties building permit office to be sure of their requirements.

If you would like us to handle this, we'll research and develop an accurate site plan that meets your counties requirements. Extra fee’s may be charged.

Obtaining the Permits
Once all the necessary items are assembled, you will need to take them to your Counties Building Permit Office for submission. They will review and either approve the plans and notify you of the fees due, or they may deny them and explain to you what needs to be amended or revised.

Our Permitting Services
Because of our familiarity with certain counties, we will obtain permits for our clients within these counties at no charge. Currently, these counties are: Thurston, Lewis, Mason and Grays Harbor (The customer is responsible for the actual Counties Fee which will be included in the Final invoice.)

We can and will obtain permits in other counties, but due to logistics and time necessary to complete the process, a service fee will be charged. Or, the customer may handle this process on his or her own.

Please note: We will require all permitting be obtained prior to the start of any project.

You can go to our links page to find county web sites with permitting information and requirements.

wagonwheelback to top

Building Standards and Practices

Stick Framing vs Post and Beam
So, what's the Difference?

Pole Barn Builders

Stick Framing also known as Conventional framing, is the more common method of construction being used today. Your house is constructed in this fashion, with walls that are built from studs, either 2x4's or 2x6's with an exterior siding, insulation and then wallboard on the inside. This style of building must be done on a concrete slab or foundation and the building codes a contractor must follow are many.

We use this method mainly for shops, garages and cabins, as it can be easily insulated and you can finish the interior walls, it makes for a more comfortable work space and is best for storing valuables.


Pole Barn Builders

Post and Beam Framing, or as some call it, Timber framing, is perhaps the oldest building method around. As the name implies, it is built by standing up large posts and laying beams across them, this creates a frame which is then enclosed with exterior siding. We set our pressure treated posts into concrete. This type of building can have a gravel floor with concrete slab in certain areas.

We use this style of construction for barns and open storage, it creates an ideal space for sheltering livestock, and vehicles. We would like to note that insulating this type of building can be expensive, you should consider a stick framed structure if you want an enclosed space you can heat.

Cost Difference
A post and beam framed structure can be completed much faster, and on average, you can buy more space for your money. Another benefit to the post and beam building is the lack of wall cavities, where rodents and moisture can reside. A Stick framed building can be more expensive, it depends on the design and features used in its construction. However, it also retains it's value much better over the long run. When it comes to maintenance cost, they are about the same.

If you come away from this with only one point, it should be this: Stick framing is designed to be insulated while post and beam framing is not.

Building Specifications In Detail

The following specifications are for our standard buildings, some of these items can be upgraded such as siding and roofing. See Items and Options for more information.


  • Posts: Pressure treated to meet building grade post with IBC requirements.

  • Foundations/Post Holes: Sized by Engineering requirements, Backfilled with reddi-mixed concrete

  • Concrete Slabs: 4in thick with 5sack mix and fibermix reinforcing.

  • Framing: post and beam Douglas fir framing, or post and truss depending on model: All building lumber, including post and beam sizes will meet or exceed Engineering requirements.

  • Siding: 5/8 fir faced rough sawn plywood, 18 patch or less (a nice plywood with grain)

  • Roof sheeting: 5 ply 1/2in. CDX true plywood roof sheeting.

  • Barge and Fasciae: When staining: All cedar 5/4 x 8, or 5/4 x 6 with trussed models. When painting: 2 x 8 primed wood or 2 x 6 when trussed.

  • Trim and Accents: 5/4 x 4, 6 and 8. 1x 4, 6, and 8. Garage door wraps are always 2 x 8 or bigger . You can read under items on our quotes and it will show your trim piece sized for each item. We use so many sizes it becomes hard to specify. Corner trim is always 5/4 x 6 unless noted other wise.

  • Roofing: 20 year 3 tab composition shingle over 15lb felt, nailed.

  • Hardware: All Nails, Simpson Straps, hurricane ties, and connectors are galvanized.

  • Flashing: All flashing installed throughout the building will be painted black or brown, this includes Z metal used at seams in plywood as well as the track covers over the alley doors.

Shops and Garages:

  • Foundation: Monolithic concrete foundation with 4 in slab in center and footings and rebar specified by engineer or IBC.

  • Framing: 2 x 6 Douglas fir wall framing studs 2ft on center. Also includes 2 x 6 pressure treated wall plating where required. Typically any interior walls will be 2 x 4 except 2 x 6 often used when over 10 or 12 feet tall.

  • Trusses: manufactured roof trusses engineered by truss company per plan.

  • Rafters: When stick framing, roof rafters are usually at least a 2 x 12 which allows for insulation and creates required ventilation above.

  • Barge and Fascia: When staining: All cedar 5/4 x 8, or 5/4 x 6 with trussed models. When painting: 2 x 8 primed wood or 2 x 6 when trussed.

  • Trim and Accents: 5/4 x 4, 6 and 8. 1x 4, 6, and 8. Garage door wraps are always 2 x 8 or bigger . You can read under items on our quotes and it will show your trim piece sized for each item. We use so many sizes it becomes hard to specify. Corner trim is always 5/4 x 6 unless noted other wise.
  • Floor plywood: is 3/4in non osb type plywood.

  • Roof sheeting: is 1/2in CDX 5 ply roof sheeting.

  • Siding: 5/8 fir faced rough sawn plywood, 18 patch or less (a nice plywood with grain)

  • Roofing: 20 year 3 tab composition shingle over 15lb felt, nailed.

  • Hardware: All nails, Simpson Straps, hurricane ties, and connectors always galvanized.

  • Flashing treatments: Tar tape at windows with flashing painted black or brown. Z metal at plywood as well as all exterior visible flashing are also painted black or brown.

wagonwheelback to top

Pole Barn DesignsHiring a Contractor

Recently the building industry is has been facing some serious challenges and there are allot of unlicensed contractors out there. They seem to know what they're talking about and they'll put in a low bid to get the job. But do they really have the equipment, the crew and the know how to see the project through? We've heard horror stories of uncompleted jobs, sub-standard craftsmanship, etc. We often hear "He seemed so trustworthy" or "my friend recommended him". The one common factor in most of these cases is the builder did not have a contractors license.

• You're preparing to make a large investment, you need to be sure to verify your builder's license prior to working with them. Also, ask them for the last three current job references and check on them.

• In Washington State, you can look up a contractors record with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

• You can also ask the Better business bureau about a contractor, but also ask about the owners name.

We believe the best contractors will not be bothered by a lot of questions because it protects the customers and ultimately our trade and our professions.

Finally, in Washington State, most of the best contractors are members of the Master Builders Association. Obviously, you don’t have to be a member to be a good contractor but, if your builder is, it greatly increases your odds of working with one of the best.

wagonwheelback to top

Barns Stables  Pole Barn Builders  Pole Barn Packages

Click HERE! to contact us. Or Call: 360-264-8200

Stable Systems, Inc. specializes in providing the highest quality Tenino barn kits, Olympia barn packages and Kelso custom barns. We are a premier provider of horse barns in Lacey WA, Tacoma custom shops, Longview wood barns, Vancouver RV garages, and custom garages in Centralia. If you are looking for a quality barn contractor in Washington with experience in barn design and barn construction, we encourage you to discuss your needs with Stable Systems, Inc., a Washington barn builder.