Darren B. initially had his sights set on a four-car pole barn garage. But when he realized the additional possibilities of a pole barn, he began to envision a lot more than just a garage.
Ultimately, Darren and his family seized the opportunity to create a fantastic multi-use building, one that not only has a super-spacious garage but also a kitchen, living area, an upper level schoolhouse, and even a large porch overhang for outdoor gatherings.
Maybe your pole barn ambitions are nothing like Darren’s. But his experience exemplifies the vast potential of a pole barn. It also shows why it’s so important to open your mind when thinking about the possibilities for your own pole barn.
To help you do that, we’ve compiled a long list of pole barn ideas—plus example photos.
Check out this video, which showcases a wide array of pole barn ideas.
Pole Barn Design Ideas
How do you plan to use your pole barn, and what goals would you like to achieve with it? Sure, these are big picture questions, but they’re also where you need to start when thinking about pole barn design ideas.
Let’s dive into examples, starting with the inside and working our way to the outside.
Pole Barn Interior Ideas
Unlike conventional stick-frame houses, pole barn homes are built with post-frame construction, which doesn’t require load-bearing interior walls. This allows for a wider range of interior possibilities—everything from more conventional options to unique designs made possible with an open floor plan. Check out the following examples.
Cabin Style Living Room
Living Room with Fireplace
Home Gym Room
Modern Style Kitchen
Wall of Windows
Indoor Pickleball Court
Master Bedroom and Bathroom
Open Floor Kitchen and Dining Room
Winery Tasting Room
POLE BARN LOFT IDEAS
The spaciousness of a pole barn interior also enables you to easily incorporate features like lofts (and mezzanines). These have a variety of potential uses and can be great for maximizing square footage potential.
Trophy Display Loft with Office Space Underneath
Mezzanine for Office and Extra Storage
Bar and Lounge with Storage Above
Wooden Loft in Airplane Hangar
POLE BARN STORAGE IDEAS
One of the benefits of a pole barn is that it doesn’t require pouring a continuous foundation, like a basement. This can simplify the construction process and lower overall costs. But without a basement, you’ll want to include additional square footage in your pole barn for storage, especially if it’s a residential pole barn. Here are examples. (Be sure to check out the loft ideas above as well.)
Bonus Storage Area (Less Expensive Than Expanding Floor Plan)
Second Story Storage/Workshop Area (Can Also Be Used As A Finished Room)
POLE BARN CEILING IDEAS
Expansive, beautiful, and even breathtaking ceilings—that’s what you can achieve with a pole barn’s post-frame construction method. Here’s just a sampling.
Vaulted Ceiling and Stairway to Upper Story
Gorgeous Ceiling for Event Center
Decorative Trusses For Raised Center Ceiling
POLE BARN MAN CAVE IDEAS
When planning your new man cave workshop, or she shed, remember that this is your space. So have fun with it and include things that you truly love. Just don’t forget that your space may also be a great place to entertain others.
Full Kitchen and Living Area
Tool Chest and Built-In Cabinets (and Classic Pick-up)
Dropped Ceiling and Cozy TV Room
Car Lift for Maximizing Space
Man Cave Game Room
Indoor Archery Range
POLE BARN HOUSE IDEAS
A pole barn house is the ideal alternative to a conventional stick-built house when you want to combine a living space with a multi-use toy shed, workshop, or extra-large garage for boats, RVs, and more. Sometimes called a shop house or a barndominium, this unique type of building can take lots of different forms. Here are some ideas to see what we mean.
Living Area Above Extra Garage Space
Gable Style with Second Floor
Shop House with Extensive Porch Overhangs
Lake House Style
Log Cabin Style
Another great way to see pole barn house ideas is to check out our for more than a dozen types of residential pole barn homes.
POLE BARN PORCH IDEAS
Creating an attractive porch area can be achieved with overhangs off of your pole barn. These not only look great but also add shade, create an ideal area for outdoor seating, and keep rain and snow away from the walls and foundation.
Porch Overhang for Family Gatherings
Porch Area with Wainscoting and Matching Columns
Sliding Glass Door Opening to Pergola Area
Extended Porch Overhang for Lawn Care Company Storefront
POLE BARN COLOR IDEAS
Familiarize yourself with possible pole barn paint colors. You may be surprised because there’s been an explosion of new pole barn color options. And don’t forget about the various color combos you can create with the walls, trim, roof, and doors.
Modern Red Siding and a Hunter Green Roof
Beige Walls, Brown Garage Doors, and Hunter Green Roof
Charcoal Gray Walls and Roof
Red Walls and Charcoal Gray Roof
Smoke Gray Walls, Aspen Gray Novabrik® Wainscoting, and Charcoal Gray Roof
Beige Roof and Wainscoting, and Ivory Walls
Special Red Stain Applied to Cedar Siding
Black Roof and Doors with Red Walls
POLE BARN DOOR IDEAS
Doors have come a long way, so make sure you’re familiar with your options. And when it comes to storing large items like boats, RVs, or even combines, don’t just think about your height needs now. Make sure you consider what you might need in the future.
Garage Doors with Room to Spare
Make the Next Move: Start a Conversation with an Experienced Builder
You’ve just seen a lot of different pole barn ideas. But in actuality, we’ve only just scratched the surface for what’s possible!
If you’re serious about a new pole barn, we recommend you start the process soon because these projects can take longer than you think. Building a pole barn is no small undertaking. The right design, the appropriate materials, and smart construction practices are essential for a functional, durable, and cost-efficient building you’ll love for years to come.
To take your pole barn ideas to the next step, be sure to contact Wick Buildings. And while you’re at it, check out our Design 3D™ tool, where you can start to see your design ideas come to life right before your eyes!