Say hello to the Shouse – a perfect combination of living space and storage/workshop. Wick Buildings’ post-frame construction uses clear-span trusses.

Clear-span trusses provide flexibility for the building design, as there are no interior load-bearing walls aside from where trusses are connected to exterior wall columns. They provide wide-open space and high ceilings, perfect for equipment storage and workshop.

What is a “shouse?”

Shouse definition: A shouse is a personal workshop and/or storage space connected to a house or living quarters. The house/living quarters can be a primary residence or a part-time residence (weekends, vacation property) and is often located on land utilized for hunting, fishing or other recreational purposes.

Pole barn home plans: Start with quality design and engineering

Shouse house plans are different from a conventional house or even a pole barn. Not only do they need to meet local residential building codes, but they must also account for snow and wind loads, egress, lighting and venting, energy efficiency, plumbing and sewers, HVAC and more.

It’s sophisticated planning and design, and it needs to be done right from the get-go. Wick Buildings’ quality approach emphasizes design and engineering to help you develop the right shouse plans that will fit your needs both functionally and aesthetically.

Pole barn home ideas:
What will your shouse look like?

Perfect for Toys & Tools

Perfect for Toys & Tools

The shouse is perfect if you have big toys and tools, and don’t want the hassle of separate living quarters. The combination could potentially save you both construction costs and tax dollars as you consolidate your structures.

Single wing structure or a multi-wing structure

Single wing structure or a multi-wing structure

Layout Flexibility

Layout Flexibility

Clear-span trusses provide flexibility in the interior design for location of walls – there are no load bearing walls unless an interior deck is created (like a loft or second story interior living space).

Storage Space & Living Quarters

Storage Space & Living Quarters

Shop buildings with more storage space than you know what to do with. And it can include beautiful living quarters that feel like home.

Amazing interiors

Amazing interiors

Beautiful porch overhang

Beautiful porch overhang

Great man cave potential!

Great man cave potential!

Vaulted ceilings

Vaulted ceilings

Beautiful kitchens

Beautiful kitchens

Durable materials in every shouse

Wick buildings are constructed using the finest materials, including:

Reliable, high-quality lumber:  We only use machine graded or machine evaluated lumber for all structural components.

Durable steel and paint:  We use full-hard steel, with 80,000 PSI hardness or better. This results in less dents. Our exterior steel is G-90 galvanized for better corrosion protection. And our paint is warrantied not to chip or crack for 40 years.


What does it cost to build a shouse?

There are many considerations that factor into the construction of a shouse, including:

  • Functionality: What will you use the shouse for, and how much square footage will it require?
  • Building codes, homeowners associations, and restrictions: All of these can affect construction and ongoing costs.
  • Property: The physical location of the shouse can impact utilities, landscaping and more.
  • Features: Prices will vary based on what you choose. Top-of-the-line kitchen? Extensive storage space?

These variables are all considered by our team of designers and engineers as we work to develop a price that matches your budget.

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