TIP: Apply water around the posts once backfilled to settle the dirt. Once the water soaks in add more dirt to fill it back in. This will prevent future settling of the dirt that could make little sink holes around your building.
Building the breezeway
I told the builder it looked so beefy that I was going to put a hook in the bottom and pull engine blocks with it 😀 I don’t think he thought it was as funny as I did 😛
TIP: Make sure if you have a breezeway built for your shop that you make sure they provide a ‘nailer’ board at the top under the sheeting so gutters can be attached. This is just a 2×4 behind where the gutters will go so they have something to screw/nail into.
Building crew completed their part
There are multiple stages of contractors in the build process. In this case the building crew is done and has pulled out for good. It will be up to other crews to finish up their parts down the road.
Handling the leftover trash and materials
TIP: It is typical for the pole barn builder to write into the contract that the owner is to haul off any trash created from the build.
I was left with the significant pile you see in front of the garage and another pile of metal in the backyard to take care of. I am slowly working through it, separating out the useful bits from the trash as I fill my trash bin each week.
If you didn’t want to get rid of it slowly, my recommendation in hindsight would have been to get one of those ‘bagster’ bags from Amazon (assuming your trash company will pick it up or has a similar program) that you can have the crew toss their trash in then you can just call the trash company to come pick it up when ready.
There you have it. In just 5 days a crew totally assembled my 30 x 48 pole barn with a custom breezeway attaching to the house. The only reason I did the breezeway is because the city required it, but in the end I am glad for it because it will be nice to have a clear walkway in the winter / rain. I think if they didn’t have to mess with the breezeway it would have cut a day off the build.
Stay tuned for the next post! We still need to tackle some dirt work, gravel, temporary lighting, plumbing, and lots more.