Pole buildings come in many styles and architectural designs. In fact, they are often just as stylish as the main home even when they just serve as storage. One style that may be appropriate for your needs is a monitor-style pole building.
What Is a Monitor-Style Pole Building?
A monitor-style building has a raised center with trusses that act as support for the gabled center roof. The raised center allows for the installation of additional windows, which provides more natural lighting.
One of our past projects included a monitor-style pole building, which you can check out at our gallery.
Monitor-style barns are traditionally used as horse stables. Nowadays, storage sheds, car garages, hangars, steel shops, and accessory dwelling units may adopt the same style of design.
The Benefits of Monitor-Style Pole Barns
More windows mean less reliance on an artificial light source during the day. The building’s ridge cap is also usually vented, preventing warm air from accumulating inside. Optionally, a cupola with a weathervane can be added. This provides the aesthetics of an old-style barn while increasing ventilation. There is even the option for adding gable vents on the ends of the building for improved air circulation.
As we mentioned in a previous post, adequate ventilation is vital for maintaining healthy horses and livestock.
The raised center, of course, also provides additional space if you add a second floor and stairs. When used as a horse barn, the space is often used as storage for hay. If used as a car garage, a second floor can be omitted altogether to provide extra clearing for taller RVs and campers.
Contact C&S Construction if you’re considering the addition of a separate building for your property. A monitor-style pole building enables maximum use of the space while naturally improving air quality.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Expert Craftsmanship of Monitor-Style Pole Buildings
Serving customers from Pullman to Bonners Ferry and Wenatchee to Western Montana, including Spokane, Coeur D’Alene, Cheney, Pullman, Sandpoint, Wallace and the surrounding area since 1998