Uses and Advantages of a Post Frame Building or Detached Structure


What is a Post Frame Building?

The term “post frame” is actually the manner in which a pole barn or other detached structure is built. A post frame building is typically built using a combination of strong wood posts that interlock together and heavy roof trusses with heavy-duty, metal roofing covering them. These buildings are made to be strong and sturdy. A non-living detached structure (one you don’t live in) usually won’t have many interior walls, but will have large open areas well suited for agricultural and industrial purposes. A living detached structure (one you can live in) will have more walls, separating the rooms, and will be more expensive. 


Post frame buildings can be finished out to suit many different uses, and at Modern Structure, we build them to be functional and unique. Our detached structures are built to last and designed to be low maintenance and environmentally friendly. 


Uses of a Detached Structure

A detached structure built by Modern Structure is built to last; and can be designed for a wide range of uses. Our detached structures are made to be unique and can be covered with almost any material imaginable, to complement your property or existing home. 

Detached structures can be used as:

  • A unique home complete with an outdoor covered porch and garage space
  • A detached garage to store a vehicle, boat, R/V, ATV’s, Side By Sides or Motorcycles.
  • A pool house for changing clothes, drying off, storage, hang out or storage space
  • A workshop with plenty of room for tool storage 
  • Flex space to suit several purposes 
  • An entertainment area with pool table, TV, kitchenette and bathrooms
  • A guest house for visiting family and friends
  • Office space finished out with a bathroom and a kitchenette 
  • A “she shed” for relaxing, working, creating or entertaining 
  • An outdoor kitchen for family gatherings and cookouts 

Your lifestyle and your needs are different from anyone else’s.  We’d be happy to meet with you to discuss how we can build a custom detached structure for you! You can schedule a free building consultation with us to talk about how you’d like to use your detached structure. At this initial meeting, we will provide more information on floorplan options and finishes. 


Advantages of a Modern Structure Post Frame Building

We are a trusted post frame and detached structure builder in the Evansville, Indiana area. With over 20 years of experience in the building industry; we build them to last a lifetime. If you’re looking to build a post frame building on your property, there are advantages on your side. 

  • Post Frame Buildings are *Sometimes More Affordable

A non-living detached structure (one that you don’t live in) tends to be more affordable than a typical stick built home. A stick built home includes a foundation and several load bearing walls that increases the cost of the home. So if you are looking to build a post frame building for purposes other than living in it; you can likely save some cash! We do want to be sure you know that certain finishes, upgrades and customizations will increase your cost. For more information on detached structure design options; contact us to schedule a free consultation. We can walk you through the entire process. 

  • A Modern Structure Detached Structure is Built to Last

A post frame building is designed to be incredibly resilient. The structure itself can bend and sway with the wind and carry heavy loads. We take that a step further to ensure that your detached structure is not only strong and beautiful; but is built sustainably to protect the environment throughout the building’s life. 

  • We Design Them to be Unique

You deserve a detached structure that is as unique as you are. We are committed to making your building as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. A Modern Structure post frame building is fully custom and completely finished out. This includes electric, plumbing, insulation, windows, doors, flooring, paint and more. Upon completion, you can start using it right away. 

  • Your Detached Structure Can be Multifunctional

If you are looking to build a non-living post frame building on your property, you will likely have very few, if any, walls inside. This leaves you with a large, multifunctional space that can adapt to your changing needs.


  • Often, Post Frame Builds Come With a Shorter Construction Time

Because post frame buildings don’t require a foundation and sometimes won’t require many load bearing walls; construction time can be considerably shorter than a usual stick built building. If you are building a living post frame building; construction time may be about the same as a typical stick frame home; since it will require more walls to separate rooms. 

  • You Get the Same Dedicated Client-Builder Relationship 

We pride ourselves on our dedication to you, the customer. From day one, we keep you involved in the building process and we make sure you are a part of all major decisions. Whether you build a custom home or detached structure with us; you’re getting the same quality of service. 


Ready to Talk About Your Post Frame Building?


The first thing to consider when you are building a post frame building, or detached structure, is what your intended use is. Your intended use will help determine what finishes are “must haves” and which ones are “nice to haves”. A post frame building can be a really versatile and an affordable choice, we are here to help you make decisions along the way that will suit both your budget and your vision. 


The next step is to contact us to set up a free consultation. At this consultation, we will sit down and talk in depth about your needs and what options you have. We look forward to starting the process with you! 



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