How to Prepare Your Post Frame Building Site
Congratulations! You’ve made a smart decision by choosing to build post frame.
Before the crew arrives, you’ll need to prepare your building site. Here are four tips to help guide you through the process.
1. Select the best location
Choose a location that will allow proper water drainage from all four corners of your building. We can help you in this process by /transiting/ your site. A transit level is used to locate level building lines. Your experienced salesperson can also help you choose the most appropriate spot. Remember to consider the finished building height (think trees) as well when choosing your building site.
You may need to analyze the topography of the site where you are preparing to build. Is the land is rolling, level or sloped?
Remember to consider the direction of the wind in your yard. And plan enough room for yards, driveways, walkways and thoroughfares to other buildings.
2. Consider the soil
How is the soil? Do you need to be concerned about rocks? You need to know if there are large rocks or sandy areas that will need to be addressed before you start grading and the crew starts building.
3. Clean and level the site
Remove all organic material—including trees and bush. Level your site within six inches across all perimeter points of the building.
If you will be poring a concrete slab after your building’s up, you’ll want to grade your land and set your building height to a position that allows for a layer of compacted road gravel to be placed under the conrete pad.
4. Place washed rock for building outside of footprint
Arrange to have gravel delivered before the materials arrive (as per your contract) and place outside of the building footprint so the crew has plenty of room to work and are able to square up your building.