Here are a few facts gleaned from Low Cost Pole Building Construction, by Ralph Wolfe and Practical Pole Building Construction, by Leigh Seddon.
– Adaptable to steep terrain, rocky soils, marshes, beaches, earthquake and hurricane zones. For instance, you can save a lot of money by building on low cost hillsides.
– Meets building codes and FHA requirements.
– Poles serve as foundation, structural frame and wind bracing.
– Building with poles saves labor, time and materials. For instance, you can typically save thousands of dollars in comparison to building a concrete foundation.
– Total cost is often 15%-25% lower than standard construction or about half the cost of a contractor-built house.
– Roof can be built before the walls.
– Round or square poles can be used, although round poles of the same size are 18% stronger.
– Poles are more fire resistant than stick frame houses.
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