Pole Buildings

RLS Builders, a Dandridge TN general contractor, excavation company and home builder also builds quality pole buildings for commercial, residential and farming properties in most areas of East Tennessee. Our years of pole barn construction in the East TN area and our relationships with quality sub-contractors and suppliers allows us to provide pole building structures to East TN with the highest quality and within the budgets of our clients.


RLS Builders and Excavation is well equipped to handle every aspect of custom post building construction including all excavation needs. We can build you a quality pole barn, horse barn, riding arena, garage, commercial building, storage building, RV or camp site structure and more. We can offer a wide range of building options from garages to commercial warehouses and from custom multi-stall horse barns to riding arenas.  You can have concrete floors, multiple windows, regular or wide doors, insulation, HVAC service and more. You name it, we can build it using post frame construction!! From Knoxville TN to Maryville TN and Gatlinburg TN to Morristown TN and everywhere in between, contact RLS Builders and Excavation in Dandridge TN for the highest quality and value in pole frame construction in the East Tennessee area.

Design & Engineering

Demolition & Execration 

Permits & Inspections



Roofing (Shingles, Metal, Cedar, Flat Roofs)

Custom Fireplaces

Electrical & Lighting

Plumbing & Fixtures

Insulation, Drywall & Waterproofing

Flooring (Wood, Concrete, Laminate, Marble, Granite Slate, Tile, Carpet)

Custom Carpentry & Trim Work

Custom Interior Finishes

Custom Cabinet Installation

Window Installation

Driveways, Walkways (Concrete, Gravel, Asphalt)

Exterior Finishes (Wood, Vinyl, Stone, Logs,, Brick, Stucco)

Custom Steel Wall Pool Installation

Custom Patios, Decks and Fencling

Complete Landscaping & Yard Packages

HVAC Systems (Central, Individual slim Units, Geo-Thermal)

Sprinklers (Structure & Grounds)

Pre-wiring (Internet, Security Alarms, Video Monitoring)

Pole Barns From RLS Builders

Pole Barns From RLS Builders

Get your custom pole building from RLS Builders

Pole Barns From RLS Builders

Pole Barns From RLS Builders

Pole Barns From RLS Builders

Pole Barns From RLS Builders

Get your custom East TN pole building from RLS Builders

Pole Barns From RLS Builders

Pole Barns From RLS Builders

The best pole barn builder in East TN

Pole Barns From RLS Builders

Pole Barns From RLS Builders

50' x 150' Pole Barn Outside

50' x 150' Pole Barn Outside

RLS Builders is your custom pole barn builder in East TN

50'x150' Pole Barn Finished Interior

50'x150' Pole Barn Finished Interior

RLS Builders is your custom pole barn builder in East TN

  • Simple to Complex Custom Post Building Construction

  • Small to Large Custom Horse Barns

  • Riding Arenas

  • Commercial Structures

  • Storage Buildings

  • Pavilions of All Types

  • RV & Camp Site Structures

  • Single to Multi Unit Garages


Pole framing or post-frame construction (pole building framing, pole building, pole barn), is a simplified building technique adapted from the labor-intensive traditional timber framing technique. It uses large poles or posts buried in the ground or on a foundation to provide the vertical structural support and girts to provide horizontal support. The method was developed and matured during the 1930s as agricultural practices changed, including the shift toward engine-powered farm equipment and the demand for cheaper, larger barns and storage areas. Unlike competing building methods, once the poles, girts, and rafters are put in place, much of the construction work on a pole-built structure can be handled by a single individual over the course of a month or season.

Pole Building Construction

Poles, from which these buildings get their name, are natural shaped or round wooden timbers 4 inches (100 mm) to 12 inches (300 mm) in diameter. The structural frame of a pole building is made of tree trunks, utility poles, engineered lumber, or chemically pressure treated squared timbers which may be buried in the ground or anchored to a concrete slab. Generally the posts are evenly spaced 8 feet (2.4 m) to 12 feet (3.7 m) apart except to allow for doors. Buried posts have the benefit of providing lateral stability so no braces are needed. Buried posts may be driven into the ground or set in holes then filled with soil, crushed stone, or concrete.


Pole buildings may not have walls but be open shelters such as for farm animals or equipment or for use as picnic shelters.


Enclosed pole buildings have exterior curtain walls formed by girts fastened to the exterior of the posts at intervals about 2 feet (0.61 m) on center that carry the siding and any interior load. The walls may be designed as a diaphragm to provide structural stability. Other girt systems include framing in between the posts rather than on the outer side of the posts. Siding materials for a pole building are most commonly rolled-rib 29-gauge enameled metal cut to length in 32" or 36" widths attached using color-matched screws with rubber washers to seal the holes. However, any standard siding can be used, including T1-11, vinyl, lap siding, cedar, and even brick. Using sidings other than metal may require first installing sheeting (sheathing), such plywood, oriented strand board, or boards.


On two walls, usually the long walls, the dimensional lumber girts at the top of the walls are doubled, one on the inside and one on the outside of the posts, and usually, but not always, through-bolted with large carriage bolts to support the roof load. The roof structure is frequently a truss roof supporting purlins or laths, or built using common rafters. Wide buildings with common rafters may need interior rows of posts, but large open spans are possible without interior posts. Sometimes rafters may be attached directly to the poles. The roof pitch of pole buildings is usually low and the roof form is usually gable or lean-to. Metal roofing is commonly used as the roofing and siding material on pole buildings.


The floor may be dirt, concrete slab, or framed of wood.

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