Whether you’re building a garage, a horse barn, a barndominium, or practically any other type of pole building, it’s little wonder if you’re hoping to add electricity.
The short answer to the question “can I add electricity to my pole building?” is yes, but there are a few important factors to consider.
We’ll walk you through the process of energizing your new pole building so you can decide if adding electricity is right for your project.
What Does the Process of Adding Electricity Look Like?
If you’re interested in adding electricity, be sure to let your team know as soon as possible. At Beehive Buildings, we can leave a conduit while constructing the building so an electrician is able to complete their work as soon as we’re finished.
After your building is constructed, we can refer you to electricians who are experienced in adding electricity to pole buildings.
Your city or county likely requires a permit prior to completing electrical work, so be sure to reach out to them about those requirements prior to diving into the project.
Can Electricity Be Added During Construction?
Since we do not offer the service of adding electricity at Beehive Buildings, we suggest that you contact an electrician ahead of time, but ask them to complete the project once your pole building construction is finished.
We will leave a conduit for the electrician, so they can begin work right away. With the right scheduling, there can be little gap between construction and the addition of electricity, making it feel like one combined process.
Pros and Cons of Adding Electricity
For some buildings, there’s simply no way around adding electricity. If you’re building a barndominium, the question of whether or not to add electricity is a no-brainer. Of course, including electricity is an added cost on top of your building’s construction that may deter you.
The benefits of electricity are that your building will be far more versatile and welcoming. The downside is essentially the cost — both the cost of the electrical install, and whatever increased cost the new building adds to your monthly power bills.
If you’re feeling conflicted about whether you should add electricity to your pole building, ask yourself these questions:
- How do I plan to use my pole building?
- How often will I need lights or outlets in my building?
- Do I have the wiggle room in my budget to add electricity?
- Will I need electricity right away, or can I wait and decide later?
When you think critically about adding electricity, you may find that it’s not essential, or that you want to add it eventually, but it’s unnecessary to contract an electrician right now. On the other hand, you may also realize that you need electricity to truly enjoy your pole building.
Plan Your Building with a Trusted Team
Whether you’re absolutely sure you want to add electricity or you’re still toying around with the idea, the Beehive Buildings team can help. We’ll walk through the options with you so you can design a building that meets all of your needs.
To get started on your pole building, contact us today!