When discussing the size of a building, measurements follow the standard (width X length X height).
A building built in multiples of 8′ is more cost efficient as it reduces the waste of material and the cost of labour significantly (i.e. 32 x 48 instead of 30 x 50; 48 x 96 instead of 50 x 100)
Establishing the correct size to fulfill the customer’s needs at the outset saves a considerable amount of time and money – for us and for the customer. To know what width of building the customer needs is very important and depends on what the building will house (i.e. a combine or a pickup truck). You can never build wider or higher, but you can always build longer. The price for a wider building is greater, but the cost over time (and per square foot) is less.
A building’s most economical size is a length roughly double the width. For example, a 24 x 24 has a lower price but greater cost per square foot housed than a 24 x 32 or 40. A 40 x 40 would have a greater cost per square foot housed than a 32 x 48.
Building Code eave height requirements vary depending on the area. If your eave height is under 10 ft., over 10′, or over 16′ – this will determine the size of pressure-treated posts needed (4 x 6; 6 x 6; 6 x 8). Therefore, the height of your building determines a significant amount of the cost.
Transportation regulations in many areas specify the highest-allowed vehicle height at 13’6″. However, many people are building 16′ high for extra clearance for large equipment.
Overhead or track doors may require that the building be higher to gain the necessary clearance for opening.