Originally Posted by AxleIke
Wow! Thanks guys. Great advice, I appreciate it. I'll look into that stuff. Cheers!
My shop is a pole barn. It is much less expensive to construct a pole barn than to pour a standard footer type foundation, then build the walls with dimensional lumber. Even if you do soil tests you still have a concern with frost heaving, etc. With the pole barn your foundations are the concrete piers that get poured around the poles, the bottoms of which are set below the frost line. If you pour a floor ir tends to "float" so its less prone to heaving and cracking.
Feel free to come down and look at the construction of my shop. I also have several books on building pole barns you are welcome to.