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Brockmann Farms Machine Shed

While in between projects a good friend asked me to help with construction of his father in-law's farm shop. It was a great learning experience as I participated in taking the building from the ground up; tying rebar, setting and pouring a foundation, framing and raising exterior walls, installing trusses, and finishing the interior and exterior. The building is an impressive structure, a 40'x80' footprint with 16' tall walls (the envy of many men). I asked the owner near completion of the project if he would change any of the details (thinking of my own shop in the future). "I should have built it 10 years ago," he replied.

Hey Rake Acres Rental Property

Simple new exterior enhancements; siding, roofing, and decking increase curb appeal and extend the life of this straightforward farm rental property. Carefully selecting building materials and finishes that are available and in-stock at local suppliers significantly reduces overall costs and project schedule. This project gave great insight on delivering a successful visual and physical end product (using vinyl siding, 3-tab shingles, and pressure treated lumber) while strictly adhering to a limited budget.

Kirksville Farm Addition

Agricultural construction projects are an absolute example of efficiency, durability, and optimization of available resources (labor and material). As an appendix to an existing building, a lean-to structure is a resourceful means to add sheltered square footage. Here we used a simple post / girt and rafter construction method to add 600 square feet of additional space. It is difficult to grasp what practical dimensions are on paper, 2' of additional length or width will allow you to park a piece of equipment inside and still walk around it, a valuable lesson learned only in the field.

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