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5 Ways to Build Agricultural Buildings With Durability in Mind

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If you’re going to build an agricultural building, you’d better do it right. It takes a durable structure to withstand the forces of mother nature, gravity, animals and more. We realize how enticing it can be to always choose the cheapest building option.  You see cheaper materials or services that seem equal to their more expensive alternatives, so you choose the cheaper option. A building’s a building after all, right?

Absolutely not. That’s like saying “a car’s a car,” but everyone knows a 1990 beater is definitely not equivalent to a brand-new Mercedes. There are a lot of details that go into a building, and those details – no matter how small – can make or break its durability.
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Acreage Buildings: Functional and Attractive

An acreage building is the perfect addition if you love the ranch and country lifestyle. These buildings can store recreational vehicles and animals or can be designed as a combination building. Integrity Post Structures builds functional and attractive acreage buildings with superior finishing, attention-to-detail and skill—an important factor when you want a building to increase the value of your property.

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Livestock shelters important for animals in cold weather

With the extreme winter conditions we have been experiencing across Western Canada, it is important to ensure that  livestock–cattle, horses and other farm animals–have appropriate areas to seek shelter from the cold and wind. Wind chill and cold may reduce the animal’s temperature to below critical level, resulting in a decrease in weight gain and milk yield.
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Colour Trends for Post Frame Buildings: 2012

An attractive building can add value and complement your acreage, farming operation or business. After planning out the critical details of a building like size, door types, insulated versus cold storage, we find that one of the most difficult decisions for people comes when choosing colours.

“Post frame buildings with their clean lines and custom options are now a true attractive alternative to traditional building types,” says Al Williams of Integrity Post Structures. “Gone are the days of galvanized, utility style buildings. With a wide range of colours and styles, the post frame building can now add real curb appeal to your property and increase its value.” 

Thanks to the broad range of coloured metal available today—as well as new siding options like Hardie Board—buildings are becoming much more personalized to match individual tastes. “We are seeing a move to clean lines with contrasting trim versus the traditional panel stripe,” said Williams. “The exterior wall colours range from neutrals and whites to dark reds and greens, to name just a few options.”

Commercial building

Commercial building with contrasting walls, trim and roof


riding arena

Riding arena with bright red walls, white trim and dark roof


Airplane hangar

Airplane hangar with neutral walls and copper trim sets a distinctive tone


Storage building green

Storage building and shop looks crisp with green walls, white trim and roof


Machine shed

Farm machine storage shed with neutral walls, contrasting colour on trim and overhead door


Hardie Board acreage building

New options for post frame siding include attractive and durable Hardie Board siding to complement acreage styles today


Post frame barn

Barn with white walls, trim and green roof

Interior Wall Colours

A white metal interior makes for a bright, easy to clean indoor space. “Bright white metal walls are suitable for essentially all types of buildings,” says Williams. “This classic colour gives a fresh look to the interior and allows for good light reflection. The result: bright, clear interiors. ”

Depending on the type of building (commercial use, for example), walls can also be installed with drywall, which makes for an endless choice of colours. 

Hangar interior

Interior of airplane hangar with bright white walls and ceiling


Commercial building interior walls

Commercial building interior walls

Need more inspiration? Take a look through our photo gallery to get ideas from other buildings. Or get in touch with us so we can show you the colour palette in person.

Barn design: consider the uses

Post frame barns—or pole sheds as they have been referred to—have come a long way over the decades. Today’s post frame builders can offer new barn design styles and accessories for a modern style and layout.  

A multi-purpose barn can be designed in a variety of ways to meet your specific needs. Have machinery or feed you want to store? Box or classic stalls? Make your life (and your horse’s) easier by including features like a wash bay, tack room and more—the open plan capabilities of a post frame barn are perfect for your equine operation.

Trends in horse barn design

New trends we are seeing in horse barn concepts:

  • Hip Roof Barn Style

Gone are the days of inefficient hip roof barns. We can now combine the efficiency of post frame building materials for this unique style of building. Hip roof barns can be designed for a variety of uses including storage and insulated work areas.

Hip roof barn

36’ x 72’ x 12’ Hip Roof Barn

  • Combination Use Barn

Why settle for a single use barn when you probably have a number of roles you need it to play. Post frame designs give you (almost) unlimited flexibility. Think big about all of the ways you could use your barn: cold storage area for your tractor, feed storage, insulated area for office, bathroom or kitchen, classic or box stalls, wash bay, tack room and more.

Attached barn interior

Attached barn interior with box stalls

Finished interior of barn with box stalls

Finished interior of barn with box stalls

Hay storage inside barn

Hay storage inside barn

Barn interior with box stalls

Barn interior with box stalls

  • Accessories

Add a variety of custom options from wainscoting, soffit, dormers, decks, mezzanines, lean-tos, doors, Perma-Column concrete post or Hardie Board siding, it’s easy to add your own personal touch to your barn.

32’ x 36’ x 12’ Barn with 12’ x 36’ lean-to

32’ x 36’ x 12’ Barn with 12’ x 36’ lean-to

Custom dormers

Custom dormers

When you have a passion for horses, a well-designed barn is an important investment for practical reasons—including the health of your horses. Have questions on design? We have years of experience in horse barn design and construction.Get in touch with us at Integrity Post Structures for a free quote.

Western Producer features Integrity Post Structures

Check it out: Integrity Post Structures featured in Western Producer article, Jan 12, pg. 29  “Wide range of sizes, shapes, materials for farm sheds.”

Western Producer Integrity Post Structures article

How to design a multi-purpose hay shelter

You already know about the benefits of storing your hay inside: better overall quality of hay and preventing loss by keeping bales tighter.

But you may have other uses you can incorporate into your hay shelter. A multi-purpose hay shelter can be designed in a variety of ways to meet your specific needs. Have farm equipment you want to store? A barn for horses or livestock? Calving bays for cattle?

Integrity hay barns can be configured in a variety of ways: sheeted walls to the ground on one or more sides, lean-tos, roof and posts only, and more.

See how people like you have customized their buildings to meet their storage needs.

Have different needs? Get in touch with us at Integrity Post Structures and we’ll help you design a multi-purpose hay storage building that is perfect for your farm operation.