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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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Riding in the warmth: Rick Butler on his new custom riding arena

One of Rick Butler’s main hobbies is horseback riding. But he was tired of riding outside in the cold during Alberta’s harsh winters. He had seen Integrity Post Structures’ office many times while driving along Highway 2, and decided to contact them about building a riding arena.

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Integrity Post Structures sponsors the 2014 Bohnet’s Barrel Barn Futurity and Derby

Integrity Post Structures was proud to have sponsored the Bohnet’s Barrel Barn barrel racing futurity and derby this past July.

“We would like to thank you very much for your generous donation to our derby,” says Lana Bohnet, of Bohnet’s Barrel Barn. “We had a lot of participants and many compliments on the prizes that were awarded that weekend. It would not have been possible to hold this event without great sponsors like yourselves.”

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Bohnet’s Barrel Barn Riding Arena

 

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Featured Project: Riding Arena

Blair Rusnack sought the services of Integrity Post Structures to construct a riding arena he could use for roping. He wanted a cost-effective building with a high insulation value, which would be efficient to operate and maintain.

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Blair Rusnack’s 250’ x 100’ riding arena

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What’s it like having an Indoor Riding Arena?

Pat Weizba hired Integrity Post Structures to build an indoor riding area and he couldn’t be happier. “Riding in here with the 20-foot high walls is really worth it,” says Pat. “The building is 100% insulated. While we have no heat in the riding area at all, it’s really comfortable and we can ride out here all winter.”

“The most important part was to get the maximum width of 90 feet. It allows us to do almost any exercise we want with horses, from running barrel patterns to working cows.”Continue Reading »

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.

Top tips from post frame building owners

Real design tips from real post frame building owners. You’ll see there’s one thing in common with all–plan for the future.

“Think about the size of equipment that you currently use and could possibly use in the future. Go visit other similar operations with new shops and sheds to get ideas. Take your time and be sure to build something exactly what you want. The sales staff at Integrity Post greatly assisted us in the planning.”

~ Marty Metzger, Valley Ridge Farms, Machine Shed and Don Metzger, Donjo Farms, Farm Shop

“Build the building you want and need when all of your plans are done. Don’t cut costs on your building and go with upgrades. My building is built to commercial standards.”

~ Heather Maskell, Wheatland Equestrian, riding arena

“Build to the maximum width, which economically for me was 90’. It allows us to do almost any exercise with horses from running barrel patterns to working cows. The 90’ is very important—and make it as long as you can depending on regulations in your area.

~ Pat Weirzba, riding arena

“Make sure you build for the future. I had my building constructed in a way that takes potential ways we could use the building into account—make sure that things go in there for the future. I’ve had this indoor arena built in a way that I can put a lean-to along the whole side. I also put doors in all areas, whether I use them right away or not. The guys at Integrity are really great at helping you plan out and walking you through the process and have great attention to detail.”

~ Sheldon Kennedy, riding arena, machine shed, hay shed

Siewart’s building is designed to accommodate large farm equipment like air seeders. The drive-through design–with two large bi-fold doors on each end wall–allows him to move machinery with ease. “I like the two bi-fold doors so I can drive my equipment right through. That’s great.”

~ Stan Siewart, machine shed

 

Want more expert advice on how to design your building? Contact us at Integrity Post Structures and we’ll help you plan out the perfect building to meet your needs today and for the future.

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