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How buildings have changed from simple to stunning

Agriculture.com Staff 03/15/2010 @ 1:56pm

Buildings on the farm have seen dramatic changes over the years. What used to be a shed with large doors now looks more like an accent to accompany the house. Steve Bohlman, national sales manager with Wick Buildings, says people are really dressing up their buildings.

"In the past it was about utility, how it functioned and how it was used. That is still important, but now people are adding the bells and whistles," he says. "They are making their farms look more attractive."

Producers are building larger storage sheds, shops, and even adding on offices. One of the big goals is to become more energy efficient to save on heating costs.

Steve Olson, manager trainer for Morton Buildings, says accessories to dress up buildings have grown over the years. "With all the new accessories, it has really forced people to think about the building type," he says. "One thing that has made a significant difference is the fact that so many facilities are being built to look like high-end houses."

With all the accessories producers can add, Olson says prices can be as much as $200,000 up to $1.5 million. "People think differently about the types of buildings they want to use," he says.

Olson explains that he sees larger buildings along the East Coast. "It's a geographical thing. In the Northeast, there is a higher percentage of high-end buildings compared to the Midwest," he says.

"As the farm equipment becomes larger and more expensive, farmers want to keep more equipment inside," says Ken Neff, Midwest regional sales manager with Morton Buildings. "We offer farmers what suits their particular needs."

These needs have expanded from a traditional slide door to bifold doors, from barely insulated walls to insulation similar to a house. Buildings have become more than just a place to store and work on machinery. They have become a place that works with an overall theme for the farm and family.

Because each building is customized for the individual, prices have a dramatic range. Contact your local building dealer for specific pricing information.

Buildings on the farm have seen dramatic changes over the years. What used to be a shed with large doors now looks more like an accent to accompany the house. Steve Bohlman, national sales manager with Wick Buildings, says people are really dressing up their buildings.

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