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Shake up your farm shop
Whether you're sprucing up your existing farm shop or you're weighing the pros and cons of building a new shop building altogether, you've got a lot of decisions to make, from the size and layout of your building to prioritizing space according to what jobs you'll be doing most often. Let these features stoke your creativity and planning and glean a few ideas from other farmers who have been through the process you're in right now.
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The Miiller family went to considerable lengths to design and build a shop that would accommodate their growing farm operation, including room for machinery maintenance, office work and plenty of space for tools and equipment. Follow along and tour the Miiller's shop!
Ken and Deb Woelber debated long and hard about whether to put up a new shop and where to store the machinery. “The building site we had to work with wouldn't necessarily accommodate two separate buildings,” Ken recalls. “So going with a single structure not only provided a simple solution but also cut down somewhat on construction costs.”
The Hargus operation may well fit more work into its 48×48-foot shop than a structure twice the size. The secret to that ability is credited to keeping the shop's floor space as unencumbered as possible. “Basically, everything outside of 2 feet from the shop wall is movable,” explains Paul Hargus, who farms with his father, Dwayne, near Jackson, Minnesota.