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Grain storage redo

Updated: 11/13/2013 @ 11:35am

While he was trying to get established in farming in the 1990s, Conan Feld needed a shop, but he couldn’t afford a new structure. So he turned to a slope-sided building his father and uncle had erected in 1982. 

“We put up a wall, along with a 25-foot-wide overhead door, in order to partition the south 60 feet of the building and to create a shop,” the Aberdeen, Idaho, operator says. “With time, our machinery and maintenance requirements outgrew that 60×60-foot shop.” 

Feld debated erecting an entirely separate structure to serve as a new shop. “There sat a highly usable older building,” he says. “I guess I’m just frugal, but I was certain we could figure out a way to expand the old structure.”

Farmstead restrictions prevented Feld from adding on to either end of the old building. He opted to attach a 50-foot-long by 60-foot-wide structure at a right angle to the existing shop. The side of the older building facing the new structure was then removed. This married the old shop with the new structure, which created a 110-foot-long bay. 

Key to this expansion was positioning a 10-inch I-beam, as prescribed by a building engineer, along the roofline of the old building where the wall was removed. 

“That I-beam holds up the old shop’s roof where the sidewall was removed as well as the roof trusses at that end of the new building,” he says.

The addition rewards are a combination machine storage, shop, and office complex.

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