Top Shops Design Showcase

  • Single Door Design

    This single door design employed by J&J Farms of Milledgeville, Illinois, provides a single 28-foot-wide door that opens into a major service and repair bay. The farm’s office and break room, restroom and mechanical room are positioned along one side of this 75-foot-deep shop. Note that the shop positioned at one end of a 128-foot-long structure also houses a machinery storage area.

  • L-Shaped Work Bay

    Leonard Farms of Morgantown, Indiana, opted for an L-shaped work bay complex. The shop’s main 24-foot-wide door opens into a repair and fabrication bay serviced by a 5-ton overhead trolley crane that rolls the length of the bay. To the right of the 12-foot sliding door, located under a storage loft, is located an extensive metal fabrication area located with machining tools.

  • Two-Door Design

    This two-door design employed by Greg and Heidi Otto in their Lester Prairie, Minnesota, shop features a massive 35-foot-wide door and 20-foot sidewalls. A second door provides easy access to a second vehicle to be washed or repaired. Note the service pit along one side of the shop so that a vehicle can be positioned over the pit with room to the side for another vehicle. The boom crane is capable of swinging outside and over the concrete drive in front the main entrance.

  • Multiple Work Bays

    Gerstacker Farms of Midland, Michigan, employed this design so as to create multiple work bays side-by-side. For example the 12-foot overhead door opens into a wash bay and has room for a trailer and truck. The shop’s main 36-foot-wide door opens into a repair and fabrication bay that is serviced with an overhead trolley (bridge) crane. Note how this area is serviced by a jib crane that swings not only over the welding center but also over the main repair bay to pick up work.

  • Two Conveniently Placed Doors

    Brit Liljedahl of Missouri Valley, Iowa, took the approach of placing two doors on the side (his shop’s main entrance) and end of the structure. The 20-foot-side side door to the side opens into a wash area that is complete with a 3x5-foot wash pit. The welding area is positioned between the two doors for easy access. A spacious 30-foot-long workbench, located under his shop’s storage loft, sits at the other end of the structure and next to his office.

  • Two Side Doors

    This shop design is similar to the two-door approach seen in previous shops except that its owner, Tim Crossley of Green Fork, Indiana, employs two side doors. This allows two vehicles to enter the shop. The shop’s main 25-foot-wide door leads into a main repair and service bay. Again, a workbench and office is located under a storage loft that is positioned in the corner of the shop opposite the end and side doors.

  • Extensive Shop Complex

    This is one of the most extensive shop and office complexes ever featured in Successful Farming and is the brainchild of Patrick and Sarah Schaffer.

  • Set of Two Doors

    The shop has a set of two doors on either side of the shop. The set of 14-foot doors allow a semi-trailer truck to drive through the shop with room for two more vehicles. A lean-to structure for a paint booth and cold storage is on the side of the shop. There are storage rooms along the side of the main floor shop. A two-story office complex houses offices and a kitchen and bathroom to create a quiet and dust-free area from the shop.

  • Three-Door Design

    Brad Minor of Rutland, South Dakota, utilized three doors in his shop design. His shop’s main entrance is a combination of side-by-side doors at the end of the shop. The stile separating the doors can be rolled to the side when both doors are open to provide a massive 45-foot-wide opening to accommodate any implement the Minor’s own. The 27-foot-side door at the opposite end of the shop allows machinery to pass through the structure or creates a third work bay.

  • Connecting Shop and Storage

    In this example, which features Robert Kuesel’s shop of Napoleon, Ohio, a 24-foot door was located between his shop and machinery storage which allows him to move machinery to and from the shop from storage without going outdoors and access to the 54´72-foot area gives him storage. A storage loft that starts out over Kuesel’s 9.9-foot office and extends along the side of the shop via a 4-foot-wide walkway complete with shelves. The shop’s main work bench is located under this walkway.

  • Shop and Storage

    Here is a variation on the shop-and-storage under one roof theme. However, this shop layout also includes a second door positioned on the side of the shop which creates a second work bay that can be used for washing or tire repair. This shop’s fabrication center is positioned to the side of the main door and is serviced by a swinging jib crane. The shop’s office, workbench, bolt bins, metal lathe and drill press are located under a storage loft.

  • Easy Access Into Shop

    The Damman family operation near Melbourne, Iowa, combined storage and a shop under one roof but did so with main entrance doors located along the side of the structure. This allows easy access into the structure from a large staging area located along side of their 202-foot-wide building.

  • Two 30-Foot-Wide Doors

    Notice the two 30-foot-wide doors leading into the storage area. The door to the left leads into a machinery storage area. The door to the right provides access both into machinery storage (on the rock floor) as well as seed and chemical storage areas (on the concrete floor illustrated in gray). Rather than put in a service pit in their shop, the Damman’s opted for a 10,000-pound auto lift that they strategically positioned near their lubricant storage area.

  • Adding an Office

    Shop offices originally began as a simple desk and shelves positioned along a wall at one end of the shop. But as farm operations grow (and wives got tired of their husbands and employees tramping into the house), so did the need for office complexes. Faced with this need, Jim Cormany of Columbia City, Indiana, added a structure to the side of his shop.

  • Office and Break Room

    That structure was split in two with a partition wall. The front half of the structure houses his private office. The back half of the structure accommodates a break room for employees.

  • Business Center

    Bob and Debbie Klempf were in great need for a business center for their operation located near Wheatfield, Indiana. Originally, the Klempf’s office was located inside the shop (at the left side of the illustration and under the shop’s storage loft). They added a 24-foot-wide by 28-foot-deep structure to the side of the existing shop to accommodate a spacious office, meeting room and kitchen.

  • Employee Accommodations

    A bathroom, locker room (complete with washer and dryer) and bunk room (for employees that may need to stay overnight during the height of planting or harvest) were positioned along the back of the office. Also note how the Klempf’s added a mechanical room behind the office to house the shop’s air compressor and the office’s water heater and floor heat system.

  • Office Complex

    We featured Patrick and Sarah Schaffer’s shop in a previous illustration. This layout provides more detail on their office complex. Note the two-story approach to the design. The farm’s main offices are located on the main level. Stairs lead up to a second floor which now accommodates a storage area for their farm collectibles but which offers area for additional offices in the future.

  • Commercial Area

    Some operations have need for a structure that provides for a shop as well as space for a separate business. Shyrock Farms of Columbia, Missouri, positioned a commercial area that services a thriving pumpkin patch-corn maze business. This end of their beautiful structure (adorn to resemble a classic red barn) faces out into a massive parking lot.  The shop is located out of view in the back of the structure.

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