A new farm building is a large and expensive investment for the farm, therefore planning it right is extremely important to fulfill its purpose sufficiently. There are a lot of questions you should ask yourself when planning a new farm shed, to avoid later issues if the shed is not designed properly.
Decide what you need
Map out what you actually need from the shed and think about how it is going to be used from a strategic point of view. Ask yourself questions like ‘how long do you need it to last?” and “what level of flexibility do you require from the building?”
Keep the future in mind
Consider what the future will bring for you and your farm and how you could prepare yourself through designing the new farm shed to fit in with the next few years. This might add expense at the time but it could save you having to extend or build another farm shed in a few years time.
Understand the shed’s life span
Different makes of sheds will have different life spans. For example a stronger frame will make the shed last longer and stand up to harsh conditions. Make sure you conduct sufficient research about the life span and quality of the farm shed you are investing in to ensure you are investing in a good product.
Choose your site wisely
It is important to choose a site for your shed that will make sense in what it needs to be used for and how easily it can be accessed. Think about how the structure will work in with existing buildings on your farm and where you would have to go for further expansion.
Also the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association recommends that you consult with your insurance company about the design for the farm building to find out what insurance will cover it and their opinion in the site.
Getting a Specialist
Getting a building and planning permit (if applicable) can be a difficult process, thus it is important to seek advice from a specialist to assist you through this necessary step.
If you will be needing a planning permit, be prepared for it to take time. Consider your options carefully and seek as much advice from professionals to educate yourself through the process.
It is important to consider the appearance of your farm shed, especially if it is going to be large.
Ensure that your new building will blend in and compliment its surroundings. Consider what colour you will make the building carefully, as colours can look very different when they are actually on a building compared to what they look like on a swatch.
If you choose to manage the project of your new farm building, remember that it will take up considerable amounts of your time and not everything will go right the first time. Managing a project of this size can be extremely stressful and if you are already a busy person it may be worth getting someone to manage the construction of your shed for you to avoid overloading yourself.
a large part of project managing is understanding the health and safety responsibilities the site will have as a building and construction site. If you are the one employing contractors there will be a lot of responsibilities to handle.
Factors of building design
Building design and engineering is a whole process in itself when constructing a farm shed, and will require a lot of thought and precision to get it right. Ensure you are taking advice from specialists and get a professional engineer to draw up your shed so you know that the construction will be sound and safe.
Material used for livestock and rural buildings need to be able to withstand damp and humid conditions. Corrosion is a common issue in rural buildings. The best way to avoid this problem is by using a galvanized steel frame. Galvanized steel is coated in zinc for the specific purpose to avoid corrosion.
Planning A Warehouse
Building a warehouse is a large investment and its worth spending the time to get right.
Below, we take a look at the major points you need to focus on as you plan and construct your warehouse.
Building Permits & Zoning.
This is something to get on top of early. If you have a location in mind, you need to ensure that the council will allow you to build there, and you need to know what kind of limitations they might set on your warehouse building.
A good shed builder will have an in-house expert who can guide you through the building permit process. They will take care of the details and you can focus on ensuring you get the structure you need.
Find Out How Much Space You Need.
If you’re building a warehouse, you probably already have an operation of some kind. Measure out the space that this operation takes up. This is the absolute minimum space your warehouse needs to cover but, given that you’re probably a growing operation, you’re going to need to calculate how much more space you might need.
An investment in your company’s infrastructure of this size should suit yours needs for 5 – 10 years (after which you may need to consider further expansion). Write down a growth plan the details your productivity increase year by year, then calculate how many extra machines etc. this will require. You can then start to estimate how much space you’ll need in 5 or 6 years times.
Consider Storage Space.
If you hold stock, this is another thing to consider. If you’re planning on allocating storage space; what will go in there and how much space will it take up? These things need to be considered when developing the plans for a warehouse.
Access and vehicles.
The design of your warehouse needs to allow vehicles to access your building and there needs to be spaces allocated for loading, unloading, deliveries and packing.
Find Opportunities for Improvement.
You’re taking them time to take a big step forward with your business. This is also the time to think about how you can get ahead. If there are efficiencies or new techniques that you can incorporate into the design of your warehouse, this can be a great way to increase your competitive edge.
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8 incredible educational buildings
The Evelyn Grace Academy.
Designed by famed architect Zaha Hadid, this redesign won multiple awards. The robust buildings are strong and low-maintenance, but provide expansive, well-lit interiors.
Despite the success, the UK later banned curved schools, saying that non-uniform designs cost too much.
The Surrey City Centre Library.
This bold public library near Vancouver combines curves and points to create a unique space that utilises solar warmth to make the vast interior comfortable for studiers.
The library was a response to the increasing importance of digital data, with physical book collections no longer being as important. Instead, this library offers open spaces for people to meet and collaborate.
The community was involved in the design process through the library’s online presence, encouraging feedback and comments from civilians.
This fascinating extension houses the fine arts faculty of a Spanish university. The sparse, empty concrete gives the area a course feeling, allowing students a blank canvas on which to create their own activities and happenings.
Located near a highway, the building curves around to make its public spaces open, but also protected from the busy, urban exterior.
Wooden Open Library.
This open library near Toronto allows a few people in it at a time. The single shelf works on a take-something-leave-something arrangement that allows strangers to share literature with each other.
The building closes into a box overnight to keep the books safe.
Hallfield primary school.
This London primary school threw together buildings of different shapes and sizes – in many ways echoing the creativity of a school child.
The learning spaces, with their strange curvatures and abrupt corners, became part of the learning resources, and likely embedded themselves into the memory and affections of the students that studied here.
St James Senior Girls School.
This small collection of close-quarter classrooms is designed to transition its students from their educational lives to their adult lives. The village-style architecture encourage pupils to take control of their position in the system, whilst feeling a sense of belonging to their own small part of the school.
The building combines elements of traditional architecture, whilst employing modern elements (such as the clay roof lanterns), which make it more eco friendly and fill the space with natural light.
This stand-alone drawing studio is situated on the grounds of the University is belongs to in the UK.
It is incredibly bold on the outside and confrontingly minimal on the inside. There’s nowhere for students or subject to hide as they experiment with their craft.
The circular face makes powerful use of natural light and the trees and grass of the surrounds are challenged by the starkness of the building.
This beautiful kindergarten has the kind of restrained colour-scheme of a modern loungeroom, without reducing the playfulness it needs to keep children interested.
The building is all about making pupils feel that they can and should be always exploring space, regardless of how much it seems like part of the background.
To see some of our outdoor learning structures, download our COLABuild brochure.