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Project Profile: Barndominium

At FS Construction Services we really do love a unique project. However, when you’ve been in the game as long as we have, you find that your tendency towards surprise diminishes somewhat as the years tick on. That’s why we were so excited when this project, lovingly called the  Barndominium, came our way.

You Need a Beautiful Barndominium

The idea was simple enough: tear down an existing structure, leave the basement, and build a luxury barndominium on top of it. What’s a barndominium? Well, stay tuned and you’ll find out.

The resulting building is an efficient 30’ x 40’ x 8’ and required the coordination of multiple companies and professionals to get across the finish line. The final product features seamless gutters and leaf-guards, a 3’ x 3’ cupola, an 8’ x 16’ x 8’ trimmed-out back porch, a 12’ x 24’ x 8’ trimmed-out front porch, custom bathroom and kitchen cabinets, cistern, septic, and plumbing systems, as well as amenities like a custom walk-in closet and a walk-in shower.

All said and done, this turnkey home packs a beautiful living space into a relatively small footprint. Attractive inside and out, this is one of the more exciting uses we’ve seen of existing property. To connect the old space with the new space, we constructed stairs and rails down into the basement, effectively merging the two living areas into one.

Not only was it a lot of fun to see this project come together, we had the opportunity to work alongside a number of other wonderful professionals and colleagues. It has been incredibly fulfilling to see all of that work and experience create something so unique and useful.

As always, we are here for any of your building needs or questions. Whether you are looking for steel, wood, or post-frame, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Whether or not you are ready for it, the season of happy holidays has quickly come upon us and soon we will be saying goodbye to 2023. Before you know it, thoughts of spring will invade these long nights and plans for planting, new construction, or updating old equipment will begin to sneak in. But before we get to that point, we hope that you are able to take some time at the end of this year and enjoy some time to yourself, time with friends and family, and find some rest in the steady churn of days.

 

Happy Holidays from FS Construction Services

 

From our family here at FS Construction Services, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a peaceful holiday season. We are so grateful for the clients, friends, and family we get to spend our year working alongside. It truly is a joy to be a part of this community and we appreciate each year we get to do this work we love.

We continue to be inspired by the hard work and dedication we see around us every day. From the farmers to the businesses to the families that we have the pleasure of meeting and supporting in their work throughout the year. We don’t take the opportunity to work with such wonderful people for granted and we appreciate your continued trust in our business and the work that we do.

We are looking forward to finding out what exciting things 2024 will bring!

 

As always, we are here for any of your buildinggrain systemseed systemroofinggarage door, and painting needs. If you have any questions at all, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Project Profile Part Two: Building Addition Interior

Last month we discussed an 18’ x 46’ x 10’ 6” addition to a building that our team completed late last year. We previously hinted at some of the unique features of this construction, though we mostly focused on the exterior features last time around. This month, we are excited to go a little more in depth on how the building addition interior of the addition turned out.

 

Premier Building Addition Interior

 

Like we said last time, we here at FS Construction Services love the opportunity to approach a job from a different angle and this structure allowed us that opportunity.

While the exterior was designed to match comfortably with the pre-existing building, throughout the interior we were able to add some features to truly help it stand out. First of all, in order to provide picture windows and an abundance of natural light, we actually used patio door panes instead of traditional windows. Each door was turned on its side to achieve the desired look. The result is a bright interior with two wide, clear views of the outside.

Throughout the rest of the office area, we lined the walls and ceiling with Car siding to create a truly unique and personalized space. The addition of this siding with the picturesque windows helped to create a one-of-a-kind space that’s also full of warmth and light.

As always, Tom Marcheski and his team did a terrific job working with our client to find the right approach to this project. If you are in the process of deciding if you need a new building, whether it’s wood or steel, or a new building addition, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Bleem Profile: Troubleshooting and Customer Support

As we have been taking the time here at FS Construction Services to highlight some of our outstanding team members, it has provided us with a great opportunity to take a look at the services we offer and understand better how positioned we are to respond to the needs, questions, and problems of our clients and customers.
 

Customer Support is the Core of What We Do

 
This has been especially apparent in discussing our Service and Sales Support specialist Nathan Bleem. Since Nathan walks with our clients through every step of the process, he is often at the receiving end of lots of questions, and therefore has to provide lots of answers.

Any major project is going to have its fair share of required troubleshooting, but the kind of support Nathan provides happens throughout the process and not just after something has been constructed. Often our clients present a logistical problem before the build and Nathan has to figure out the solution.

For instance, when a client wants to increase the height of their existing grain bin, the job isn’t just a matter of figuring out where to add rings to increase the height, but it’s also figuring out which manufacturer’s components will work with what is already in place. Figuring that out first prevents problems down the road.

Similarly, clients often present us with a variety of storage, handling, drying, construction, and pricing questions. Our job is to find the right solution to these before anything is built, which means making a decision based on acreage, expected yields, drying needs, and more.

While it’s a lot of conversation up front, it saves future headaches and gives our clients a better understanding of cost and timing. Thanks to Nathan’s incredible knowledge and understanding of the process, we are able to provide this service in partnership with our clients, making for a smoother, better process all around.

If you have a project in mind that you would like to discuss, or if you are in need of grain systems, buildings, seed systems, or more, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Project Profile: Building Addition

When it comes to constructing a building that reaches its highest potential it’s necessary to have quality raw materials, solid construction, a good plan, and, perhaps surprisingly, a healthy dose of imagination. Sometimes the success of a building is in the littlest details, the clever additions, or the personal touches that make it feel less like “a building” and more like “my building.”

Building Addition to Existing Structure

At FS Construction Services, we have built enough structures to know that a specific approach, even to the most basic project, can make all the difference to a client.

This was the case late last year when we were asked to build an addition to an existing structure. While the interior of this project ended up with some unique features, we are going to focus on the exterior elements this month.

The first thing we had to do was match the 18’ x 46’ x 10’ 6” addition to the current building. The lean-to was posted onto a concrete slab and the exterior styling was matched with the original building, including the 18” overhangs all around.

This addition includes heated and cooled office space with lots of natural light as well as a garage for a wide range of storage needs. While we will get into it more next month, our team was able to include a number of unique features to provide our client with a space that not only serves their functional needs, but also feels like a space that is uniquely theirs.

If you are in need a new building, whether it’s wood or steel, or a new building addition, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Veterans Day: A Day to Remember

Here we are at the homestretch of the year where each day seems like it’s speeding towards the next one and each holiday and gathering seems like it’s going to overlap with another holiday or gathering. It is often an exciting, tiring, and busy time of year. This busyness can also get in the way of the thing that most people are trying to do at this time, which is slow down, relax, and take stock of things.

FS Construction Services Remembers Veterans Day

While Veterans Day is nationally recognized, it can get lost in the shuffle of everything else going on this time of year. It’s why we here at FS Construction Services like to always make a point to draw attention to it and express our gratitude for the brave men and women who have served our country. Many of them are our family, our friends, and our clients.

As we like to say, we get to do what we love because of the sacrifices of our veterans, and that is certainly a reason to pause, reflect, and be grateful for the freedoms we have been afforded. So I hope you will join us on November 11 as we offer our gratitude to those who have served, both near and far. We are thankful for your service and the sacrifice your service required.

As always, FS Construction Services is here for your buildinggarage doorgrain systemseed systemroofing, and other needs. Our group of experts and specialists are always happy to answer your questions, give you advice, or help you in any way. Please feel free to reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Tips for Building the Perfect Pole Barn

We’ve all experienced when an idea we’ve been flirting with moves from “wouldn’t that be interesting” territory to “I think I’m going to make this happen.” In some cases, this may be about a particularly adventurous sandwich you’re thinking about ordering, but in other cases it’s something much bigger, like finally deciding to build that perfect pole barn you’ve been thinking about for years.

 

Considerations When Building Pole Barn

 

Of course, a decision like that is no small choice, so you want to make sure you’ve thought things through before committing. So we here at FS Construction Services decided to write down some of the tips we think are helpful when considering building the perfect pole barn.

 

Have a Vision

We’re bound to repeat ourselves on this point, but pole barns are especially versatile buildings. From a place to watch TV to a place keep your horses, there are countless uses and functions of a pole barn. Before you get into the planning process, you will want to know how you’ll use your pole barn. That can always change or adapt along the way, but you’ll at least want something to start with.

Additionally, how you use your building is going to change what building codes you will need to meet. We are more than happy to help with paperwork and file permits on our client’s behalf, but the sooner you know this, the sooner you can get started.

 

Location

Is your pole barn going to be a place for your car, your boat, your tractor, or your grandkids? How you want to use the building will also determine where the building can go. What kind of clearance will it need? How close does it need to be to the house? Will it face strong winds or be sheltered? What kind of soil is at the build site? Answering these questions will give you a better idea of where the structure should be placed.

 

Comfort

Again, the question comes back to, will this thing hold people, animals, or steel? Pole barns have a number of insulation and thermal efficiency options, so you will want to make sure whatever you’re keeping in there is well taken care of.

 

Look

Speaking of customization, pole barns are highly adaptable buildings with all manner of colors, trims, and options available. From doors to windows to wainscoting, you will have a high degree of control over the final look of your pole barn, meaning you will want to know how to balance look and function.

 

We really could go on and on, but if you at least think through these fundamentals, you will be at a great place to start. If you have any questions, or would like help answering some of these questions, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Bleem Profile: Helping the Customer Get What They Want

Recently here at FS Construction Services, we have begun to highlight our team members to give you a better idea of the work that we do and how we specifically work with clients to meet their needs. Each one of our specialists really do become masters in their areas and the reason we have been able to work with so many different people on so many different projects over the years is because of our team’s expertise, creativity, and wealth of knowledge. In short, they are helping the customer get what they want.

 

Bleem Provides Top Notch Customer Service

 

But none of that experience would count for much if we weren’t able to work with our clients to find the right solution at the right time. Because Nathan Bleem manages the logistics for each of our projects, including the creation of CAD drawings, and ordering parts, he is one of the most crucial steps in actually delivering a product that meets our client’s needs.

When asked if customers always know what they want or if they ask FS Construction Services to provide a solution, Nathan said, “In many instances, we bring clients the solutions that they asked for and an option we truly feel will work best for them. We know what will work and what will not work, even if a project calls for marrying components from various manufacturers.”

We know that most of our customers come in with a vision, and our job is to get as close to that vision as we can, while still offering them solutions that won’t put them in a bind years down the road. One of the reasons we’re able to do that is because of Nathan. His care for our clients and his mind that’s predisposed to problem solving makes him an ideal partner in our line of work.

If you have a project in mind that you would like to discuss, or if you are in need of grain systems, buildings, seed systems, or more, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Steel Building Efficiency: How Efficient Are Steel Buildings?

It seems like everyday we are inundated with stories on new technologies, new ways to generate or conserve energy, and the never-ending stream of upsides and downsides involved. And while these are often fascinating and exciting ideas, there’s also truth that refining and customizing longstanding practices and materials can also be of tremendous benefit, such as steel building efficiency.

 

Steel Buildings are Energy Efficient

 

So let’s take a little time to talk about steel buildings. For all the virtues of a steel building, perhaps one of the lesser-mentioned benefits is their energy efficiency. This is achieved in a variety of ways, though perhaps none of them is more foundational than how steel itself fits together. A steel building can be constructed with minimal to no gaps, meaning fewer places for heat, or cold, to escape. Additionally, unlike wood, steel doesn’t settle or twist over time, meaning that if it’s built right, it will stay energy efficient for a long, long time.

Steel is also highly customizable and versatile. This allows for better ventilation and insulation options. Speaking of which, steel buildings often have thicker walls, meaning more space for insulation to fill. Steel buildings are capable of housing many windows and skylights, increasing light and warmth from sunlight. If done strategically, this can reduce the overall need for lighting and heating.

There are a number of other reasons we could go into, but we’ll leave with one final point. While every structure requires maintenance, steel buildings often require less. Generally you don’t have to worry about rot, mildew, or pests, also meaning you generally don’t have to worry about holes, cracks, and gaps where they’re not supposed to be.

If you are looking for the strength, customizability, and efficiency of a steel building, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Project Profile: Monroe County Fairgrounds New Building Addition

Here at FS Construction Services we have a lot of experience building structures for a variety of different occupants. And while we find joy in all of our work, it is always an exciting day when we get to work on a job that’s just a little bit outside of what we normally do. Over the years we have constructed many buildings for farmers and farm equipment, for businesses and organizations, and for families in residential areas. And now we are happy to say that we can add goats to that list.

New Building Addition for Goats at Fair

Earlier this year we had the opportunity to build an addition to the existing goat barn at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. This addition is 18’ x 120’ x 12’ and has been styled and designed to match the existing structure and flow seamlessly into it. This addition not only matches visually, but also functionally. The pre-existing building was framed 10 feet above the ground, with wire fencing installed underneath, to allow for air circulation within the goat barn. We added a similar framing build to the addition to keep the airflow pathway open.

Additionally, we installed a 10’ x 10’ Raynor SteelForm S20 manually operated overhead door for consistent, easy access to the new addition.

Sometimes, it’s the little things that bring you the most joy in your work, and knowing that we were both able to help our friends at the fairgrounds and keep those goats cool and protected is certainly a joy we got to take away from this project.

If you are in need of a new building, or a new building addition, whether it’s for peoples, goats, or another species entirely, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.