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Lots of planning went into this farm shop

Slideshow: The Seibs included features they saw in other shops in their farm shop.

The Seibs have worked inside a modern farm shop for over nine years. “We enjoy every minute because we didn’t have one for such a very long time,” Mark Seib says. He and his wife, Sheryl; his brother Wayne and his wife, Linda; and Wayne and Linda’s sons, Carl and Matthew, comprise Seib Farms LLC, Poseyville, Ind.

The Seibs spent years planning and visiting other shops before pulling the trigger to build their own shop. Mark and Sheryl have a large network of friends who farm through their leadership activities in agriculture, and they always made mental notes about what they liked in other shops as they visited. Many of those ideas were incorporated into their shop.

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Here are a few highlights. To see more, check out the slideshow.

Comfortable working conditions. In-floor heat and air conditioning keep the shop comfortable all year long. The Seibs are pleased that energy bills are relatively low year-round. Plenty of insulation in the walls and ceiling help reduce energy costs.

Strong foundation. The 42-by-80-foot building includes a 10-inch-thick concrete floor. Many farm shop floors aren’t that thick. “We wanted to bring an excavator in and work on it, and it is a heavy piece of machinery,” Mark explains.

Plentiful electrical and compressed air outlets. You can be anywhere in the shop and not be far from both 220 and 110 electrical service. Electrical wires are in conduit behind walls to keep them clear of clutter. The air compressor is tucked away in a corner service room to reduce noise, and air outlets with hoses and reels are plentiful.

Lots of storage. A well-planned loft in one corner provides storage for items that aren’t used every day. It’s easily accessible by stairs with handrails.

Easy access. The main overhead door is 40 feet wide, nearly the entire width of the building. A second door is narrower, but just as tall. There are also service entrance doors when a larger opening isn’t needed to conserve energy.

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