This picture shows the initial setting of the poles for the building.
Each pole is comprised of 3 treated 2x8" boards sandwiched together.
Of note was the fact that on the back side of the building the crew struck
oil when digging one of the post holes. Well, actually they hit an oil
line from a nearby oil well. (Jan. 2003)
Here the Cleary crew is installing the trusses with the help of a crane
that came out from Doak construction in McCook, Nebraska. (Jan. 2003)
Here is the final building after all of the framing has been completed.
Here is the final building after the sides have been covered, but the
roof is still open. (Feb. 2003)
This picture shows the inside of the building during construction. Notice
that only half of the roof has been covered at this time. (Feb. 2003)
Here we are laying in the electrical, water and sewer lines using our
R40 Ditchwich and Lester's skid loader. (Nov. 2003)
Another picture showing the vast amount of trenching that was done to
tie everything together. One thing about a farm that has been around for
a long time is that it's hard to make a cut anywhere without cutting other
lines that then need to be repaired. In the background is our other Ditchwich
trencher which also has a back-hoe (which beats the heck out of digging
by hand). (Nov. 2003)
One final trenching picture that shows us laying the electrical line from
the meter pole to the building. We installed 300 amp service to the building
which runs through a Ronk box that allows us to power the building with
a generator when needed. (Nov. 2003)
Here is an inside picture of the building after we have finished the walls,
ceiling, lights and heat. In this picture Lester Yoos is working on framing
the bathroom/office addition. (Feb. 2004)
Here is Jordan Niermeier doing painting the area above the Raynor door.
We did all of the high-up finish work in the building standing on an old
modified hay rack attached to a 1964 JD 4010 tractor. Being propane powered
and small framed, this tractor really worked well for doing this type
of work. The ceiling sheets were each 3' x 15' and required three men
on the hay rack and one running the tractor. Insulating and covering the
ceiling was by far the worst component of finishing the inside of the
building. (Feb. 2004)
Here is the crew that finished the inside of the building. From left to
right: Jordan Niermeier, Lester Yoos, Dietrich Kastens and Gary Kastens.
Looking towards the bathroom/office addition, the south Modine furnace
can be seen in the background. (Feb. 2004)
Another picture of the south side of the building. (Feb. 2004)
This picture shows the west side of the building and the Raynor door.
Also the second Modine furnace can be seen on the right side of the picture.
This picture was taken of the ceiling looking towards the east. The change
in the roof line was due to a last minute change in our plans. Initially,
we were only going to make the finished part of the shop run 40' so we
had the pitched style trusses installed to accommodate the Raynor door
track and motor to ensure that we could get our door tall enough to bring
combines into the shop. We added another 24' to the length of the shop,
which resulted in a total finished area of 60' by 64' (including the 12'
by 20' office area). (Feb. 2004)
This was taken from the office loft. In the background one can see the
divider wall that was built in November of 2004 that separates the finished
area from the rest of the building. We put a set of 15' x 24' sliding
doors in this wall so that we can drive semi's straight through the building
if needed and/or can move machinery back and forth between the two parts
of the building. (Dec. 2004)
Here is a picture of a tore-down corn head being rebuilt in the shop.
We can unfold and rebuild our 16-row planter in the shop or we can accommodate
two combines and our sprayer inside if needed (although that starts to
get a little tight). (Oct. 2005)
Finished bathroom with hot water heater, deep sink and storage areas.
Here is the final shop as it appears December 2006. Snow breaks were added
on the roofs to keep snow from cleaning out our exhaust stacks from the
furnaces and the full building was guttered by A-1 out of McCook, Nebraska.
In 2007, Terry Kastens decide to move back to the farm and
consequently we needed to find him some office space. We opted to replace
our parts loft above the office with another office space.
Parts loft above existing office and bathroom
Here is what it looked like after we were done in April 2007.
First, we had to frame in the space which proved to be a little challenge
with the pitched roof line
Everything was studded in with 2x6's and three new windows were put in
(two looking into the shop and one looking to the west) along with a rear
A whole was cut in the ceiling of the existing office and a staircase
built to tie the two offices together.
Here is what the final product looks like
New electric lines were run, the office was insulated and then we drywalled
everything. Here is Lester Yoos in "carpenter mode" working
on the drywall.
Here it is all finished and carpeted. This is looking east at the staircase
Here it is looking west from the staircase railing.
Our shop/office has really been a nice addition to the farm.
We all live in this building for about 4 months every year and it's nice
to have the office attached to the shop as folks can go back and forth
easily as well as facilitates efficiency in that office guys can go out
to the shop to help with a task or vice versa. Our only problem with the
whole project is that it is already too small for our needs! But then
that's how it always goes.