2017 | Hobby Shops | 2nd Place

Thorpe Hobby Garage
Built By:
Greiner Buildings, Inc
Agency, IA
Building use, importance, and newsworthiness:

The owners were after a unique cabin for their family and friends to enjoy long weekends. The Hobby Shop includes a two-car garage, large great room with a stone fireplace, master bedroom and master bath, as well as a 3/4 bath/laundry/utility room. The second story has a loft family room, two bedrooms for for guests as well as a full bathroom.

The owners decorated in a hunting theme to showcase their trophies from hunts. A wrap-around porch was also designed for entertaining and includes a screened-in area off of the great room.

Unique features:

The large fireplace was designed with diamond and triangle upper windows to allow an ample amount of natural light into the great room and loft area. The stones used for the fireplace were found through out their farm. Reclaimed barn board and weathered tin add a rustic look to the open staircase. The bathroom on the main level has a keg urinal, which has been a talking point for many.

The exterior design has second story dormers to add sunlight to the upstairs family loft and bedrooms. Cupulas were also added to keep with the barn theme.

Post-frame advantage:

The post-frame advantage gave the owners quickness in building time and ease with low maintenance. A shop and living area with a large clear span was also a main reason for going with post frame.

Cost per Sq. Ft.:


Duration to complete:

29 Days