The Advantages of Building a Shop + Home

If you’re a homeowner who crowds your driveway or yard with an RV, motorcycle, boat, four-wheeler, snowmobile or other type of vehicle, a combined shop and home may provide the extra space you need for all of your grown-up toys. It can also be a handy place to store personal and work equipment, such as lawnmowers, tractors and trailers.

Picture a typical home with a two-car garage, but imagine the garage is double the depth, triple the width and nearly double the height. With a part shop, part home style of post-frame construction, you can have a fully insulated, fully equipped work/storage space and a complete residential living space — all under one roof. Plus, you can take advantage of the durability, affordability and customization offered by post frame.

Post Frame Versus Conventional Construction

Greiner Buildings Inc. refers to this type of building as a Shome — a name they’ve trademarked.

With post frame, you can go up to 18 feet tall and 80 feet wide, clear span, with no supports, according to Matt Greiner, president of Greiner Buildings and chair-elect of the National Frame Building Association (NFBA). With conventional stud-frame construction, a typical pre-cut stud is 8 feet tall. Walls can be stacked on top of each other to create a 16-foot-tall structure, but the process is more complicated and time-consuming.

Also with studs, you typically use a solid substrate such as plywood on the outside walls and roof, with vinyl, stucco or stone for the siding, and a shingled roof. In comparison, using metal siding and a metal roof in post frame means you don’t need a solid substrate.

“If you wanted to do drywall on a big, clear-span building, you’d have to strip out the ceiling,” Greiner says. “It would be a lot of drywall. And drywall is susceptible to mold and mildew. People wash things in their shops. They’re using them for more than just parking cars.”

“People could define it as a shed home or a shop home,” Greiner says. “We call it a shop plus the home. When we think of a shop, we think of a farm — large building with metal liner on the inside, walls and ceiling, and concrete on the floor — in a heated space where you can work on your equipment. The idea of connecting the two works well because a shop typically has 18-foot walls to allow for a 16-foot door, through which you can fit most farm equipment. That allows you to go two stories on the house side as well, for your loft or mezzanine area.”

Since the shop is the real showstopper, the living space in most Shomes usually ranges from 600 to 1,500 square feet. The space may seem small to some, but Greiner says that a lot of your storage, which would normally require closet and/or other space in the house, moves to the shop.

Building of the Year

NFBA announces its Building of the Year awards annually at the Frame Building Expo. In 2014, a Shome built by Greiner Buildings received an award in the experts division of the residential building category.

The 72-foot long, 40-foot wide, 2,880-square-foot structure, designed by Greiner’s general manager, Shawn Redlinger, took only 62 days to construct and features an interior loft and balcony and stained/heated concrete floors.

“Our general manager, Shawn Redlinger, and his fiancée built a shop with a home and ended up having their wedding there,” Greiner explains. “Sometime before the wedding, his wife started calling it a ‘shome,’ and the name stuck. Somebody even got them a wedding present that said ‘Shome Sweet Shome,’ which they hung up on the wall. We liked it, so we trademarked the name.”

Shome Pros

For more than 30 years, Greiner Buildings has designed and constructed buildings with pride and dedication. The experienced Greiner team conducts extensive product research to provide the best materials for all projects, assuring the highest level of workmanship, while aiming to provide the highest quality structure with the best possible value. 

With any post-frame design, you get endless customization, an open floor plan, high ceilings, big doors and windows and economical advantages, among many other benefits.

Greiner Buildings is just one of the many expert post-frame contractors and NFBA members across the country that can make your dream a reality.

“In this world, everything is very different,” Greiner says. “It’s all customized. When somebody comes in, they’re building their dream home.”

To start planning your custom post-frame project, find a provider in your area.