Livestock barns and machine storage sheds will always have a place in the heart and soul of the post-frame world, but more builders are venturing into a more sophisticated category of building. Such is the case of the Ashton Hill Wedding Barn in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, built by Greiner Buildings, Washington, Iowa.
The term “barn” is a bit of a misnomer here, with its many touches of elegance. Basic post frame is part of its charm, with modern design elements bringing both worlds together in a blend that appeals to a diverse audience: an operating Juliet balcony, the all-white interior, a double staircase to the second floor, an outdoor viewing porch with fire pits and 8-foot tall double doors.
According to builder Matt Greiner, the building is used as a wedding and event center. The floorplan allows for larger events with smaller rooms included so guests can hang out or the wedding party can prepare for the big event. Post-frame construction was the perfect option given the size and look the owner wanted to achieve. “She wanted to see the posts on the interior,” Greiner said of the owner. “The trusses were far enough apart without it looking cluttered. It was also more cost efficient for her budget.”
The design works so well that currently the Ashton Hill Wedding Barn is booked into 2019.
|Smaller rooms away from the hustle and bustle of the larger gathering area offer spaces for guests to get away for private conversation or for the wedding party to prepare for the big event.|
Building: Ashton Hill Wedding Barn, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Builder: Greiner Buildings, Washington, Iowa
Building Size: 6,240 sq ft (52Wx120Lx18H)
Posts: 2×8 3-ply glulam with Post Saver, 8’ on center
Foundation Type: embedded
Insulation: spray foam
Roof Framing: single-ply engineered trusses
Truss/Rafter Clear Span: 52’ wide clear span
Purlins: 2×4 MSR 1, 650 on edge
Wall girts: 2×4 MSR 1650 flat
Wall & Roof Sheathing: Central States 29 gauge G90 panel loc plus with Kynar
Exterior Finish: The exterior is finished with Central States Kynar Smoke steel and Verseta Stone
Interior finish: Composite siding on the interior walls and painted it white, along with painting the trusses white. Drywall was used in the smaller rooms.
Windows: ABC Supply/Rhino Aluminum/Gerkin
Doors: Moehl Millwork/Masonite; Arcadian doors from MWI Comonents
Fasteners: Nails from Maze Nails; screws from Atlas Bolt & Screw
Cupolas: Ridge Craft