Ahhh…The Beautiful Things You Can Do With Post Frame

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.

A Juliet balcony, 8-foot tall arcadian doors and a cupola all add charm to this post-frame wedding barn.

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.

All photos by Rachel Fishback, 
Greiner Buildings

High ceilings are no problem for post-frame.

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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.


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Elegant lighting and an all-white interior softens the industrial look of the open ceiling.

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


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