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Bob Mehlhouse's new 66' x 60' farm shop

new farm shop with all the bells whistles of a shop including a lift strap bifold door

The 60' x 66' shop also has a 24' x 40' office attached on the east side. This is one nice building!

The Schweiss doors feature lift straps and the latch strap system

The Schweiss door features lift straps and the latch strap system.

"There's nothing cheap about building anymore but this project turned our wonderfully. The Schweiss door fits perfectly. We dressed up the shop and office area with some window shutter trim. Structural Building out of Becker, MN was the contractor and they did a great job," relates Bob Mehlhouse as he talks about the new 66' x 60' farm shop on his Olivia area farm.

His new shop has a 6-inch concrete floor with a thermal in-floor heating system. Ceiling height is 20' ceiling with 14 high- intensity tubular lighting fixtures plus six ceiling fans. Two floor drains are positioned in the center of the shop floor.

But the big attention getter of his new shop is a 40' x 18' Schweiss bifold with thermal-pane windows and appropriately dressed up with window trim matching the trim of the other 12 windows that are part of this super structure.

Why the Schweiss brand? "I needed a strong door because this is a big opening. I have a Schweiss bifold in my older shed which was built in 1985 and it's only needed two service calls in all those years. So in my opinion there's lots of reliability in a Schweiss door," said Mehlhouse.

Bob Melhouse outside new farm shop

Bob Mehlhouse was the man with the plan when it came to putting up a new farm shop.

Reflecting on his older cable lift Schweiss door he said it's a slower opener. "I mentioned that concern to Mike Schweiss. He said I'll take care of you. And so he did. This new 40' door opens and closes considerably faster," with the "New Lift Straps " noted Mehlhouse.

Because of the large size of his bifold door, the contractor built stronger trusses into the front end of the shop. This beautiful structure also features roof-top cupolas which add to the overall character of this remarkable building which includes a 24' x 40' office complex on the east wall. A single-stall garage without floor heat is the north portion; the remaining office portion features special lighting fixtures, toilet area with sink and shower, and in-floor heating and decorator tiles.

Building with Schweiss Door open and closed

Lift straps give Bob the fast moving door he needs to quickly get his equipment our of the shop and into the field.

This beautiful structure also features roof-top cupolas which add to the overall character of this remarkable building.

Front of Shop/Office, Bob and son Jacob

The 40' wide bifold door opens evenly and smoothly thanks to the patented lift straps from Schweiss Doors.

Bob and his son, Jacob, in front of the new shop/office.

Inside close up view of Schweiss Bifold Door opened and closed

Bob Mehlhouse shows off his new Schweiss Lift Strap Door.

Lift straps are heavily favored by Schweiss customers thanks to the many safety and maintenance benefits they offer.

Outside close up view of Schweiss Bifold Door opened and closed

Windows and shutters installed in the 40' bifold door allow for natural lighting on those sunny days.

Getting machinery in and out of the shop is a breeze thanks to the fast opening lift strap bifold door.

Big strong door is both functional and eye appealing

"I needed a strong door because this is a big opening."

The new farm shop/office is both functional and eye appealing.

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