Designing Your Agricultural Building’s Exterior

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If you are the owner of one of the many agricultural buildings in Ohio, you know how important the contents inside that structure are.  There could be farm equipment, livestock, personal belongings, etc.  However, the outside of the building is what many people will see every day. 

So, what are the different types of exterior designs you can choose for?  Here is a quick rundown of some of your options. 

      • Lean-to 
      • Wainscot 
      • Cupola 


A lean-to is a structure that is attached and built off a pre-existing structure.  As one of the leading custom post frame builders in Ohio, MQS Structures offers different types of lean-tos:

  • Open lean-to
  • Partly closed lean-to
  • Lean-to wrap around

The best way to describe a lean-to is that it looks like an extended roof on the side of a building but serves as additional storage or a shelter.  

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Wainscot is wooden paneling that lines lower walls.  The original purpose of wainscot was to protect homes and farm buildings in Ohio from moisture and provide insulation.  Though it still does that today, wainscot is now commonly viewed as being a very decorative feature.  Wainscot is also becoming more commonly used on the exterior of agricultural buildings in Ohio, and it serves as a good protection barrier against scratches, scuffs, and dings. 


Another item that is popular for agricultural buildings in Ohio is a cupola.  A cupola is a hollow frame that protrudes up from the roof of a building.  The main function of a cupola is to allow gasses and air from the building to escape through the top.  Cupolas also allow fresh air to enter which helps provide adequate ventilation throughout the building.  This is extremely important if you plan on having livestock or pets living inside.   

Not only do cupolas serve an important function for a pole building in Ohio but they are also very aesthetically appealing.  A cupola also helps give the building more of a “barn look” and adds a little more creativity to your design.  Some more modern buildings may opt for a ridge vent to achieve proper ventilation, but if you’re looking for something more traditional a cupola may be best.  

MQS Structures can help! 

If you are in the market for agricultural buildings in Ohio and are looking for assistance with what structure might be best for you, we can assist you.  Please give MQS Structures a call at (855) MQS-3334 or (855) 677-3334.   

With a combination of modern technology and oldfashioned values, we offer our customers the pleasure of working with an experienced company that focuses on integrity, work ethic, and customer service. 

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