Little Farm Shed that Stands Tall

By: Kevin Bews

SPF Manager, Canada Wood Japan

When we think about warehouses and agricultural buildings, one tends to think of larger structures, but this isn’t always necessarily the case. A great case in point is this little farm shed that was recently completed in Takikawa City, Hokkaido. The building is a simple rectangle post and beam wood structure that is 9m wide and 18m long, that is caped with a low-pitched sloped roof made with Warren trusses designed and engineered to withstand the snow loads for this region – 7 m of annual snowfall. So, although this wood building is small doesn’t look like much, don’t let its appearance fool you, as pound for pound it stands up to its larger brothers and sisters that it is modelled after. The building has a floor area of 165 m² and stands 6 m tall. As well as using SPF dimension lumber for the trusses, it was also sheathed with Canadian OSB. The total volume of wood used in the building was estimated to be about 30 m³ and the nail plate roof trusses were designed, fabricated, and supplied by Iwakura.