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    Curious if you guys have any good resources for some design ideas for 1 story facilities to dress up walls that face a busy highway to be built. ISS has a great slideshow but mostly of multilevel facilities. We anticipate some brick, storefront windows, maybe a tower as well but looking for some good resources to get ideas. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

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    As you can see from the picture we "dressed up" the front of our buildings. This is our office, but all four of our buildings have the false stone panels 4 ft up and the concrete board the rest of the way. The concrete board was painted to match our metal. Not only did it help with curb appeal, but this also met a requirement for the city to not have metal facing Main St. I have other pics in the "picture thread."
    Adam Harris
    Store More Mini Storage
    Rogersville, TN

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      Take a look at recently constructed retail space and medical offices in your area for inspiration. Those buildings will often have some great ideas with high end appeal.

      Of the sites I have seen recently that really pop, I think some of the items that are in common are taller horizontal elements to break up the long horizontal building, and contrasting materials. I am a fan of fiber cement panels to bring in texture and depth - and these generally don't require the more costly foundation that real stone and brick needs. Tall windows are also a common element in a lot great looking facilities. Parapet walls (tall walls that extend above the roofline) are good way to add more height and mass to all or a portion of a building with a low pitched roof, or to hide a lean to roofline from view.

      There is a gallery of completed sites here on our web site that can give you some design ideas: https://www.trachte.com/resources/case-studies/

      Steve Hajewski
      Trachte Building Systems
      608-327-3208
      shajewski@trachte.com

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Steve_hajewski View Post
        Take a look at recently constructed retail space and medical offices in your area for inspiration. Those buildings will often have some great ideas with high end appeal.

        Of the sites I have seen recently that really pop, I think some of the items that are in common are taller horizontal elements to break up the long horizontal building, and contrasting materials. I am a fan of fiber cement panels to bring in texture and depth - and these generally don't require the more costly foundation that real stone and brick needs. Tall windows are also a common element in a lot great looking facilities. Parapet walls (tall walls that extend above the roofline) are good way to add more height and mass to all or a portion of a building with a low pitched roof, or to hide a lean to roofline from view.

        There is a gallery of completed sites here on our web site that can give you some design ideas: https://www.trachte.com/resources/case-studies/

        Steve Hajewski
        Trachte Building Systems
        608-327-3208
        shajewski@trachte.com
        Interested in finding out more on the fiber cement panels, do those need to be painted and how are they as far as maintenance?

        Thank you both, great input.

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          The brand I have used is Nichiha. They do not need to be painted, but I have seen it done when someone wanted a color of fake limestone that they did not make. Looked great but I would avoid paint which leads to maintenance some day. YOu can see the varieties of panels available at Nichiha.com. They should be 0 maintenance if installed correctly. I would say budget about 7 or 8 bucks for materials per sq foot of surface to be covered by the panels. I used them on my property and installed them myself.

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