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The Best of 2020: A Year in Review
Angie Dobson

By: Angie Dobson on January 25th, 2021

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The Best of 2020: A Year in Review


2020 was a big year for all of us. Due to your support over the last year, FBi was able to:

None of this could have been possible without the dedication of our hard-working team and our loyal customers. 

Here's a look back at our top blogs, videos, resources, and post frame projects of 2020.

Our Top 5 Blogs

1) 5 Different Ways to Design a Pole Barn with Living Quarters

The latest trend in post frame construction is adding living quarters to your pole barn. In this article, we provide tips to help you design the perfect residential building.


2) Are Pole Barn Homes Cheaper to Build?

Have you ever wondered if building a pole barn home is less expensive than a traditional stick built home? In this blog, we take a look at the factors that go into building a post frame house to help you determine if it's financially the right fit for you. Will you opt for the pole barn home trend? Or stay more traditional?


3) COVID-19: The Effects on Pole Barn Construction

COVID-19 brought a great deal of uncertainty and unanswered questions. One of these questions being, "Is pole barn construction continuing during this time?" In this blog, we'll answer this question among many others to help ease the uncertainty. We want to make sure our customers are educated to help alleviate any stresses.


4) 6 Cost-Effective Ways to Build a Pole Barn

Construction projects are expensive, and post frame construction projects are no different. Building features add up quickly, and before you know it, your pole barn is costing you more than you budgeted for. In this blog, we'll cover 6 cost-effective ways to build a pole barn to help you keep your bottom line under control.


5) 3 Economical Benefits to Building Post Frame in 2020

Due to COVID-19, steel and lumber commodity prices have dropped drastically within the last couple of months. On top of that, interest rates on loans are at an all-time low as well. In this blog, we'll cover these 3 benefits and talk about why now is the best time to start building.


Our Top 5 Videos

1) Morton, Menards, and FBi Steel Comparison Testing

In this video, we conducted a pole barn steel test to compare how well the steel used by Morton Buildings, Menards, and FBi Buildings could handle the abuse that we threw its way.


Morton, Menards and FBi Steel Comparison Video-1



2) Post Frame vs Steel Frame Construction

Stoller International, an implement dealer in Northern Illinois, explains the significant advantages of post frame construction versus steel frame.

Post Frame vs Steel Frame_Stoller International


3) QLYFT Building System

“There’s a better way to do it – find it.” This fundamental truth is one of FBi Buildings’ guiding principles. FBi’s implementation of the QLYFT building system is the next big step in improving post frame quality, safety and construction predictability, and empowering our customers to build with confidence.


QLYFT Website Video



4) COVID-19: The Effects on Pole Barn Construction

Amid all this uncertainty, we want to do our best in clarifying any lingering questions about what is going on in the pole barn construction world.





5) Galvanized Steel vs Galvalume Steel

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between galvalume steel and galvanized steel? In this video, we break down the differences between these two types of steels.


Galvanized vs Galvalume_Steel Comparison_Final



Our Top 5 Resources

1) Ultimate Guide to Pole Barn Insulation

Are you interested in lowering heat conduction, maximizing comfort, and minimizing energy bills? FBi Buildings' Ultimate Guide to Pole Barn Insulation will help you select the right insulating material and heating system. With our expertise, you’ll enjoy the money-saving benefits of your new post frame building (Agricultural, Commercial, Residential, and Equine). Don't have time to read the guide? Download the PDF version.



2) Commercial Portfolio

Are you planning a new commercial building? Download our Commercial Portfolio for design inspiration. Skim through multiple floor plans and pictures to help you get started on your project.

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3) Ag Features Guidebook

Get the Ag Features Guidebook from FBi Buildings, which includes over 50 viable features for your post frame project. Discover which building components will work best for your pole barn design.

FBi Buildings Ag Features Guidebook

4) 8 Types of Pole Barn Repair & Renovation Needs

Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Pole Barn Repairs & Renovations. Our goal is to provide you with insights and answers to every pole barn repair or renovation that can be done. From storm damage to building additions, we’ve got a solution for you.

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5) QLYFT Guidebook

Download the QLYFT Guidebook from FBi Buildings, which details the next big step in improving post-frame construction and empowering customers to build with confidence.

Download Your QLYFT Guidebook


Our Top 5 Post Frame Projects

1) Linz Heritage Angus

Multi-purpose post frame buildings for an Angus breeder. This operation features a sale barn, office, cattle working facility, apartment complex, and horse stables.

FBi Blog_Linz Heritage Angus

2) Eagle Lake Pole Barn Home

Two-story pole barn home off of Eagle Lake in Michigan. The existing structure was re-skinned to match the lake home.

FBi Blog_Eagle Lake Pole Barn Home

3) Jeff Rex

Four stall horse barn with a 60' x 96' indoor riding arena located.

FBi Blog_Jeff Rex

4) Kohlhagen Farms

100' x 304' tractor and implement storage building.

FBi Blog_Kohlhagen Farms


5) Gilliana Pools, LLC

Multi-tenant post frame commercial buildings for retail and miscellaneous use.

FBi Blog_Gilliana Pools, LLC

Do you have more questions that are not covered in this article? If you need help designing or planning, please contact FBi Buildings at 800.552.2981 or click here to email us. If you are ready to get a price, click here to request a quote, and a member of our Customer Engagement team will help you determine the next steps of your project.

About Angie Dobson

Angie graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Prior to joining the FBi team, Angie was a kitchen and bath sales consultant in Lafayette, IN. In 2012, she started with FBi as the Inside Sales/Marketing Assistant. Today she holds the role as Marketing Project Manager. Angie grew up in a farming community and has always enjoyed helping her family on the farm. A past 10 year 4-H Member, her passion for livestock pursued her to take a career in the agriculture field. Her and her husband live in Northwest Indiana with their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor leisure activities and spending time with friends and family.