MORTON, Ill. — For do-it-yourself homeowners who like to design their own interior space, Morton Buildings is reintroducing its clear-span construction ranch home with a new look.
This post-frame home is an insulated shell with no interior finish, but that is by design.
“Instead, the Morton Buildings home offers the unique features of our clear-span construction, meaning that it has no interior load-bearing walls,” explained Sean Cain, vice president and general manager of Morton Buildings. “The result is an open interior space for homeowners to finish based on their needs and design preferences.”
Cain noted that many customers like to act as their own general contractor for all interior finishing, which is an attractive option because it enables them to save up to 20% of the total finishing cost. Floor plan options are virtually limitless because the interior walls can be placed at any location inside the building shell.
The clear-span home is among Morton Buildings’ most popular building models and is now being offered with several new paint colors, including a weathered gray paint color on their Hi-Rib steel that debuted at the recent Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
“This color is for those who desire a classic, weathered or aged look to their building,” Cain said. “This pattern is wood grain, providing a pseudo board and batten look.”
The house on display also featured a cultured stone wainscot and new residential garage door offering on the two-car attached garage.
Cain said other benefits include a virtually maintenance-free exterior, an efficient construction process that takes about half the time a customer would expect for this type of project and improved energy efficiency compared to standard stick-built homes.
“Any time there is a break in the insulation it compromises energy efficiency,” Cain said. “Typical stud walls of a stick-built construction are 16 or 24 inches apart, which results in more breaks in the insulation than our 7-foot, 6-inch columns. Our walls also are deeper for thicker insulation and are designed to promote optimal ventilation for added energy efficiency.”
Cain also stated that as a post-frame building, the structure provides superior strength by transferring load through building posts, allowing it to perform exceptionally well in extreme weather.
For more information, visit www.mortonbuildings.com. The newly designed website features over 1,200 building projects and more than 10,000 photos that can be filtered by building type, such as residential, farm, equestrian, commercial and community, and by square footage, colors and special features.