Project Profile for Bragg Residence Solar Barn

Meeting great people with a variety of passions and interests is always a highlight of my day. Figuring out how to customize building solutions to best support those interests is what inspires me.

Life was supposed to slow down for Greg Bragg after selling his successfull underwriting insurance company. If anything, Greg is busier than ever, spending time with his family and running his other “part time” businesses.

Also on his list of post career projects was the restoration of his father’s T-Bird and figuring out a way to lower his monthly utility bills. Since he didn’t have space to work on the T-Bird, the idea of a Solar Barn was launched. Greg used the interior of the building to work on the T-Bird while solar panels were used on the exterior roof.

Bragg – Solar Barn

The result was an economically built 30×40 pre-engineered steel building. To aesthetically match the house, the barn was built with similar roof pitches, overhang, and soffits to provide some contour to the roof line.

The solar panel installation was simplified due to the structural integrity of the metal building and design of the metal roof. According to Greg, the utility costs went down 65% after the first full year of operation. At this rate, the investment in the solar system will have paid for itself in 6 years.

“Right from the beginning I was impressed with Fabri-Steel’s website when I found it on the internet! It was so easy to design my building and determine approximate costs.

I called John to meet with me to see the site and discuss details and quickly provided a formal estimate. I was under a time frame for some tax credits for the installation of the solar panels.

John worked with the solar company and kept me informed every step of the way. Communication was outstanding. Each phase of the construction and timeline was reviewed with me.
The building was completed on time, even with the heavy rains experienced this year.

I am extremely pleased with this project and highly recommend Fabri-Steel West to anyone considering a steel building!”

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