What Is a SHOME?

If you spend more time in your shop than your living room, this home may be a good fit for you. Unique in design and structure, the SHOME has won awards and can be easily customized to your needs to live, work and play.

First things first, what makes an SHOME?

A SHOME is a combination of a workshop and a home.

The design of the building allows you to work in your shop without having to leave your home.

Some would call the SHOME is like a pole barn with a living quarters. The structure combines a temperature-controlled, insulated workspace with a customized living area. These homes offer all of the benefits of a post frame building and the beauty of a custom-designed home.

Who Makes the SHOME?

The Shome is made by Greiner Buildings, Inc., which has been in business since the 1980s. Greiner Buildings is a leading provider of metal homes in Iowa and Illinois, and they also manufacture other types of metal buildings, including:

Hobby Garage

From hobby shops to storage buildings, aircraft hangars, man caves, RV storage and workshops, Greiner provides a wide range of customized residential shops.


On the commercial front, Greiner offers:

  • Storefronts
  • Event venues
  • Storage units
  • Commercial condos
  • Airplane hangars
  • Community/civic
  • Public service buildings

Farm/Ag Equestrian

Affordable and easy to construct, Greiner’s post frame buildings are ideal for farm and equestrian use. They offer:

  • Machine sheds
  • Lined and insulated shops
  • Equestrian
  • Cattle barns

Signature Series

The Signature Series of buildings features unique post frame projects. These structures have luxury add-ons that transform a basic building into something special and unique.

Building a Shop House

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Along with providing the buildings themselves, Greiner also offers general contracting and project management services. The company has been providing these services for more than ten years.

Their list of services includes:

  • Design-build
  • Contracting project management
  • General contracting
  • Turn-key building services
  • Construction management

Acting as a one-stop-shop, Greiner makes it easy to put up one of their buildings. These services are available for a wide variety of project types, from modern pole barns, to commercial buildings and shop buildings.

They take care of the site planning, drawings, and managing subcontractors. Essentially, Greiner takes the guesswork out of building your SHOME.

A project manager will be assigned to the project, and the company will host a pre-construction meeting to ensure that all parties are on the same page. They conduct routine site inspections throughout the duration of the project, and will keep you updated on progress on a continual basis. When problems arise, they take care of it.

What are the Benefits of a Shouse?

Why not just build a pole barn home or a post frame home?

It’s true that the SHOME isn’t for everyone. But if you spend a lot of time in your workshop, this type of home may be the perfect fit for you. And there are so many benefits to choosing this type of home:

Shop and Storage Space

If you spend most of your free time in your workshop, a SHOME offers you the convenience of both a shop and home in one structure. These homes also have large storage options, which are spacious enough for boats, RVs, hobby collections and other equipment.

Energy Efficiency

As a post frame construction, a SHOME is very energy efficient. It has thicker wall cavities, which allows for more insulation. They offer both closed cell spray foam and fiberglass blanket insulation.

Greiner offers 8′ wide fiberglass batts that minimize gaps and seams. Closed cell spray foam is another option, which seals the home and adds to the structural integrity of the building.

Open Floor Plan

One of the main benefits of having a SHOME is that it offers an open floor plan. Post frame constructions do not have load bearing walls, and they offer wide open spaces to create a comfortable, airy feeling.

SHOMES can span up to 100′ wide, which offers virtually unlimited options for balconies, lofts, second levels, or just a wide-open space. You’re only limited by your imagination.

Customized to Your Liking

Shouses, just like any other post frame construction, can be customized to your liking and needs. If you want a larger shop area and a more modest-sized home, Greiner can customize a plan for you. You can have a larger home and smaller shop, or have the two areas be roughly the same size.

Whether you need more space or want to downsize, Greiner will help customize a SHOMEto fit your needs and budget. The customization of the building will happen before construction even begins, so you can plan every last detail.

The great thing about building a SHOME is that Greiner can take care of all the construction aspects.

With many other metal building manufacturers, it’s up to you to take care of the construction and site work. They simply deliver the building and you are often left to your own local contractors to complete the build. However, with Greiner Building Inc., they will walk you through the entire process from start to finish. They invented the SHOMES design and are the only choice if you want to build a combination workshop / home in the Illinois and Iowa area.

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