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5 unique ideas to attract visitors to your winery

If you run your own winery, you may be wondering what you can do to attract new visitors beyond just your tasting room. With these 5 unique ideas, you can put your winery on people’s tour itinerary. While you may have established your wine production, attracting new visitors can sometimes seem tricky, especially if you’re […]


VELD architect @ Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Conference 2022

A Panel Discussion on On-Farm Diversified Uses On February 22, 2022 Krista participated in a panel discussion regarding the on-farm diversified uses. This topic hits a little too close to home for many people. Most stories are heartbreaking and frustrating, to say the least. The presentation started with Pam Duesling & Emily DeSousa talking about […]


Castle Gingerbread pattern

Looking for an activity for your kids this holiday. Build this epic castle and style it however you want! Design by VELD architect Built By Hulshof Carpentry Decorated by Hulshof children! PDF pattern includes pattern pieces, cookies and icing recipes! Get your download now! * indicates required Email Address *


Agritourism for your family farm

5 Critical Steps to getting a building permit In Agritourism For Your Family Farm : Avoid these Surprises upfront

5 steps to getting an agritourism permit. Tell your farm story!


Contemporary design for your farm, barn, shed or farmhouse

Can You Think Outside The Barn? Be Bold And Brave With Contemporary Farm Design

Barns and sheds sitting majestically on the landscape are also functional buildings. They serve a purpose on your farm, each unique in its own way. From farm to farm, the design may be similar, but no two are identical. Just as no two cows are the same, each building has its own history and story. […]


4 Biggest Mistakes when Planning an On-Farm Event Venue

So, you want to create an event or wedding space? You’ve got a Pinterest board full of ideas on how beautiful the space will be! It will be the next best wedding destination! Now to get started. But before you start designing make sure you’ve done all your research. In our experience there are a […]


Happy Holidays from VELD architect


Rural Revitalization Idea #3: Trail Bunkies

Rural Reviatalization Idea #3: Trail bunkies. Grain bin conversion, treehouse, bunkie…what opportunities does your property have along the @G2GRailTrail or @@TheBruceTrailConservancy ?


5 ways designing a barn house is different from a normal custom home!

Do you live in a barn? Or do you want to? It’s really important to realize that designing a barn conversion to a house (or other structures), is not at all the same as starting with a blank paper for a custom home. You have this amazing timber frame you need to work around to […]


Architecture for Kids!

Keep your kids busy with this house book Free Printable! Including lesson on architecture for kids!