Category Archives: general information

Building Permits and Your Structure

A question that we are asked regularly is “Do I need a building permit for this building?” The simple answer is “Generally, yes”. And to get a permit for one of our structures, you need to have engineered drawings. The frustrating and unfortunate part is that there seldom is a month where we do not hear a strange interpretation of some rule which we have not heard before.

There continues to be a huge variation in the interpretation of the rules. This goes beyond the fact that certain areas get more snow and wind then others and therefore require sturdier buildings.

Our focus will continue to be getting an understanding of what it is that you are dealing with so that we can put together a structure package that will serve your needs for years to come. Educating our customers on weather dynamics on these buildings continues to be a valuable component of that process.

Many of our customers, who are putting their new building out of sight and they get along with their neighbours, will put up the building without asking questions. This is certainly not a practice we recommend or encourage but acknowledge as a reaction to officials who do not understand these buildings or how they work.

It is difficult to understand why identically fabricated building, installed on nearby locations, can run into a problem simply because of what they are using the building for. Recently we received calls from two prospective customers, the first had been given a 10 page form to fill out and the other was ready to order his building since he had been specifically told “you do not need a permit for a tent”.

In most municipalities these buildings are classified as low human occupancy, temporary agricultural buildings. We have engineer approved drawings for a number of our standard buildings as governed by the Farm Building Code.

With the large amount of variations that we offer, we are sometimes in a situation where the building is somewhere between two approved units. It is quite easy for us to upgrade the building to a higher wind or snow rating but that does not mean it will be automatically acceptable without a specific set of engineer evaluated drawings for your site. When you are required to get a set of drawing with evaluation specific to you, there will be an extra cost

Please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification on any point of confusion. It is your responsibility to verify these things before building.

EBOOK now available!

Now available as an ebook!
So you want to buy a greenhouse… Your guide to planning your greenhouse purchase!

Check it out 🙂 and, there’s special savings if you’ve already purchased the paperback through Amazon.

If you’ve purchased the paperback at a trade show or from the office and want an ecopy, email us at multisheltersales@gmail.com with a pic of you and the book, and we’ll help you out.

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Getting Started with Your Structure Purchase

We’ve had a number of requests from people very green to the process of purchasing structures asking “where do I start?” So we’ve made this check list and supplements to help you out with that! All the information can be found on our website as well, through the links below or the search field on the top left corner of the site. We are also here to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to your call!

You can download our General Information Brochure to get you started!
We’ve also made a Glossary of terms and other starting points in our installation guide. All of which can help familiarize you with items new to you.
Norm’s speech & video Greenhouses 101 is also a good starting point, whether you’re building a greenhouse, storage or any structure that you have in mind.

Recently we have published a book full of information about the planning process “So You Want to Buy a Greenhouse: Your Guide to Planning a Greenhouse Purchase” is available on Amazon, or you can call the office or email multisheltersales@gmail.com to order your copy.

GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR SHELTER CUSTOMIZATION
click here to download this in PDF format

1. Pick a Location: Your building must be level from side to side. If you can’t excavate we can design a variation. End to end slope is ok but if it is more then 1%, we need to know. If you are butting against a building, there may need to be some extra hoops in the first 12’ of length. Building behind something does not provide shelter. You actually increase wind turbulence.

2. Pick a width: Most of our standard widths can easily be modified if it needs to be specific. The widest we do with engineered drawings is 30’ but have supplied up to 36’ wide.

3. Pick a length: Any length is possible; simply by adding hoops If you are building between 2 fixed points, the last hoop spacing can be modified to fit the spot.

4. Pick a height: We have 7 lengths of steel to pick from and do not bend anything until we get an order. Building higher will improve the snow shedding characteristics of the building. Building higher gives more interior space close to the wall but the structure catches more wind. Since building higher catches more wind, the structure may require reduced hoop spacing. Building higher will be a little more costly to heat but does improve natural air circulation. Building lower will decrease snow shedding and may required closer hoop spacing.

5. Pick a base or foundation: The standard package comes with a Base Brackets under each hoop to secure the building to a beam. This beam can be ground mounted or on blocks, posts, slab or shipping containers. We can supply a welded steel base rail if the structure needs to be moveable. We can supply Anchor Posts. Each hoop would sit on a post that may need to be set into concrete. Please remember that there simply is no such thing as too many anchors.

6. Pick a cover: The standard covers we offer are 12 mil tarp (white or green) and 6mil (white or clear) White tarp has a typical 8-10 year life and gives summer shade and winter light. Green tarp has a typical 6-7 year life and is hotter in summer and colder in winter. 6mil clear plastic must be used for plants. Typical life span is 5-6 years. 6mil white plastic is used where shade is important but still need light. Typical life is 4-6 years. Doubling up on plastic reduces heat loss by 30%, minimizes condensation and increases life span by 50%

 7. Determine ventilation: Roll up Side Walls are an economical add on to our greenhouses or livestock shelters to provide natural ventilation. Roof vents and exhaust fans are available options

8. Building ends: Our package prices include covers for both ends. The assembly guide gives pointers on framing Ends We can supply steel frame ends, with or without a variety of sizes and types of doors.

If you haven’t had a look yet, our installation guide has quite a few pointers and tips of things you may need to consider for your unique application as well. We look forward to hearing from you with any other questions or comments you have, either through our contact form, or call us toll free 1-866-838-6729

So You Want to Buy a Greenhouse…Your Guide For Planning a Greenhouse Purchase

Norm published a book that we wanted to let you know about. It is the perfect read while dreaming of your new greenhouse!
 “So You Want to Buy a Greenhouse: Your Guide to Planning a Greenhouse Purchase”

​It’s available on Amazon for purchase, or you can go through our facebook page

We appreciate your support and always welcome testimonials, either directly on Amazon to improve our visibility to help more people, or by email to multisheltersales@gmail.com and we will share them on our social media! Thank you for your feedback

It has already proven to be a valuable resource for many. You can email or call the office and we will ship you out a copy if you don’t want to purchase online.

Based largely on Norm’s Greenhouses 101 speech from the Guelph Organic Conference, with many extra tidbits and stories from Norm’s experience along the way over the last 45 years, it’s certainly a useful resource for anyone considering, or maintaining their structure of any application. Please contact us if you have any questions. We hope you’ll enjoy the book and would love to hear what you think!

“I should have known that I would get into this business when I was younger because the highlight of my birthday was always getting new pieces to my Mechano set. Now, I often describe these structures as big Mechano sets. It feels very fitting.”

Are you considering purchasing a greenhouse to start your own operation?
Are you unsure of all your options and what you should know?
Do you want to know what you’re getting into?

Using Norm Eygenraam’s 45 years experience in the industry, we have created this book for you to help! Through illustrations, tips, stories, photos and more, we help you understand all you need to consider. We do use Multi Shelter Solutions examples throughout, as that is what we have easiest access to, but this is by no means a sales book.

This guide is meant to inform you of your choices and show you key considerations in your planning journey. We have tried to make this book as informative as possible, no matter which direction you choose to go.

Enjoy, and happy planning!

Available on Amazon for purchase, or you can go through our facebook page
We appreciate your support!

Greenhouses 101 & 202

Norm spoke at the Guelph Organic Conference January 31, 2015 on Greenhouses 101: Knowing the basics before you buy-Choices and Consquences
You can find the articles and information posted, as well as a video of his presentation and the Q&A below.

Greenhouses 101: What are you trying to accomplish? What are you dealing with?Greenhouses 101: Climate and Air Effects on your Structure
Greenhosues: 101: Covering Options
Greenhouses 101: Greenhouse Shapes & Configurations
Greenhouses 101: Orientation and Location
Greenhouses 101: Knowing the basics before you buy
Greenhouses 101: Greenhouse Choices

Norm did a presentation at the Guelph Organic Conference on Greenhouses 202: Making sure your structure survives the elements. The presentation is broken into three parts for easy viewing, the last section of which is the Q&A. These tips apply for greenhouses, storage buildings, livestock shelters, really anything we sell. Key Points Covered in the presentation:

1. Some basic principles of engineering so that the forces exerted on the buildings could be better understood.
2. The many components of anchoring. Anchoring prevents a structure from settling under snow load, prevents lifting under aerodynamic forces and prevents shifting with wind forces.
3. The similarities of an airplane wing to the shape of a structure. What happens when surfaces become bigger, wider. lower and higher.
4. How uneven loads can happen and how to prevent them.
5. The proper procedure to removing excessive snow load

Read more here: Greenhouses 202: How to get your structure to survive the elements

Watch more here:

https://youtu.be/TS1y_UmMJ38

https://youtu.be/zTAeGxObtGs

https://youtu.be/y8NGn4jqA4c

Warranty & Conditions

Warranty, Codes & Site Requirements

Important Note Regarding EXCLUSIONS to ALL orders:
Our prices exclude installation, foundation, end framing, freight & taxes unless otherwise specified. Please inquire with any concerns.

TERMS: A 35% deposit is required with each order unless specifically stated otherwise and the balance is due upon delivery of the order. You receive “your spot in line” once we receive your signed acceptance of our quotation or your formal purchase order. Shipments are always made with freight and taxes shown as extra. Goods remain the property of Multi Shelter Solutions until they are paid in full. Custom and out of province orders must be pre-paid.

PRICES: are in Canadian funds and are subject to change without notice. All quotations are subject to a price validity clause (stated or not) never exceeding 30 days. Quotations can only be given by an authorized officer of the company. We have done our best to verify, but can not guarantee the accuracy of all the prices listed on this web site. Prices on the website do not include delivery, taxes or foundation. They are supplied as kits for customer installation.

TAXES: HST or GST will be charged at the appropriate provincial rate and added to all invoices unless we receive the appropriate signed exemption form. If your status changes to “tax exempt” after the goods have been received and paid for, it is your responsibility to submit the proper documentation to the government for a refund. We do not offer refunds on taxes.

U.S.A. DUTIES & TAXES: Although there are no applicable duties to greenhouse type structures as per the NAFTA agreement, there are brokerage charges related to clearing these goods through the border. These fees will be added in to the order. For U.S. customers who choose to pick up their order, 13%HST will be added and the paperwork provided to assist in claiming this back when clearing the border. This does not apply to orders delivered with our truck or a bonded carrier.

RETURNS: After a structure has been produced and delivered, returns will only be accepted when there has been an error on the part of MSS. If the customer has a change of heart, MSS will assist the customer in reselling a structure but will not take the building back. Custom orders can not be returned.

Who is Multi Shelter Solutions?

Video Overview

Manufacturing & distributing economical shelters for all your growing, housing and storage requirements.

Using our 43 years experience in greenhouse, shelter operations and construction, allow us to help you find creative solutions to your shelter requirements.

Proudly owned and operated by Norman Eygenraam, this family oriented business started in the Dundas, Ontario area and has moved up to Palmerston, Ontario for the last 10 years. Specializing in unique shelter construction, we don’t bend any steel before we get an order. We sit down with each customer to assess what their structure will be used for, and the location, and help you find the solution that will be most useful for your application. We have many standard variations to offer, and aren’t afraid to venture outside the box to get the right fit for you!

We don’t sell you a structure, we help you buy one!

With 43  years of experience in the industry, we don’t sell you a structure, we help you buy one!

Norm worked at a nursery operation in his 20s, at a time when cold frames were manually bent steel around a tractor rim. Later he started selling structures with a manufacturer outside Grimsby, Ontario. In 1989 he started his own greenhouse manufacturing business in Dundas Ontario. In 2005 he moved the operation to Palmerston and became Multi Shelter Solutions. The business focus has changed to include shelters for many more applications.

We bring all that experience to each and every call or email that we receive from potential and existing customers. We feel word of mouth is still the best advertising and strive to give personal attention to every request, from a small hobby shed to multiple large operations.

Our biggest selling point still remains that we don’t bend any steel before getting an order, so we are able to customize it to fit in just the right spot, or alter how it’s done for your unique request. That’s how we’ve come up with our “igloo” structure, the airplane hangars, our “flying” greenhouse that was lifted onto an apartment building, and more! We pride ourselves on being able to help you find your best shelter solution.

Multi Shelter Solutions offers an economical alternative with a flexibilty that the larger competitors find hard to match. We have worked hard over these years to come up with a balance that provides the economy so many seek, while not sacrificing any quality of the structure or customer service. We can work with you to fit whatever budget you have in mind and publish sample prices freely for you to compare. Feel free to contact us for a custom quote for what you have in mind and we can work together to reach your goals.

With a friendly and helpful staff, we are big enough to serve you, but small enough to care & serve you well. Currently we have 6 employees & growing and are happy to help you with any questions you may have. Conversations often begin with 2 questions …

what are you trying to accomplish and what are you dealing with? We look forward to your call!

Livestock Shelters

30' wide on wall Livestock

 click here to download our livestock shelter brochure(please see pricing below) and see more info on our livestock shelter page

Pictured is a 30′ wide structure mounted on a knee wall. The short wall keeps the animals away from the plastic while also increasing the sidewall height. This particular customer has had several years of success using this sort of housing for his sheep.

Animals thrive in a greenhouse environment benefiting from being dry, out of the wind and in the light, without being in the direct sun.

There are a few options in covering to choose from. A typical kit is made from two layers of 6mil white poly and includes an inflator fan that blows air between the layers. This will reduce the condensation that the animals create. It also includes a single layer to cover each end and base brackets attach the structure to a wall.

Roll up sides are added for easy natural ventilation. Usually customers attach a snow fence or netting to the inside of the arch if the structure is mounted to the ground, so the animals do not come in contact with the cover or run away when the sides are rolled up.

Alternately, a white tarp covering may be used instead of the double white poly, especially in situations where the animals are going in and out on their own accord when they require shelter.

TARP vs. DOUBLE PLASTIC

The big difference is that with TARP you get extremely high tear resistance with low annual cover cost, and with DOUBLE PLASTICyou get reduced temperature fluctuation & drip control while adding stiffness in high winds.

AVAILABLE OPTIONS

  • Custom widths, heights & hoop spacing
  • Roof vents & forced ventilation packages
  • Various types & sizes of doors with end framing priced separately
  • 8mm polycarbonate sheeting for roof and/or ends
  • Roll up sides for natural ventilation & reduced condensation
  • Cross ties for added rigidity, support or other storage

Hanley Caterpillar Greenhouses

Click here to download our hanley tunnel brochure! (please see pricing below) or more info on our Hanley Application Page

Check out our Hanley Assembly overview 

We offer these structures with 17′ wide hoops at 6′ increments, standard.
Ultimate in Low Cost, Portable Season Extending Greenhouses

A note of caution…
At 6’ rib spacing, these structures are not intended to, or capable of handling very much snow load. This tunnel can handle greater loads by simply reducing the rib spacing and/or increasing the length of the anchor pegs.

Pricing can be done as a complete package or as “required components”
(prices as dependent on quantity purchased)

5/8” rebar (48” recommended)
Base plate with clasp
Rope (1000’ spools)
25’ or 28’ wide 6mil clear plastic

Sample prices, including plastic
17×100 @4 = $2659… sections are $98.35
17×100 @ 5 = $2254… sections are $102.70
17×102 @6  = $2019… sections are $107

 Our prices exclude installation, end anchors, freight & taxes unless otherwise specified. Please inquire with any concerns.

HST & Freight are extra, prices current as of June 2018 – please call for current quote

Structure details

17’ wide with 92” centre height
1”x2”x24’ galvanized 1 piece ribs
Ribs typically spaced at 6’ apart
5/8” rebar (2 per rib) 48” long suggested
1/4” polyester rope
Base plates with clasps

Additional Notes

It is important to get the correct amount of inward lean on the anchor rods. If they are too vertical, it will be a challenge to get the rib on and if they are leaning too much they will loose some of their holding power.

Proper tension on the rope is critical to the success this type of “greenhouse” since it is the rope which is holding the plastic in place. The plastic is secured lengthwise between 2 stakes which should be a minimum of 12’ away from the last rib. By pulling and securing the cover lengthwise first, you will minimize the cover dipping between the ribs.

We now have a modified Hanley which is narrower and taller, with a two part hoop. Pricing is available upon request. Due to the substantially different wind dynamic, the modified Hanley is not suggested as your first Hanley experience.

Igloo Round Structures

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 We have a unique structure that we have started offering more often. It is a round dome structure, with our standard hoops around a circular ridge piece. We have taken to calling this our “Canadian Igloo” Structure. Plastic is put on in separate pieces so it’s not for the new greenhouse assembler. We have them being used for everything from seminar areas to storage, whatever you would like a unique application for!

Interior Peak View

AVAILABLE OPTIONS

  • Anchor posts which are hollow steel tubes driven into the ground under each hoop
  • Brackets come with each anchor post to attach the base board (nuts and bolts included)
  • The heavy duty, galvanized peak bracket comes with the appropriate number of factory welded stubs
  • Hoops are rectangular galvanized steel, in one piece from top to bottom
  • Cover fastener channel with stainless spring steel inserts

Covering Details

  • Igloos typically covered with a single layer of 6mil poly and have a 5-6 year expected lifespan.
  • They can also be covered in a double layer poly, 12 mil tarp or lexan polycarbonate
  • 6mil clear greenhouse plastic comes with a 4 year warranty against deterioration by the sun.
  • White plastic should not be used for plants

Structure Components & Details

  • Base Brackets with 2 lag bolts each to attach to beam, curb, wall, etc (anchoring devices not included)
  • Welded circular ridge with U channel stubs
  • Spacers between the hoops
  • Wirelock to fasten the cover is composed of an aluminum channel with stainless steel spring inserts. It is included for both sets of end hoops. Sidewall wirelock is an optional extra.

Anchoring Options

  • Choice between Base Bracket (included in pricing seen in brochure) or Anchor Posts for anchoring
  • Anchor posts are an optional extra. These hollow steel tubes are 1 ¼ “ x 36” or 1 ¾ x 40”. There is one anchor post per hoop, usually set into concrete
  • Anchor posts are not advisable for very heavy or stony ground because of shifting
  • Anchoring the foundation is critical to the long term life of the building