Graves Storage Barns was founded in 1974 by husband and wife team, Lorne and Mary Ellen Graves, with the business growing along with the family. Their two sons and daughter have all been involved in the company and are the key to its future.
Lorne’s destiny in the building industry was sealed at the age of 12 when he removed the aging back stoop from his dad’s family farm house and rebuilt it using a wooden handled hammer and a well-used hand saw. The lumber was taken from his father’s lumber pile that was cut and milled on the farm for other uses. He should have related his plans to his father before he started but the finished project saved the day. Lorne developed a strong work ethic working in the hay fields and woodlot on the family farm and over summer breaks during high school and university he learned his carpentry skills working with local skilled craftsmen building neighborhood homes. Back then the local craftsmen built custom homes from the foundation to the finish trim.
A strong interest in construction led to a university degree in Industrial Education for a career in teaching carpentry and drafting. Lorne was not a person who liked to be idle so in the summer of 1972 he began to design and build small storage sheds to replace the metal sheds that were blowing away in the wind. He soon realized that teaching career would have to be put aside to meet the growing demand for his “Graves Barns”.
Lorne was determined that his buildings would be built with top quality materials and workmanship. His wood structures are still standing after the Groundhog Day storm in NB, Hurricane Juan, White Juan and other devastating storms, a testimony to the tradition of quality and endurance that he established.
Quality construction requires a strong knowledge of the newest and best materials and techniques. An Industrial Education Program provided a strong background in construction materials and techniques of the day. Numerous courses and research have added to this strong background and kept him current with constant changes in the building industry.
Major courses include: R2000 Builder, Energy Efficiency, National Building Code, Computer Assisted Drafting and Design, Cad, 3D Drafting Techniques, New Home Warranty training courses and many other related courses.
The building industry has been Lorne’s lifelong interest and he has given back by serving on several committees and organizations. Over his 40 year career, he has served as President of the New Brunswick Home Builder’s Association, President of the Moncton Home Builder’s Association and served on the Canadian Home Builder’s Association, Atlantic New Home Warranty Program, Training Committee of Atlantic New Home Warranty, NB Housing, Minister Advisory Committee for building inspections in New Brunswick and many others.
Graves Barns & Buildings Ltd. operates in two locations:
121 Lower Mountain Road, Boundary Creek, NB (in the Moncton area)
1789 Sackville Drive, Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia
Lorne’s son, Steven has 25 years experience with the company as a member of the crew and as project manager. He now resides in Halifax as the regional manager.
The Graves family is pleased to have been part of the building industry for the past 40 years and look forward to many more enjoyable years providing quality products to Atlantic Canadians. A sincere thank you from our family to all of our great clients.
Any successful company requires dedicated, skilled employees and I am fortunate to have some of the best. They are loyal, dedicated, skilled and invaluable to our company’s success. Some employees have been with us since the early years, 40 years ago and others have brought their skills and joined us along the way. To all my dedicated employees, my heartfelt thank you!