Our Story

Where Quality Matters

Countryside Barns is a family owned and operated business that serves the Midwest region from our headquarters in Illinois. Since 2009, we’ve been cementing our reputation as the regional leader when it comes to portable and customizable shed design. Our family of shed builders is committed to delivering the best service and best products to our customers. By consistently being “as good as our word,” we have been able to maintain the trust of our customers while expanding our business to include more products and an ever-widening service area.


Our pledge to you

We endeavor to always be kind and fair and to treat every customer with integrity.

Our purpose

at Countryside Barns is to be a reflection of the hand of God with high quality and utmost integrity in all of our work. We strive to be a light of Christ by being humble, fair and honest in our interactions each day. Being a good steward of His resources is part of our purpose.

The vision

we have at Countryside Barns is to help all that come to us by being the most trusted portable building manufacturer in the market. We are striving to accomplish this by always looking for ways to improve our quality and efficiency with new, green, efficient building materials so we can have the most well-constructed, well designed structures available.

Countryside Barns’ mission

is to treat everyone with respect, helping customers make the best choice for their individual needs, and always treating others with fairness and honesty. By treating others the way we wish to be treated and “being as good as our word”, our goal is to exceed the expectations of every customer.

We believe

that God has called us to serve. It is our sincere desire to do this each day with joy and gratitude in our hearts.

Our goal: A better customer experience

At Countryside Barns, we remain refreshingly old-fashioned when it comes to our values: honesty, integrity, and trust. Whether you live down the road from us or across the state, we will provide you with a superior level of customer care and treat you just as we would hope to be treated. Our receptionists, customer service, sales, designers, shed builders, and delivery personnel bring experience to every interaction. More than that, our business is one big family of caring, hardworking professionals who enjoy great satisfaction in surpassing our customers’ expectations.

Why we are different

When you choose Countryside Barns for your custom portable shed, you can count on us to oversee the entire process, which includes design, delivery, manufacturing, and installation. We are devoted to providing quality checks every step of the way. Our level of outstanding craftsmanship is unsurpassed because we build every shed just as we would build it for ourselves. We wouldn’t dream of cutting corners. We wouldn’t know how to leave our customers with an inferior product.

Our Team

Phil Braker

Phil was born and raised in southwestern Missouri on his family’s farm and helping in his dad’s construction business. After relocating to Illinois, Phil worked many years managing the operations and maintenance departments for a large trucking company. He built his first portable building in 1998 and continues to enjoy the challenge by striving to manufacture the highest quality portable buildings on the market. Phil has been married for over 20 years and has been blessed with eight children. A family man, he thoroughly enjoys working with several of his children and many wonderful co-laborers. “At Countryside Barns, we have been blessed with quality employees and feel like one big family. I love to eat, so employee lunches are also a favorite of mine.” Most important to Phil is his Faith in God and then his church and family. He loves to serve people and witnessing the joy in a happy, elated customer. Honesty, integrity and strong work ethic are core values in the way he wants to do business. It is important to him to try to pass these values on to his children. Phil also enjoys spending time as a family, camping, family vacations, volunteering at his children’s private school and being a purple martin landlord.

Greg Bradle

Greg was raised on his family’s farm in rural Secor, IL. Before joining the Countryside Barns team, Greg worked several years in the construction industry and in farm insurance and sales. Married with one young son, Greg enjoys camping, hiking and spending time with his family. His Faith in God, church and family are cornerstones of his life. He also enjoys Mexican or Italian food and ice cream. When it comes to work, Greg enjoys helping customers design finished out cabins/tiny homes and custom buildings and takes very serious the need to be effective in his work – “being able to please our customers”. The most satisfying part of his job is accomplishing the needs of the customers along with working together with such an outstanding team of co-workers.

Lyndon Christner

Lyndon joined Countryside Barns shortly after its inception. He works in the shop framing buildings and also helps with roofing and painting. Lyndon, a lifelong Illinois resident, has spent his career doing what he loves – working with wood. He enjoys working for Countryside Barns because it allows him to share his skills and work with other team members who feel the same importance of quality and efficiency. When it comes to employee birthday celebrations and lunches, count Lyndon in! They are some of his favorite days! Important to Lyndon is his love for God and his thankfulness for God’s love and plan of salvation.  His favorite Countryside Barns product is the side porch cabin. Lyndon also enjoys singing, astronomy, and flying remote control airplanes.

Caleb Braker

Caleb is another member of our shop team and spends his time framing up buildings and is the chief ramp builder. This young member of our team has always enjoyed the challenge of trying to figure out how anything is constructed and how it works. His first summer job was building picnic tables and he’s enjoyed honing his construction skills ever since. Aside from woodworking, Caleb enjoys playing guitar, fishing and tackling mechanical pursuits, and family vacations. His church and family are important to him. Caleb’s favorite part of working at Countryside Barns is having fun while working with his co-workers and assisting Ernie with deliveries and mechanical work. The side porch cabin is Caleb’s favorite product.

Daniel Braker

Daniel can be found each work day in the shop framing any type of storage shed, cabin, garden shed, etc. He also helps oversee the rental equipment division. The oldest of 6 boys, he has always had a younger brother watching him and trying to learn from him. His first wood projects were building picnic tables with his brother, Caleb, and also building ramps. Daniel finds a lot of enjoyment in spending time with his church friends and family, vacations, canoeing, playing the piano and singing. He also enjoys pizza, tacos and Mountain Dew. Daniel has a hard time choosing a favorite Countryside Barns product as both the side porch cabin and lofted cabin rate at the top.

Grant Ulrich

Born and raised near Eureka, IL, Grant is skilled in the framing and construction of many types of portable buildings. He builds most of our buildings that get vinyl siding. Grant also spends considerable time working on his father’s farm where they raise a registered herd of angus cattle and sheep. A recent newlywed, Grant is a family guy who loves meat and potatoes, raising dogs, and enjoying a refreshing glass of sweet tea. Most important to Grant are his faith in Jesus Christ and his family, as well as putting in a hard day’s work. The lofted cabin rates as Grant’s favorite Countryside Barns product.

Kathy Nutt

When you walk in the front door, you will find Kathy ready to help you. She is the Countryside Barns receptionist and customer service representative Kathy was born and raised near Roanoke, IL and worked for a trucking company until it’s closure. She joined the Countryside Barns team in 2014 and loves working with customers. Married with kids, Kathy values her family and enjoys the people she works alongside. Away from work, she enjoys reading, eating steak and pizza. Her favorite Countryside Barns product is the side porch cabin.

Charles Sinn

Leading a wide load in an escort vehicle, you may find Charles. He is our escort driver and also helps with keeping the shop tidy and cleaning finished out cabins prior to delivery. Charles is from Kansas where he grew up on a dairy farm. A Vietnam veteran, he spent most of his career working on the farm, but also taught high school math for 27 years. He’s been married for 43 years and has seven grown children. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren. Religion and family are also the cornerstones of Charles’ life. He always enjoys a piece of gooseberry or coconut cream pie as well as a New York strip steak. He enjoys helping with the finishing out of cabins of which those that have showers and bathrooms being his favorite.

Hannah Braker

Hannah is glad to greet you when you walk in to Countryside Barns.  She is a customer service representative and also assists with accounting. God, faith, family and friends are all hallmarks of Hannah’s life. She was born in Missouri and grew up in Illinois as the oldest of eight children. Hannah loves helping customers with the design process and enjoys seeing the customers’ plans turn into a beautiful reality. She appreciates all the pictures customers send her. Two of her favorite projects to help design were Suzanne’s art studio and Odett’s Dream Playhouse. Hannah enjoys eating pasta, spending time with her younger siblings, and trips with family and friends.

Wayne Getz

We stay well stocked with quality trusses and doors that Wayne spends his time building. He can also be found installing the flooring in the fully finished cabins. Eureka, IL, has always been home to Wayne and he has a work background in flooring installation, construction and concrete. When he’s not working, Wayne enjoys spending time outdoors with flowers, trees and birds as well as being active in his church and time with his family. Wayne loves the great work environment at Countryside Barns and loves to make customers happy.

Chris Christner

Chris is a well rounded Countryside Barns employee with experience in all parts of the building and delivering process. Currently, he spends a lot of his time in the truck and delivering many portable buildings to their new homes. Chris has spent much of his life doing construction and woodworking. He enjoys meeting new people and loves working with the Countryside Barns team. He is passionate about living for Jesus, and also finds family, friends and his job to be very important to him. Chris enjoys flying remote control airplanes and horseback riding as well as eating steak, chicken, eggs and vegetables. The beautiful side porch cabins rate as his favorite product too.

Victor Kennell

Victor works in the finishing area of the Countryside Barns shop. He spends his time painting/staining buildings, roofing, and installing doors. He grew up on a farm in Illinois, and has also worked many years in construction and metal manufacturing. Married with four children, Victor enjoys raising goats and gardening when he’s not on the job. The Lord, family and friends are the staples of Victor’s life. He is passionate about helping others and enjoys fresh fruit and vegetables.

Ernie Christner

Ernie is our head delivery professional with experience in delivering thousands of portable sheds and cabins. He helps with much of the mechanic work and customizing of our own equipment. Born in Peoria, IL, Ernie got this start in construction when working for his dad. Ernie values his relationship with the Lord because his faith, family and friends are essential aspects of his life. It is his desire that his life could reflect the love and mercy the God has shown to him. Ernie enjoys beekeeping and gardening and also eating mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, roast beef and peaches. He is grateful for the amazing people he works with. Ernie especially enjoyed working on Ron’s chicken coops and loves to see finished out cabins.

Justin Kropf

The senior framer in the Countryside Barns shop is Justin Kropf. He has been working with wood since he was a young lad. The oldest of eight children, he enjoys time spent with his family and participating in his church activities. God, church and family are the cornerstones of Justin’s life. When the weather is nice, Justin may be found riding his motorcycle or fishing in his time away from work. A good, juicy beef steak or brisket is a sure way to Justin’s heart!  He appreciates the good environment at Countryside Barns along with the wonderful people he works with. Justin’s favorite project has been working on Countryside Barns’ own company cabin down at Giant Goose Ranch and enjoys getting to use it!

Jed Kupferschmid

Construction is all Jed has known in his working years. He is very knowledgeable and well trained in building quality structures. Jed is one of our main framers in the shop and also assists with our drafting needs. Recently married, Jed enjoys eating Chinese food, outdoor activities and any chance he gets to help his family with farm work. Working with horses or woodworking projects are also some of Jed’s hobbies. The most important hallmarks of Jed’s life are his Faith, family and friends. Jed really appreciates the family oriented environment he has found at Countryside Barns. Working on the completely finished out office building for a local disposal company has been Jed’s favorite project.

Naomi Bradle

Naomi joined the Countryside Barns team in the summer of 2018. A young, enthusiastic worker, she may be found helping out in either the office or shop. Naomi is definitely a social person, always enjoying time spent with her church youth group and friends. Her hobbies include organizing, sewing and reading. She also enjoys eating noodles and other pasta. Birthday parties, especially pies, are Naomi’s favorite part of working at Countryside Barns.

Levon Hostetler

Steve Miller

Marc Helmuth

Countryside Barns will deliver personalized service and high-quality workmanship to every job. We invite you to get to know our team of experienced designers and builders. We look forward to helping you design your portable shed, cabin, garage, chicken coop, or other portable structure. Contact us to get started.