Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Silo Living

I have a friend who lives in a beautiful non-traditional home that I thought you might be interested in.  I am sure many people drive by her house and would die for a chance to go inside and look around....and how many people do you know that can say they have lived in a grain silo?  Oh, and by the way, it is just down the street from the trapeze school that I told you about awhile back.  If you are ever in the area, you will have to see both!!

Check out her fabulous house....


They purchased the silo's from a farm in the set of three.  They were transported in halves in the middle of the night to their current location.  The galvanized metal was framed with 6" walls and insulated with foam.  Corridors were constructed to connect the silos.  Each two storied silo is about 500 square-feet of living space, so space management is very important.  My friend Carolynn and her husband live in the silo on the right and her daughter and son-in-law live in the silo on the far left.  The center part is the garage.


The stonework and industrial lighting add charm and character and help blend the 3 units together.  


Over the garage is a large gathering room for various family activities.  Also, a fabulous balcony.


Carolyn made this darling flower box next to the front door.


 It is made with drawer knobs as flowers and green caulking as the stems and leaves.  Notice the 3rd flower from the left....the center of the flower is her doorbell!


Love this door and ladder on the side of one of the silo's.


All the doors inside the silo's are reclaimed.  This metal door slides open into the laundry room.

 Most of the other doors in the house look like this.....love it!


Carolyn's living room, kitchen and dining area are in a very cozy space on the main floor.  Upstairs above the living area is their bedroom with connects to the family room over the garage.



Carolyn's house before this was a really cool old barn built in the early 1900's.   They moved the barn board by board and brick by brick from Grinnell, Iowa to Gilbert, Arizona where it was constructed exactly the same as it was back in Grinnell.....but that's another post.

Thanks Carolyn for letting me share your home with everyone!

deb

35 comments:

  1. That is so cool!! I actually live really close to Grinnell, but have never seen silos turned into homes! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. That is amazing! I love it. I'd like to see their previous barn turned house.

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  3. Wow! I live off Lindsay close by. I admire this place every time I drive by. It's great to learn more about it.
    Thanks,

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  4. wow this is amazing ..I can hardly wait to hear the story of the barn rebuild..this silo is fascinating....I am go to have to find it and drive by...

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  5. OMG...I love it!!! Thanks for sharing---so cool!!

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  6. How cool is that! I love the doorbell - adorable!

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  7. What a concept! and the flower box, so beautiful.

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  8. I've driven by this place a few times - probably on our way to your place - and always wondered about it. Very cool use of materials for a very unique home!

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  9. But now we need to see the INside of these fantastic home!

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  11. I love the creativity of this!! I wish u had it in me to think outside the box! Love it!!!

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  12. I love the creativity of this!! I wish u had it in me to think outside the box! Love it!!!

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  13. Love it, but can I please make a correction. These are not silos. These are grain bins. There is a difference

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    1. Thank you at least someone knows what these are. I have two sons who spend many months every year building grain bins in the heart of the corn belt. THESE ARE GRAIN BIN. Silo are VERY different. I ahve seen many people use grain bins as homes but we are always "invited inside". Why not here????

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    2. Thank you David! It was bugging me too!

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  14. Love it ...I would love to see the inside of this...







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  15. Beautiful uses of reclaimed materials. Love it.

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  16. Thank you Dave Holland...I saw this same concept with that same word silos...not grain bins...

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  17. I would love to see inside!!! Any chance she would let you post pics?? I bet its awesome!! Love it!!

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  18. I would love to see inside!!! Any chance she would let you post pics?? I bet its awesome!! Love it!!

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  19. if it was ok love to see inside see how everything is put together as a home...

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  20. How cool!!! Would love to see how they've adorned the inside!

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  22. I have seen a co by montevideo mn that has turned some grain bins into an office and there is a barn by chokio mn that was turned into a house

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  24. I have driven by here many times and always wondered what the insides looked like. I think its amazing.

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  25. I have driven by here many times and always wondered what the insides looked like. I think its amazing.

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  26. Love the house, yes would also like to see inside and if at all possible would like a copy of the floor plans. I am a Illinois farm girl living in Florida, thank you for sharing

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  27. That is really cool! Someone has money! Sure wish I did. lol

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  28. I believe in Berrien County we have an old two story, two room school house built into a home. All they needed was non supporting walls, and they are fairly inexpensive.

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  29. Would have loved to see inside pictures of these......

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  30. Would have loved to see inside pictures of these, would have made the article more fulfilling...

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  31. I would also like to see more inside pictures-our local veterinarian built a new silo for his house.

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  32. would love to see some of the interior . . .maybe another post?

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