Three Old Grain Silos Converted Into A Unique Farmhouse









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43 Responses to “Three Old Grain Silos Converted Into A Unique Farmhouse”

  1. Brian Blackburn says:

    To whom who wrote this article, these are not silos these are grain bins.

  2. Mike Byrne says:


    • James Riley says:

      In my 53 years around a farm these structures have always been called silo’s and bins.
      It all is in what you define them as . I called them silos no matter how tall they were. Grain Bins were around are farm a four sides pole building with fencing around them and a roof.

      noun \ˈsī-(ˌ)lō\

      : a tower that is used to store food (such as grain or grass) for farm animals

      : an underground structure that is used for storing and firing a missile

  3. Nancy Wade says:

    Very imaginative! Be fun to stay in the grain bins….. However, a “suit” is something a person wears or refers to cards in a deck. The correct term when referring to connecting rooms would be “suite” as in a “suite” (sounds like “sweet”) of rooms. Thanks for the post. It was fun to see how ingenious people are.

  4. Sherwood Botsford says:

    Not a great idea:

    1. The silos have limited view — the side in common blocks all or part of the view.

    2. The wall is made of steel. Hard to heat.

    3. so you insulate, and use as much wood to hold the bats as it would to make a building.

    4. The outside is a vapor barrier. Likely condensation on the inside of it, rotting the insulation partitition.

    5. They are small. Fair chunk is taken up by stair space.

    6. A curved wall is hard to use with standard furniture.

    • K says:

      Oh, shut up…it’s a neat idea.

    • Jaston says:

      Actually, you can build them, well insulated, with very little wood. A smaller bin is inside a larger one. The gap between them is insulated and sheetrock is attached directly to the inside steel walls or with 2x interior studs. Used grain bins can be purchased for the scrap steel value, currently as low as $300. You certainly can’t build four walls and a roof for $600.

    • jason says:

      My credentials are as follows:
      Family business of carpenters on both mothers and fathers side.
      Constructed grain bins for GSI, Brock, chief, sukup and a few other brands for the last 15 years.

      Bins are not small. GSI, a grain bin fabraction company, offers grain bins for salen is sizes ranging from 12′ -105′. Yes thats one hundred five foot diameter. Thats large enough to encompass a normal sized housing lot inside city limits.

      Currently 18′-27′ bins are becoming obsolete due to cheaper higher capacity 36′ bin. You could get a few 21s or 27s for next to nothing or even free. You might just have to disassemble them yourself.

      An 18′ diameter bin, I believe that is what they used. Would afford about 1900 sq foot of raw space. That would, I’m taking a guess here, somewhere around 1500 sq foot of livable space per level. This of course depends on the materials used for walls and insulation.

      The stairs would take up no more room in a bin than they would in a standard wooden house. Your point is moot. Once built a person does not have to maintain a curved wall, so again your arguement is invalid.

      • Knock says:

        Ummm. Think that your math is off a bit. Floor space would be about 250 sqft per level for an 18′ diameter bin. Could potentially be around 700 sqft for a 30′ tall bin with 10′ ceilings.

        Still love the idea though.

    • Knock says:

      1. Silos potentially offer 360 degree views depending on your creativity and construction skills.

      2. Steel offers excellent strength, and while hard to heat, requires little to no internal support.

      3/4. After initial framing with a small gap from the outer wall, the use of spray foam provides excellent insulation, sound isolation, and vapor barrier all in one. With the thickness from the outer wall to interior framing, R-value would be far superior to current block style housing.

      5. The use of spiral stair-cases in an attempt to save space is possible, if you’re worried about the space taken. The interior space, is actually a fair big larger than expected due to shape and lack of internal supports.

      6. Get creative.

  5. Danielle says:

    What a beautiful structure, I don’t see why everyone is being so picky on how they have labeled these “bins”..”silos”..
    Just enjoy the sight and be happy there are still creative people in the world.

  6. Random college graduate says:

    Them blue sofas are uglier than my grandmother’s curtains.

    Great idea though! very industrious! how did you overcome the heating problem since it is true that since the outside is made of metal and it is a vapor barrier, the accumulated condensation on the inside could create rotting then moss and we all know moss can be lethal.

    Sure like to see an answer for that.

    Aside of that, is sure looks great, love that tractor outside. You could try to welded to the ground, them antique restoration guys patrolling America’s country roads are vultures.

  7. Tony Silo Bin says:

    Sherwood: Your (silo/bin) glass is 1/2 empty.

  8. Lucinda Harden says:

    picky, picky, picky! What they Are is a very unique home and livelihood for some very ingenious individual. Come on now all you silo/bin people are kicking your selves in the butt/behind/arse/a** ( see where I am going with this!) enjoy the sheer beauty of it!

  9. Helen says:

    Does not matter what these are called bins or silos– still a very neat and creative idea.idea.

  10. Steve Moore says:

    The fact that some of you spent time out of your life arguing with strangers on a blog about the name of a silo makes me hope for the apocalypse. Retards.

  11. Tiffany higdon says:

    You people are ruthless. Why are you argueing about which building it is? Who cares, that’s not what it’s about. And everyone else who is making rude comments about it, shut up. What if you built this and people said some of the things you’ve said?!

  12. Poole Greenmeyer says:

    Bankruptcy tubes is another name. Better suited as homes. Great idea, and used ones that are handsomely priced, shouldn’t be too hard to find.

  13. Drema says:

    Doesn’t matter what they are called.I call it beautiful.

  14. Anne says:

    To all those, “tall poppy”, destroyers, get a life.

  15. Ka says:

    Spray foam insulation. It sticks to the wall and makes its own moisture barrier.

  16. Benita says:

    Would like to have seen pictures of the kitchen. It does have a kitchen, right?

  17. Kim says:

    My grandmother lived in a corn crib… that considered a silo?

  18. Stacey says:

    I’m just wondering about storm ready needs. Did you do anything in preparedness for tornados or heavy winds? Because this is gorgeous n I would love to have something like this someday soon….

  19. John says:

    Hi where can I get some used bins, I would like to build a bin house myself I think it’s very unique in looks great,it would be a nice winter project.

  20. Maria Baja says:

    That’s what my family has always called them & I come from a long line of farmers. Perhaps it depends on where you come from. My son is using the top for a gazebo he is welding. They sure are interesting no matter what they are called.

  21. Maria Baja says:

    Summer guest cottage. There I fixed that for ya, you’re welcome!

  22. Brenda Sullivan says:

    I agree, what does it matter grain or silos? Good idea for a home. Love it.

  23. Nancy Talton says:

    Well I’m from Missouri Iowa Illinois are so farm girl I am and everyone I know calls them silos so to each their own. Now with that being said I think it is BEAUTIFUL. great idea ?

  24. Kathy says:

    Tomāto…tomăto. Whatever you call it, it’s VERY cool!

  25. Bette says:

    Fyi. In Minnesota where I grew up on the farm, they were all silos if they were circular in shape. Granaries were square or rectangular.

  26. Susan says:

    Correct grain bins for dry grain. Silos for forage and fermentation.

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