Three Old Grain Silos Converted Into A Unique Farmhouse









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75 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. Melinda says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, it also depends on what part of the country you live in. In some states, they’re silos and others, they’re bins. Can we please just agree to disagree? There are better things to argue over. Lol I think the home is beautiful.

  27. Shireen Govender says:

    Yes I agree – what does it matter what its called. appreciate the vision the artistic talent and ingenious way in which this was refurbished whilst still maintaining the original bin/silo/pot/cup/bucket….who cares……

    sad people who look for every negative they can find……………live in the moment and appreciate the concept and most importantly learn something from it

  28. Bree says:

    Who cares what they are called it’s pretty cool

  29. Doug says:

    So I saw comments from people that have to argue weather they are silos or bins, WTH is the difference & why do people have to be so pretty to argue over such stupid crap. It just goes to show how pathetic & sad of a life that people lead that they have to argue everything. Just accept that someone used their imagination & turned something plain into something incredible. If you cant accept that…either ignore it or just shut up & keep your opinion to yourself.

  30. Ann Whalen says:

    These are awesome and so beautiful on the inside!

  31. Angi says:

    Technically, since they are not being used for their original intent, they are not either! They are now part of the house! Come on people, stop being so petty and retarded, there is no difference! ?

  32. Susan says:

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

  33. Deb says:

    They are grain bins❗️ Silos are much much taller.
    Love this idea however our grain bins are the first to blow when a straight line wind hits our yard every summer.

  34. Lisa says:

    Either silos or grain bins, just depends on where your from. THE POINT IS these are really creative structures that look really nice. Thank you, that is all.

  35. Teri says:

    I am happy to read that most of you agree. Not a silo they are grain bins. Silo hold silage. What is that you might ask well, farmers go into the field before the corn is completely dry and they chop it up and put into the silo where it stay damp and MOIST to feed the livestock. Grain bins are for corn and beans to where there is fans to run in them to dry them out. The drier the better the yield.

  36. Ezzy says:

    I agree, who cares. It’s beautiful

  37. Cindy says:

    Who the hell cares if they a silo’s or grain bin’s. It’s a cool idea.

  38. Deloris says:

    In SE Kansas we call them grain bins and silage is usually stored in plastic lined and covered troughs in the ground. Most siloes are empty and unused now days.

  39. Monique says:

    Love this. Great to see such creativeness. Such a unique design. If I ever come over I’d love to see this in person. Well done on the design and building

  40. dolores.beam says:

    Currently waiting for the movers, 18′ grain silo… To use as part of my art gallery/workshop.. hopefully be here by November… Quigley’s Outlandish Art in greenwood Delaware… Check it out ?

  41. Diane says:

    Ya I really think this is a beautiful and neat idea! Nicely written article …interesting and I’d love to see it someday. Thank you for writing and sharing this piece with pictures. I enjoyed it very much. 🙂

  42. Dave says:

    Who gives 1 thought if they are bins, or silos?! It is stupid to argue, and insult people over such a petty thing. Its quite a neat architectural idea, and it also took something that most let end up rotting, and rusting for the next 75 years into something useable, and unique.

  43. Steven T. G. says:

    Those all look great just wondering how much instalation R ratatings is required for colder climites do to the steel housing?

  44. T says:

    There one in the same- Silo holds the grains. I think it depends on where you’re from and what they call it.

  45. Bridgette says:

    Doesn’t matter what they are called, that’s not the point of this post. Call them what ever you want, plus northerners and southerners say things a little different anyway. Irrelevant

  46. mary says:

    they are grain bins. A silo is smaller round wise and taller made out of cement or some thing similar. grain bins are made out of metal.

  47. Allison says:

    I’m going to let all of you who want to duke it out, have at it!
    I think this is creative, clever, and a testimony to an artistic yet practical view point!
    I don’t care about the furniture either, I have my own, and you would probably think my stuff is ugly to, ok….
    Living in the “round” is a spiritual event, not to be taken lightly,
    I thank you so much for sharing…
    PS if someone could post anything about steps to ensure how moisture problems of a metal building could be handled I would appreciate it.
    Thank you again, this is a great posting as we prepare to enjoy Labor Day!

  48. Allison says:

    I tried to post this and it said I had already, but that is not true, I did not!

    I’m going to let all of you who want to duke it out, have at it!
    I think this is creative, clever, and a testimony to an artistic yet practical view point!
    I don’t care about the furniture either, I have my own, and you would probably think my stuff is ugly to, ok….
    Living in the “round” is a spiritual event, not to be taken lightly,
    I thank you so much for sharing…
    PS if someone could post anything about steps to ensure how moisture problems of a metal building could be handled I would appreciate it.
    Thank you again, this is a great posting as we prepare to enjoy Labor Day!

  49. James says:

    Actually these are OUR silos and so we will call them whatever we want. Also, they have been converted into B&B Suites NOT a ranch house. You can find them at Abbey Road Farm in Carlton, Oregon.

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