Grain Silo Homes Like Bucky Fuller's Still Being Made. After showing Bucky Fuller's Dymaxion Deployment Unit made from grain silo parts, a reader pointed out that in fact, you could still buy a home made like this, the Sukup Safe T Home. © Sukup Really, compare these to the shipping container houses that everyone loves so much. 14 of these can fit into one container.
They are designed for proper ventilation, with a continuous ridge vent, a double roof and a cupola vent at the top. They collect rainwater around the edge of the eaves. The windows come with 16 gauge perforated mesh screens. The roof of Sukup Safe T Homes was specifically- designed to allow ventilation and prevent overheating of the interior area. The whole thing locks up tight for security, and even comes with decorative planters, that are in fact ballast boxes to add weight and help it withstand high winds.
The manufacturer says that it is easy to build: Each shipment comes complete with everything needed to erect a complete Safe T Home. How to Find Used Grain Bins. 1) All grain bins are not created equal.
Grain bins are made by many different companies, and vary considerably in quality and workmanship. The price of a new bin does not necessarily reflect its quality. We can divide grain bins into three categories for easy assessment: a) Low quality. These are typically made with light-grade metal, and tend to bend and crumple easily. B) Medium quality. Salt lake architecture: rural grain silo home. Montesilo is the name of a unique home, built in 2006, that utilizes two corrugated metal grain silos in Woodland, Utah adjacent to the Provo River.
Designed to accommodate the owner, Earl Stein, as well as future grandchildren, two linked corrugated metal grain silos were arranged to allow the largest (27’ diameter) to have the greatest access to the Provo River, and the southern exposure to ensure passive solar heat gain during the winter. An electric mesh is embedded into the slabs of the lower floor as a first auxiliary heat source, and a propane-burning stove (manageable by internet) will provide the back-up. The metal grating and guard rail of the second level deck will provide shading into this great-room space during the summer months. Awards: -Owners blog showing entire construction process. Footings installed Foundation walls Concrete slab finish. 14 Smart Silo Conversions from High-Rises to Hidden Homes. Once, they held grain, missiles or even sewage.
But these 14 silos were transformed into incredibly creative adaptive reuse projects, transcending their utilitarian identities to present us with modern high-rise apartment buildings, eco-friendly homes, unusual restaurants and irresistible bed-and-breakfasts. MVRDV Gemini Residence, Copenhagen (images via: arcspace) Leave it to architecture firm MVRDV to turn two eyesores on Copenhagen’s waterfront into stunning residential towers that are even cooler looking once you step inside. The two silos were left intact as ‘twin cores’, with the actual apartments basically acting as a facade. Silo Eco-Home, Greensburg, Kansas (image via: natural home magazine) Greensburg, Kansas is so named because it aims to become one of the first green towns in the United States. Gruene Homestead Inn, Texas (images via: gruenhomesteadinn.com)
1950's Silo Converted into a Tiny House by Christoph Kaiser. Architect, Christoph Kaiser, has created this inventive tiny house out of a 1950’s grain silo.
Set in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, the silo has been converted into a very cozy, modern home for Christoph and his wife. The tiny house is 340 square feet in size, but it doesn’t only have a small physical footprint, its carbon footprint should also be comparatively small as well. Kaiser has built his home with reused materials, namely the silo itself and the walnut plank flooring sourced from Craigslist. The tiny house will also have a positive impact on the surrounding area – the Garfield Historic District – where urban renewal is on the up.
The grain silo was purchased from a Kansas farmer and then transported by pickup truck to the site. During the reassembly some major modifications where made (as can be seen from the pictures). Given its circular form, the interior furniture all had to be custom made (bar a set of Eames wire chairs) to accommodate the sweeping curve of the home. How to Disassemble a Grain Bin: Picture Tutorial. My kids, who have been on grain bin building sites nearly all their lives, can't resist a lowered roof.
Carefully assess any damage to roof sheets, and determine whether you should fix the sheet(s), or replace them. You will need one person inside with vice grips, and one on the outside with an impact wrench (this picture was taken about halfway through the roof disassembly process). The Classic Plan. Familiar, comfortable, timeless.
The open plan on the first floor allows for generous dimensions in a fairly small, energy and material conserving foot print. It is conducive to accessibility. The porches are big enough to be functional. The second floor plan has options of a classic axial nature or as fitted for more contemporary concerns. Portfolio - Grain Bin Buildings. Steel Plans. SCHULTZdigital: Grain Silo Home. Upcycling Old Grain Silos: Houses, Homes, Hotels & Inns. They Bought Three Silos From A Farm And Transformed Them Into Amazing Living Spaces. Silo homes are truly amazing!
Using silos to create a house is a great choice to build a modern, non-traditional home. This next family did exactly this: they bought three silos from a farm and transformed them into amazing living spaces. But the silos are not designed for living inside them, so they had to make some adjustments first such as insulating the walls with foam. The Classic Plan. Grain Bin Cabin Plan. Grain Bin Cabin Mark Clipsham, Architect This 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom 692 sf cabin will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
It also has the potential to provide as many as 12 "berths" for use as a hunting cabin or such. Each berth could have its indiviual heat or A/C duct for greater efficiency. The basis of the design components is to put a grain bin inside a grain bin and insulate the space between them with foam. This makes the structure self-supporting, self-framing (no studs in the outside walls), thermally and acoustically broken (super-high performance), and maintenance free for fifty plus years.
Don't want to use foam insulation or too far from an installer? Recommissioned Silos. Recommissioned Silos Round houses have been a successful design option for thousands of years.
Wind passes around the building and finds no resistance. Round buildings achieve much higher wind ratings than traditional straight edged buildings. Round houses also have less surface area on the exterior making for a home that is easier to heat and cool. Monte-Silo House in Woodland, Utah. The south facing side of above silo house. Bed cubbies in Monte-Silo House in Woodland, Utah by Gigaplex Architects.
Curved kitchen in Monte-Silo House in Woodland, Utah by Gigaplex Architects. 190 Square Foot Grain Silo Tiny Home - Tiny House Living. Amazing grain silo home makes living simply look like living the high life. You Won't Believe the Cozy Home Inside This Converted Grain Silo. Grain Silo Tiny House. This Grain Silo Tiny House is available as a vacation rental at Gruene Homestead Inn. It’s located at 832 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, Texas 78130. A wonderful covered front porch was added. And when you go inside you’ll see the living area, kitchen, bathroom, and staircase that leads you to the upstairs bedroom.
Recommissioned Silos - Life In A Roundhouse. Cozy Grain Bin Homes. For anyone who lives in farming country, driving past a grain bin may put visions in your head of an unusual and nearly ready-made home just ripe for the picking. Actually, people have built homes out of grain bins and silos using various techniques and styles. Grain bins come in various widths and heights and are used for storing harvested grain. Many of the older silos are standing empty or are being torn down to be sold for scrap. However, there are some builders and architects who have begun designing homes and barns out of the metal structures. Grain Bin Cabin Plan.