Grain silos have become a popular structure used in building homes during the past few years. And it’s no wonder why more and more people are now dreaming to have their very own grain silo home!
Grain silos are very strong structures which makes them a great shell for building houses. In fact, most of the silos featured here date back to the mid 1900’s! And as you will see from the conversions below silos do remain intact and sturdy even after almost a century of use and disuse.
From storing wheat, soybeans or corn these grain silos now house some of the most beautiful interiors. And because of these amazing conversions, people are starting to realize the wonderful potential used silos have.
If you are one of us who appreciate the beauty of these homes, you’d be happy to know that it is not difficult to find grain silos that you can turn into your home. You can start at Craigslist or eBay, where you can find small used grain bins. Of course there are also sellers of new grain silos which generally starts at $7,000.
Now before you go looking for a grain silo, why not have a look at these amazing grain silo homes first for your inspiration!
Which of these do you like the best?
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Gruene Homestead Inn, Texas
This conversion involves a 1940’s grain silo that was last relocated and remodelled in 2007. It is not a private residence but a one-bedroom loft apartment that you can rent if ever you find yourself going on a holiday in New Braunfels, Texas. It can accommodate two adults and two kids below the age of 13, but it is not recommended for three or four adults.
Monte-Silo, Woodland, Utah
This home made up of two metal grain silos sits near the Provo River bountiful for fishing. Owned by a newly single man with two grown daughters and grandchildren in the near future, the house is perfect for him and for accommodating his guests during the weekend. Gigaplex Architects used grain silos to provide a visual and an aural connection to the waters and to keep the entire project as inexpensive as possible which are both also the client’s requirements!
1955 Grain Silo, Phoenix, Arizona
As the title states, this home is made from a 1955 grain silo which the homeowner incidentally saw as he was driving through Kansas. He himself is an architect. His idea for this grain silo home was to create it as comfortable, affordable and sustainable with the lowest possible carbon footprint possible!
Silo House by Cornell University
This silo house by Cornell University was built as an entry to the Solar Decathlon competition. The goal was to “design, build and operate the most attractive, effective and energy-efficient solar-powered house.”
Grain Bin Office/Scalehouse/Residence, Western Kansas
Kansas is probably the home for used grain silos in the U.S. Here’s another old silo from the said state that was converted into a home. It’s an office, scalehouse and residence all rolled into one which used mostly recycled and salvaged materials!
Feeringbury Barn, Essex
Though not exactly a silo home, this project by the Hudson Architects cleverly incorporates two grain silos into its architecture. It is a 16th century barn with interiors to match its exterior industrial aesthetic!
The Mill Junction Project, Johannesburg
This silo conversion is not just a silo conversion, it is also a shipping container project! South African property developer Citiq was the company behind this clever idea to provide affordable accommodation for students in Johannesburg.
Pink Cloud Oil Silo Home, Berlin
OK – this is not a exactly a grain silo but it’s definitely worth looking at. Designed by PinkCloud, the concept is to use old empty oil silos to create affordable housing – a great solution for the post-oil world!
Bouquet 556, New York State
It’s also not a grain silo home but it’s the grandest silo conversion we’ve come across, earning its position to finish this list! This silo home is an “extraordinary relic of Cold War USA.” Designated by the US Airforce in 1960 as Lewis Missile Base, this underground building consists of two sections – the Launch Control Center and the actual silo. You can read more about this amazing conversion by clicking on the title!