How to Build a Grain Bin House

It might start as a simple metal cylinder, but many people have found that a grain bin house provides an affordable, efficient, and versatile place to dwell.



grain bin house
This energy-efficient grain bin house uses foam and fiberglass insulation, plus computer-assisted passive solar heating.
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energy-efficient home
Two bins create this energy-efficient home in the Uinta Mountains of Utah.
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house interior
The interior of this grain bin building includes some corrugated metal, but is primarily traditional.
TANNER EHMKE
grain bin home
In Kansas, the Ehmke family uses this bin as a residence, an office and a scale house (where grain trucks are weighed).
TANNER EHMKE
steel grain bin
The size of this bin has been reduced without cutting the steel. It has been “squeezed.”
MARK CLIPSHAM
grain bin window
Sealing gaps and shedding water are important aspects of window and door installation.
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rain screens
“Rain screens” add visual interest over the windows. The joints do not need to be sealed.
MARK CLIPSHAM
grain bin door
The custom-made door is carefully sealed against rain and snow, and it’s also protected by an awning.
MARK CLIPSHAM
storage building
Mark Clipsham remodeled this grain bin to be a playroom and storage space.
MARK CLIPSHAM











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