Thursday, May 21, 2015

Grain Bins are Not Just for Grain Anymore


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Once again we make those in higher up places (higher up as you have to walk up a ramp to get in) shake their heads and mutter "Grain Bin House? I never heard of just a thing. Are you sure you don't mean a machine shed?"

Really? People live in machine sheds? How very...rectangular of them. Keith and I prefer the round peg in a square hole abode, or is it the other way around? No wonder we always make the eyes of our local rule makers roll up into the back of their heads. We said Grain Bin House and that is what we meant. It's really not that unusual Livingston County. Look, there is one now lurking at the top of this page.

Ours won't be so grand for the simple reason of money. Lack of money specifically. We kinda spent all ours on land (no mortgage, yeah!) leaving us with our good looks and bartering skills to get us our very own grain bin abode. Which explains why it will be small, 720 square feet small. Quite an adjustment from our 3000 square foot farmhouse but certainly a HUGE step forward from the Taj Mahal we are living in now:

 

Go ahead admit it. You wish you were me. The 1978 Shasta (Thank You Kristy and Adam!!) is seriously working quite well. We are outside so much putting in gardens, new fences, becoming one with all the woodland ticks etc...that we are basically just sleeping and cooking in there. And the cooking is mostly on rainy days as the rest of our meals are made on open fires or our grill.
 

 
 
Of course no homestead is complete without a couple of feeder pigs in the front yard. See that little hutch on the right? Future chops and bacon are residing in there. In the meantime they are also digging up our corn and bean patch. That circle of dirt was overgrown weeds and grass just a week ago. Without a tiller we are dependent on hog power. The horse is to dumb to till land. Back to the grain bin house. This is the site for it, nestled in among some older pines.

 
Just across from the site is our orchard. Lots of apple trees, a grove of overgrown plums and a weeping willow. Later this week we will add a pear tree, more grape vines and a blackberry bush.


Below is the lane leading up to the Grain Bin house site. The horse, the non-tilling horse- will move to other parts of the property where she does not earn her keep either. The house will go to the right with the orchard on the left, will be right out our front door.


This view is looking through the orchard towards the grain bin house which will sit just in front of the pine tree in the center of the photo.

 
In my next post I'll tell you where the grain bin is coming from and share costs with you. Construction is to begin next week!


11 comments:

  1. Congrats on your move, and you new adventure!

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  2. Oh my , this is going to be fun to watch. You know people pay good money to go off and have holidays like this. It must feel like you are permanently on a camping holiday. 720! Thats a great size. Im a big fan of the Tiny House movement! You spend so much time outdoors anyway.

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    1. It has been a real eye opener Lynda, how little space we can get by in. The caravan is just 180 SQ foot. We sleep in it and make coffee.

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  3. Kinda surprised not to see any chickens running about. You have a lot going on in just 7 acres. Can we assume you are taking lots of notes, pictures, saving anecdotes, etc for "Poor Farm - the book"! I'd read that for sure. :-D

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    1. The chickens are here but being trained to stay in their new coop so the lazy witches will lay eggs THERE instead on the clothesline. Yes they are very well balanced birds.

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  4. A grain bin house, I have actually seen one and thought what a great idea. Now I can sit back and watch just how you guys are going to make this work, it should be great entertainment! I agree with Kris, where are the chickens and your ever famous peacock?

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    1. Peacocks are coming too. We have several of them and our sole milk cow left at the old place. So missing our own raw milk

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  5. This is so amazing. Dan and I were looking at grain bin houses just several weeks ago while researching round barns. I love it!

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    1. We found a book on Amazon written recently about building a rocket mass stove but can't find a good book about grain bin home building so we'll just make it up as we go. We're getting better at that as we age.

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  6. I can't wait to come visit!!!! Glad to see the Shasta is still well loved. Miss you!!

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