Move over shipping container architecture, the latest grain-bin house proves that homes converted from the bulky agrarian staple can also look sleek and satisfying. When retired art teacher Kate Morris inherited 250 acres of Montana prairie land from her father, she finally had the chance to build her "dream home," from one of the familiar grasslands structures. With the help of architect Nick Pancheau and builder Tom Skovron, the giant metal bin Morris bought for $12K was transformed into a one-bedroom sanctuary with incredible views of the surrounding plains.
The original bin, which measures 36 feet in diameter and 20 feet in height, has stayed largely intact; inside it, the primary living space is enclosed in a 900-square-foot insulated box. There are, however, stairs that lead to the unfinished space below, which Morris currently uses as an art studio.
With the home's expansive punch-out windows, protruding observation desk, and bridged entryway, there are also plenty of opportunities to pause and savor the pastoral environment. Take a look: