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    Hey all,

    I’m in the early planning stages of converting an old grain silo into a guest house on my property. Just curious if anyone has any experience with anything like this? Or where I can be directed too for more information?

    These are generally the details on how I want to build this. I am hoping to keep this as ‘off grid’ as possible.

    Hydro- I would like to use solar panels to power the majority of the electrical, and depending on the load required I would like to put in some kind of electric in floor heating system.

    Insulation- 2x4 stud walls to line the interior of the shell, about 2” off the steel wall and then spray foamed to give 5.5” of insulation.

    Heating- Woodstove and in floor heating (hopefully)

    Plumbing - I would like to use 2 300 gallon totes stacked outside the grain bin, collecting rain water and going through a filtration system in order to be used for the main water supply for the kitchen and bathroom.

    If anyone has any experience or suggestions on ways to make this project happen, I would love to hear them.

    Thanks,

    Sam


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    Re: Grain silo house build

    Is this a steel grain bin? What diameter?

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      Re: Grain silo house build

      Probably best to post a couple of photos and tell us where you really live so that we can make appropriate suggestions. (we don't all live in Utopia...)
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      • #4

        Re: Grain silo house build

        It is possible to use solar collectors and vacuum tubes for in floor heating. But needing in floor heat and a wood-stove, makes me think 2 water tanks outside in the winter might freeze up. Just my 2 cents and worth as much.
        Sorry I don't know where to direct you.
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        • #5

          Re: Grain silo house build

          Id be more worried about an escape hatch.
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          • #6

            Re: Grain silo house build

            Why only 2x4, and not 2x6?

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            • #7

              Re: Grain silo house build

              If you proceed I hope you will post progress pics and a build thread. It would be very interesting to follow along.
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              • #8

                Re: Grain silo house build

                I hope you have the sun shine at night in Utopia, if you want electrical in floor heating, maybe do some checking how and why people do use hot water for in floor heating.

                Collect rain water and store it inside to keep it from freezing and use a (outside) wood stove with fluid circulation to heat for floor heating and domestic hot water use, use separate coils in tanks or other setups.

                There is lots of info on line, just look it up, heres one that explains it.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PL0yBdvSxA
                Last edited by Leo Van Der Loo; 10-01-2018, 12:17 PM.

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                • #9

                  Re: Grain silo house build

                  Originally posted by beachburl View Post
                  Why only 2x4, and not 2x6?
                  Noel
                  "Insulation- 2x4 stud walls to line the interior of the shell, about 2” off the steel wall and then spray foamed to give 5.5” of insulation."

                  I'd assume the walls are not structural (though probably load bearing in a multifloor design), and with the added 2" spacing, they get the same space to be insulated, but only need to buy 2x4's instead of 2x6's.
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                    Re: Grain silo house build

                    If its to be used only as a guesthouse occasionally, and not heated 24/7 during the winter, there might be a freezing situation with water, inside or outside. Even with insulation, but no heat, the temp will eventually equalize with outside. Leos suggestion of an outside wood stove and hot water circulation sound about right.
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                    • #11

                      Re: Grain silo house build

                      About time the OP returns to answer questions.
                      Rob

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                        Re: Grain silo house build

                        Gonna be a lot of stairs...

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                          Re: Grain silo house build

                          Originally posted by the_other_ken View Post
                          Gonna be a lot of stairs...

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                          Great view though!
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