There Is a Farmhouse Built Out Of Grain Silos
If you have the chance to visit Yamhill County, Oregon be sure to pay a visit to this awesome farmhouse which is built out of three old grain silos.
Converting silos into a B&B is an unique idea that we haven’t seen before.
It takes a creative mind to come up with an idea like converting unused grain silos into luxurious guest rooms.
The result of this innovative transformation is Abbey Road Farm, a truly unique bed-and-breakfast located on a working farm in the heart of Oregon wine country.
The creative minds behind the conversion were John and Judi Stuart. After three decades of working in the insurance industry in Las Vegas, they decided to create a different sort of life by buying a farm.
When John Stuart had the vision to reimagine the grain silos and transform them to into livable space, he ran into some opposition from county planning officials.
John’s exposure to the quirky architecture of Las Vegas, where buildings with an unusual shape are common, had expanded his imagination to see the potential of the silos.
Eventually, he was successfully able to convince officials that they could be inhabited safely and legally. The look of the metal silos creates an industrial feeling that is perfectly balanced by the luxurious and comfortable interior.
The Stuarts originally had two grain silos, and they added a third one for better symmetry.
The next part of the vision was building a small adjoining house that expanded the square footage of the space further.
This small house and the three silos complement each other to form a unique shape. When the construction on the structure was completed, a luxurious bed-and-breakfast was born.
It consists of five circular suites, along with a parlor that’s ideal for the guests to hang out with each other.
The two outer silos each contain two guest rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs. The center silo only has a guest room upstairs, while the lower floor holds the communal sitting room.
The shape of the rooms is a reminder of the original purpose of the space. However, the silos have been transformed with every possible modern convenience.
Every suite has unique design elements, but the amenities are similar. Guests can enjoy a king-size bed that comes complete with a memory-foam top and quality linens.
The spacious bathrooms boast heated towel racks and a Jacuzzi tub. High-end fixtures and contemporary furnishings add to the sense of luxury.
The silo guest rooms are designed for livability, including comfortable armchairs, a warm color palette, and large windows that make the most out of the expansive views.
Every suite has a unique view, whether of the English garden, or the wide valley.
There is also a deck on the overlooking the property’s wetland and where you can spy ducks, blackbirds, and geese, among other birds.
Efficiency was one of the central values that guided the conversion of the space from agricultural storage to a modern inn.
The concrete floors of the silos use a radiant heating system that is powered by the gas hot water tank that provides heating for the entire structure.
The building was made extra cozy with foam insulation that was sprayed in between the interior walls and the metal exterior.
These measures of efficiency have paid off with much lower utility bills than could have been accomplished with a more conventional approach.
The project was thoughtfully constructed both for the comfort of the guests and for conserving energy.
One of the reasons the Stuarts moved to a farm was so that they could have access to the farm-to-table lifestyle by growing as much of their own food as possible.
Abbey Road is a working farm, and there are chickens, goats, sheep, and even llamas. Guests can enjoy a spectacular breakfast in which the eggs come from the farm’s own flock of free-range chickens.
The breakfast may also feature from goat cheese from the farm’s herd of goats, fruit from the orchards, and zucchini or pumpkin that grows in the garden.
Guests can also buy the goat cheese to take home with them as a flavorful souvenir of their unique experience.
The Stuarts’ decision to reuse the existing structure in their efforts to repurpose the farm was a bold design decision that makes the bed-and-breakfast entirely memorable.
The innovative design of the building incorporates the grain silos in a way that is fresh but also practical.
Guests can enjoy the unique novelty of staying in a room with round walls, a reminder of the original purpose of the space, while also having every possible comfort.
Abbey Road Farm’s picturesque location in the Willamette Valley, a region that’s famous for growing the grapes used in pinot noir, contributes to its country charm.
The property has even become a venue for weddings and other events. One of the other renovation projects at the farm was the reinvention of the horse barn into an event space that features a commercial-quality kitchen.
The property serves as an example of creative thinking, thoughtful design, and the power of imagination.
Learn more: http://abbeyroadfarm.com