So if you have never heard of a Grain BinZebo – you are about to now!

A Grain BinZebo is an outdoor living space constructed from a recycled grain bin or corn crib. Not only do they look incredibly unique, they are an excellent way to re-purpose old farm structures that are no longer in use.

And after doing a little research, we have decided to make it our next big project at the farm.

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Jeb Clark used this old grain bin to create his outdoor structure.

The Grain BinZebo

One of our favorite things to do is draw inspiration from other people and their projects. Especially when it involves recycling and re-purposing old structures for a whole new second life.

Our farm was built on recycling and re-purposing. It all began with the recycled barn project, creating our new barn from two old barn structures.  See : Our “new” Old Barn

From there, it continued on with our recycled chicken coop, compost bins, brick patio and more.

Recycling was not only a way to find new life for old things and help the environment – it was a way for us to build the entire farm on a shoestring budget.

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Jeb Clark’s grain bin transforming into his poolside pavilion.

The 24 x 32′ recycled barn was built for less than a thousand dollars. The 12 x 8′ chicken coop for only a few hundred.  And the list could go on and on.

But beyond the incredible savings, we also simply love the rustic charm these projects give to the farm.

The Grain BinZebo –  The Next Recycled Project At The Farm.

With more farm to table dinners and events hopefully coming to the farm in the years ahead, we needed additional sheltered space to entertain. The barn is the perfect start, but it is always nice to have an extra area where people can gather to escape the hot sun or rain.

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The recycled barn and outdoor kitchen area at the farm. Much of what we build outdoors comes from second life materials.

So when we happened upon an article about a man in Stanton, Iowa who transformed a neighbor’s old grain bin into his own poolside outdoor pavilion, we instantly became interested.

Jeb Clark definitely gets re-purposing. Piece by piece, he deconstructed his neighbors old grain bin. Then, fashioned it into his own unique outdoor living room, calling it Binzilla.

After reading the article, we instantly became inspired to make it our next project at the farm. We reached out to Jeb, and he graciously shared the detailed of his project to help us plan ours

The Old Word Garden Grain BinZebo Project

First and foremost, the search is on for an old corn crib or grain bin to dismantle and bring to the farm.

Sadly, there are so many barn and outdoor farm structures that sit abandoned today. Grain bins, corn cribs and silos that once served farms all across the nation – now sit empty, slowly deteriorating and crumbling to the ground.

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One quick internet search will reveal all kinds of grain bin and corn bin recycling projects.

It is our hope to rescue one of these and give it a great new re-purposed life at the farm.

Our plan is to level out an area near the barn, pour a concrete foundation, and reconstruct it into an outdoor entertaining area.

For our Grain Binzebo, we will cut out the entire mid-section, leaving the bottom portion in tact. This will give the area a more enclosed look and feel. We are also hoping to create a curved concrete countertop area around most of the structure for serving and seating.

It should make the perfect place to entertain, and make for an interesting conversation piece too! If nothing else, it should be one fun project to undertake!

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The search is on for an old grain bin

Much like with the outdoor cabin project, we will keep you updated on the plans and the progress of the Grain BinZebo project in the coming months.

Hopefully, by mid-summer of next year, we can be enjoying a night with friends and family at the farm underneath our newest recycled structure.

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6 thoughts on “The Grain BinZebo – One Incredibly Cool Recycled Outdoor Living Space!

  • October 15, 2018 at 1:23 pm
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    I’ve been waiting to do almost exactly this! I bought an 18′ diameter grain bin at an auction several years ago, and it is waiting for the right time and place on my land to be re-constructed. I’m going to make it happen in 2019. One year ago my little farm cottage was hit by a tornado. Last week, after months of cleanup, planning, consulting, and studying I came to the conclusion it’s just not cost-effective to try to save it. Against a tremendous amount of negativity and resistance, I am going to salvage the 1850’s parts and pieces of the cottage and begin to rebuild in 2019. The grain bin will be part of the rebuild – not connected, but nearby. Someone who lives less than 10 miles from me built a wonderful grain bin gazebo/outdoor kitchen. I look forward to seeing how yours turns out. Also, I wanted to say that I love your work and very much appreciate the information you share.

  • October 15, 2018 at 8:07 am
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    What a fabulous idea! I wish we were that ambitious because I love the idea of breathing new life into these vintage buildings. I can imagine fashioning a greenhouse, potting area or cabana out of them, depending on one’s needs.
    Looking forward to seeing your project come to fruition.
    Thanks for always inspiring.

  • October 14, 2018 at 12:12 pm
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    Looking forward to the process! Good luck and safety too (metal is unwieldy and sharp).

  • October 14, 2018 at 9:38 am
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    Since you are heartily moving into new projects, does this mean you aren’t moving? Since we sort of struggle to get things done from only an hour and a half away, I’m wondering how you’re juggling all of this with a move. I’m just trying to wrap my mind around how you do it all.

  • October 14, 2018 at 9:20 am
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    Sounds like a really fun project. The town near where I live is home to a company that builds bins and when they built new offices the exterior was a huge bin and one of the brothers of the company owner is repurposing a large bin into what appears to be some type of living structure. Not sure what it is going to be but we have been watching it evolve as it is on a road that we frequently travel. Good luck with your project. Hopefully you will be successful in locating a bin to use.

    • October 18, 2018 at 1:32 pm
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      Thank you Lorri. It will sure be interesting to see what the final project turns out to be in your town!

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