For three years we worked with Greenspur, a Virginia-based award-winning architecture firm, to design the Silo House. Greenspur shared our vision for a more ecological, communal and artistic future. Our goal was to create a home that was aesthetically striking while still respecting the local Virginia vernacular, both modern and rustic. Surrounded by pasture, forest and mountain, it had to meld the indoor and the outdoors. We needed a home that could accommodate our growing families and large gatherings, but it also needed to feel cozy and intimate enough for a solitary writer’s retreat or a couples weekend getaway. On top of this, we wanted to be on the forefront of sustainable design in terms of energy use and materials science—and all this on a modest budget. After dozes of[PB2] design iterations, and with additional support of our creative and accommodating builder, Abrahamse & Company, the Silo House was completed in the summer of 2017.
Set at the apex of a 33 acre property, the Silo House is actually three buildings (the Main House, the Tower, the Silo) linked by upper and lower decks with sweeping Blue Ridge views. The Silo building is a grain silo that we turned into a two and a half story light-filled building complete with maple flooring, modern climate control and a self contained bathroom and kitchenette.
The state-of-the-art, open kitchen features a picture window overlooking the pasture and rolling hills, a gas stove, and modern appliances (refrigerator, microwave, etc.). The space calls out to passionate cooks. There are five queen beds placed across three independent bedrooms (one en suite in the Silo) and two lofted bedrooms. Each sleeping space has a unique feel and décor, as well as mountain, trees and/or pasture views. There is one full bathroom, one bathroom with a ship-shower, and one half bathroom in the Silo, as well as an outdoor shower. The Great Room upstairs in the Main House has a fireplace, telescope, and record player, and it is decorated with antique maps, local art, and lots of books—a wonderful gathering place and respite in the cold winter months.