For about six years, farm owners Gayle and Doug Voepel, from outside of Hannibal, Missouri, were paying for insurance and taxes on their property's 1965 grain silo, which was no longer in use. The Butler bin needed to be torn down, but Gayle knew it had the potential to be used for something more — and that's when she had a brilliant idea.
The couple converted their grain bin into a rustic gazebo, lovingly nicknamed the "Binzebo." It's now the perfect place for their friends and family to gather. It's both fun and functional, but what's more, the project perfectly preserved a piece of their family farm's history. The idea was simple: "We were just trying to reuse and repurpose something we already had," Gayle told CountryLiving.com, "and we're amazed it turned out as well as it has."
At the bottom of the grain bin, there was a concrete floor, which became the base of their gazebo. To Gayle's surprise, there was only one crack they had to fix, and they were able to spruce it up by capping it with a rock-pattern. After they broke down the bin, they used the roof the bin to create the top of the gazebo, and from there, Doug designed and constructed the rest on the fly.
Now, it's the perfect spot for the Voepel family's get-togethers. "It's been a great a gathering place to meet with family and friends, and share a meal," Gayle told CountryLiving.com. "We use it a lot."
It's also become an attraction of sorts in their small town. "We've had people call us wanting to see it—we've had a few tourists," Gayle said. "My husband is always ready to show it off. We're pretty proud of it."
The couple never used the bin's original door, but they have big plans for that now, too. Doug plans to build his very own backyard summer kitchen to house his barbecue and smoking gear, along with his fish fryers, and he plans to use the door to construct it. "That's a work in progress," Gayle said. We can't wait to see how it turns out!
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