Building a Home in a Silo
Glenn W. Worthington
Copyright 2012 by Glenn W. Worthington
Not every home has to be a one or two story, square, wooden structure. A home could be a five-story, round building made of clay tiles. The first floor could be a comfortable living room with a wood-burning stove. From there you could take three steps up to an entryway where you could go out the front door or start up the staircase to your left.
On the second floor you could see a compact, yet adequate, kitchen. On that same floor there could be a partition sectioning off the bathroom with its strategically arranged vanity, bathtub, and toilet.
Continuing up the stairs you could see the bedroom on the third floor, a spare bedroom on the fourth floor, and a study on the fifth floor. That top floor could have yet another four steps to take you up to the balcony platform.
This unique home not only COULD exist but actually has become a reality. Although it is now a towering monument to a dream come true, it all started with just an idea.
One October evening my brother, Terry, and I were discussing the fact that a one-level house often loses much of its heat out through the roof. We agreed that an ideal house would be one with a heater in a room on the bottom floor, with all of the other rooms stacked on top of one another. Since heat naturally rises you could just warm the bottom floor, and the heat would work its way up through the living space rather than immediately escaping through the roof.