Corn Crib Cabin

About 6 years ago i managed obtain an old corn crib from a local farmer instead of pay for some work i was doing. He even hauled it to my place. to call it a corn crib back then was a bit of a stretch as the roof had rotted pretty badly and fallen in.

Unfortunately i can’t find the original pictures i took of it.

It measures a 6×12′ footprint, flaring to 8′ wide at the eaves and 8′ tall at the peak.

The first 4 years were very slow. i replaced the roof rafters with a downed boards milled from a downed Ash tree. I don’t recommend  cured Ash as a building material. It is as hard as a rock. i covered it with “Shark-Skin” house wrap and green metal roofing that was left over from a friend’s new roof up the road. (thanks Katy!!)

Another long while passed before i managed to drag the Crib across the road to my shop. (up to this point it was parked in the driveway in front of the house.)

Once there i look a lot of time standing there staring at it. I knew what i wanted to do but just couldn’t bring myself to cut holes in the oak slat walls.

Finally, about 2 years ago i took the plunge and cut the holes. After that, we were off and running.unsided crib south wall

The south wall was framed with 2 large windows, built to match some old window sashes i got somewhere along the way.

I put studs into the walls. 2×6″ in this case, and filled the voids with 3 layers of re-purposed garage door insulation panels. Effectively turning it into a large styrofoam and fiberglass box.

crib insulated interior west wall

insuated interior crib door

The door had to be built from scratch. I started with a cedar door from an old fence i had replaced from my sister’s house in Columbus. The gaps in the door are filled with more of the insulation panels and the door is backed with weather stained oak boards i got from another frientrimmed crib doord. (thanks Chad!!)
When finished it weighed in at about 16,000#. Well, not really, but it sure felt like it while i was hanging it by my self.

The outside is covered lap-siding i pealed off an old farmhouse in town that has since gotten demolished. (thanks Tim!!)

partially sided west crib wall

crib south wall finished

The inside is covered with these beautiful pine panels my father got from a friend of his. They were origionaly designed as warehouse shelves that would work on a 48″ wide shelving system. After removing the metal brackets and wooden retaining tang off of the ends, the panels measured 24×46.5″. Let me tell you, 46.5″ is not an easy size to work with. Over the course of 12′, it stops matching up with the 24″ wall studs pretty fast. Like most of the things i build, just don’t look too closely.

The floor came from the same house as lap siding. It is tongue and groove 2×4-6″ poplar that was painted yellow. Some of the boards are a little thicker and some are a bit thinner than 2″ and almost all of them are different widths.

The entire crib, both inside and outside is trimmed with black walnut that was timbered off our property back in 1984.

For heat, i’ll be using the wood stove that Curtis helped me make back in 2001 in Columbus. Back then i used it to heat my 8×14′ room at the origional BLD studios. All the pipe and bricks are there. I’m just working up the courage to punch another hole in the wall for the chimney.

I use Google Sketch-up for many of my projects, and my first ventures into learning how to use the system were designing the inside of the crib. crib sketch inner 1 crib inner sketch 2Since then i have been informed that i was using it in about the most difficult method possible, but hey, who cares. I know exactly what it will look like. All the materials for the inside are on hand.

3 thoughts on “Corn Crib Cabin”

  1. think of this place as a Hide-a-bed designed to not necessarily make your guest want to leave after 1 night
    it is a cabin for a visitor, or a place to get a way
    think poetry retreat
    think Thureau
    make no mistakes tho
    I’m no Henry David
    not even close
    as for the term “corn crib”, it’s the name that came with it
    maybe it’s a regional term, but i’m not sure
    farmers store whole corn cobs in them
    whole cobs and rats
    they are often replaced with the round wire mesh bins
    glad y’all like it

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