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He's building a house on top of his barn
It's not uncommon for people to slam on their brakes as they drive by 79-year-old Roy Lyle's farm near Tyler, Texas. Lyle says most people who see his unusual construction project think they're looking at tornado damage of some kind. No one believes him when he says he's building a home on top of his horse barn.
"The view from the top is just beautiful," says Lyle, noting that he can see lush pine woodlands surrounding a nearby lake from the floor of his unfinished elevated home.
As designed, the 24 by 24-ft. home will
have a bedroom, bath and a combination kitchen, living and dining room, as well as hand-crafted cabinets. "I'm even going to put a fireplace up there," says Lyle, who told FARM SHOW he followed the design of a large birdhouse he once saw to develop his unusual housing idea.
Access to the house will be through an 8-ft. spiral staircase. But during construction, Lyle gains entrance by entering the barn and climbing from the loft out onto the roof and up to the house.


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1988 - Volume #12, Issue #1