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Rustic Homesite Features Repurposed Farm Materials
In their leisure time, Colette Finne and Lance Seltun enjoy scavenging old farm sites for materials they can use around their Minnesota homesite. They’ve made two gazebos from a metal crib and metal grain bin, built a backyard cooking facility from parts of old farm buildings, and made several improvements to their house and yard with old barn materials and rustic equipment.
After Finne and Seltun tore down her boss’s old barn, they used the rough-cut 8-in. beams from the barn frame and several large planks to support a new porch overhang on two sides of their house. The entire floor is made from 2-in. thick planks that’d been nailed together to form a large support beam for an old nearby barn.
“It was tough work prying the planks apart and pulling the nails, but the wood was in excellent shape when we got done and it makes a very sturdy floor,” Seltun says. “We used old corrugated metal roofing from another farm building to make a rustic ceiling for the entire overhang. Recessed lighting gives the addition a really nice look.” Inside their house, old barnwood is used for decorative beams, a sliding door that covers a bedroom window, and several types of shelving.
Their backyard is a comfortable and well-landscaped retreat featuring the rustic cooking shack, “Rusty” the grain bin party room, a rebuilt horse-drawn steel-wheeled wooden wagon, and numerous decorative antiques.
“We’re always adding to it with natural, native, and old materials. We’re never finished because we’ve always got our eyes out for things that will fit into our design,” Finne says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lance Seltun and Colette Finne, Rochester, Minn. 55904.

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