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Livin' Is Easy In Round House
If you've considered round housing but have never found a good design, you may want to look into "grain bin living", an idea developed by Charles Magee, of Tylertown, Miss. "This round design provides a house that's small on the outside, yet large on the inside. We've built three model homes and feel we have developed a good, workable plan," Magee told FARM SHOW.
He dreamed up the idea for a round "grain bin house" two years ago while constructing a grain bin along side some of his cattle pens. "I was amazed at the simplicity of the structure and the large amount of space inside the circle," he recalls.
Using various grain bin components, along with materials discovered through experimentation, Magee came up with a design for a 30 to 36 ft. dia. two-bedroom house that sells for about $23,000. Magee also has plans for larger round houses.
Best feature of round houses, points out Magee (who prefers to call them round houses rather than grain bin houses), is that they are practically maintenance-free. "They're also designed to withstand winds. The metal walls are set into the concrete foundation, which means the basic structure is strong as well as being highly fire resistant."
Magee says his family's experiments with the round house design have produced a "package" of materials that provides the most efficient structure. The package includes: 22 ga. galvanized steel roof, 20 ga. steel corrugated siding, 10 in. of insulation in the ceiling and 6 in. in the walls, a 2 x 6 wood structure behind the metal siding, ' in. plywood paneling inside and a 4 in. concrete slab for the floor and foundation.
Magee has no plans at present to manufacture the round house he's designed. He would, however, welcome the opportunity to compare notes with firms who might be interested.
Fore more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Charles P. Magee, Sr., President, World Circular Housing Corp., P.O. Box 71, Tylertown, Miss. 39667 (601 876-2111).

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1978 - Volume #2, Issue #5