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They put old farmhouse inside a new quonset
When John and Linda Bums started planning where to build a new quonset building on their farm near Wynyard, Sask., they had trouble deciding where to put it because space is limited due to the shelterbelt surrounding their farmyard. They either had to tear down one of the buildings in the farm-yard, cut down trees in the shelterbelt, or build outside the farmyard. They finally decided to build right over the old farm-house that stands in the yard.
"It has water and electricity and can be heated. We had been using it as a farm shop, for storage, and also to butcher poultry, extract honey, and do other similar chores. About the same time we were planning our quonset, we realized the roof was starting to leak in the farmhouse and would soon have to be replaced. That's when we got the idea of solving both problems at once by building our quonset right over the top of the farmhouse," Linda Burns told FARM SHOW.
They put up a 150-ft. long quonset with an arc angle big enough to go over the roof of the old house, which is positioned toward the rear of the quonset.
"It worked better than we expected," says Linda, noting that the farmhouse still serves as the shop and storage area. It can be heated in winter to create a comfortable working area. Large equipment is parked inside the quonset and it can also be used for temporary grain storage.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John & Linda Burns, Box 1388, Wynyard, Sask., Canada SOA 4TO (ph 306 554-2940).


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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #2