Idaho collector gives old, abandoned farm structures new life
The grain bin at its new site. The building was shortened slightly from its original height.
The large building – formerly a tenant house – is now a modern house.
The “Homestead House” as it appears today.
A farm outhouse still in use in the 21st century.
Clell Ballard with sons Tyler and Curtis on the way home with the homestead house.
A new roof for the grain bin.
The tenant house as purchased. It was last occupied in the mid-1950s.
The boys and I used the tenant house as a base for a much larger building. All the excellent lumber for the walls came from the additions and roof removed from the house.
Originally protected by wallpaper in the tenant house, these boards were sanded and varnished to create beautiful interior walls in the new house. Use of unique, old-fashioned push-button light switches harks back to a long-lost era.
The overworked John Deere Model R succeeded in skidding the tenant house to this location on our property.
A World War II army truck being backed into the completed “monster.”
As the homestead house’s original rough-cut green lumber shrank, early settlers stuffed rags (here, denim and burlap) in the gaps to block drafts.
The original latch-and-string door closer was replaced in the early 20th century with this ornate door knob.
The jeep overloaded with an outhouse.
How could a large building be brought on to our property when it wouldn’t go through the gate?
A century ago, this hook held the homestead family's clothes.
The tenant house out on the road, showing the side where additions had been removed.
The grain bin's round floor placed in its new location.