They wanted to ‘do something cool’ for their Va. vacation home. So they got a silo.

As the owner and operator of Port City Brewing Company, Bill Butcher is certainly familiar with silos, since he uses one at his business in Alexandria. But when his designer pitched the concept of a silo as a major component of a vacation dream home he was designing for Butcher and his wife, Karen, the couple said not so fast. “We had an ongoing dialogue with [the designer] on design decisions,” says Bill. “And for the most part, they come up with great ideas. But when he suggested the silo we said, ‘Hmm, not sure.’” Their designer, Mark Turner of Green Spur, a design-build firm based in Falls Church, said the initial skepticism didn’t deter him. “We’ve always been intrigued by silos,” says Turner. “So when you have a client who runs a beer factory with a silo on the side of the building, it’s a pretty easy sell.” On the 89 acres the Butchers own along the Rappahannock River in Marshall, Va., sits Turner’s vision: a simple, rectangular home with a front porch. It’s sheltered by a standing seam metal roof, and clad with board and batten sheathing painted green.


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