By Jim Patrico
Progressive Farmer Contributor
Dave Geiseâ€™s friends tease him: That shiny new farm shop he recently built is not really a shop, they say, itâ€™s a “shouse.” Or, maybe itâ€™s a “barndominium.” Whatever they call the structure, Geise is proud of it. “Itâ€™s a dream come true,” he said of the 127 feet-by-60 feet Morton building that seamlessly marries the utility of a shop with the comforts of a house.
On the shop side, Geiseâ€™s “shouse” contains two service and storage bays for equipment, and a mezzanine for smaller storage. On the house side, it contains a kitchen, dining room, entertainment space, a corner office with big windows and â€” maybe most importantly â€” a wrap-around porch that offers awe-inspiring views of Iowaâ€™s rolling Loess Hills.
All of this sits about 100 yards from the Geiseâ€™s four-bedroom house outside of Logan, Iowa.
Why build a “shouse” when you have a house so close?