MAZEPPA -- While choosing an architectural design for a new home he planned to build in the country, Ken Brubaker knew he didn't want a rambler like those he's worked on as a carpenter.
In his search for something less ordinary, Brubaker came across a plan for a home that looked like a barn and silo. It was different but maybe too extreme, Brubaker thought, continuing to look for a design he and his wife, Renae, could live with.
"I kept coming back to it," Ken Brubaker said of the barn-and-silo design. "Finally, I said, 'Let's do it.'"
He spent a year tweaking the design to fit the family's lifestyle and eventually came up with a two-story, four-bedroom home that blends in with the farms and fields along Wabasha County Road 7, even as it stands out among houses.