Kristie Wolfe’s Idaho potato home, silo bathroom and pet cow

Kristie Wolfe spent over a year touring the U.S. with a potato to promote Idaho’s spud industry and dreaming about turning the 28-foot-long tuber into a tiny home. Seven years later when the tater was finally retired, her wish came true. Kristie transformed the interior of the concrete, plaster and steel structure into a -filled (for something with no windows) and shelter, using whimsical furnishings like a DIY antler chandelier above the bed and a wine refrigerator for the kitchen.

Not wanting to add on to the potato for more space, she transformed a 14-foot-diameter grain silo into a bathroom. She turned an over-sized steel into a bathtub and created her own water-recycling sink/toilet combo.

To obtain permitting for guests, the city required Kristie to build a separate home and consider the potato an accessory unit (or ADU). With rooms already booked, she wanted to build the quickest and cheapest structure possible so she bought plans for a “Walden” tiny home and left it bare-bones minimum for permitting purposes.

The property, which she bought for $5000, is a 20-minute drive to Boise and wintertime surrounded by fields of dirt so to add more activity for guests, she bought a cow. Dolly turned out to be more of a. pet than her dog and a love of her life. Now she’s adapting her own on the property with windows that open up for Dolly’s visits.

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  1. Where is Dollys shelter? She needs some place where she can be sheltered from the elements. There’s not even a shade tree (or two) for hot summer days.
    Love your Potato House and Silo Kitchen but what about a kitchen, are ever going to add a separated kitchen?
    What about heat for your potato? You mentioned cooling and I seen the electric heater and radiant heating for the Silo but I didn’t hear you mention heating for the potato. Does the foam insulation keep the cold at bay?

  2. I absolutely love the editing in your videos. Your style is so unique. The editing is nothing like what you see on TV. You need an attention span to take it all in, which is a good thing. Sometimes it puts me to sleep, which can also be a good thing . Don’t worry, I always come back to finish the videos!

  3. So many great things about this project, but I found myself sad that Dolly seemed disturbed at the smell of your leather boots. I think she recognized that it was some part of an animal. We humans are so short sited. Enjoy your home and Dolly. I hope you are able to get her some company soon, also some hay and a shelter.

  4. Wide open spaces and no windows, what a waste. The cow is bored, bordering on depressed. This isn’t a ‘potato home’ it’s a project to keep the owner busy.

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