One couple completely transformed an old train bridge into the home of their dreams.
The Shaffer family decided to build their dream home in a very unique spot. They decided to re-purpose the pillars from their town’s old railroad bridge into the foundation for their new house in Ursa, Illinois. The development of the home was far from quick or simple, but resulted in a beautiful and unique home that is the talk of the town.
From far away, it’s hard to tell the difference between the home and an old covered bridge. The colors and materials used on both the interior and exterior of the home come from the house’s natural surroundings.
Once you get closer to the building, you can start to see the detail and craftsmanship that went into building this unique house.
Although the house is long and skinny in shape, none of the rooms feel cramped or cluttered thanks to great design plans by the couple. This full size kitchen is cozy and easy to maneuver.
One end of the home features a game room and living area, adorned with beautiful wood beams and paneling.
This beautiful stone fireplace was created with pieces of rock taken from the nearby creek and was assembled completely by hand.
After lots of hard work and dedication from the couple, their family and neighbors, their house is now a historical and unique home that encapsulates the spirit and beauty of the area. You can see more of the home and find out more about how it was built by watching the video below.