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Newlyweds convert an old grain silo into a beautiful modern home they can live in
This turned out gorgeous. I love everything they did to the inside especially the large sliding door on the lower level.
Sasha Alonzo
10.14.21

They say genius strikes when you least expect it. That certainly must have been the case when architect Christoph Kaiser and stylist Shauna Thibault decided to turn an old grain silo into their first home.

It was originally a storage shed, but not anymore!

“Home can be so many things,” Christoph told Zillow.

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A nontraditional home

“It’s not the cookie-cutter vision or the Monopoly house people have in their head. It can be so many different things and the ability for people to fashion that to their liking, that’s a beautiful freedom we have.”

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The 1955 corrugated steel grain silo is 18 feet in diameter and has about 366-square feet of livable space in its’ interior.

It’s located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, Arizona’s Garfield Historic District.

“There were real constraints, like can you get two people to live in here comfortably without really having rooms persay?” Christoph said.

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“That was a challenge to try to fashion everything you need, pretty much everything a regular house has but in this unconventional form and overall shape.”

A beautiful interior

The silo home spans two floors and is crafted with a walnut and black steel interior filling with hidden cubbies and other space-saving measures to maximize efficiency and the appearance of space within the home.

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Comes with climate control

The climate control system uses subterranean air ducts to minimize noise and works in conjunction with the skylight at the top of the silo’s cone roof to deliver passive cooling to the home.

Subterranean air ducts that mitigate mechanical noise from the climate

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“I love learning the space and watching how it changes you,” Shauna said explained how she had to minimize and get rid of lots of items to be able to fit all her stuff in the tiny home. “It’s a pairing down of stuff that just keeps continuing. You think you can’t minimize anymore but after digging through 20 tanks tops you decide 10 is plenty.”

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Christoph said he had to plan the home extremely carefully considering everything through the lens of what your daily ritual would be and how you would use the space.

The lower level consists of a massive sliding door that is basically the wall of the dining room. The lower space includes a good-sized kitchen, dining table and sitting area.

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A spiral staircase leads you to an upper-level consisting of a loft bedroom.

“I don’t think I’ve ever slept better in a space. There’s got to be some magic to being in a round environment and how it plays into your quality of sleep it’s just really comfortable. You just kind of feel like you’re always on vacation waking up in a space like that.”

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There’s a bathroom local somewhere in the silo home. There’s also a long glass panel that spaces the height of the home and another window on the lower level that brings natural light into the home.

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The exterior of the home is nicely landscaped with lots of cactus’ and trees.

There’s also an outdoor shower.

The large outdoor space makes it easy to entertain guests.

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It has everything the couple needs

The couple loves their tiny home and says being in such a close space has brought them closer together forcing them to confront issues and be more intimate.

Learn more about this home in the video below. It really is a beauty!

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By Sasha Alonzo
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Sasha Alonzo is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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