Brothers Rehan and Josh Nana recently converted an old, disused grain silo into a quaint cabin. The silo was located on their family’s farmland in Missouri, so the new structure is in no way out of place in its surroundings. One of the primary reasons they opted to complete this conversion was the desire to repurpose something that would otherwise be left to rot and rust. They were helped in making their idea become a reality by architect Kyle Davis of Blue Earth Projects.
The silo-turned-cabin is located a few hours’ drive from the brother’s main residence, and therefore makes for a comfortable weekend getaway space. Most of the wood and other materials they needed for the conversion came from an old barn, 3-story that had collapsed a few years ago. They repurposed its structural beams for the cabin steps, as well as for loft support and bin support next to the large window.
The tin from the barn’s roof was used as cladding for the interior walls, which made it possible to separate off the bathroom, storage area, and kitchen backsplash. Also, a few of the stones from the barn’s foundation was used for bathroom flooring. The rest of the flooring in the cabin was also repurposed from the barn. For this they used the old hay loft flooring. The cabin only has one large window that also doubles as a door. It was assembled from six insulated double pain patio door blanks.
They insulated the interior, and used drywall panels to cover the walls, but they left the tin walls used to separate the kitchen and bathroom from the main living area in its original condition. The tin walls certainly add a nice blend of traditional and modern to the converted cabin.
The resulting 2-story silo cabin is also equipped with running water, heating and standard kitchen appliances, though there is no television or internet. Since the team completed most of the work on their own, and used mostly repurposed materials, the overall budget for the conversion was very low. They managed to complete the conversion in about two weeks.
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