1950’s Silo Converted into a Tiny House by Christoph Kaiser

Architect, Christoph Kaiser, has created this inventive tiny house out of a 1950’s grain silo. Set in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, the silo has been converted into a very cozy, modern home for Christoph and his wife.


Tiny House - Coverted Grain Silo - Christoph Kaiser - Arizona - Exterior - Humble Homes

The tiny house is 340 square feet in size, but it doesn’t only have a small physical footprint, its carbon footprint should also be comparatively small as well. Kaiser has built his home with reused materials, namely the silo itself and the walnut plank flooring sourced from Craigslist.


Tiny House - Coverted Grain Silo - Christoph Kaiser - Arizona - Exterior Entrance - Humble Homes

The tiny house will also have a positive impact on the surrounding area – the Garfield Historic District – where urban renewal is on the up. The grain silo was purchased from a Kansas farmer and then transported by pickup truck to the site.


Tiny House - Coverted Grain Silo - Christoph Kaiser - Arizona - Patio - Humble Homes

During the reassembly some major modifications where made (as can be seen from the pictures). They inserted a number of doors and windows, and insulated the shell with 10-inches of spray foam. On the outside, the corrugated steel was painted white to reflect sunlight, reducing the summer heat load.

Tiny House - Coverted Grain Silo - Christoph Kaiser - Arizona - Kitchen and Living Area - Humble Homes

Given its circular form, the interior furniture all had to be custom made (bar a set of Eames wire chairs) to accommodate the sweeping curve of the home. The first floor contains a curved kitchen, a central dining area, the living room and a bathroom.

Tiny House - Coverted Grain Silo - Christoph Kaiser - Arizona - Bedroom - Humble Homes

The spiral staircase leads up to a lofted bedroom that looks down into the living area below, and is bathed in light thanks to a series of windows and a skylight. The interior has been finished in a mix of dark wood and black steel. It’s an amazing project, but I think my favorite part of this tiny house is the sweeping patio door that opens up to a small patio area.

For more tiny houses check out this 1920’s mechanics garage that was converted into a tiny home. Or, Simple House – a tiny house that features legs instead of wheels. See all tiny houses.

Via Inhabitat
Photos: Christoph Kaiser

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

1 Comment
  1. I like it but have 2 questions. Where are they parking a vehicle if they have one besides bikes? Hopefully their bikes have baskets in front and back to carry groceries? Where are the chest of drawers for their underwear, socks, shorts shirts and etc that you do not need to hang up.