Two Missouri brothers and a Kansas contractor are transforming unlikely structures into unbelievable living spaces. Now, a new TV series showcases their talents.
Brothers Rehan and Taimoor Nana were looking for a retreat away from the city when they purchased a piece of property in Northwest Missouri about eight years ago. The two called on their friend Kyle Davis, a contractor who helped them turn an abandoned grain silo on their land into a cabin. What started as a side project for the trio quickly evolved into a hobby, and is now an FYI Network show called You Can’t Turn That Into A House.
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How is your show different than other home programs on TV?
TN: Our show is very unique in that it just reflects our philosophy. We’re taking a structure that’s used and turning it into a house. It’s not like we’re going out and flipping the house or designing a house from scratch—we’re repurposing a structure and turning that into a house. The upcycle factor of that is what’s really interesting.
What unique elements do you like to incorporate in your designs?
KD: A nice base to our design philosophy is being true to materials. In that original grain bin, we used oak beams from the barn as the steps. In these small spaces, there’s not a lot of space to build these layers of material, so you see true material—there’s no façade.
What are some of the more interesting structures you’ve turned into living spaces?
RN: They’re all just kind of out there, and so the next project is always the most challenging and my most favorite. We took two school buses and cut the front end off of one and married it off in a T-fashion to the other. With any of these projects and houses, if people aren’t comfortable in them, they’re not going to spend time in them. Our goal is to make them feel comfortable and at home.
How does the collaboration process work from designing to building the homes?
TN: The beauty of how the three of us work together is we all have ideas, and we bring them together to come up with one design. Being an architect, Kyle has the most knowledge out of the three of us. We come up with some crazy, hair-brained ideas, and Kyle is like, “This is how we make this work.”
Kansas City Roots
Although some of the projects featured on You Can’t Turn That Into A House are located in other cities and states, a number of the group’s transformations happened right in the City of Fountains.
“We love being from Kansas City, and the fact that we’re bringing this here is fantastic,” Rehan says.
One of those projects involved turning an existing dumpster into a luxury home.
“K.C. has grown so much in the past ten years, and we hope we can be part of that growth,” Taimoor says.