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Garage Converted into 250 Sq. Ft. Tiny House (Now For Sale)

This is a 12′ by 24′ garage that was converted into a 250 sq. ft. tiny house that’s now for sale because it was done illegally without permits.

So this serves as a warning: don’t build on a foundation without permits because if you get caught, you’ll probably have to tear down all of your hard work.

In this case, the homeowner seems to have rented the tiny house out to vacationers for a couple of years until someone notified the authorities about it and now he either has to tear it down or turn it back into a workshop/garage to meet code. Instead, he’s trying to sell it. The asking price is $20,000 but you have to remove it from the foundation since it’s not built on a trailer. According to the listing on Craigslist, you can hire a house raising service to help with this. It’s located in Vancouver. Please enjoy the tour, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

Garage Converted into 250 Sq. Ft. Tiny House (Now For Sale)

Garage Converted into 250 Sq. Ft. Tiny House (Now For Sale)

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Garage Converted into a Tiny House Now For Sale

Images © Ches Lam

Learn more: http://vancouver.craigslist.ca/van/reo/5339469516.html


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  • Deadrock December 14, 2015, 12:36 pm

    Looks very cozy – nicely laid out. It does seem as though, for the purchase price plus the cost to move it, you could re-create this yourself (possibly including the fees to get it properly permitted), so not too sure how much luck the seller will have. I wish them luck anyway, as it looks as if real care and thought went into the planning of this little space, and it would be nice if they could at least break even. I assume it must be too late to re-do this home to meet code? Or is the problem that they are not allowed a second residence on this particular property? Either way, I’m sure it was a great project and I hope they don’t suffer too much financial loss.

  • Matt December 14, 2015, 12:49 pm

    I agree with deadrock, really nicely laid out but it would surpass what it’s worth to have a company raise it, move it, etc. Unfortunately people with a talent for building but not the proper paperwork are picked on, after all, government officials can’t pay for their 5,000sq ft homes if they don’t charge you for your 250sq ft one.

  • Misty December 14, 2015, 4:18 pm

    I really like it but, I live in Michigan. As others have commented, it is not worth the investment. Too bad.

  • Debbie December 14, 2015, 4:54 pm

    I think it is a crying shame that a person cannot do what they want with their own property without all of the BS. I do understand the permits, but at least let someone inspect it before saying it is not allowed, or let the man pay a small, and I do mean small fine and let him keep it. For crying out loud the politics involved in trying to have a smaller footprint is getting crazier everyday. I wish this man all the luck in the world. I know that Canada has different rules, but again I wish the politicians would get another job, without having to pick on the little guy for all of their funding, :).
    Thank you for letting me sound off.

    • Sparrow December 14, 2015, 11:22 pm

      I COMPLETELY agree with you. This is outrageous. I feel very sorry for the builder/owner of this little gem, and I hope things work out for him.

  • SC December 14, 2015, 4:58 pm

    Maybe he can sell the appliances and what are and convert it back into a garage. I dont see why he cant just call it a garage and not tear out anything.

  • Glenn Schuld December 14, 2015, 5:19 pm

    Really great looking place. Good luck on your next project! You have the skill set, nicely done.
    Don’t want to go into the gov biz except to say: “tiznt fair, it tiznt right, tiznt proper, tiznt friendly!”

  • Martha December 15, 2015, 1:31 am

    This tiny home has so many well-designed features to it. Looks like something I could be very happy in. Love the non-loft raised bed, the storage under it. AND a couch for comfortable seating. I’m so sorry the owner is in this dilemma b/c of permits. Best of luck to you. And thanks for sharing a beautiful creation.

  • Glema December 15, 2015, 3:52 am

    stick a motorcycle in it and call it your garage 🙂 I’m truly sorry others jealousy and fear have caused you problems. And paper work. God bless you I hope everything works out alright. That’s progress for you, a couple hundred years and now someone else is always messing with mankind building their own little house. Doesn’t seem much like progress to me, seems more like we’re going backward. Surely they made sure of the gas lines etc. before allowing others to rent it come on.

  • Empress Lockness December 15, 2015, 12:07 pm

    Haters are gonna hate! It was probably someone he knew who ratted him out. That person deserves the finest of EVERYTHING that comes their way. God will DEFINITELY bless them! Bitterness and envy are serious diseases. I hope that rat gets all the help they need.

  • Debbie December 16, 2015, 5:25 pm

    I have it…….he can put wood over the windows that can be raised with a type of pulley, and keep the windows covered when nobody is home. Then he can keep it. Don’t use it as a BnB, rent it with a contract for a lease. Then rent it someone you know will not rat you out, :). I’m sorry, I just cannot see him having to tear it down, see anyone having to move it, because that would be sooooo costly. Good luck to you anyway.

  • Claudia December 17, 2015, 12:56 am

    I read about this in one the local newspapers. If the owner had just used the tiny house to host friends and family, all would be well, but he allowed it to be used as an Airbnb rental so some of his neighbours caused a stink.

    It’s a beautiful tiny house and it’s a shame that it has to be moved, but I can see both sides to this situation. Many Airbnb renters are great but some are totally obnoxious, ignoring smoking bans and/or being noisy at all hours. The few bad apples can really make life unpleasant for everyone else.

    From what I can remember from the article, the owner does have the option to convert it back to the workshop it was when he first bought the property, but he’s choosing to sell instead.

  • jaime December 17, 2015, 10:57 pm

    If this were me I would apply for approval for a workshop toilet shower and sink installation in the present location. I would then convert the bed and kitchenette into free standing furniture of identical dimensions. Then all is left is a car sized door that is insulated and operable. you then have a garage that stores a kitchenette and other furniture.
    Renting it out would be a different story. Sounds like he has a narc for one of his neighbours. Its a sad world when you cant have someone live in your garage.

  • Jazzberry December 18, 2015, 9:54 am

    jaime, I agree with your brilliant work-around idea. Hopefully it is not too late for this fabulous TH conversion.

  • Cathy January 23, 2017, 5:28 am

    Cute but why not just buy a camper?

  • Deadrock January 23, 2017, 9:32 am

    It’s been over a year now; I wonder what luck he had?

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