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Two-Car Garage Converted into Backyard Tiny Cottage

This is a 400 sq. ft. two car garage that was designed to be converted into a backyard tiny cottage by designer Beth Dana.

Inside you’ll notice you have everything you need from a kitchenette to a sleeping loft and bathroom. This would make a great tiny cottage to live simply in full time but you can also use it as a guest house, mother-in-law suite, tiny house vacation rental or even a backyard office.

I love the barn doors that are in place of the garage doors which open up to the outside. Please enjoy, learn more and re-share below. Thank you!

Related: Garage Converted into 340 Sq. Ft. Tiny Cottage

Two-Car Garage Converted into Backyard Tiny Cottage

Two Car Garage Converted into Backyard Tiny Cottage

Images © Beth Dana Design

Two Car Garage Converted into Backyard Cottage

Inside Two Car Garage Converted into Backyard Cottage

Related: Storage Garage Converted into Loft Tiny Home

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Related: One-Car Garage Transformed into a Tiny Cottage

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Images © Beth Dana Design

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  • Allysn September 21, 2015, 1:29 pm

    This looks really nice, but I wonder where it is and about the insulation. Maybe this is in a temperate climate so it looks perfect for that. We had -40 wind chills last winter. 🙁

  • Tanya September 21, 2015, 1:52 pm

    I am a disabled person and can’t climb stairs. I would love to see a house plan where it was for disabled friendly? Any ideas on this!!

    • Alex September 21, 2015, 4:08 pm

      Hi Tanya! Sure, I can pull some links up for you to check out:
      First, our “no loft” section:
      http://tinyhousetalk.com/category/no-loft-tiny-homes-2/

      Second, this ADA compliant container home:
      http://tinyhousetalk.com/400-sq-ft-ada-shipping-container-tiny-home/

      And third, a builder in California that builds tiny home care cottages:
      http://littlehouseonthetrailer.com/homecarecottages/

      Hope this is helpful!

      • Nancy L September 21, 2015, 8:12 pm

        I wonder if some of these TH with lofts could be adapted to have a lift. Not sure how much power they use but work on a battery back up during power outages so can’t use that much. Most pivot at the top to turn you safely to get off so as long as you had the head room.
        I want a tiny house but currently would need very shallow steps and eventually I will be looking at having to use a lift in place of any stairs.
        Anyone have any ideas?

        • Chel September 24, 2015, 6:13 am

          Nancy would a long and thin, single level layout be best? A clear passage along the length of it to allow a wheelchair to turn would be essential. Other than that, Putting the bed along one end wall and a walk-in, big enough space for a wheelchair, toilet and shower room at the other end should allow for a galley kitchen layout and room for a lounge. The necessary width would be more than the Tiny Houses On Wheels we see here, but something based on a park model and towed under license could work. If most storage was kept low down, as your limitations increase, you will be able to use furniture/ cupboards for support in moving around as you reach for what you need to stay independent. Plenty of windows on the upper walls will balance the potential corridor effect. French windows or patio doors opposite seating facing south would allow a warm, expandable living area.
          I refer to the wheelchair to allow planning for the future. If you already have mobility limitations then the natural assumption is to cover the worst case scenario. Placing plug sockets and light switches just above worktop level means that they will always be reachable if/when you can’t get to floor level easily. It also maximises the amount of lower wall space that can be taken up by cupboards and shelves.
          You could look at Tumbleweed’s site for their slightly bigger models for inspiration, some of them have a second bedroom or a bedroom and a loft allowing space for a carer to stay. Often a better prospect than going into a care home.

        • carlina January 30, 2016, 10:33 pm

          This is for all the folks that would like to see more no loft THs suitable for the elderly or disable. How about designing some floor plans your selves and presenting those ideas to the TH builders? Like they say, be the change you want to see. In this case start the change you want to see.

    • Mike Miller January 31, 2016, 9:00 am

      Tanya, I am somewhat mobility hindered myself, knees and ankles. I am in the real estate business. I have designed many small house plans for potential construction in the near future. If the site allows, a home, that appears more square, can be planned with no hallways and wide doors directly into the bedroom and bathroom. If privacy to each door opening is desired, use great fabrics for curtains that can be hung from the ceiling a few feet in front of the door and pulled either way. Or, furniture like bookcases, dividers, etc. can provide privacy. 400+ square feet usually serves best. Smaller Sq Ft, use one interior door for the bathroom and hang curtains on heavy duty curtain rods from the ceiling to divide other areas. I have tested so many plans, I hope these suggestions are helpful.

  • Cathi September 21, 2015, 3:35 pm

    Yes I would like to see more info out there for Tiny house in the North East(MD, PA, WV…). Solar energy, Composting Toilets, Watet Systems….
    Where to find local regulations (that make sense) without telling them who and where you are. MD is very strict and expensive from what I see.

    • Melinda September 23, 2015, 3:21 pm

      I agree with Cathi! We would also like to see some more info about off-grid tiny homes and ideas about getting around all the seemingly senseless code/fee process. Loving this site though, so many fun and wonderful ideas. Thank you.

  • james September 21, 2015, 5:16 pm

    We build affordable, ADA certified, completely accessible tiny homes with the handicapped, elderly and mobility-challenged, in mind. We call them “care suites” and they can be built as a separate unit or as an addition to an existing home. Visit our website and contact us for more info. http://www.capartco.com

  • Diana September 21, 2015, 6:11 pm

    Mark, I am glad some Habitat chapters are doing smaller houses, and you’re keeping up with things. I’m thinking this is “guest quarters” and not full-time living qtrs since that would not be an adequate kitchen for full-time use (unless someone eats a lot). However, I do find this charming. 🙂

  • Mark B. September 21, 2015, 6:56 pm

    I agree I love the look but I agree. We are trying to put a training, mini home to house the homeless program together in East NC.

  • Mike H January 30, 2016, 4:51 pm

    It’s cute. I find it hard to believe that the doors could be practical. Being that they’re grade level, every rodent and insect would be in the house is no time. Maybe if there were some screens.

  • carlina January 30, 2016, 10:39 pm

    This is for all the folks who would like to see more no loft tiny houses. How about you draw some plans of tiny houses with downstairs sleeping arrangements. Then you could present them to the tiny house builders. Like they say, be the change you want to see. In this case start the change you want to see.

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