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Woman Converts Barn Shed into 192 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home

This is a 192 sq. ft. barn shed that was converted into a beautiful 192 sq. ft. tiny home that is being shared by one of our wonderful readers named Stacy Thompson.

Included below is an interview with this tiny homeowner so you can learn the story and motives behind this tiny little cottage.

So please enjoy the photo tour and interview (below) then re-share it with your friends if you want to. Thank you!

Woman Converts Barn Shed into 192 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home

Woman Converts Barn Shed into 192 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home

Images © Stacy Thompson

What was your main motivation for building the cabin?

Well, I turned 73 this June, and I wanted to have my own place to live in if/when I can’t earn money any longer. I’ve got a small business that supplements my social security, but if something happens and I can’t keep working, I won’t be able to pay my mortgage and bills so I’d need to rent the house or lose it. And I want to be able to live in my own sweet little garden cottage with my dog, and not end up being a burden and living in somebody’s spare bedroom (even if they love me a lot).

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How did you do it? Did you use a barn shed as the base and convert it?

Yes, Better Built Barns (contracted through Lowes) built it and then I hired friends to finish it.

Woman Converts Barn Shed into 192 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home

For how long have you been planning/wanting to do this?

I always thought my little 20ft. Dolphin camper would be my “back-up/I’ll never be homeless” plan, but I sold it last Spring because I wasn’t using it to travel with my friend to dog shows anymore. When I watched it being driven down the lane, I felt like a deer in the headlights. Oh crap, there went my backup plan!

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Who helped you do it?

After it went up (in one day) a contractor friend came and dug a trench from my well house to the barn. Then he wired it (I even helped “pull wire” which I’d never done before) and plumbed it for me. Another friend did the drywall, finished the stairs and did all the wood trim and beadboard.

How were you able to find a spot to put it?

It’s on the back of my property behind my goat shed and pasture.

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How much did it cost approximately?

About $7000 for the initial build, then ??? I don’t really want to know (lol) maybe another 10 or 15 to finish it completely. My goal is to get finished while I’m still making money, so it’s ready for me when I need it. If I stop working, I’ll be living on about $600 a month, so I won’t be able to do any more building then.

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How long did it take you to build it or have it built?

It’s been a year this month.

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What are the barn cabin’s dimensions and approximate square footage?

12×16=192sq ft

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Is this where you’re now living full time?

Nope, it’s more like my (a recently coined phrase?) “She Shed”. I’m growing a lovely little garden back there and I love to hang out and read or sew and listen to music and dream of retiring some day. Maybe at 80 or 90??? Hey, you can’t blame me for dreaming.

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How do you like it so far?

I adore it. I love being out there. I don’t want to go back to the main house when I’m hanging out in it. It’s like being in a whole different world. I love the thought of having such a sweet space for my dog and myself. The older I get, the more I feel the urge to lighten my load of stuff. In the process of raising a family and living life all these years, I’ve accumulated so many things that are holding less and less appeal for me as I get older. Being surrounded by only the things I need and love is more seductive every day, and I’m working in that direction.

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If there’s anything you learned that you can pass on to others from your experience, what would it be?

On a practical level?….. the skylights are a huge plus. They bring in so much light and that high ceiling makes me feel like I’m in a wide open space, especially when I can look up at the trees and sky, or the stars at night. Oh, and the french doors too! I asked for them at the very last minute and I’m so glad I did. In a small space, things are up close and noticeable so going for the special touches that meant a lot to me was important.

I’m only 5’4″ but I’ve got several family members who are over 6’3″ so I made the walls 7′ instead of 6′.

Ah, the deck! Since it’s a barn instead of on wheels, the covered deck was a wonderful addition. It’s like a whole other living space, especially in the warmer months when the doors can be left open. In the cooler months, I can bring the more tender plants under cover too.

The loft was a must because even if I’m old and messed up I’ll still want family and company (heck, probably even more then, right? 🙂 so it’s a lovely space for guests….) or my Hospice nurse for that matter!

Yes, I hope to die in it…..with my dog and my music and my flowers and my loved ones around me. By the way, in case you’re wondering, I’m in great health, don’t take any drugs, eat well, and hit the treadmill for an hour a day. But I have no crystal ball so I’m trying the best way I can, to provide for myself in the future.

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And finally, what’s the best thing about your tiny house? What does it give you that maybe you didn’t even expect?

It’s my sanctuary, my safety net, my solace, my retreat. I’m beyond blessed to have the security of knowing I can grow older on my own land, in my own forest, with my dog and my garden and my music. I know that’s probably not the kind of answer younger people would give, but I’m not a younger person anymore so that’s my answer. Hope some of this was useful to you.

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Images © Stacy Thompson

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  • cathy July 15, 2015, 3:29 pm

    Love the house, love the advice and certainly love and admire Stacy and her grit! What a great article. The home is lovely and when you see it – it’s like you know Stacy. Thanks for sharing.

  • CathyAnn July 15, 2015, 4:14 pm

    Wonderful! I like everything about this “barn”. I’m bookmarking this for future reference!

  • lIZ July 15, 2015, 4:17 pm

    Sweet little place. Thanks for all the pictures!!

  • Mary July 15, 2015, 4:18 pm

    Love the house & all the inside touches & everything. It looks much bigger than it really is!

  • Brenda July 15, 2015, 4:18 pm

    I love your barn home!! You have squeezed a lot into a tiny space! Well done!
    I hope you have many happy years there!

  • Jeff July 15, 2015, 4:23 pm

    Great Job on the house. Your story is inspiring! Thanks for sharing it.

  • Teri July 15, 2015, 4:25 pm

    Stacy, I love your story and your solution… fits me to a “T”. I’m 65, own a childcare center and looking ahead to retirement & living off social security (later than sooner) in my little Tumbleweed Cypress. I love what you said about Hospice, cracked me up! Ya gotta plan for the exit too! 🙂

    • Nancy July 15, 2015, 11:40 pm

      Stacy, Thank You so much for sharing. I love your idea, and most important, your outlook.
      I want something a little bigger, but exactly the same game plan. Chicken coop, garden, and a small workshop. I love working on old trucks.
      Nancy

  • Debbie July 15, 2015, 4:30 pm

    It’s absolutely ADORABLE, I love it!!!! I’m a little younger, (46) but have basically the same reasons for wanting to do this. I echo the sentiment, “Being surrounded by only the things I need and love is more seductive every day, and I’m working in that direction.” I feel exactly the same!!! Been researching all kinds of different little barn sheds, cottages, even buses and old Airstreams. There are just so many possibilities for a cute and affordable and totally unique home! GO Stacy!!! 🙂

  • Lynnette July 15, 2015, 4:34 pm

    This story!!! ♡♡♡♡♡ This little home!!! ☆☆☆☆☆

  • Amy July 15, 2015, 4:35 pm

    Stacy echoed my feelings on possessions. Though I’m twenty years younger, I totally agree about the necessity to lighten one’s load. Love Stacy’s pragmatism and peppy attitude.

  • Kathy July 15, 2015, 4:45 pm

    I am so full of admiration AND envy!! You have done exactly what I would love to do. Your attitude toward WHY you did it mirrors mine so closely that it was scary. Though I hadn’t thought of the Hospice Nurse angle. LOL That was priceless, even if, as I suspect, it was not really a joke. How lucky you are in having a large piece of property on which you can stay forever, even if you have to sell the big house one day. How fortunate you are in having resourceful friends who could do the things you cannot in getting your tiny house together. But best of all, you are blessed with fortitude and a sense of humor! And, oh by the way, I love the house too Stacy. Nicely done!!

  • Kim July 15, 2015, 4:45 pm

    I love this tiny home. It is a lovely shape and looks bigger than the measurements given. I am glad you are enjoying it now, I preparation for when you will actually live there.
    I am 56 and realising I need LESS STUFF, not more, as I am getting older. Stacey’s dog seems to like it, too!

  • Diane July 15, 2015, 4:49 pm

    I enjoyed your article. I felt the same way about my property and have built guest cottages here. I knew I would want to have a back up plan because with a daughter in New York and a slippery slope son that I might not be able to depend on I had to make a plan for my retirement days. I think it is great what you have done in getting ready to leave the big house and all of it’s upkeep. It drains time and energy from our lives. Living more simply feels right after the kids are grown. I know I did not like empty rooms so as a designer I made them guest suites and I rented my rooms to business men coming in to town for relocation. Those rents float my house and has sustained me while I recovered from being hit by a car on my bike. It made it possible for me to continue my charitable giving. They are very nice men not creepers so it is like living with brothers which I like very much. When I am ready I will transition to the tiny home like you are also going to be doing at some point. I agree. It’s a good plan sister.

  • Jill Joiner July 15, 2015, 4:52 pm

    This is adorable and I greatly admire Stacy for her outlook. This one gives a since of peace and is going to be added to the idea file as well.

  • Deb July 15, 2015, 4:59 pm

    This place is so inviting and cozy, makes me want to put on flannel pj’s and drink cocoa and cuddle with that beautiful dog!!

  • Valery Lytle July 15, 2015, 4:59 pm

    I’ve had several careers, several children, lots of pets, one husband and one fantasy – to have a tiny house to retire in and travel to visit family, taking it with me…who knows if that wish comes true? I am downsizing gradually – and Stacey is now my inspiration. I will turn 65 soon, so I better get crackin’! Thank you for sharing, Stacey!

  • Nancy July 15, 2015, 5:01 pm

    Did you have to put in a septic system? I love this little place!

    • stacy thompson July 19, 2015, 12:13 am

      Hi Nancy, thanks for the kind words! Right now I’m using a simple composting toilet. I did a lot of research on them and am very happy with the very basic one I ended up with. You can find links for them in a lot of Alex’s articles. What they say about their ease of use and lack of odor is all true if you follow the directions for installation and use. Good luck.

      • Norinda May 17, 2016, 9:49 am

        I just showed your shed to my daughter and her boyfriend…he said that if this is what I want that he would be my connection…I just fell in love with your shed…all the windows and doors..I would enclose the porch so that my cats can go outside and still be sfe from any preditors…I can’t do steps so the loft is out unless it’s for storing clothes and stuff but I feel that the more storage space the the more stuff you need to put in it…as is I live in a one bedroom apartment and used to being on my own so I’m ready to retire next year in 2017 and head west to Portland or Washington State…I’d love to hear from you…may God bless you and give you many years to enjoy your shed/house…Norinda

  • Vetinia Gorman July 15, 2015, 5:04 pm

    I could live in this beautiful home. You’ve done a wonderful job, and I agree, what else do you need when you have a beautiful and practical home, a garden, music and your dog. You’re blessed.

  • Cris July 15, 2015, 5:27 pm

    This is the most beautiful tiny home I have seen to date. I love pretty much everything about it. Thinking of converting the garage for just the same purposes…and will incorporate some of the touches here. It also opens out onto my garden. Good job Stacey!!!

  • Jackie July 15, 2015, 5:32 pm

    I’m so glad to see how someone has used a shed that anyone can buy and turn it into a functional living space. I’d like to see more of these.

  • gale July 15, 2015, 5:37 pm

    Beautiful home and great for grandparents who want to be independent but need a little assistance. Keeps the families separate when everyone needs some private time. Wonderful job and thank you for sharing.

  • Pat Ryan July 15, 2015, 5:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful house. You’ve built it for the best of reasons–low cost, independence and to enjoy as you get older. I hope to join this “club” soon!

  • Karen July 15, 2015, 5:52 pm

    This is my plan!!! I have, at least, another 20 years of working, but I’m already thinking about how I will live in my retirement. My goal is to live as simply and as inexpensively as possible. Stacy has thought everything through and I’m very impressed the result. I would, however, have to make one adjustment. I would have to have my bedroom on the first floor near the bathroom. My bad knees wouldn’t be reliable dealing with narrow stair in the middle of the night. Other than that, it’s perfect!

  • Carol Bartosiewicz July 15, 2015, 6:27 pm

    Simply love Stacy’s sanctuary and thinking ahead attitude. God Bless!

  • Candide33 July 15, 2015, 6:30 pm

    I had to laugh when I realized that I was wearing the exact same socks at the person in the pictures. It is all about the comfort at this stage of the game and that tiny house looks very comfy.

  • evelyn mendez July 15, 2015, 6:40 pm

    I am so jealous! I think it is wonderful what you have done with this space. Its exactly what I would love to have!

  • Dennis Reynolds July 15, 2015, 6:45 pm

    I LOVE this house ! I’ve always said I’d never want a loft since I’m disabled now and don’t know that I’ll be able to climb stairs much longer, but this looks great even with the loft. It looks SO much bigger than what it actually is ! What a great little home. We share the same dream, a small place to call my own and that won’t cost much to live in. Great vision, I applaud you ! This is in the top 5 of my all time favorites of tiny homes !

  • Stacey July 15, 2015, 6:51 pm

    You did a wonderful job on this space! The layout is great – it feels homey and never would believe it was 192 sq ft.

  • Joan July 15, 2015, 6:52 pm

    Just love it! Love the way you did the stairs and the porch is a good touch.. Thanks for sharing not only the pictures but your story as well. Exactly what my future plans are at almost 63. Luckily, I can do most of the work myself, at least so far (knock on wood)!

    Last summer my partner and I did basically what you did for a friend’s veteran daughter. We were restricted from a lot of creativity, but it turned out nice. I need to find my pictures and submit them to Alex also. It was meant to be more rustic and cabinish. That was the guidelines and restrictions placed on us by the friend that paying the bills. i would really have loved to have done things a lot differently that we did. But the daughter is living quite comfortably there now.

  • ~ Lesa July 15, 2015, 7:14 pm

    This is so commendable and you fill everyone with inspiration through your pride of accomplishment. We are all proud of
    what you have done and shared the experience through your words. Thank you

  • Janie July 15, 2015, 8:44 pm

    I echo the sentiments of most of the comments on here………the house is wonderful. The attitude is terrific. The sense of humor about the realities of growing older was refreshing and hopeful. I wish you and your adorable dog the best of everything. Kudos

  • Rose July 15, 2015, 9:03 pm

    I think this is absolutely beautiful! It could be my dream home.

  • Jane July 15, 2015, 9:06 pm

    Wonderful idea and rehab! Does the dog come with it??

  • Diane Bell July 15, 2015, 9:06 pm

    Oh my gosh I have been dreaming of this kind of home thanks for sharing

  • Joseph Pagillo July 15, 2015, 9:15 pm

    I am also converting a small shed. Although it’s larger, 14×26, there is no room for a loft. I like the way you finished yours, always looking for ideas. Also on tight budget, so using as much reclaimed items including wood as I can.

  • Ann July 15, 2015, 9:25 pm

    I had looked into getting a barn like that and this is a LOT like what I would have wanted to do as well. For me, it’s a toss up between that and a tiny house on wheels. I think you could put one of these on wheels, too.
    It’s so story-book like, I really like it and the porch.

  • Valerie July 15, 2015, 10:07 pm

    Oh this is a lovely home. I would want it all the same too. Just perfect for someone who enjoys nature, cozy and fit for one with a sweet pet.

  • Ana July 15, 2015, 10:48 pm

    That;s the way to go small and easy , just like I had in Europe simple Life

  • JC July 15, 2015, 11:27 pm

    I love this little barn house. What a great idea and so nicely done. Such an inspiration for me for the future. Thanks Stacy!!

  • Liz L July 15, 2015, 11:30 pm

    Wonderful, wonderful! I absolutely love this. So cozy and inviting. Would love to have one just like it. Have been thinking about doing something similar in the future. So many great ideas. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. Great garden too!

  • Jaix Brooks July 15, 2015, 11:58 pm

    I flat out LOVE this place! Charming! Comfortable! Imaginative! I can not say enough about this place, it is so well done.
    I hope you are proud…you should be!

  • annette sanders July 16, 2015, 12:08 am

    I love it!!❤❤❤ perfect!

  • Nita July 16, 2015, 12:15 am

    This is on my Top 10 Tiny Homes list. Beautifully done, Stacy!

  • Crystal July 16, 2015, 12:31 am

    I plan on doing this, same style barn but just a bit bigger. Hoping to start in a couple of months and what I’m most concerned about starting out is the plumbing. I’ve been told that I need to get it up off the ground in order to hook up the plumbing but I noticed that this one isn’t off the ground so how was the plumbing set up here? It would save me a little bit of money if I could do it that way. I’m living of of one 650 per month already and a single mom with no child support so I know it’s going to take me a lot longer to get it ready to live in. I’m a little nervous but I know with my income it’s the best option for me. Luckily my parents have a spot for me on their property where a mobile home used to sit so the well and electric hok up is already there. Anyway, if someone could answer about the plumbing please email @ [email protected]. I would greatly appreciate it.

  • Sarah July 16, 2015, 12:33 am

    I just love your cozy home and your sage wisdom. It’s exactly what I want. I admire that you are planning ahead but still very active. I got toward the end, saw your picture and you look like my Mom! She was my best friend and passed 5 years ago. Thank you so much for the day brightener! I swear if you lived closer I’d make you join our craft club LOL.

  • Laurentia July 16, 2015, 12:34 am

    What a wonderful tiny cottage! I really love the practicality of it adorned with a touch of whimsy. I’d want to spend all my time in it, too!

  • M July 16, 2015, 1:12 am

    A girlfriend and I saw these sheds about six years ago and said “we could make houses out of these!” …that was looooong before I ever heard TH. I still had kids in the pic back then as did she but we’ve both been working towards this for some time now. I’ve got linens very similar to hers and even the same green bookshelf to go over my same little ‘fireplace’. However, different layout etc. But was fun to see a similar “dream” come to fruition as I continue to plan, pare, and prepare.

  • Joanne July 16, 2015, 1:33 am

    Sweet home, best done of any I have seen ~ as appears comfy and I love it. Thanks for sharing : )

  • Pam July 16, 2015, 1:55 am

    Wow Stacy, good on you, love it! You go girl, head for retirement!

  • SUSIEQ July 16, 2015, 2:18 am

    My favorite post ever…maybe cause your story sounded so much like mine..and I saw someone else who said the same…how many of us older women with 600.00 dollar social sec checks are trying to figure out how to live when we can no longer work….I bought a travel trailer for my escape plan too…but now Im rethinking that with Rv sites so expensive..no longer an option..and state parks you can only park a few weeks I think..and still not cheap . Anyway they are not the answer for when things get rough ..your idea is simply the best ive heard. And may I say ..you tell the story very lovely and true..with laughter and a little tears too…thank you so much..I enjoyed it emensley….Susie

  • Susanne July 16, 2015, 2:21 am

    It’s adorable ! I hope you could rent out the main house NOW and combine that maybe with your social security and retire? 🙂

  • KBee July 16, 2015, 3:40 am

    Thank you so much for focusing on what I consider a major market, us older folks. Designs do need one level sleeping and lets not forget the advantages of less housework! For me I also need the full size frig and would use the loft for my art supplies/storage.

  • Holly Morrison July 16, 2015, 3:45 am

    This is absolutely beautiful! It’s a perfect “She Shed!” I love it—the design, the decor and the overall welcoming feeling …

  • Dean July 16, 2015, 4:29 am

    Lovely home. Thanks to both Stacy and Alex for bringing this one to our attention.
    Reminds me of the 16×12 barn shed I saw at the local Home Depot that really got me interested in the whole Tiny Home movement.
    Better Bilt Barns are good people with vision. Glad Stacy was able to utilize their talents.

  • PaulaKate July 16, 2015, 5:52 am

    absolutely adorable..

  • Tabitha July 16, 2015, 5:54 am

    i loved the space utilization and creativity.its my dream house.

  • Mary J July 16, 2015, 5:56 am

    definitely Home sweet Home

  • Carole July 16, 2015, 6:40 am

    Absolutely super! I totally relate to this barn and the reasons of the owner for building it. Enjoy milady.

  • Suzi July 16, 2015, 7:46 am

    What a great ideas and a beautiful little home. Felt like I was reading my thoughts on why you chose to do this. Particularly love the stairs as I am nearly 69 and the thought of ladders is daunting.
    It’s beautiful. I wish you health and happiness in your little home when you retire.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • Lindsey Lu July 16, 2015, 9:54 am

    Love the story and her planning for her eventually and inevitable demise. Great message and smart gal!

  • Deborah Cobern July 16, 2015, 9:55 am

    Wonderful! Love what she did with this shed. We are doing the same thing but on a larger scale because there is the two of us and two dogs and two cats.

    My hat is off to this dear lady!

  • Darlene July 16, 2015, 9:58 am

    I love this lady. I believe she must be my long lost twin sister. I admire what she has done. Would love to do the same thing for the same reasons……..

  • Roberta July 16, 2015, 9:59 am

    What a wonderful space. I might just do the same thing on my mother’s property. It would be nice to have a private space closer to her when she needs assistance. Thank you for sharing your tiny home with us.

  • Juanita July 16, 2015, 10:21 am

    Of all the Tiny Houses I’ve seen this is one of my very favorites!

  • Barb B July 16, 2015, 10:45 am

    What a lovely little house and set up! I just turned 70 and have been eyeing these little barns for some time. I thought if worse came to worse, two could be secured together with doorways connecting. However, I was pretty sure I could survive in the space of one! Add insulation, wiring, plumbing, a staircase and YES!, skylights and French doors and you’ve got a tiny palace! Congrats and kudos to a kindred spirit!

  • Gordon D. July 16, 2015, 12:49 pm

    I can’t find the word to surpass any comments placed here about the little barn,With the dog also. 😉 Love it.

  • Carole D. July 16, 2015, 1:30 pm

    Stacey, you are such a smart woman!!!

  • toni July 16, 2015, 3:22 pm

    love her!!!

  • Stacey July 16, 2015, 4:06 pm

    I have faithfully been reading about tiny houses on this site for a year, but this is the first time I felt compelled to respond. This is a wonderful story in itself! First of all, I am in love with the stairs. I feel realistically you could climb stairs but not a ladder into your 80s. And the use of the stairway space is amazing. The landing at the bottom essentially doesn’t take up any space by combining it with furniture. The covered deck is a must. So beautiful. It makes the home feel so much larger. Lastly, I don’t like the open floor plan of most tiny homes. Personally, I like a bit of separation from the kitchen, which can be noisy while cooking and cluttered if you don’t get to the dishes right away. Even if there’s no actual door here, it is its own separate room. Also, bathrooms are almost always right off the kitchen. I prefer the location of this bathroom.

    I am in my early 50 and just recently decided to downsize. I want to live in a tiny home so bad, but have a husband who wishes our 1000sf home was larger. So unless/until I get rid of him, I’m stuck here. However, if I’m ever on my own, something very similar to this will be in my future. Thank you!

  • Barb B July 16, 2015, 7:55 pm

    Stacy: Forgot to tell you before how much I love the staircase (and platform with storage chest) and that wonderful covered deck! If a person were so inclined, they could make a screened-in porch either beside the deck or enclose the deck itself. That way my critters could be outside in a safe manner. Oh, and a little chicken coop beside the garden would be lovely….I’m really getting carried away…hmmmmm—I’m really happy for you, Stacy!

  • Brian July 17, 2015, 3:11 am

    I must say I love your home and also your sentiments.
    Thanks so much for sharing and cheers from Australia

  • vicki July 17, 2015, 12:06 pm

    This is perfect. What else can be said?

  • Janice S. July 17, 2015, 3:30 pm

    This is the same barn that my daughter and I have looked at and thought we would also like to make into our matching ‘tiny homes’ in the next 5 years or so when her hubby is finally retired from the military and putting down permanent roots.

  • Jan July 17, 2015, 8:09 pm

    I love your little house. Do you have room for clothing?

    • stacy thompson July 19, 2015, 12:34 am

      Hi Jan. Thanks, I love it too….and good question about clothing. It isn’t set up for someone who needs a huge amount of closet space. I’m planning on using the chest of drawers for most of my everyday clothes (jeans, tops, etc) and I’ll use storage bins under the couch/bed for linens, jackets, etc. When I get an enclosed area next to the deck built for a stackable washer/dryer, I’ll make sure there’s a little extra room to hang things as well. There are also some hooks behind the rocker under the stairs, and in the bathroom. I’m not using much more space than that for clothes right now. Less is better 🙂

  • j rose July 17, 2015, 9:49 pm

    I’m 63 and I get it. Im Just about to build my last house, having just sold the last last farm. My heroes for many years have been Helen and Scott nearing, who lived to ripe old age in maine. The TH on this site really show the possibilities; now we need the regulatory supervision to be on board tho So many elements tend to not meet code. As a builder, these things like safe egress, and non combustibles by the stove, worry me. Please be safe out there! I’m about to do a 400 Sq ft with loft. It will have lots of good insulation so I’ll be warm at the end, hopefully many years from now.

  • cheryl July 18, 2015, 9:42 am

    Love this and feel the same way about only needing the essentials.

  • Helen July 18, 2015, 3:01 pm

    Wow! It’s quite wonderful. I especially love the skylights and the deck.
    All that outside space!
    I only wish you had included, for those of us who simply cannot visualize, a floorplan.

    • Norinda April 12, 2016, 2:09 pm

      Yes…a floor plan would be nice…but as many before me have said…your barn/home is absolutely beautiful…warm and inviting…I have 3 cats that would love this home with an enclosed area for them

  • Rhonda July 18, 2015, 5:16 pm

    I love your home its shabby chic it’s wonderful I need something like that all I have is a bedroom and bathroom I did take notes I’m so inspired

  • Antoinette Johnson July 18, 2015, 8:40 pm

    This is fabulous! Thanks THT for sharing Stacey’s tiny home story. I on1y have one request:

    Video Tour, please!!!!

    Tiny House Talk, can you arrange that for us, PLEASE!!!
    Photos are nice, but I’d love to see video footage.

    Thank you 🙂

  • Kristen July 18, 2015, 11:17 pm

    Stacey – I just love your house!! It is so welcoming, and so peaceful looking!! Two years ago I downsized to a 400 square foor studio apartment with a deck in an apartment complex in the woods. I have never been happier, especially once I rescued my own Australian Shepherd!! Your Aussie is so beautiful, too! I simplified my life by finding a job close to home, I have been diagnosed with and have beaten ovarian cancer, and I believe living a simpler, more peaceful life made it possible. Life is good when it is simple and peaceful!!

  • Karen R July 20, 2015, 1:31 pm

    Such a lovely nest for a lovely lady.

  • Glema July 22, 2015, 5:12 am

    Thank you so much for sharing with us Stacey and Alex your work is also appreciated. 🙂 Rhonda if you only have a small space to work with you might consider the Avanti CK301SHP for a quick tiny kitchenette, also for anyone one might make a “pvc pipe style clothes rack” for your consideration. I’ve done a lot and will continue to do a lot of researching for all aspects of TH living. I think a small place with a deck and chickens will be a great idea for when I’m done moving around in my THOW I plan to get in my future and use up til it’s time to stop moving. The Small Place will be nice to move into and I love this barn style for both roofs. 🙂 God bless you all and Happy Trails!

  • Betty Koci July 22, 2015, 8:30 pm

    So beautiful. I can feel your heart for this home. Maybe because I’m 74 and experiencing many of the same things you are at this stage of the game. Beautiful…….

  • Caryl August 4, 2015, 8:43 pm

    I have to many questions I would like to ask Stacy. Is there a way to communicate contact her directly?

    I LOVED this article and have dreamt of having a tiny home sonce before there were such things! But I have many, many questions…and don’t know where to begin.

  • Cynthia McGinnis August 5, 2015, 11:50 am

    I love everything about your cozy home! Perfect layout, and using the space to the fullest. Love your covered deck and beautiful garden. What an adorable doggie too 🙂 Here’s to many healthy & happy years in your beautiful tiny home!

  • Hope Kraft August 6, 2015, 8:47 pm

    Stacy you have done a great job in taking a space and created heaven for yourself. I am also in the process of down sizing and looking at a barn shed thru Lowe’s. Iam so happy to hear that you are very satisfied with the built. May you have a long and happy life in your new home.

  • Cindy August 16, 2015, 2:37 pm

    Stacy! How awesome!!
    My mom is 85 next week, and is moving into a senior apartment. I would love to do this for her on our property. She would be close by, but have her own space. Wonderful job!!
    Thanks for the tour!
    Cindy

  • Josephine Colon August 17, 2015, 6:54 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I, 61 and disabled, believe you have been the answer to my prayers. Was wondering if it can be insulated enough against colder weather. Forgive my ignorance in these matters.

    I love your attitude. I don’t have land, but I’ve seen lots online that are reasonable. I was hoping to move to Maryland or Virginia, but I’d move a little farther to be happy and worry-free. (At least about money)

    Beautiful, beautiful home…God bless…

  • M.J. September 14, 2015, 7:44 am

    love this lady and her beautiful tiny home!

  • Nabeela October 8, 2015, 12:52 pm

    A perfect house…how artistic you are …your aesthetic sense is amazing.

  • Judy October 12, 2015, 5:50 pm

    Be still my heart……this is exactly what I have been planning. I hope to get started in the spring. Looking forward to spending this winter dreaming and planning.?

  • Janet Deen October 18, 2015, 7:51 pm

    Love it, Stacy! Did you insulate the walls or ceiling?

  • Lisa Jo October 26, 2015, 1:18 pm

    This is the best story of a little house I have ever heard…the house is practical and very beautiful. I love how it has nice stairs to the loft, so many little homes don’t have good steps.
    But the greatest is the owners attitude and preparedness for Her future and what real life is and needs.
    Bravo to her!

  • Shalla October 27, 2015, 8:13 pm

    Love your house.. Did you have to get permits for the barn, plumbing, electric etc?

  • Gail October 28, 2015, 12:29 pm

    I love this tiny home and your story! It would be nice to make the bottom steps of the stairs into drawers for extra storage! I would love to see these built in small subdivision for senior citizens or for the homeless!

  • Christine December 13, 2015, 9:58 pm

    Love your tiny house looks so welcoming ?

  • Phyllis January 8, 2016, 9:51 am

    I love your little home. You have decorated it so that it has such a “homey” look to it!!!!

  • sarah January 9, 2016, 10:42 am

    Lovely house and advice!

  • Annie Mocha January 15, 2016, 11:36 am

    This house is exactly what I wanted to create for me at this same point in life – God willing! I would love to know what part of the country Stacy lives in. I think she is amazing and has great heart. Love the beautiful photos!

  • Gabrielle Charest January 15, 2016, 9:42 pm

    Stacy, you have created a masterpiece! I love your mix of fabrics, the creative use of space, the personal touches that make a home. At 73, I feel myself slowing down and not wanting to deal with rising rents and other costs that remind me too often that my income is fixed.
    Lucky for me, a family member lives nearby and has offered me a bedroom in their spacious home. However, I still need a personal space, all my own, where I can hang out and pursue hobbies and do some writing. My plan has been to purchase a shed (a bit smaller than yours) and have it insulated and finished as one room, a Grammy Pod. I will not need a kitchen or bathroom since the shed will be near the home. Can’t wait!

  • tegmapat February 15, 2016, 7:17 pm

    I am 74 and would like to build something similar, just a little bit bigger. However, I do not have a place to put a small home. Where I live, I would have to have a full acre to put it on, and even then, tiny homes are not allowed. I envy you for having this. I have worked hard all my life and would now like to down size to something like this, yet, the township will not allow it. I can’t convert a travel trailer, either. So, what does one do? We sound so much alike in the way we think. I just can’t do what I want in my area even tho’ I have enough money to do it up nicely with the sale of my present home. It seems so unfair to have such ridged rules. You have a cute place there! Enjoy it with your pretty little dog! (Just wondered how high the ceiling is up in the loft?)

  • Laura February 20, 2016, 4:54 pm

    I just wondered what is all included in the bathroom? And I just love the barnhouse, it is so adorable. I would live there in a heartbeat, guess i better start downsizing.

  • Steve Kuron April 11, 2016, 2:56 pm

    Thank you so much for allowing us into your home.I am 45yrs.old and watching my children turn into young adults before my eyes.I hope i have the forethought and serenity that you have.It will seam like tomarrow that I will be in your shoes.

  • Emily April 12, 2016, 10:51 am

    Stacy, I love your house and I share your approach to aging (I’m 67). Thanks so much for posting the pictures of your beautiful house and for your inspirational text.

  • Gabriella April 12, 2016, 4:27 pm

    It is a dream to live, scent of flowers, colors floral, taste fantasies in the set: woven, wood, lights and shapes ingredients that give intimate quietness.

  • Vicki April 12, 2016, 4:36 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing. I have a floorplan drawn up for a larger version of a barn shed but had not seen the inside of one that had actually been done. This takes away all my worries. I am 68 and in the process of finding land (the hard part) and this is great inspiration.

  • Marta Cross April 12, 2016, 4:41 pm

    I own a small piece of land in Tulsa, OK. I would love to build “tiny houses” on it for a senior citizen neighborhood where they could buy or rent their home, already have a place to park it, and great neighbors to grow older with! Like I say, I own the land – does anyone know where a 62 year old lady could get a loan to build the houses or maybe a grant for senior citizen living? We could also have a community garden and possibly a building where everyone could get together for pot luck dinners, bingo, etc, and each could go home to their own space right there together! If anyone would be interested in working with me on this or sharing ideas, or just directing me to someone that could help with loans or grants, I would be so grateful. Thank you so much! Marta

    • skip antell April 16, 2016, 2:27 pm

      Have had that dream for many years but have no courage to take a chance…but I do have the plans–loaned my savings to my relatives -big mistake- could have one built for that amount–but I think they figure I’ll die soon and they won’t have to pay back what they promised me …guess what–I’m relatively healthy and still have my mind so I can still work, so I’m going to do it somehow…thanks for the inspiration…

  • kristina nadreau April 12, 2016, 5:09 pm

    excellent planning.

  • Sam April 12, 2016, 9:14 pm

    Love your tiny home! Beautifully completed. What is the name of the paint ? color you chose for the outside? I absolutely love it and would like to paint something that color!
    It looks greenish blue but hard to tell online. Many Years of Happiness to you and your dog.
    Sam

  • SaturdaySportsman April 12, 2016, 11:15 pm

    That’s the very definition of “cozy”. Love it!

  • Kathy April 13, 2016, 3:31 pm

    Luv your cozy home and your furry friend…

  • Robyn April 14, 2016, 9:14 pm

    Wow, well done! It looks so comfortable and cozy. I especially like the reading nook under the stairs and the patio. Lots of places to sit, lounge, dream, pet the dog and peacefully be.

  • Nancy a June 20, 2016, 3:18 pm

    This is so perfect I can hardly stand it !! Have looked at so many tiny homes over the last few years. This one is so homey and perfect, I need to run out and get started. The owner could certainly go into business teaching others. Don’t think I could have this on my property and not live there. Makes me think of forest fairies and fresh cookies and lovely textiles. My spinning wheel is calling me now, seriously. Gotta go!

  • Gabriella June 25, 2016, 3:34 pm

    Romantic Dollhouse. Always Pleasant

  • patty June 27, 2016, 1:08 am

    Love all the windows and skylight. Makes it look so big. L8ve this little house and back deck

  • Norinda June 29, 2016, 3:14 pm

    Happy belated birthday…haven’t seen another post from you..hope you are well and enjoying your she/shed…I absolutely love it…planning in the future to get one built 12×20 since I won’t have a loft…on my daughter’s property…either her’s or her boyfriend he’s got 5 acres I can get lost in…lol…take care…would love to hear from you…Norinda

  • Norinda July 26, 2016, 3:53 pm

    Hi Alex…I was wondering…could you forward my email to Ms Stacy Thompson so that I can tell her how much I love her shed/home…I plan on getting one just like it..just wanted to know how she layed out the bathroom and kitchen and just how big is her loft…I wan’t going to do a loft because I have bad knees but I see how roomy it is up there…next year 2017 is it and I’m looking forward to getting my Shed built with her specs…just love, love, love her place…thanks in advance…Norinda

  • Carole Ruyts August 12, 2016, 11:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing so much of your life and future Staci. It made me think of “nesting” and isn’t that what we want to do at a certain time in life? Now it’s just for us though and that makes it really special! You’re an inspiration! ?

  • Linly August 25, 2016, 2:20 pm

    I have a barn shed next to my house I’m excited about someday having as nice a retreat on my land also. I need to have a proper door put on and Windows, stairs and walls…then the wiring and plumbing. I even hand a Window ac unit for the summers out here in az. I love the front deck you put in and the sky lights. Well done, I’m 57 maybe I’ll get mine done by the time I’m 65. Looking forward to letting family visit and I could let them use the main house and then my patterns wouldn’t be an imposition. They also won’t feel like they are living as a guest more like a family visiting next door. Love love love this.

  • Anne November 25, 2016, 8:26 am

    Love this home .I would really like to see the kitchen and bath layout . I’m looking at putting one in the back yard . thank you for sharing

  • Claude December 18, 2016, 11:36 am

    Well built, I am happy for you and the best of luck in the future.

  • Marcy December 18, 2016, 11:39 am

    Stacy, Your place is charming and you will be so lucky to grow old there. A thought – maybe you should move into the little house now and start renting out the main house. That would give you a chance to save a building maintenance fund for when you’re not working and making money.

  • Carolyn Vick December 18, 2016, 7:30 pm

    Great story, home and doggie.

  • Susanne December 18, 2016, 8:47 pm

    Perfect! Though I am also wondering (maybe she is by now) why not in it full time , would save money.
    Reasonable price too!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 19, 2016, 10:23 am

      Good question! Maybe she has to commute? — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Cherie December 19, 2016, 9:16 am

    This is just so beautiful! Exactly what I dream of having one day. Thanks for sharing.

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN December 19, 2016, 9:48 am

    Charming for sure ….!

  • Randy December 27, 2016, 2:50 pm

    Really nice little “nest”! Great job!

  • Rachel December 28, 2016, 11:43 am

    It’s cute but if she is afraid of not being able to afford her mortgage why would she build the back up house on the same land??? She should have sold her house and land and used the money to get a new property paid in full and then built the shed on that. Now she risks losing the shed and the main house. So she’s paid for the shed now but also continuing to make mortgage payments. Seems not the best financial way to do this.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 29, 2016, 12:41 pm

      Not sure what her financial situation might be — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Michele in CA January 4, 2017, 1:57 pm

      She said she would rent the main house.

  • Michele in CA January 4, 2017, 1:56 pm

    I could immediately imagine myself living here. So cozy and homey. The only thing I would do would be to add a second shed for an art studio. Then I’d be all set.

  • karen January 6, 2017, 3:03 am

    I hope these messages get to Stacy because she needs to know how much her sharing means to a lot of people. Anyway, Stacy if you are reading this I absolutely love your tiny place. I am 62 yrs old and became very ill at 50yrs old. It has been a tough bunch of years because I had always supported myself and worked very hard for 40 plus years. I had my own condo and relocated to Florida for my health. Once I became ill I lost everything…my savings, 401k and my condo due to medical bills. all gone in the blink of an eye ! Of course, being on social security disability, things are tough because I also help my sister and her autistic grandson (he is the light of my life). I would truly love to live in a place just like yours ! You have a similar decorating taste to mine, I love your quilts, shower curtain and regular curtains etc. it is so me !!!! I wiish I had my life long friends from up north to come and build something like this for me, I would be in heaven ! well, enough of my story…thanks so much for the photos and your story and I was happy to get a glimpse of your face to see the person who will live happily in her new home, someday. take good care of yourself, karen

  • Jackie March 12, 2017, 11:13 pm

    Hi Stacy. I just found your home and it took my breath away! I have drawn pictures of tiny houses for more years then I can remember but was never able to put it all together until I saw your house. Amazing! I hope you are enjoying it everyday!
    I just turned 67 and have been downsizing for many years. Life has taken a new direction for me and your story has been put in my path not by accident but as a blessing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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