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12×16 Shed Turned Tiny House: Part-Time Tiny Living in Alaska

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We’ve seen a lot of people build tiny homes as rental units, but in this case Rodney and his wife rent their larger home and live tiny during the summer!

It all started some years back, when Rodney needed a spot to store his stuff after life took an unexpected turn. Some friends offered a spot on their land if he built a nice-looking shed, so he did just that. But when he got married three years ago and built a “big” house, he and his wife decided to convert the shed into a tiny house so they could rent out their larger home.

What’s awesome about the conversion is they did it on the cheap — he reused cabinets from different kitchens and reclaimed metal roofing which he then painted. The house isn’t filled with fancy things, but is completely practical for the couple’s summer lifestyle. Look at the photos below and watch the video tour with Tiny Home Tours!

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Part-time Tiny Living in this 12×16 Shed

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The entire home has beautiful knotting pine siding.

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They have a 42 inch TV and a large comfortable couch.

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They used this “wasted” space behind the door as a closet.

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He opted for a 4-ft-wide shower stall.

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The kitchen features full-sized appliances.

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There’s a California King Mattress in the loft bedroom.

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VIDEO: Alaskan 12×16 Shed Tiny House


  • 12×16 Shed
  • Reclaimed metal roofing (repainted)
  • Covered deck
  • Loft bedroom fits California King
  • Full-sized appliances in the kitchen
  • 4-foot wide shower stall
  • 42 inch TV
  • Large reclining sofa
  • Behind-door closet area

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Joanna Huskey
    July 30, 2020, 12:31 pm

    Very nice

  • Ann
    July 30, 2020, 4:22 pm

    Good idea on using the space behind the door for a closet, etc.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 31, 2020, 2:40 pm

      His wife’s idea haha. Gotta love ladies 😉

    • Fred
      December 28, 2022, 5:14 pm

      I like that “behind-the-door” closet idea, as well.
      The only exception I would take is when planning out the floor space, I’d put the breaker panel someplace else.
      Someplace where it wouldn’t be obstructed by other items.
      In fact, I believe in the state I live in, that’s a building code.

      • James D.
        December 29, 2022, 2:08 am

        Well, you can have a panel covered as long as it’s still accessible and can be easily reached. So it can be in a closet, covered by a painting, etc. Just not when the home is inspected or behind anything hard to move out of the way but for fire safety the real issue is it can’t be near anything combustible because of the danger of sparks from the panel starting a fire. So it’s a bad idea to put it in a clothing closet, etc.

        • Fred
          December 29, 2022, 9:33 am

          Yeah, that’s what I was thinking.
          All that clothing around the panel, but I checked the regs, and yep, can’t put them in a closet here.
          They cite proximity to combustible materials as the reason why.

  • Maggie
    July 30, 2020, 4:46 pm

    Except for maybe storage and sleeping and toilet on different levels…it’s perfect. For younger people because of the last, “except for.”

  • Maria Kentala
    July 31, 2020, 7:35 am

    Nicely done.

  • Fred
    July 31, 2020, 3:23 pm

    When I first started thinking about how I would design a tiny home, this is basically the layout I came up with.
    Even the Dutch Colonial roof bedroom is just how I imagined it.
    Its nice to see how everything fits together, as I always had some issues with “seeing” just how some things would sit in the final layout.
    Eventually, I moved my layout up to a 16×24 floorplan, which gave me some room for a dinner table, which I put between the kitchen and the living room.
    Great to see other “great minds” ( LOL! =D ) embracing this layout.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 3, 2020, 12:18 pm

      Definitely an excellent layout idea!

  • Sheila Plourde
    December 17, 2020, 5:32 pm

    This is very nice! We have a Cal King also. Glad to know they fit in a tiny home. Kitchen is very nice.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      December 18, 2020, 1:01 pm

      Sometimes you need a big bed!

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