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Daughter and Son-in-Law Build Tiny Home for Dad

This is the story of how a daughter and her husband designed and built a custom tiny home for her dad.

My husband and I wanted to build a house for my Father to live in on our property in Colorado. We decided to buy a pre-built shed and turn it into a home. The house is 12×32 with an 8×4 covered porch. The house sits on a permanent foundation with a crawl space underneath. The 20 gal. water heater is under the house. It’s a one bedroom one bathroom home with a living/kitchen area.

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They Built The Perfect Tiny Home For Dad…

Daughter and Son-in-Law Build Tiny Home for Dad

Images © Kim Mendenhall

The house is still a work in progress but my Father is living in it and is very comfortable. We are planning to extend the roof another foot on each side and put some rain gutters on.

Daughter and Son-in-Law Build Tiny Home for Dad

We also have some landscaping to do. The house is very well insulated and has 3 baseboard heaters to heat it. I thought maybe some of your readers would be interested in seeing it.

Daughter and Son-in-Law Build Tiny Home for Dad

It was not ‘cheap’ to build since neither my husband or myself did the electric, foundation, plumbing or drywall.

Daughter and Son-in-Law Build Tiny Home for Dad

My husband did do everything else in the home including building the deck.

Daughter and Son-in-Law Build Tiny Home for Dad

The total costs including the furnishings, paint, deck, etc… were about $40,000.

Daughter and Son-in-Law Build Tiny Home for Dad

Images © Kim Mendenhall

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Update: One of Our Readers, Mike Inman, Sent in a Slightly Modified Floor Plan Sketch of this Tiny House

I would like to submit a drawing I made based upon the photo’s of this cute tiny home. I added a “back door and deck” as I may build this one at some time in the future. I used a CAD program called VectorWorks.

Daughter and Son-in-Law Build Tiny Home for Dad Floor Plan Sketch

© Mike Inman

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  • Eugene
    December 31, 2014, 3:00 pm

    I love it, I have been thinking of something similar. I like how the house has a flow through design with no interior doors to block heat/cooling it should be pretty efficient on energy. The only thing I’d add is solar panels to catch all that sun to reduce energy costs even more.

    • Memi Smiddy
      June 21, 2020, 12:05 pm

      You could add a solar heater to one of the windows. It would give you extra heat in the winter.

  • Cahow
    December 31, 2014, 3:32 pm

    You can tell that the father was One.Special.Dad. if not only his daughter but his Son-Inlaw created this Home Of Love for him! <3 What a heartfelt story to end 2014 upon. 😀

    I like that Dear Ol' Dad has his LazyBoy arm chair to relax and kick back in.

    Absolute perfection from front porch, Barn-red exterior, and the entire interior. Bless this family and their obvious love for one another.

    • Stephan of Arkansas
      April 26, 2020, 1:53 am

      “Honour thy father and thy mother.” You two hit that commandment smack dab on its head. Blessings to all of U. This comment is respectfully submitted.

    • RightUp Designs
      November 17, 2020, 10:11 am

      Thank you for saying that. I was just thinking that I really need to take some pics of the cabin shell we turned into a studio tiny house for my dad, attached to our house (my husband, me, and our two teenage daughters) by a breezeway off the back porch. Dad is 76 and still (thankfully) very healthy and strong and walks miles every day, but it makes me feel better to have him so close just in case. And we walk our dogs together every weekday so I get at least an hour with him, and my husband does it on the weekends so they get some time together! It’s a great arrangement.

      (His is only 10×20, though; I tried to convince him to go a little bigger, but he wouldn’t. Now he regrets it. So…go a little bigger, guys!)

  • Beth
    December 31, 2014, 5:27 pm

    Love it!!!!

  • carolyne
    December 31, 2014, 5:37 pm

    Will you build me one lol,,,,, simply beautiful! How nice to see the love you have for your dad! !,, well done!

  • Bill Burgess
    December 31, 2014, 6:55 pm

    Odd…Did no one tell them they could buy a same size Park Model complete for $21K? Rickey Nelson in Spokane can custom order a Canadian unit and deliver it to their property for about $36K and that’s to Canadian energy spec’s. I think a lot of times people do stuff without really crunching numbers or shopping around. I wish i could get a factory to consider one of my Designs from 4Fathoms Designs.

    • Sharon Irven
      December 31, 2014, 10:05 pm

      Does the “Canadian” Unit actually come from Canada? where? name of manufacturer? thanks

    • Dennis Reynolds
      January 1, 2015, 10:36 am


      • Bill Burgess
        January 1, 2015, 11:42 am

        Agreed Dennis. Not to mention a lot of people are DIY types and having a better selection of materials is always an issue. Being a senior myself I also think “Pitting” a Park Model RV would keep stairs to a minimum. For me a slab foundation on this house would have been a good idea as well. I did not give the Dealer name in Spokane but as there is only one the name can be Googled Sharon.

      • mountaingypsy
        January 1, 2015, 7:56 pm

        Dennis, Like I commented, many regulations in most CO counties, do not allow what other states take for granted. I had lofty ideas for my personal dreams, for small living, and park models are one not allowed in CO! There are zoning, size, insulation, what is considered RV or mobile coded, or not stick built, foundation, etc. There are old places/cabins on the market for sale, that do not meet code, so considered unlivable. Tiny homes are very well built, better than many thrown together McMansions. Like this site makes clear, these wonderful tiny homes are meeting restrictions in many states. 🙁 One should be able to live small or simply if desired. I am happy for this family that were able to build this home. I love it! I am curious what county. We also have water use rules and POA’s that do not allow smaller places even on acreage in rural neighborhoods.

    • mountaingypsy
      January 1, 2015, 7:39 pm

      Bill, Depending on where in CO they built this, a park model may not be to code, for their county. Many regulations, in my state. Many places will not allow any park model or this home, or 2 on one property. Foundation, wheels, insulation, zoning, size, etc.

      • RightUp Designs
        November 17, 2020, 10:16 am

        We couldn’t build a kitchen (with stove) for my dad, because if he had a kitchen, sleeping area, and bathroom it’s considered another dwelling and we’re only allowed one dwelling per lot. (We got around it by attaching the roof of his cabin to our roof, so it’s all one dwelling, but it’s still a bit tricky. Luckily Dad’s not much of a cook, so a microwave and electric frying pan are all he needs, but that is another reason why a full RV might not work for many people: zoning laws can make tiny homes for family members complicated.)

    • D. Lowery
      June 21, 2015, 3:32 pm

      mountaingypsy is right about this screwed up state. Living in Colorado Springs and wanting to live tiny in a rural area outside of this or any town…found out that unless you want to bribe the inspectors or live illegally…this state has so many hurdles to overcome. It’s not worth it. The roads and infrastructure are falling apart and I pay outrageous taxes for everything. My solution…head to Texas with an old friend where we can build something like what this couple did without all the bribes and hoops to have a dream those in charge in this state refuse to accept.

  • CathyAnn
    December 31, 2014, 6:55 pm

    What a wonderful, loving thing to do! I really like this space, everything about it; quite livable.

    Many years ago, we lived in a rustic, small 2 bedroom, 1 bath Chalet style home at Mt. Shasta. I don’t think there was much insulation in the walls – it was old. Our sole source of heat was a wood stove. Until we figured out what to do to control the amount of fire and heat output, we’d get that place so hot, we’d have to open all of the windows while it was very cold and snowing outside.

    • RightUp Designs
      November 17, 2020, 10:19 am

      I’ve been to Mt. Shasta! Years ago, for a punk festival (1994? 95?). We spent the night in a house that used to be a funeral home; it was a fantastic place. The Mt. Shasta residents didn’t really know what to make of all of us, lol, but we had a lot of fun and it was a beautiful town.

      • Natalie C. McKee
        November 17, 2020, 1:52 pm

        Haha that sounds like a fun time!

  • Jodie Dew
    December 31, 2014, 7:43 pm

    I really like this one! I spoke with my mason today and got the price nailed down on my foundation for my upcoming 20×28 dutch style amish barn that I am having built and converting into my own small home. I can’t hardly wait for spring! Yes I am building in town and have to meet all codes and that has increased the cost some but will be sooo much better than living in an apartment or a condo with all the rules and regs. I purchased a lot on a beautiful tree lined pretty quiet street. I wanted to be back in town due to health issues and not driving after dark anymore. Being in town with all the street lights I will be able to drive after dark again, which when it gets dark at 515 is a big plus. As soon as I can figure out how to get the pictures on my cell phone to here I will start posting them….anyone who wants to explain to me how to do that please feel free 🙂

    • Connie
      March 7, 2015, 9:29 pm

      Can’t wait to see your pics!

      • Debbie
        March 10, 2015, 4:25 pm

        Me too!!! Sounds adorable!!! And I love what they built. I have been scoping out different pre-fabricated sheds, small buildings, etc and trying to get pricing and design arranged a little bit in my head. I really want to have a big say in the design of my little home, and depending on where I end up, I totally plan to take my ideas to the Amish and Mennonite guys to see what they think they could do for me. I definitely want something on a foundation (raised), and I personally have a very shabby chic rustic industrial vintage cottage old barn kind of style. Please post photos when you can figure it out! 😉 I have another 2 years or so to firm up my plans. <3

  • lisa E.
    December 31, 2014, 8:28 pm

    A total delight, end to end. (Love that Mission chair.) Fabulous!

  • JuDee
    December 31, 2014, 9:07 pm

    I like the lay out. Uses the space very well. The patio/deck is perfect. However, I am not sure about the decor choices. The colors, the patterns and wall hangings simply are not masculine and I doubt they are items from his previous home.

    • ida
      January 1, 2015, 3:24 am


      • Eric
        April 25, 2020, 7:32 pm

        Ha ha, epic response.

    • Dennis Reynolds
      January 1, 2015, 10:40 am

      Could be items that remind him of his “wife” is why it looks like that. Or, he might not like “masculine” decor. Not all men are real “manly”, lol

    • RightUp Designs
      November 17, 2020, 10:32 am

      DAUGHTER: Dad, how do you want to decorate this place?

      DAD: Oh, you know I don’t care, honey. Just make sure you put up that butterfly your mom made all those years ago. And I want some bright colors, to make it feel cheerful, and oh, I spent time overseas because, you know, I’m a vet, so maybe something that reminds me of that, like patterns and such. But really, you do what you think is nice and, especially, what doesn’t cost too much.

      DAUGHTER: Great! Love you, Dad!

      DAD: I love you, too, sweetheart! You just have fun. I don’t really care what it looks like as long as I have my chair and a comfy bed.

      DAUGHTER: (*decorates, takes pictures.*) See this lovely place we made for my dad, who I love so much I wanted to make it cheerful and fill it with happy colors and sentimental items?

      EVERYONE: This is lovely! It’s so cheerful! It’s great that you love your dad so much that you made this beautiful little home for him with you!

      INTERNET BIDDY: *sniff* It’s not very manly. Your dad must be pretty wimpy, or maybe you just like forcing him to live in a girly house. Either way, it doesn’t fit MY idea of manly, so I need to let you know that because it’s important information for you to have.


      • JuDee
        November 17, 2020, 1:54 pm

        Oh boy did I scratch some open wounds! Is a person not entitled to voice their opinion? If your version of my comment is what you comprehended….well all I can say is that I am so sorry you think this way. I am sorry you have a difficult time with opinions that don’t mirror your own. Who cares what I think about the decor? Your father is happy, living independently, yet he is literally in your back yard. A good way to be together but not too uncomfortably so.
        Diversity does not have to bring adversity.

        • RightUp Designs
          February 6, 2021, 5:00 pm

          Lol, you didn’t “scratch” any “open wounds.” (I completely forgot about this exchange, in fact, until just now as I checked through the email account I use for these comments.) My comment was simply poking a little fun at the type of person who needs to insult the decor of strangers because it doesn’t match their own thoughts about “manliness,” without knowing why it was decorated that way or anything about the people in question. It was just an amusing way to offer several possible reasons why they chose the decor they did. How you got from that to “you have a difficult time with opinions that don’t mirror your own,” I have no idea, but oh well.

          I don’t especially care what your opinion is, and I never even remotely implied that you don’t have a right to voice it; you certainly do, just as I have every right to make a joke about it. I wasn’t offended, and I’m not sure why you think this is my dad’s home? (Or why you only replied to me, and not the others who responded to your comment?) It’s not, and actually, the decor isn’t really my taste, either, but I just accepted that everyone’s tastes/opinions are different, rather than leaving a sneering little comment about it. I’m sorry you have a difficult time with tastes in decor that do not mirror your own, I guess.

          Voice your opinion all you like, but if those opinions are needlessly rude and insulting, expect others to also voice theirs in return. “Diversity does not have to bring adversity,” chides the person who insulted people whose taste differs from hers.


  • Karen R
    December 31, 2014, 9:55 pm

    Some of the shed companies even sell for monthly payments. Bless them for doing this lovely home!!

  • December 31, 2014, 10:57 pm

    That’s nice you did a good job on it I’m sure ur dad will enjoy it for a long time

  • Cat
    January 1, 2015, 12:20 am

    I love it! Nice use of space and very homey.
    This looks very much like what I would like to do for myself when I “graduate” from RV life. I’ve seen prefab sheds in all shapes & sizes that look like cabins, barns, etc. Some are quite attractive. I have fantasized about mounting one on a trailer and turning it into a tiny home. I wonder how difficult it would be to do this in a way that would conform to building codes in California.

    • mountaingypsy
      January 1, 2015, 8:09 pm

      Cat, I really liked this home too, inside and out, size and décor! I noticed your mention of RV life. We are contemplating this. Would you comment to me brief pros or cons? We hear it all, but would appreciate your view! We think we want to be more mobile. But the tiny (wood) homes, give the house look, mobile, better built, than typical RV’s. I saw recently, where a tiny home was built on a 5th wheel frame, quite nice. The height alone in a tiny, is nicer than RV’s. I keep reading and the new TV shows on tiny living, are so appealing! There is some question on RV parks that allow these. I plan to call some and see. 🙂

      • Cat
        January 1, 2015, 11:14 pm

        mountaingypsy, I’ve lived in 2 RVs, first an 18-foot travel trailer, then a 23-foot Class C motorhome. When I first started (after relocating for work reasons and dreading the idea of looking for an apartment) I didn’t imagine I’d end up a “full-timer” ten years later! I love the mobility, and the necessity of not accumulating too much “stuff”. Although I’ve tended to stay in one place for months or years at a time, when I move, it’s practically stress-free. I’ve been pretty lucky finding parks with low rent, good neighbors, and adequate security, near where I’ve needed to be.
        Both of my RVs I remodeled extensively, to make them more homelike, and to eliminate as much particle board, plastic molding, carpet, foam (mattress and seating) as possible. RVs tend to have a good deal of these types of materials (one reason I’m thinking in terms of a tiny house). You have to be careful when you change things in an RV, as the weight balance affects the way it handles on the road.
        I like the compact simplicity of RVs, and the fact that many things are fixable myself. I’ve repaired plumbing leaks, changed out sink fixtures and a toilet, done roof and siding repairs, but I’ll definitely call a professional if it’s about the electrical or gas systems (or the automotive part). I’ve been pretty lucky about finding good RV repair folks who will come out to my location.
        Although it’s possible to keep an RV shipshape year after year, I think a tiny home could be built to have greater durability as well as being safer and more pleasant for long-term living. Also better suited for living in areas with colder winters.
        Although some parks have lots of restrictions, I’ve stayed where there were repurposed school buses, a gypsy wagon built onto a pickup truck, and other originals. Can’t imagine why an attractive, well-built tiny home would not be welcome.
        Good luck to you. It’s good to have the Tiny Home Network to help with the dream.

        • mountaingypsy
          January 2, 2015, 12:10 am

          Cat, WOW, a terrific explanation of your RV life, thanks. I must say, you need to forward or write on one of the RV type sites, where people need to hear this from you! You covered many things, people are concerned about, and are truly knowledgeable. They need to hear about the remodel/repair stuff. I have heard that remodels are tricky, with thin walls, plastic, cheap stuff, balance, weight etc. I was in decorating/remodels, so never like the store bought RV look (we have had 2 trailers) lol. The current one, bugs me, still looks like a tin RV. We want to do something new. I have a newly remodeled cabin, (of 3 years), but crave smaller, no tax, mobility, freedom) Any place (apartment or RV) has to feel like mine and home, even if just vacation travel! The urge to change….is a curse. A tiny house, being the same size, as an RV, (around 160′) offers wood, stability, no plastic or thin tin and cheap walls, insulation, ceiling height, anything we choose to want or pay for! Most are (currently)expensive, but like a stick built, it should be easy to make reasonable choices, (if a builder allows) and not the most expensive. I have done several homes and businesses, and made careful choices, and was pleased and amazed on quality, look and cost. (pat myself on back) I would prefer a bit less wood, inside on the TH, for weight, looks and cost. I love the salvage idea. One can get fixtures, appliances and nearly anything, with a bit of sleuthing. I have gotten faucets at half price, or closeouts, lighting wholesale, and creative repurposed things. My main problem, will be layout plans, style, cost, the décor! Too many choices! Every time I see another knockout tiny home here, or on TV, I like it BEST, lol. I really think, for mobility, warmth in cold climates, looks, a TH, for comparable size to any RV, is better built, inside and out, gorgeous, and feel like home! (RV’s, even the high dollar, elaborate, classy, ostentatious class A’s are still metal mobile mansions!!) Besides, wood TH, look better in the trees, or in a park! (did I mention, I am obsessed with treehouses?, same TH, with a view) Thanks again! 🙂 Hope you can find your dream home too!

  • Dominick Bundy
    January 1, 2015, 1:04 am

    Nicely done, who could ask for anything more? Love the openness , standard size kitchen appliances, All in just 384 sq. ft, And the porch is a plus as well..I could be very comfortable in something like that..What a lucky Dad..

  • January 1, 2015, 8:30 am

    I’m going to save this one, and send it to my daughter when I’m old enough to need a place to go…

    • Marcy
      March 8, 2015, 12:44 pm

      Excellent idea!

  • Joe
    January 6, 2015, 4:10 pm

    Dad needs a full size bed, the twin is a bit cramped I am thinking.

    • Carla
      March 8, 2015, 8:15 am

      I love this home!!! Very nicely and lovingly done!! A couple of things that I really like (other than everything, lol!!) is the lovely colors in the bathroom and that awesome corner desk in the bedroom..really “special” family and home!! 🙂

    • Eric
      April 25, 2020, 7:36 pm

      A twin bed IS a full size bed. Why, oh why, if he is living by himself would he need a double/queen/king size bed?

  • Sue McCarson
    January 8, 2015, 8:50 am

    Kim! My old friend…you guys did a great job! Happy for your Dad 🙂

  • Denise
    January 10, 2015, 3:04 pm

    This is well laid out, beautiful and tastefully done. I especially like that corner desk in the bedroom – was that handmade and how was it done?

    • November 17, 2020, 10:45 am

      Denise, I could build you a desk like that, or give you some quick & simple instructions & a materials list to do it yourself, if you’re handy. I’ve put my Etsy store in the “website” link above. (Shipping from TX where I am might make the cost prohibitive, so I recommend you also take a look on your local Facebook/NextDoor/whatever, because a lot of people like myself also try to make some extra cash by offering custom-built items through there [I get about as much business through FB as through Etsy] and they’re likely to be more local to you. Just make sure the photos they show are their own work, and don’t be afraid to ask if you can talk to/message some of their previous clients.)

      Of course you can also check local thrift stores and such, too. Good luck, whatever you decide!

      (Apologies if I’m not allowed to make comments like this–I truly don’t mean to pressure or “advertise,” I’m just trying to help.)

  • Brian
    March 8, 2015, 12:28 am

    I think your 40K was very well spent. You have a lot for the money and I am sure your father/in law will be very comfortable in it. I know I would be. Thanks so much for sharing and cheers from Australia.

  • Dee
    March 8, 2015, 4:52 pm

    Looks great, but not much room in the kitchen. Take a look at the IKEA catalog to get ideas about organizing for a small home. I would’ve hung the microwave under an overhead cabinet, and used the space above the fridge as well.

  • karen
    March 8, 2015, 5:25 pm

    This is so nice and contains everything a person would ever need……….actually it’s bigger than the first place I lived in 8×32′ :)))
    One blessed dad !!!

  • Callene
    March 8, 2015, 8:48 pm

    Love the house.I have wanted to do the lofted barn style shed into a tiny home for several years.Being a single mom makes it harder to save for land,shed and the redo.Though they do have the rent to own option. The issue of the land is a Big hurtle.We at the moment are living in two travel trailers.A large fifth wheel and a small pull along.I want to redo the small one and turn the fifth wheel into a Tiny House.Want to do a folding roof for more height and a fold away bedroom.A loft bed area for my daughter. And fold away porch.Need to figure out how to do the porch as light weight as possible, because I want a big one.Or thinking of doing a sitting porch,where the bed area is,above the hitch.It would have a roof and chicken coop wire instead of walls and windows.Maybe a grass patch for my dogs.Still thinking.

    • RightUp Designs
      November 17, 2020, 12:15 pm

      Callene, somehow my reply to this ended up at the bottom, sorry, not nested here as a direct reply to you. It’s about fiberglass for your porch, so scroll down if you’d like to read it, please!

  • March 8, 2015, 9:24 pm

    I like the layout. Would have different decor. 🙂

    • Andrea Hardy
      June 21, 2015, 10:32 pm

      Me too Jean. Took the words right out of my mouth…

    • Mame
      June 22, 2015, 12:08 am

      Well, regardless how we feel about the decor (I do agree with you), that is a very personal thing and easy enough to personalize. Basically, though, the house appears very cozy and warm in winter and, with a washer/dryer, would be just perfect for most of us. They say it is still a work in progress, so I expect that Dad has some good projects to keep busy with. I would love to see it more off the grid, but that can happen with time too 🙂 — love the idea it’s on a foundation with a crawl space below.

  • Elizabeth
    March 8, 2015, 9:32 pm

    looking for Tiny House communities in Southern CA. Or a small piece of land with sewer hook up

  • Mark Terene
    March 9, 2015, 12:21 am

    Wow! That is all I would need. All on one floor. Nice flow. Nothing extravagant.
    Really may take this design in mind when I take the plunge for a tiny house.

  • vecherd
    June 21, 2015, 2:35 pm

    still continues to be one of my faves…all one floor and a porch 😀

  • Mary Corbett
    June 21, 2015, 4:41 pm

    This is very pretty and comfortable looking. I love the decor and the colors used. It looks “happy”.
    Your Dad is lucky to have such a sweet daughter and son-in-law to build this for him. This is my favorite small home I’ve seen so far, and I’ve looked at many.

  • Lynnette
    June 21, 2015, 5:03 pm


  • Theo
    June 21, 2015, 7:31 pm

    Ha, love the fact it cost $10,000, and they say it wasn’t cheap. I’d say that is a reasonable enough price, surely a lot more reasonable than the smaller one I just looked at and cost $29,900, which apparently was considered a ‘reasonable’ price. Like the porch, not enough of these have one, and no loft bed, yay. This one I like the whole thing.

    • Sgmaps
      June 21, 2015, 10:15 pm

      Just wondering why you think it cost $10k to build. If you go back & reread the builders comments, you will see that it says $40K.
      So, the cost seems to be in proportion with the smaller one listed @ $29,900.

    • Theo
      June 22, 2015, 12:20 am

      Good Lord, goofed that.wrong, didn’t I? Apparently read that right after taking eye drops, no excuse otherwise. Looks like this one is very overpriced too. I suppose a lot depends on what part of the coutry you are in, materials cost, and overpaying on some things. I think if I were going to start over, I’d get a shipping container, for around $1-2,000, and convert that. Either that or an older camper trailer, you can get those in pretty decent condiditon yet still really inexpensive, and redo it for a couple of grand.

    • June 22, 2015, 8:12 am

      At over $100 p.s.f. that is pricy. I just built a 1700 sq. ft. house at about $60 p.s.f. However, this is quite spacious. Even if you hire out your trades (electrical, plumbing and mechanical) you should have been able to get that done cheaper, but if they had the money, most people don’t care at that point. If Dad needs a place, and has the money, go for it.

      I don’t get why people put a curtain going into the bathroom. I know a door might stay open 90% of the time when Dad is living there alone, but judging from the sounds and emunations that circulate around my husband’s or father’s bathroom visits, I’d want a FULL, door!

      Many people in their older years don’t care about doors, especially when they live alone, such as to the bedroom, it appears to be partitioned off by a short wall. This allows the air to circulate, but gives privacy to what could be a “messy zone”. This was at least logically thought out, even if it is still a work in progress.

      Over all, I give it an A+. $40k isn’t much to spend on an entire house for your parent, and to be able to let him have all his stuff there, bonus!

  • Kim G
    June 22, 2015, 12:54 am

    Super cute and not too cramped. I liked the decor, I am sure he will personalize it in time. Thanks for sharing!

  • Liz
    June 22, 2015, 12:37 pm

    Wow, this dad is one lucky guy. I sure wouldn’t mind being their mom!!

  • Susanne
    June 23, 2015, 2:33 am

    Mobile home cheaper., cuter, more modern looking…:)

    • RightUp Designs
      November 17, 2020, 11:06 am

      Mobile home flimsier, not tornado-safe, not customizable, and the rest is a matter of personal taste.

  • Mike Inman
    March 10, 2017, 4:14 pm

    I have added a floor plan layout for this design for everyone hopefully it gets posted.

    • Alex
      March 10, 2017, 5:12 pm

      Hey Mike if you already haven’t can you send it to us over at tinyhousetalk at gmail dot com along with the link to this post (https://tinyhousetalk.com/daughter-and-son-in-law-build-tiny-home-for-dad/) and we’ll add it right away!

    • Alex
      March 11, 2017, 2:47 pm

      I got your email, Mike, and I’ve also added the floor plan layout to the post (you just might have to refresh the page when you come back and it should load right up) thank you so much for sharing that with us (and good job!)!

    • BrownLuster
      April 25, 2020, 11:03 pm

      Hi Mike,
      I really like your floorplan! It has everything for comfort and safety…front & back doorways, front porch, back deck w/BBQ grill, C/A unit, windows in every room for a nice amount of natural light.

      Have you started building your tiny house floorplan yet? I would really like to see your creation and this house built for Dad was an awesome inspiration!

      • Mike
        April 26, 2020, 12:17 am

        No, It has just become a Pipe dream, I am disabled and no longer have the oomph to do such a task. The kids are all grown up and have families of their own and would be too busy anyway. I still can dream though. I love designing tiny homes whether they are on wheels or foundation.

        • BrownLuster
          April 27, 2020, 6:43 am

          Hi Mike,
          So sorry to hear that you were unable to build your tiny house plan b/c it still is a very good one. You mentioned you loved designing tiny homes whether wheeled or foundation, have you considered making your love of design a business? There are many people that want a tiny home and know what they want/need in a tiny home but lack the design vision or tools to draw up tiny house plans. I think you may have a calling in this area.

          Just a suggestion…

        • Mike
          April 27, 2020, 4:52 pm

          I have considered that, but the pain meds keeps my head fuzzy and make it hard to consentrate most times.

    March 11, 2017, 5:17 pm

    What I nice thing that daughter and son inlaw has done for dear old dad…!

  • Sarah
    March 11, 2017, 7:17 pm

    First of all, how wonderful and refreshing that you did this for your Dad. Not everybody has such special children. Now that I’m getting older I wish I had a few! I just love the bright colors you used, how fun. I seem to be a little slow, what is that long orange board in the living room? I think you are also quite generous to share your blueprints for this house. Way to go, can I have you for my neighbors? 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Mike Inman
      March 12, 2017, 12:44 am

      I drew the floor plan “based” on the pictures that were provided by the family in the article. I did so as I want to build this at some time in the future. enjoy them build one for yourself!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 13, 2017, 9:49 am

      They sure are lovely people!

  • keepyourpower
    March 12, 2017, 12:50 am

    A father-in-law pad. Nice. You two were very kind, to build that home for him! Love…ain’t it grand! Wish I had a family like yours!

  • keepyourpower
    March 12, 2017, 12:51 am

    I do have a question. I understand it gets very cold in CO.
    How have you insulated the water heater, under the house?

  • keepyourpower
    March 12, 2017, 1:07 am

    I saw the dog bed. Nice…but I do not see any closet space. Is there any?

  • Mary Ayres
    December 7, 2019, 9:00 pm

    Y’all are awesome people, and know that when the times comes we need to take care of our parents, as they did for us.
    Well this was an inspiration for us to do the same, but for my youngest son that a has a big bound with us. We move 4 hours away from our home town due to better jobs for us. Now my son wants to relocate near us. So our tiny home is for us and we decided he could take over our 3 br/ 2b home. Everybody Happy Now.

    • RightUp Designs
      November 17, 2020, 11:02 am

      That’s what we did! Refinanced my dad’s 3/2 so we’re all on the mortgage, and used the $ to build him a tiny and do some much-needed updating in the main house for us. It’s just over three years now–he’s been in the tiny for two–and we’re all happy with the arrangement.

  • Maggie
    June 21, 2020, 10:36 am

    I do not think elderly people would like the bathroom to be so far from their sleeping space.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 21, 2020, 12:44 pm

      Definitely something to consider — but I hope they asked dad about the design first!

    • Kim M
      June 21, 2020, 1:11 pm

      The house is only 32 feet long. It is a very short walk. Dad has lived in it for 5 years now and he has not had a problem with the distance. 🙂

      • Alex
        June 22, 2020, 1:26 pm

        Hey Kim, thanks so much for that update! Glad to hear it’s working out.

      • janet pierce
        November 16, 2020, 6:16 pm

        Thanks Kim,
        I remember seeing this house featured a few months ago and feeling a common thread. I’m moved in and getting used to the ‘tiny house’, ‘granny flat’, ‘mtr in law’ apt…whatever anyone wishes to call it, (284 sf interior) built by my son and his wife, next door to them. Mine too is all on one floor on a foundation and quite conventional when compared with all the THOWs, DIYs and vacation get away units. Your comment regarding the walk to the bathroom triggered my comment. When living small nothing is more than a few steps away. I’m glad your dad is still living comfortably there and I hope he enjoys living nearby to you as I enjoy having my kids and grands next door.

  • David Michael
    June 21, 2020, 1:34 pm

    Love these articles. And, the interior for this Tiny Home looks great. I prefer a bit more classy design for the exterior. However, having said that…why not just invest that $40,000 and buy a used Class A Motorhome?
    They are spacious and have everything this tiny home has plus more. Just have to build a deck. And…easy movement if necessary. My wife and I RV’d for seven years full timing and had a ball with a Class C and 250 sq ft living space. Moved with the sun. Easy living.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 23, 2020, 6:29 am

      I think people go the tiny house route because they want the customization it offers. I grew up camping in an RV and have nothing but fond memories and connotations, but for some it may feel too temporary, and they won’t get the luxury of picking out finishes/layout.

      • RightUp Designs
        November 17, 2020, 10:59 am

        Some places have zoning issues with that, too, sadly. And some of us live in places where tornadoes or storms are a concern, so want something that can be built in or have a solid concrete foundation.

        It sounds like you and your wife had a wonderful time, though!! One day my husband and I hope to do something similar!

  • Sheila
    November 16, 2020, 5:45 pm

    Is a lot of love put in this home. I love it and how they designed it to not be too womanly. kitchen is nice and the bathroom is nice. This man is special as you can see how the Son in Law and Daughter in Law loves this man. Very nice tiny home.

  • RightUp Designs
    November 17, 2020, 10:55 am

    Look into fiberglass for your porch. Companies like McNichols (which is mainly a manufacturer of perforated steel/metal products) do fiberglass flooring/decking/planking, with perforations so water and dirt etc. fall through, and you can get it in a number of colors or patterns. I’m not sure what the cost would be, but it’s worth contacting them through their website–their reps are really nice, and don’t pressure you. (I’m in the process of buying some metal mesh and bars from them; their items are really beautiful. Fifteen minutes on their website and you’ll be wanting to do your whole place with perforated steel, lol.)

    I think fiberglass would be lighter than wood, though (so easier to move), and you wouldn’t need to worry about finishing and waterproofing and such. They manufacture it with like a tongue-and-groove system so it just snaps together, and it’s a lot more attractive than you might be thinking, lol.

    I hope that helps!

  • Lou
    November 19, 2020, 7:15 am

    You have created a very nice home for your father. I also feel that it is at a reasonable price per square foot. Regardless of what some people have said, it is nearly impossible to build a small home for anything less than the going rate per square foot for new stick built construction in your area. Yes, you can save some by doing construction labor yourself but keep in mind your skills and labor are worth something. That also has to be figured into the cost of the build.

    Building the home to code, using quality materials, hiring licensed and insured trades are important. I have seen so many posts of budget tiny homes and would be afraid for my family to live in many of them. They do not meet code or building standards. Food for thought.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 19, 2020, 1:17 pm

      I do think it’s so important to remember that skills and labor are worth something! While DIY is always the cheapest in dollars, some people simply have more money than they have time or skills. It’s ok to pay an expert sometimes!

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