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Family of 6’s Mortgage-Free Shed-to-House & Homestead


This couple had a dream to be debt-free AND mortgage-free in their thirties, so they left the suburbs of Houston, bought 7 acres of undeveloped land in central Texas, and built their home out of a shed!

While the 16 x 48 structure definitely isn’t tiny for two people, they also have 4 children. So this family of 6 lives in 768 square feet!

The home features a grand open kitchen area and living room, with two bedroom lofts for the kids, and a ground-floor master bedroom. They also have two bathrooms — one full bath that’s finished and a second en-suite bathroom that currently just has the toilet working.

Outdoors they have a small working homestead complete with chickens, pigs, rabbits and a garden. The home and homestead is still a work-in-progress, but what Beau and Kelly show us is that you don’t need an Instagram-perfect tiny house right off the get-go! They add and fix and improve as they have the resources to do so.

The Shed to House conversion itself cost just under $60,000. They spent an additional $35,000 on clearing land, adding their decks, and getting water and electricity to the property. Download their full expense report here.

Their YouTube channel has tons of videos I’m sure you’ll love, but I posted their Shed to House Tour down below to get you started.

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Mortgage-Free Homestead in Central Texas

This is their beautiful main room with amazing lofted ceilings.

Under the girls’ loft is their living room where they also homeschool.

The kitchen has IKEA cabinets and this great big island that doubles as a kitchen table.

Another view of the ceiling. They, of course, put all that wood up themselves.

Here’s a look at the larger finished bathroom.

They fit a king-size bed in their master!

There’s a large family closet behind those doors.

Here’s the second unfinished bathroom.

Here is the second loft which is for the boys (although the three older kids all share it right now).

A loft view from the other direction. Don’t miss the video tour below!

16 x 48 Shed to House Tour {with TWO lofts}

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Natalie C. McKee

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 two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar Marsha Cowan
    April 19, 2020, 5:21 pm

    Really nicely done!

  • Avatar SABRINA WARREN
    April 19, 2020, 5:30 pm

    Lovely space. Happy video. Your house is great. I’m still hiding mess. Used to be I tidied up when we got visitors. No visitors = messy space. We haven’t had visitors for awhile.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      April 20, 2020, 2:07 pm

      Agh it’s so true. So hard to get myself to clean up when no one is coming over to be impressed LOL

      • Avatar Eric
        April 23, 2020, 1:04 am

        We don’t even bother when visitors come over. We have a “bless this mess” mentality. Haven’t heard any catty criticisms or snide remarks from any visitors so far. Nor any nose in the air looks either. In fact, some of them have just as mess homes as we do. Maybe its just trendy… lol

        Pretty hard to be picture perfect when you got several rug rats running around anyway.

    • Avatar jbsilver
      April 20, 2020, 7:58 pm

      This is not a shed. It is a big house that’s shaped like a shed. If it was used for a shed before changing it to a house. If so then it had to house some really large equipment or animals or it was some kind of a workspace. It still looks nice. I wouldn’t call this tiny or small. It’s larger than my 720 square foot apartment not counting the loft.

      • Avatar James D.
        April 21, 2020, 2:34 am

        @jbsilver – It’s a conversion, just like container homes, skoolies, barn houses, grain silo houses, etc. That’s why it says “Shed To House”… They bought the shed new, so it wasn’t previously used for anything else but it started as a commercially sold shed that they then took to a builder to have converted into a home.

        While tiny is relative, the national average/medium is closer to 2400 Sq Ft and that’s with only an average of 2.52 people per household. So the average per person is basically over 900 Sq Ft… versus 768 Sq Ft with a family of six, which means their average is only 128 Sq Ft, which is well below the national average and well within what would be considered tiny as it’s the same as 2 people living in a 256 Sq Ft home or 1 living in 128 Sq Ft…

        Like Zack Giffin, of Tiny House Nation and Operation Tiny Home fame, likes to say, it’s not one size fits all but finding what’s appropriate to meet the needs of those living in the home…

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
          April 21, 2020, 2:21 pm

          Very well put, James. Thank you. For a family of six this is definitely quite tiny compared to most US homes.

  • Avatar Theresa Perdue
    April 20, 2020, 1:26 pm

    The house is already wonderful and when it’s finished it’s going to knock it out of the park❣ I love the couple as much as I love the house 👍🙂

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      April 20, 2020, 2:02 pm

      Same! They seems so awesome. I got lost down a rabbit hole of their videos haha.

  • Avatar Anna Futrell
    April 20, 2020, 10:31 pm

    Can’t see the expenses, it’s just a blur when you try to enlarge it. That would have been really good info.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      April 21, 2020, 2:23 pm

      Hmmm did you download the PDF? Basically it cost just under $60,000 for the shed to barn.

  • Avatar e.a.f.
    April 22, 2020, 1:35 am

    Great use of space. I’ve seen other sheds to house builds and they’re a great way to save money. The buildings are frequently sold at lumber yards pre cut and you can save a bundle.

    In the 1950s, early 60s, where I lived most bungalows were 950 to 1,200 sq. ft. 2 or 3 bedrooms with up to 6 kids. its how people got in the housing market.

    In these days of COIVD 19, with millions laid off from their jobs, being mortgage free will have a real appeal.

    This house may be “small” but the parents are much less stressed in their day to day lives and that has a whole real benefit for children..

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      April 22, 2020, 1:28 pm

      Totally agree. I think more and more people will be looking at smaller homes or mortgage-free lifestyles after this.

  • Avatar Lily
    September 7, 2020, 9:01 pm

    This is a lovely house. Well done. Don’t you need more storage in the kitchen though?

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