Katy and Michael transformed a storage shed on some family property into their adorable 280-square-foot farmhouse! The couple have two girls, and together they just finished their second week of tiny living.
Their main goal in going tiny was to save money so they can eventually build their own spot. After years of renting, they wanted a home that really looked like “theirs” while being able to save. They spent just $15,000 on this amazing build, which includes a downstairs bedroom, bathroom, and an open-concept living and kitchen space.
They’re located in Round Top, Texas, and shared their story with us below! Enjoy!
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Shed-Turned-Farmhouse: A Family Tiny Home
It even has an adorable covered porch!
They’re looking for a pull-out couch to act as a bed for the kids.
Oh wow, those ceilings are perfect!
Butcher block, floating shelves, full-sized oven. Amazing.
I definitely agree with that sentiment.
Here’s the Master Bedroom (no loft!!!)
The home has a mini-split for heating and cooling.
The subway tile in the bathroom looks amazing.
Love the rustic door and welcome sign.
Interview with Katy & Michael
What are your name(s)?
Katy and Michael
Where are you from?
Round Top, Texas
How did you first become seriously interested in tiny homes?
I used to love watching tiny home shows on tv, and I would always tell my hubby that I wanted to live in a tiny house one day. In 2020 we had the opportunity to turn a storage shed on some family property into a tiny house. Turning a dream into reality has been the best thing we’ve ever done!
What type of tiny house do you have or are you working on?
We have a 280 SQ ft tiny farmhouse. It’s a stationary house with a built on front porch!
Why did you go tiny? What are you hoping to get out of it for yourself?
There is many reasons on why we went tiny, but the main reason is to save money. We lived in a rent house for 7 years and it was time to finally call something, ours. We also plan to live in the tiny house until our forever home is being build/remodeled. Then we plan to put the tiny house on Airbnb!
How long did it take you to finish your tiny house?
We started in September of 2020 and finished May 2021! It’s been the best experience and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!
Did you do it yourself? Who helped? How much did it end up costing you to build it?
Michael and I did most of it ourselves but we had some amazing help along the way. We had a local construction team come in and build our porch and put up shiplap all around the house. We also had family come help us during the weekends! Our budget was around $10,000 and we finished around $15,000.
How did you figure out where to put it? Do you keep it in one place or do you move around?
Our tiny house is stationary, so it’s in one place on our property!
What’s been the most challenging part about your tiny house so far?
The most challenging part so far has been not being able to finish our landscaping because it’s been raining almost everyday. So the mud has been awful all around the porch area, but it’s finally drying off!
What benefits are you experiencing from it so far?
Saving money. I can’t stress it enough. I wish more people would invest in tiny homes because it’s honestly the best thing for your wallet and for yourself. Also, spending more quality time with your family. I’m closer to my kids than ever before. We are outside a lot and not in front of a TV all the time!
What helpful piece of advice would you give to others who are interested in going tiny? What mistakes could you help them avoid?
Research tiny homes you like before you start building your tiny home. That way you know exactly what you want and how you want it. If you can, try and build an attic space or something you can store seasonal decorations that’s one mistake we wish we could of avoided.
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