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Family’s Three-Bedroom DIY Tiny Home w/ Catio

This awesome family spent two years building their DIY tiny home from the trailer-up, and the end result is a gorgeous family-centric home which they have parked in a great tiny house community in Texas.

And there are no bunk beds for these kids! Each one has their own rooms with amazing murals painted by their mom and plenty of space for toys and treasures. Oh, and the cat even has a “catio” where she can go outdoors without the risk of getting lost or hurt. Pretty cool!

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Family THOW in Texas Tiny House Village

The kids have woven “walls” to allow airflow.

A table worked better for their lifestyle than a couch.

Master bedroom with plenty of head room.

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  • Family lived in small house/shed while buildling THOW
  • Took 2 years to build the THOW
  • Total cost was around $45-50K
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Master with standing room
  • Bathroom with tub
  • Kids rooms have murals and decopauged floors
  • Parked at Tiny House Village: $600 a month for parking and utilities

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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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  • Linda Baker
    March 9, 2022, 11:02 pm

    this homes conduit enclosed wiring unfortunately makes it look definitely unprofessionally built and I wonder if it passes building codes – not something I’ve seen in other tiny homes or living quarters. The kids rooms are small but seem adequate but open shelving and bins everywhere just look cluttered and I applaud them for making two burners and a microwave and an apartment size refrigerator work for their family! The table does seem necessary but I’m not a fan of folding chairs for tv watching but I’m older and looking for comfort! Wondering what they do for heat/cooling and if they also work from home as well as homeschool their children.

    • James D.
      March 10, 2022, 1:50 am

      Yes, code just requires the wiring is protected and metal conduit is one of the approved means…

      “Protection from Physical Damage: Cable shall be protected from physical damage where necessary by rigid metal conduit, intermediate metal conduit, electrical metallic tubing, Schedule 80 PVC conduit, Type RTRC marked with the suffix -XW, or other approved means. ”

      And they were inspected… Surface mounting is actually pretty common with SIP construction…

      The layout is what they found works for them, they tried a couch but it didn’t work out and they found this arrangement more functional for them…

      Home has a mini-split and the father seems to work for a company, it sometimes requires him to travel abroad. Takes advantage of when it does for family trips and sight seeing… You can probably ask them for more detail if really interested…

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