David and his wife have been building a small home in Kenya, but just before the pandemic hit they were in the process of selling their country home in France and renting out their townhome, leaving them with nowhere to stay! So they took the space above their garage and created a 300 square foot tiny house. They were able to move in just 2 days before France locked down.
While they are no longer living tiny in France, they spent about a year (during all that quarantining!) living in their gîte. David shares all the details in a little story after the photo tour, so be sure to read that!
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Wait Until You See This Before & After Garage Transformation!
Believe it or not, this is what they started with.
There was a lot of character, but not a ton of comfort.
Here it is in process. The loft area was storage.
Love that they left this beam.
Here’s the kitchen space.
And the living room.
Something for the Star Wars fans.
All ready for working from home.
Here’s their bedroom in the back of the gîte.
The bathroom acts as a “wall” between the living and sleeping locations.
They have a shower and towel warmer (the best thing about Europe, in my opinion).
A view of the third-level storage.
Plants make everything better.
Here’s the layout.
We got locked down in France last year and did it in the new Gîte of 300 square feet we built over the garage.
When we bought the house in Lectoure, which is on the village battlements, it had everything we wanted, being in an art town (my wife is an illiustrator), with both a garage and garden. When looking at the garage I realized that the previous occupants had put a decent concrete floor over it, and on further inspection, there was a staircase going up to what would have been the third level, where the main beams were there, but the floor had gone. So we had planned to do a development 5 years on when we had the time and cash.
We were selling our older country house, and this took so long that we decided to rent out the townhouse and go back to living in the country one. As soon as we rented out the townhouse, the country one sold (after a wait of 4 years!) so we had to generate a living solution. With the sale of the country house, we had the cash to do the conversion, so I installed the third level floor and had the top-level insulated and plasterboarded in time for us to move out of the house that was now rented, and store there what we needed for the gite. We then borrowed a flat for a few months and got workmen in to do the main works, and moved into it two days before France locked down completely.
We continued adding things till the home was a cozy little place! This is giving us a real feel of how tiny living can work. In a French village with good internet and power and water, it’s a doddle by comparison to Kenya where our tiny house has to be a lot more self-sufficient, with power backup and water storage. The Kenyan tiny house is only waiting on the water system pumps now as everything else is fully operational.
Tiny living has been a part of what we are doing everywhere, as we have been in what is referred to as a Batchelor flat in Moundsmere which is opposite the Muthaiga Club in Nairobi, and are giving it up at the end of February and will be living for a time in Kilifi in Bali Bofa, a little one-bedroom cottage in Kilifi belonging to a friend. This means we will have effectively moved to tiny houses in Lectoure, Kilifi, and Nairobi. Even while we owned the country house here in France it had a one-bedroom Pigeonnier which we lived in happily for a time while we did up the main house.
We have a house sitter to be in our gite here while we are away, as we don’t want our plants to die! I wonder who else has to move houses and get house sitters for their tiny house plants!
Back here in France, We moved on the next door garage and bought it so are now designing the conversion of it into a tiny apartment. This time I plan for the floor over the garage to be a touch lower, allowing me to lower the Loft by about a foot. This will completely change what we can install as the loft then will have the capacity to be a space for 2 bedrooms. This will make it a 3 bedroom home. Looking forward to the conversion which will be in the summer this year.
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Our big thanks to David for sharing! 🙏
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