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From Garage to Guest House: Rockridge Casita

Diana and her husband had a dilapidated cinder block garage in their Oakland, California backyard, but instead of seeing it as an eyesore, they saw it as an opportunity! They turned the space into a lovely guest house called the Rockridge Casita for both family & friends and to rent out on Airbnb. In just four years the tiny house has paid for itself, meaning anything else they get from now on is profit that goes to support the couple and their two kids.

Inside there’s a lovely studio-style space with a queen bed and kitchenette, as well as an ensuite bathroom complete with a large walk-in shower and flush toilet.

When their kids are older, they plan to use the guest house as a homework/hangout space for them, but who knows what the future will bring. Huge thanks to Allison at Tiny Home Tours for the great video tour of this spot you can watch below.

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Oakland DIY Guest House from Cinderblock Garage

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Here’s what the space looked like before!

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The stunning cottage opens up to the patio.

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Images via Airbnb/Diana

There’s a little desk area next to the Queen-sized bed.

From Garage to Guest House: Rockridge Casita 3

Images via Airbnb/Diana

The kitchenette with a perfect spot to make coffee.

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Luxury bathroom includes a shower with a skylight.

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Would you stay in a lovely spot like this?

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VIDEO: Garage Converted into Gorgeous 280 Sq Ft DIY Tiny House


  • 280 Square feet
  • Converted cinderblock garage (that was falling apart)
  • Used as guest house and Airbnb rental
  • Four years later it’s already paid for itself
  • Queen bed
  • Kitchenette
  • Lovely outdoor patio/eating area
  • Walk-in tiled shower
  • Flush toilet
  • Oakland, California

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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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  • Theresa Perdue
    September 18, 2020, 11:56 am

    I don’t usually like air b&b rooms or tiny houses but this one feels a little different. It feels inviting and even a bit interesting. I think I would not mind staying here.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 21, 2020, 2:33 pm

      Me neither!

  • Sheila
    September 18, 2020, 11:58 am

    This is beautiful.

  • e.a.f.
    September 23, 2020, 1:15 pm

    Its a lovely little place. Love the kitchen! I don’t cook much so it really, really works for me. Shower and bedroom are great, the two important things for me.

    I’m saving this one to my file on tiny houses. It would be great when I’m a few years older and don’t need all the space I have. Great for a senior also!

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