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Couple Rehab Garage Into 429 Sq. Ft. Modern Studio House

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I thought you might like this 429 sq. ft. studio house by José Valente. It’s a modern design that I see working well as a standalone tiny home (as shown) or even as micro apartments in a building.

But this modern tiny cabin is one-of-a-kind and located in V. N. e Gaia, Portugal. All the Comforts of Home in 429 Sq. Ft. and inside you’ll find a kitchen with full size range, sink, storage and full size refrigerator. Check out the cool compact kitchen table below too. With a well designed and thought out small space you really won’t miss any of the comforts of home.

Couple Turn Old Garage into Modern Studio Home


Images © José Valente

See more, including, before and after photos, cost, and more below:


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Images © José Valente

It’s all there, just in a smaller package. Includes big closet, wonderful kitchen, bathroom and living area…

Sets you Up for Better Future (Or Simple Vacations / Retirement). Especially financially so it’s a great way for someone to get ahead for a while until the time is right for them to upsize again later on if they wanted.

But they’re also a great option for anyone who might want to live very simply during their holidays or retirement years.

Manuela and José Valente are a middle aged couple who decided to design and build their own tiny house in V. N. de Gaia, Portugal.

It measures 8,0 meters long by 5,0 meters wide which translates to approximately 26’ x 17’. Or a total of 40 square meters (or 429 Square Feet), for €11,5K ($14,965USD).

Note: What is the secret of your wonderful life, We answer “We are happy we are always positive, and we are never in a hurry.”

This has been a guest post by Manuela and Jose Valente. Thank you, Manuela and Jose for sharing your amazing home and story with us!

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • LK
    September 4, 2014, 1:43 pm

    Love the red. I have a huge master bedroom that could be converted into a studio apartment. I wonder how much it would cost and if it would help me to go tiny – renting out the rest of the space. Love their new space, however another post on Marsha Cowan’s converted school bus still has me wowed.

  • Comet
    September 4, 2014, 4:54 pm

    Aw crap—I TOLD the kids NOT to let any photogs in!!!!!

    LOL!!!!!! Nice to see that Americans are not the ONLY ones with crap issues.

    And nice to see what they did with the place! Not a fan of the stainless but LOVE the red!!!!!!

  • Dominick Bundy
    September 4, 2014, 4:59 pm

    I wished they had the floor plan. So i can get a better idea what’s going on here.. I’m a big fan of studio apartments or studio tiny houses.. As long as there is adequate closet space for storage and electrical outlets. as well as a well planned layout.. It looks great from what is presented..

  • Doris
    September 6, 2014, 12:12 am

    Unreal “Before” pictures. No more excuses! My nephews are in big trouble now. Wow. I’m so embarrassed I complained about converting a crowded outbuilding into something livable. This is incredible. Congratulations to a truly hard-working couple. You have shamed me into launching an overdue renovation. Wow again.

  • jimmy B
    September 14, 2014, 10:42 am

    Even the car now has a place to rest instead of being left outside in the street!

  • Gabrielle Charest
    February 19, 2016, 9:08 pm

    Holy moly! This conversion is fantastic! Nice job.

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