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How They Turned Their Shed Into A Tiny Farmhouse Cottage

This is how this awesome family of four turned their shed into a tiny farmhouse cottage.

From start to finish, here is how they did it, and it only cost them about $15,000 in material cost, you can read our full interview with the family right here.

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How They Built Their Shed Farmhouse Cottage

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It all started when Katy would keep watching tiny house shows on TV.

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She kept telling her husband about how one day she would like to live tiny.

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It wasn’t too long before they had the opportunity to turn this family shed into their tiny house.

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As you can probably imagine, that’s exactly what they started to do.

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The year was 2020, and it was the perfect time to do it.

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They would be able to finally stop renting after 7 years of doing so.

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So they began working to turn the shed into a real tiny home.

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The plan was to turn the shed into a beautiful and livable tiny home.

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So they properly insulated the shed and framed some new walls to complete a floor plan.

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Being that they are a family with young kiddos meant they got to watch some of the construction process.

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The family’s ultimate plan is to enjoy and live in the 280-sq.-ft. farmhouse cottage that was once a shed.

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They would live in the space happily while working on their larger dream home over time.

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Once they build their forever home, they would be able to use their tiny house as an Airbnb rental to generate income with. Hey, this could hep with raising the kids!

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So they worked diligently to build out the tiny house.

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They framed out the bathroom area, added plumbing, they did everything they had to do to make it a true tiny home.

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Time to build out the deck!

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Related: They Transformed A Shed Into Their Family Farmhouse (Interview)

The covered front porch sure makes a big difference, doesn’t it?

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Adding some covered outdoor space is really important with a tiny house.

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Especially if you’re using the tiny home as a family, it’s so convenient to have a little bit of outdoor space to utilize.

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Look how nice the interior is coming out!

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Who would have ever known it was once just a shed?

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Electrical wiring for the ceiling lights.

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Everything’s really coming together now.

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But there’s still much work to be done.

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Building tiny is no small task.

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But in the end, it can be one of the greatest accomplishments.

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And building tiny is always better as a team.

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A helping hand can go a long way in a day.

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From shed to this!

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They started the project in September of 2020.

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And they were completed with the project by May of 2021.

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That’s a total of about 9 months to complete the build.

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The couple did most of the work themselves, but they also had help on weekends thanks to some of their friends.

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When building a tiny house, you really don’t have to do it all by yourself. They also hired someone to help them build out the covered front porch.

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Their initial budget was $10,000…

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But they ended up spending a total of about $15,000 on the build.

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$15,000 is still not bad at all for a home though, right?

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So many are in debt because of our homes, and many others are just renting.

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Who would’ve thought that there could be a $15,000 solution to housing?

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Of course, a solution like this is not always as easily possible as it is for one person as it is for another since everyone’s situations are different.

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But this is their home sweet home.

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They worked really hard to turn the family shed into a family tiny home.

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And now they have an incredible tiny home that can serve them for many years to come.

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What do you think of this shed turned family tiny house?

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  • Family shed turned into family tiny house
  • After years renting, they finally have a home they can call their own
  • It all started when Katy started watching tiny house TV shows
  • She became obsessed with the idea and it wasn’t long before they were building out their shed-based tiny home
  • It took them about 9 months from start to finish
  • Original budget was $10,000
  • They spent about $15,000 on the project
  • The build includes a downstairs bedroom, kitchen, open layout living area, bathroom, and covered front porch outside
  • The family lives in Round Top, Texas

What do you think of turning a shed into a livable tiny home kind of like this family did? Do you happen to have an opportunity like this, too? If not, how would you go about turning a shed into a tiny house?

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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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  • ernesto
    June 14, 2021, 11:27 pm

    muy linda remodelacion, falto el plano del antes y despues para ver como quedo la transformaciòn del lugar,saludos.

    • James D.
      June 15, 2021, 2:56 am

      Hay un segundo artículo para detalles de antes.

  • James P.
    June 14, 2021, 11:58 pm

    I have two questions.
    1) What are the dimensions of your tiny house?
    2) Where you are located in Texas, are there any minimum square footage requirements?
    Your home is beautiful. What makes it more special is that you built it mostly by yourselves.

  • Jade W
    June 15, 2021, 8:50 am

    What a great job! The porch is awesome.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 15, 2021, 9:33 am

      A porch adds so much to a tiny house!

  • Amanda Wilcox
    June 16, 2021, 8:44 pm

    Some great ideas…I’m glad the family took a look at the shed and went hmmm. Also that they kept the floor plan simple, but finished with higher quality materials and better appliances. Nice work, folks!

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