Ever wanted to turn your backyard barn or shed into a livable tiny house for guests or yourself? Even if it were only for the kids to camp in once in a while…
One of our awesome readers, Jean, sent me photos and information on how she converted this barn into a little home. At approximately 288 square feet, it’s not incredibly tiny, but you can take the same concepts and apply it to an even smaller structure. Jean bought a 12′ by 24′ barn with a loft and converted it by hand into a guest cottage.
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It All Started With This 12-ft by 24-ft Barn
Photos Courtesy of Jean H.
The exterior is a cedar color with a green shingled roof.
Inside the walls have a mahogany finish.
She added a tin ceiling inside after insulating and installed a beam down the center where Jean also installed a ceiling fan.
When you look at the kitchen don’t miss the space-saving built-in cutting board.
In the bathroom (see below) you can use a combination of tin and wood to keep material costs low.
She installed hand-made tongue and groove wood flooring, sanded the walls, stained everything, and polished.
Jean used an old log to create lots of what you see inside, added a carpeted sleeping loft upstairs, and insulated the entire thing.
The antique bar stools were a good choice and Jean used an old log to create the bar (see above).
Wow, look how nice the wood looks!
She did all of the plumbing and electrical which meets coding regulations. Jean’s barn conversion also includes:
- 6 windows with locks and screens
- Full shower
- 6 electrical wall outlets
- New appliances
- Closet with hanging rod
- Tall drawer chest
Almost all of the furniture was hand-made. I don’t have details on total material costs or hours of labor but Jean said, “more than I’d like to admit,” in one of the emails that we exchanged.
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