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Man Converts Shed Into Mortgage-free Home for Him and his Fiancee

I had to share this story of a man who converted an old tool shed into a beautiful micro cabin for he and his fiance so they can live mortgage-free.

He took an 8′ x 12′ tool shed and added insulation, windows, sheet rock and electricity.

Since he and his fiance work a lot they really just use a 96 sq. ft. minimalist cabin to rest and sleep at night.

Man Converts Tool Shed into Debt-free Micro Home

Learn why and how he did it in the video/interview and tour below:

Long Work Hours Means Little Time Spent at Home

Since they get up in the morning and immediately leave for work and then they come back at night to watch a movie and go right to sleep they just don’t need much.

Using Laptops and Phones for Entertainment

They don’t need a big entertainment center, either, because right now they can just watch whatever they want from their computer.

Shelving Instead of Closets

Instead of a closet they simply just use open shelving and a covered storage area underneath the bed.

Heat Source

The classic firewood stove easily heats up the place for hours on end with wood gathered from around the farm.

Clean Up Takes Just 5 Minutes!

Best of all it only takes 5 minutes to clean up the place. And since there’s no place for clutter, there just isn’t any of it!

VIDEO: How this Man Converted a Tool Shed into a Minimalist Micro Cabin


Brian is the same guy who built this Zen cabin in the woods for just $11k (video).

Read the original article on Bryan’s tool shed conversion at Faircompanies.

Watch the video on YouTube on Kirsten Dirksen’s Channel.

Have You Ever Thought of Converting a Shed into a Micro Cabin?

Would you ever convert and live in a shed? Have you ever thought about it? What would your set up look like? Let us know in the comments!

If you enjoyed how this guy and his fiance are living in a shed you’ll love our free daily tiny house newsletter for more examples of mortgage-free living!

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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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  • Despair
    March 5, 2014, 10:08 am

    It’s for him and his fiance(e).

    It’s not, for example, something I might build for I.

    • Alex
      December 8, 2014, 1:49 pm

      Thanks! Fixed it 🙂

  • Anthony McCarthy
    March 5, 2014, 10:47 am

    Pretty good, a bit too minimal for anyone who does any cooking on their own. He should look at Pekka Leskela’s brilliant home-made rocket stove YouTubes. In fact, you should feature them here because the man’s ideas are brilliant.

  • Linda
    March 5, 2014, 5:43 pm

    Yeah, it limits the things you need. No crapper, no pooping, no shower, no bathing, no kitchen, no eating. Pretty much all you can do is sleep.

  • Sandi Sagerian
    March 6, 2014, 11:45 am

    That looks more like a 8 x 12 bedroom than a TinyHouse.

    • Alex
      March 7, 2014, 9:22 am

      I hear ya Sandi. But for them it’s home (for now at least). I’m pretty sure it’s a temporary thing but I guess something like this could become permanent if you built a structure for kitchen, bath, washing machine, greenhouse, etc.

  • Glema
    March 7, 2014, 4:27 am

    I love the porch job you did to make it look pretty for her. Very nice touch, especially the woven part. That just makes the look come together so well. Ty for sharing and ty Alex for sharing Brians’ story. Making a note of that woven porch 🙂 Happy Trails and God bless each of you.

  • Sally
    March 7, 2014, 8:31 am

    Beautiful porch really adds charm. Perhaps they have a gym membership and use their facilities. He said they are gone most of the day so perhaps their work provides meals as well. Nice work. Thanks for sharing

  • Karen
    December 8, 2014, 12:45 pm

    Not for me, but if it has what THEY need . . . Exterior is very nice.

    • Alex
      December 8, 2014, 1:49 pm

      Thanks Karen!

  • Scooter
    December 8, 2014, 1:23 pm

    Good call Despair! Pronouns are tough. I’m glad I’m not the only one who itched to correct this!

    • Alex
      December 8, 2014, 1:49 pm

      Thanks Scooter, just fixed it 🙂

  • Deirdre Barber
    December 8, 2014, 4:51 pm

    I am just beginning the process of converting a 15′ x 23′ shed into a small home for myself. My son and daughter-in-law and I bought the property, which has a 2000 square foot house for them and their 3 girls. I’m excited! The shed has electricity and water to it, and a concrete slab, but essentially I’m tearing it down and starting over. I want to add a loft space for a bedroom, and I’ve gotten much of my inspiration from your website!

  • Janet Deane
    December 8, 2014, 8:19 pm

    The front porch is very inviting. But inside I’m concerned about the safety of the wood-burning stove because it’s legs sit directly on the floor and it seems very close to the sheet-rocked walls without a barrier of any kind.

  • Sam
    May 3, 2015, 12:47 pm

    This house is adorable! I understand the heating system but what do you do about cooking & water for sewer & drinking?

  • Theo
    November 20, 2015, 7:21 pm

    My workshop is 8’X12′ – and I consider it small, it was all I could afford at the time. This would be way too small for actually living in, even for just one person. I consider that they would be way ahead with a tepee or tent, even better a yurt.

  • October 8, 2017, 7:27 pm

    So, where’s the shower, toilet and kitchen?

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