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Marsha’s 8×8 Shed-To-Tiny-House Conversion


Marsha Cowen has been a loyal THT reader for a long time, and she’s also done her fair share of tiny living!

We first featured her Darling Tiny House, then her Nest THOW, next she bought and renovated an awesome bus. She sold that and built another tiny house on wheels, and most-recently, her truck bed tiny home she used while moving cross-country. Now she’s settled in on her son’s farm in North Carolina, and transformed her 8×8 storage shed into her home!

All of her awesome cottagey essentials made it into this latest build, and it’s such a gem. She said she had plenty of help from her “crew” (a flock of adorable chickens). Enjoy the photos below!

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Her 6th Tiny House! Marsha’s Shed Home

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Cutest mailbox ever!

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Here’s her front door!

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She has an off-grid sink here by the door.

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And here’s her mini kitchen hutch.

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Here’s her cozy bed/couch at the back of the tiny house..

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A fan keeps her cool, and twinkle lights luminate the room.

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She has the best assortment of cactus accents!

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How cute is this?

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Her creative storage headboard.

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Space heater, lovely art, and some hanging storage.

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She found a spot for all her favorite things.

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Here’s the deck she added to the shed.

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The shed, right after it was delivered.

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The rain must sound lovely on that tin roof!

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Here’s her crew of adorable chickens!

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Natalie C. McKee

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 two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar PMorrisHTX
    September 26, 2020, 7:38 am

    Love the simplicity of the little shed setting. Makes for a nice little she shed, playhouse, storage, etc.

    And ‘the crew’s is great.

  • Avatar PMorrisHTX
    September 26, 2020, 7:39 am

    Love the simplicity of the little shed setting. Makes for a nice little she shed, playhouse, storage, etc.

    And ‘the crew’ is great.

  • Avatar Linda Baker
    September 26, 2020, 9:30 am

    This Granny. gets up to go to the bathroom at night, don’t know if she has her own outhouse or uses facilities at her son’s but a bathroom and running water are a must for me. Decorating is cute and every inch is certainly used!

    • September 26, 2020, 4:39 pm

      A 5-gal bucket and a compost bin take care of body waste disposal.

    • Avatar Marsha Cowan
      September 26, 2020, 5:37 pm

      I have a portable potty in one of the baskets under the bed for night time use, and the “big house” during the day.

  • Avatar Jan
    September 26, 2020, 3:45 pm

    I would love to know Marsha. From the homes she has made she must be a joy to have as a friend. Wish she had a blog.

    • Avatar Marsha Cowan
      September 26, 2020, 5:40 pm

      Thank you, Jan. I don’t do anything on social media unfortunately, but I am sure we would have a blast if I did.

      • Avatar Jackie
        September 27, 2020, 12:35 pm

        Stay clear of the “social media” It’ll only bring you down. I’m on FaceSpace lol and limiting my time to about every 3-4 days and no longer than 2 hours at that. LOVE THE SHED AND THE ANTIQUES ALL AROUND INSIDE.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      September 28, 2020, 12:50 pm

      Yes! Marsha you should start a blog.

  • September 26, 2020, 4:30 pm

    A bed of crushed stone under and around the perimeter of the shed will prevent dirt from being splashed up onto the exterior walls by rain.

    • Avatar Marsha Cowan
      September 26, 2020, 5:41 pm

      That’s a good idea, Kurt, and one I will look into. There is a rock and stone business about a mile down the road. Thanks!

  • September 26, 2020, 4:31 pm

    Interesting, but that’s too small to live in; useful for alone time.

    • September 26, 2020, 4:41 pm

      Did she purchase the shed custom made or directly from a big box hardware store?

      • Avatar Jeannedowell
        September 29, 2020, 12:45 am

        I have a space down my hill. How would one get a bathroom in?

        • Avatar James D.
          October 3, 2020, 1:17 am

          Depends, on-grid or off?

          What are your local requirements/rules?

          Budget?

          May be able to extend the utilities from the main property or set up a off-grid/portable option but local requirements/rules may limit your options and it depends on budget and how much work you’d want to do for what’s possible…

    • September 26, 2020, 4:43 pm

      Electricity via an extension cord from the main house?

      • Avatar Marsha Cowan
        September 26, 2020, 5:47 pm

        I do live on it full time; it’s larger than most of my previous homes. Lol! Though there will always be a place for me in the main house. I bought the shed from a local storage building company, but was able to design some things in it and choose others. I have 2 port plugs, one on each side of the house, and each plug has three receptacles, so I do not have to use extension cords. Everything plugs directly into the port plugs. 14 gauge cords then connect the shed to the outside receptacles of the house.

  • Avatar Janet
    September 26, 2020, 6:40 pm

    I have lived in an 8×8 for 6 months while building my 16×16 tiny home. My son myself a 3 pit bulls came to Hawaii to live. We built an 8×8 in 3 days and that’s where we lived until my house was done. Your tiny home is wonderful and an 8×8 would have worked for me. But 3 big dogs and my son was a little crowded.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      September 28, 2020, 12:48 pm

      I’m sure it was!

  • Avatar Maria Kentala
    September 27, 2020, 6:29 am

    Cute! Where did you buy the shed from? I have not seen one with that many windows before.

  • Avatar Denise
    September 27, 2020, 9:48 am

    Marsha, you always do such a wonderful job with all your builds, personalizing and giving each one lively character. I always enjoy looking for two things in the pictures of all your builds as the crowning touch: The Sign: Be The Kind of Woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says ‘Oh Crap, she’s up!’, and the second thing is the well worn Bible. You are an inspiration, always thinking ‘outside the box’.

    • Avatar Marsha Cowan
      September 28, 2020, 9:58 am

      Thank you, Denise : )

  • Avatar Sheila
    September 27, 2020, 1:56 pm

    Way to small for me. Is real cute and decorated with taste. A bathroom is a must for me. Really love this. Look forward to seeing another one built by her. Really do love this.

  • Avatar Elizabeth
    September 27, 2020, 2:34 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed your creations and your spirit, Marsha! I’m in Asheville NC in my adored 448 sf cottage, so if you ever need a tiny-enthusiastic pal in WNC, I’m here any time!

    • Avatar Marsha Cowan
      September 28, 2020, 10:03 am

      Hey! That sounds great! Maybe we can have an NC tiny house dweller get together in Asheville one day. I can camp out in my truck camper. Redid it to make it really comfy. Let’s think about that! I am sure there are lots of campgrounds in or around Asheville, right? And we can practice Covid precautions.

  • Avatar Birgit Kronenbeger
    September 27, 2020, 5:16 pm

    To live tiny can make your heart wide and free and merciful. Congratulations on this snuggling all in one cottage. Birgit

    • Avatar Marsha Cowan
      September 28, 2020, 10:04 am

      Thanks, Birgit : )

  • Avatar april hunter
    September 28, 2020, 12:25 pm

    I am absolutely loving these shed to house conversions posted lately. Thank you. Please do more! This one is super cute and creative.. Never thought about the wash bowl/sink, but that’s brilliant.

  • Avatar janet pierce
    September 28, 2020, 12:35 pm

    I love the ‘rake’ coat hook…as well as all other touches. I’m 75 and living in a new 284 sq ft house that is much more ‘middle of the road’. My son and his wife, who were never able to find an affordable home with a mother in law apt., offered to use their home equity to build next door to them. There are so many varieties of ‘tiny’ houses, their uses and the people who enjoy living in them. I enjoyed seeing your home and ideas even as my new tiny home is larger and has more modern amenities…I still got some new ideas from your photos.

    • Avatar Marsha Cowan
      September 28, 2020, 3:02 pm

      Kudos to your son and his wife for doing that for you! They are special people : )

  • Avatar Paul Larsen
    September 28, 2020, 8:26 pm

    What can I say? I love it ! the way her home is laid out , It appears so much bigger on the inside!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      September 29, 2020, 1:44 pm

      She’s also so great at creating tiny spaces that work!

  • Avatar Chris Hazelett
    September 29, 2020, 11:04 pm

    Wonderful, creative home Marsha. You make it look so easy, but I know u worked tirelessly to get it just the way you wanted it. Beautiful.

  • Avatar Theresa Perdue
    September 30, 2020, 12:55 pm

    I love this! I once had something similar when living in my big house got to be too much for a while (7kids & cranky husband helped) and I stayed in it for weeks. The kids loved it as they took turns staying with me. The only problem I see is insulation. How does she stay warm?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      October 1, 2020, 2:45 pm

      Now that’s clever!! I may need one.

    • Avatar Paul Larsen
      October 1, 2020, 6:48 pm

      If there is insulation and depending on where she lived, a small electric heater would work.

  • Avatar Annette
    October 8, 2020, 3:26 pm

    Well Marsha, you’ve done it again! You’re a real inspiration, brave, original, with a ton of get-up-and-go! Thanks for sharing another cute tiny.

  • Avatar Fran Marie
    October 11, 2020, 3:56 pm

    Oh, I love this this! It;s so cozy. I bet it must be gorgeous snuggled up during a nice snowstorm.

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