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Marsha’s Shed Tiny House Remodel (2021)

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Most of you know Marsha and her famous tiny house builds that she has so graciously shared with us over the years. This is an update on her 8×8 shed tiny house since she added a customized French door.

From her micro houses to her short-bus skoolie conversion, to her more recent truck-bed micro cottage and her shed tiny house in Denton, North Carolina, Marsha has built quite a number of micro and tiny homes. In this post, you’ll get to see the latest improvements to her 8×8 shed-based tiny home! The most notable improvement is that she replaced a standard white exterior door with a custom French door which makes the world of a difference! Check it out!

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She Added A Custom French Door To Her Shed Tiny House

Marshas Shed Tiny House New Door

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Here is what the door looked like before the replacement.

Marshas Shed Tiny House in NC Before Door Replacement

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And this is what it’s like from inside.


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As you can see, it’s a pretty standard door, and it was taking up lots of valuable space in the tiny house.


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Look at what a big difference the new door makes!

Marshas New Door

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The space seems so much more enjoyable now.


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Pretty incredible what a difference a door makes, doesn’t it?


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Here’s a shot of the tiny house at night with the lights on.


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And from inside.


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A nice large curtain for privacy.


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Before I had a white enamelware bowl and a white enamelware coffee pot for water and washing. Now I have running water and a sink that drains.


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An RV hose runs from the well spigot to my house and through the wall where it connects to a garden sprayer. I love it so far!


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Then I took a large plastic pan, painted a red rim around it, added a bar sink basket, and hooked it up to an RV drain, with a built-in trap, that goes through the wall and attaches to a 20′ long, 1/2″ diameter garden hose which takes the water out to the garden behind my house. All gray water.


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I am loving the convenience of both these things. Still go to the big house for showers though.


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“Give me the coffee and no one gets hurt!”


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Cooktop, storage hooks, drawers, and a portable toilet.


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I love minions. My friend, Barb, made the needlepoint tissue box for me, and the lunch box was a junk store find.


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More information on the toilet 🙂

That is my Haddock Portable Camping potty which, heretofore, had to be emptied every few days but was easy to control odor and very convenient. However, it was also heavy to push in and out, and to lug into the big house to empty in the toilet, but I did not want to do a composting toilet, so I did some research and found a happy medium. . .Arm & Hammer Natural kitty litter made from corn, baking soda, and plant extracts. I now use the Haddock like a large litter box and clean it every night depositing the paper bag into the trash to be taken out, much like disposing of baby diapers or diapers for the elderly. A little litter goes a long way and it is so lightweight that sliding the potty in and out is easy, and of course, absolutely no odor. So far I am loving this convenience, too.

See ‘Part 1’ of this post right here. 🙂

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  • vee
    May 24, 2021, 3:00 pm

    Lots of charm in this tiny space — practical too.

  • april hunter
    May 24, 2021, 6:50 pm

    OK…Kitty litter in the camping potty is sheer brilliance. Thank you for sharing that and I absolutely love your place and how resourceful you are.

    • Jean P Andrews
      October 4, 2021, 7:04 pm

      I also love the potty tip. Marsha your she shed rocks!

  • Patricia
    May 24, 2021, 10:55 pm

    I absolutely love the way your mind works. Simple solutions are just about always the easiest and and most efficient.

  • Lee Ann Rorex
    May 25, 2021, 11:16 am

    I love this little place! Marsha does great work.

  • Joan Sue Cooper Ralston
    May 25, 2021, 3:34 pm

    Love to start learning about Tiny Homes
    I don’t have email how can I get your info.?

    • Marsha Cowan
      May 25, 2021, 11:46 pm

      Joan, the best way to learn about tiny homes is to check into this newsletter every day. The links at the top of the page will take you to more information than you will probably ever need including house plans, builders, different types of tiny houses, etc. It is a plethora of information. I only have a personal email address, but don’t usually give that out, but we will run into each other on this site and can communicate here. Looking forward to it. Who knows, maybe there will be a tiny house get together here in NC one day and we can meet.

    • Eric
      June 8, 2021, 7:48 pm

      But you can have email! Go to Gmail.com and create one, or Yahoo.com, or… well any web based mail browser. Don’t have a PC? Well you can always use publicly available ones… and while technically they are more “open” to hackers if you keep your password secure then you shouldn’t have any problems.

  • Michael L
    June 8, 2021, 8:01 pm

    Marsha… I’m always excited seeing what you’ve done with your builds. This new tiny house is great.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 12, 2021, 5:53 am

      I completely agree, Michael!

  • Fred
    September 25, 2021, 6:24 pm

    Great ideas. Simple solutions. You don’t need expensive things to make a tiny house or camper. You just need a good attitude.

  • Deirdre B
    October 5, 2021, 12:15 pm

    Adorable little skateboard on the corner shelf above the sink! 🙂 What a sweet space.

  • Annette
    April 10, 2022, 1:43 am

    The door is awesome — at this size God is definitely in the details. Marsha, thank you again for demonstrating that life can be simple.

  • Maria Kentala
    April 10, 2022, 7:15 am

    LOVE IT! I want one!

  • Patty
    June 14, 2023, 3:01 pm

    I love your tiny shed home I would give my first and second child for one. Awesome job.


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