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Designer’s Stunning Off Grid Tiny Home for Retirement

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Remember Shaye? The amazing tiny house designer in New Zealand? Today we’re showing you her mom and dad’s tiny house that they designed together to create a perfect retirement home! Sheila, Shaye’s mom, works for Shaye, and has helped design so many homes for the company, and it was her great joy to plan out her very own abode.

The house is made of a main tiny house on a trailer, plus an additional smaller tiny home on wheels that acts as a first-floor bedroom with a walk-in closet! She has two lofts, so her grandkids can sleep over, a lovely lounge, and a large front porch with a wood stove that can be closed up with roll-down plastic shades. You’re going to love this design!

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Tiny House Designer Plans Her Own Home!

Her front porch has a painting studio!

Sheila says the kitchen is nicer than the one in her big home!

The first-floor bedroom looks out the window at the gorgeous property they’re on.

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  • When Shaye built her first tiny house on Sheila and Noel’s property, they thought she was crazy! But over time she saw the appeal of living tinier.
  • While Sheila and Noel still work, they plan to retire in this home. The first floor bedroom pod makes that possible.
  • There are two loft bedrooms, so her grandkids can sleep over. While the living room is small, her family still gets together to watch sports.
  • The front porch is comfortable in all seasons because of the rolling plastic windows/doors.
  • Sheila says even if she won the lottery, she would still live like this!

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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 three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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