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Randy’s Little Barn Conversion

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This is Randy’s Little Barn – and it’s adorable!

He took the run-down structure and turned it into a great guest house, complete with an indoor bunk and seating area, and a covered porch dining room. There’s even an outhouse with solar panels nearby. Hope you like it!

Related: 336 Sq. Ft. Tiny Barn Cabin

Randy’s Little Barn Conversion


Images via Randy


Related: 150 sq. ft. Barn Tiny House Getaway in Portland


  • Sliding barn doors
  • Wood with metal “wainscoting”
  • Paver patio in dining area
  • Solar panels on outhouse
  • Bunk beds
  • Small dining for two indoors

Related: How to turn your Barn or Shed into a Livable Tiny House

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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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  • Marsha Cowan
    December 23, 2016, 9:17 pm

    Oh my gosh! That is the cutest thing ever! What a great conversion. I love it!

    • Natalie
      December 28, 2016, 8:20 am

      It’s so cute 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Patty
    December 23, 2016, 11:31 pm

    I love the outhouse! I remember cold outhouses, so this is great!

    • Kevin
      December 24, 2016, 7:47 am

      @Patty: Ah. I was wondering why solar panels on the outhouse. If used for heating, that makes a lot of sense. Because if for lighting, there are plenty of other options for lighting your way to, and in, an outhouse at night. 😉

    • Natalie
      December 27, 2016, 12:20 pm

      🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Darcy
    December 24, 2016, 12:09 am


  • Diane the Designer
    December 24, 2016, 11:30 pm

    What a great rescue of an interesting old building. A great start and I am sure there will be more sprucing up over time. Nature is the picture window of this house. Just slide open the barn doors and your view is right there. Wonderful.

    • Natalie
      December 27, 2016, 12:00 pm

      Yes 🙂 He did a lovely job! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Randy
      December 28, 2016, 6:41 am

      I built an angle iron and rebar ladder to access the second floor. I had just enough leftover tongue and groove pieces to make a hatch trapping all the heat into the first floor.

      • Diane the Designer
        December 28, 2016, 1:05 pm

        What a resourceful way to build a ladder to the top floor. I love that idea. Creating a hatch with what you had available is a real accomplishment. I love to reuse and make left overs into something wonderful. Keep going…..you will have so much fun.

  • Randy
    December 25, 2016, 12:31 am

    The outhouse is unheated and without lights. It’s made of four gates sitting on a platform. A buried cable is used from solar panels to the generator behind the tree. We unplug the barn from the generator during the summer to save fuel. We have too much snow during the winter for the panels to operate properly. Wanted the barn looking nice so we didn’t put panels on it.

    • Natalie
      December 27, 2016, 12:00 pm

      Thanks for that Randy! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Susanne
    December 25, 2016, 5:39 pm

    Great job of keeping it inexpensive…:)

    • Natalie
      December 27, 2016, 11:52 am

      Isn’t that amazing! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Randy
      December 28, 2016, 6:29 am

      We have an antique potbelly stove filled with lava rocks running off of the propane we store in the hutch. A tea kettle burner to cook on and grill we use on the outside table. Very inexpensive and it looks like it all fits the shack.

  • Randy
    December 28, 2016, 5:40 am

    i guess with the barn doors open we get more air flow through the inside rather than under the exterior wall. It’s basicly a covered porch outside with a awesome view of the mountains. We are working on an exterior shower and sink so pass along some great ideas for the slack. Thanks Randy.

  • Randy
    September 28, 2018, 10:21 pm

    Steers across the field. I needed to warm the stock tank. I converted the 12v DC to AC at the inverter ran the AC across the field to a plug in box Now I plug in a 5amp Dell Laptop Charger to run the Temp between 39- 45 Deg (with DC 12V F Fahrenheit Temperature Controller Thermostat Control 1 Relay NTC Sensor) to a DC Water Heater Element 12 Volt 60 Watt with Thermostat 175 Degrees F (5amps x 12v- 60watts) It will actually heat . So take a bath tiny house folks.

  • nora
    March 26, 2020, 4:48 pm

    how cozy

  • Rae
    July 30, 2020, 11:28 am

    Do you have anymore examples of small barns or horse run ins made into homes?

    Thank you.

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