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Root Cellar Shed Converted into Tiny Living Space

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This is the story of a storage shed above the root cellar in their home that has been converted into a tiny living space.

Now it’s being used for friends, family, and Airbnb guests! It’s nicknamed, “The Shed en la Montaña.”

Please enjoy our interview with the owners below. Thanks!

Shed Converted into Tiny House Now Being Used for Friends, Family, and Airbnb Income!

Mullet Shed Tiny House

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Before & After Photos

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The “Shed en la Montaña” is like a mullet – Business up front and party in the back!

Mullet Shed Tiny House

Interview with the Owner

What are your name(s)?

Alla Ponomareva

Where are you from?

Missoula, Montana

How did you first become seriously interested in tiny houses?

Living abroad in small spaces and getting used to that type of lifestyle.

What type of tiny house do you have or are you working on?

It’s a shed that was used for storage but in the summertime, we’ll rent it out as an Airbnb.

Why did you build it?

This Shed was constructed in order to enclose a space above a root cellar, which was otherwise exposed to the elements. We had some recycled windows and roofing lying around, so we decided to turn the Shed into a guest space for friends/family/Airbnb guests.

How long did it take you to finish it?

On and off work for about a month.

How did you build it?

My husband and I did the work ourselves with a lot of leftover materials, upcycled materials to build the bed frame/headboard as well as the coffee table, doors and other aspects of the build.

What’s been the most challenging part about it so far?

It’s a single room with a deck. An outhouse and out shower are two separate units about 1 or 2-minute walk from the Shed.

What benefits are you experiencing from it so far?

This Shed has plenty of space for sleeping, lounging on a couch, reading/playing games on cushions and a coffee table as well as a separate tiny kitchenette.

What helpful piece of advice would you give to others who are interested in going tiny?

Don’t shy away from exploring the possibilities of your areas. Even a small corner/underutilized space can be repurposed in one or more other ways. Use your imagination.

Do you have a website, blog, or social media pages where we can connect with you and follow along?


Instagram @meet_me_in_montana406


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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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