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Shed to DIY Tiny House Conversion

This Shed to DIY Tiny House conversion is a guest post by Joey Price

We started our project with Tuff Built Shed covered it and Dryvit and finished it out ourselves. We were inspired by your stories. We had minimum experience but learned how as we went. Thanks for your inspiration.
Joe Price

Shed to DIY Tiny House Conversion

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  • Debbie December 30, 2015, 3:34 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful. I wish I had the land to put something that size on, but it is not feasible for me to have such a large home. I do love the concept though and know the Tuff Shed your speaking of. I liked it too. Great job, and wish many happy years in your tiny house.

  • Deadrock December 30, 2015, 3:44 pm

    I appreciate you sharing your pictures, Joe. As you can imagine, there is still a ton of questions that need to be asked!
    • What is the square footage?
    • How did you get approval to place your tiny home in its current location?
    • Is this two sheds, one atop the other?
    • You did all the work yourself, no outside professional help?
    • How did you do all the tasks it took to get to the finished product?
    • What were the costs involved?
    • Is there a website or Facebook page following the progress that will give us more pictures or explanations?
    It looks very cozy and comfy, and if the only thing you can tell us is you took a shed and then you got this result, then certainly it looks like a job well done! But a little more information would certainly be helpful, and much appreciated.

    • Joe Price December 30, 2015, 8:12 pm

      My wife and son helped with this project. It is a 2 story tuff shed we purchased at Home Depot for 11500.00. The website is tuff shed.com in Little Rock. The square footage is 640 sq . 16 x 20 upstairs and downstairs. We did all the work sans the Dryvit Finish. We built it on a block foundation , it has a composite deck. We did a lot of research and worked on it nights and weekends and finished it in 6 months . As you can see we upgraded the doors and windows .
      Good Luck

      • Deadrock December 31, 2015, 11:35 am

        Thanks for the extra details, Joe! Now others can be inspired by YOUR story!

      • Alex December 31, 2015, 12:57 pm

        Thanks Joe!

  • Jane on Whidbey December 30, 2015, 4:17 pm

    I’m with Deadrock. It’s a wonderful conversion, especially the windows and doors. I’m curious about a foundation. Are you in a semi-tropical area?
    Congratulations! Well done.

  • Deadrock December 30, 2015, 5:38 pm

    Searched for “Tuff Built Shed” but that didn’t bring up anything – wondering if that’s the brand name? Tuff Shed I’ve heard of, but their website is not working. Can you tell us what this item is actually named and where you bought it? I’m sure lots of people would like to explore this option to build their own tiny house. Thanks!

    • Antzptown January 1, 2016, 10:23 pm

      Look at Home Depot website, they have several sizes.

    • Brashsculptor August 14, 2016, 1:45 am

      Hey everyone,
      Here is the basic info on the “shed” in question;
      http://www.tuffshed.com/ (main site)
      The one you want is the “Sundance TR-1600”
      It comes in a range of sizes from 16×20 up to 18×36 & the $ ranges from$11,900 to $22,598
      You will have to enter your zip code to get the actual delivery price after you choose your options.
      I hope this helps.

  • Kathy Sartin January 3, 2016, 4:16 am

    This really inspires me! My shed arrives in about two days, and I have so many new adventures ahead of me as I convert it into my tiny home. The flooding here in Missouri caused a delay, so I am waiting for the ground to freeze to permit delivery into an old orchard. Mine is a double-lofted barn cabin. Thanks so much for the pictures and information on your project. Beautiful!

  • Tony and Pam January 3, 2016, 9:29 am

    This looks great. Would love to be in touch with the Price family to ask some questions about ths. Last summer we ought a repossed barn type shed that is 14X28. It was only1 year old and the person that had it, had started to convert it to a tiny house. It already has a kitchen and bathroom in it, complete with a washer and dryer hook up. the roof and floor meet local snow load requirements, our square footage does not. The building is currently on the roperty as a storage building and we are not permitted to sleepin it. t is ot hooked up to water or sewer. Square footage requirements in the area are 5oo Sq. feet the building, without the loft, is 392 sq feet. We are looking for the most economical way to convert this to a tiny house and meet local zoning requirements. Could the price, pleas contact us at [email protected] ? We would love to talk to someone who has done this.

    • Shelia February 3, 2016, 4:55 pm

      Tony and Pam, cheapest way to do it would be to add a 10×12 den or family room on to the downstairs. Could even buy a 10×12 shed and connect it. Voila – 500 sq ft. Den or family room would be the cheapest because of no plumbing. All you need is the walls, roof and floor. Could also do a bedroom but you would need a closet to call it a bedroom.

  • Glema January 4, 2016, 7:34 pm

    Would an attached garage be considered for the extra square feet you need? Maybe with a covered deck? Just a thought, if you really want to stay small in the living area. The other things might add up to enough to make the code work? Just an idea you would have to ask engineers and zoning people if those things would suffice for you to live there. Hope this helps. God bless and happy trails!

  • Jean Harris January 5, 2016, 10:28 pm

    This looks so nice. The bathroom is very nice and compact. What are
    the dimensions of the bathroom vanity? What is dimensions of the bath
    room? I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance.

  • Eric January 16, 2016, 6:50 pm

    Looks, to me anyway, visually unbalanced… not enough length for the height. And yes, YMMV.

  • Canyon Man August 13, 2016, 1:05 pm

    I will make a suggestion. Look at various shed manufacturers in your area. Not all sheds are created equally. A few hundred dollars more for a shell can make the end results much more satisfactory. The components to build the basic shed, framing and siding can be vastly different. I see everything from good plywood to particle board. Yet the prices were only a few hundred dollars apart.

  • Dominick Bundy August 13, 2016, 2:27 pm

    Very nicely done, but Too big to be considered a tiny house..

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN August 13, 2016, 7:31 pm

    Tiny…? I don’t see tiny.. Tiny in comparison to what…?

  • Robynne Catheron August 13, 2016, 8:34 pm

    I love it! I think it’s GREAT! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Edith Gonzague August 24, 2016, 11:10 am

    Do you have a floor plan for this project?I would like to have an idea of how the space was utilized.

  • Msgt Ric Martin February 12, 2017, 7:05 pm

    Hi Joe,
    i was at home depot last week and saw this tr-1600 and was wondering since i saw your pics here what was your plumbing and electrical like?
    thank you Sir!

  • Shawn McDown August 20, 2018, 1:08 pm

    How did your Tuff Shed pass inspections to live in it? Did you have to get a building permit?I’m in Oklahoma City and have been looking at this Model of Tuff Shed to put on some land zoned in Oklahoma City. The City is wanting a building permit to build it. The guy at Tuff Shed they only build “sheds” but the believe it would pass inspection. I have heard these are categorize as “Group S” for shed purposes only and it needs to be categorize as “Group R” for residential. Joey can you please help me.

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