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SHEDsistence: The Construction

Yesterday we showed you the gorgeous finished pictures of the SHEDsistence Tiny House, and we promised you a back stage pass to the building process.

Robert and Samantha have been living in their tiny home now for more than year, and it’s stellar! Look at how the couple built this amazing THOW with their own hands.

If you love what they’ve done and want to learn more, be sure to consider buying and downloading their E-Book that includes some 145 pages of in-depth detail into the entire process from conception to completion.

SHEDsistence: The Construction

Images via SHEDsistence

Images via SHEDsistence


100% D.I.Y. design and built tiny house. Built pay check to pay check on weekends over 14 months.
$30,000.00 in materials, $0.00 in labor.
24’-0” long, 8’-6” wide, 13’-5” tall and 9,930 lbs.
204 square feet overall footprint. 180 sf of living space and 24 sf of gear storage space.
2×3 advanced framed structure with continuous exterior insulation resulting in a wall assembly that weighs less and performs better thermally.
Our biggest suggestion for someone thinking about building their own tiny house would be to budget in a proper amount of time for research, learning the next task, ordering and acquiring materials. For every hour we spent on the project site building, we spent around 30 minutes at home do all of the other aforementioned tasks that are not building.


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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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  • Bill Burgess
    February 7, 2017, 1:49 pm

    This little gem has Everything needed for younger or athletic couples…I would encourage any who are fit enough to live tiny to absorb the singularly significant success achieved here. NEEDS MET..Outside Interests accounted for…Minimal cost…Aerodynamic for maximum space and ease of transport with the ability to adjust load..Although not my colors I am TOTALLY on board with this project for what it does…

    • Natalie C. McKee
      February 8, 2017, 6:53 am

      Same! It’s awesome.

  • Claude
    February 7, 2017, 4:39 pm

    If I see correctly, your corrugated metal sheets are installed upright, but your frame does not include horizontal pieces between studs in order to screw in your sheets at intervals.. How are they attached to the frame?

    • February 7, 2017, 5:29 pm

      The reclaimed corrugated metal sheets are 24″ +1 extra overlap corrugation wide. These vertical seams and overlaps correspond to our 24″ o.c. framing and the screws go all the way through the continuous exterior insulation, plywood sheathing and into our framing.

      • Claude
        February 7, 2017, 5:52 pm

        I see thank you. Same installation as for a roof.

    February 7, 2017, 6:47 pm

    Can’t complain about this one, with a material list under 30 k is a bargain any way you look at it…!

    February 9, 2017, 8:03 pm

    Hope we all get to see the finished project. Love seeing young people work together to built this TH. Kudos!

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