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She converted this shed into her cozy tiny home for only $7k

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This is a 192 sq. ft. barn shed that was converted into a beautiful 192 sq. ft. tiny home that is being shared by one of our wonderful readers named Stacy Thompson.

Included below is an interview with this tiny homeowner so you can learn the story and motives behind this tiny little cottage.

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Barn/Shed Turned Into Tiny Home for 7k

She converted this shed into her cozy tiny home for only $7k

Images © Stacy Thompson

What was your main motivation for building the cabin?

Well, I turned 73 this June, and I wanted to have my own place to live in if/when I can’t earn money any longer. I’ve got a small business that supplements my social security, but if something happens and I can’t keep working, I won’t be able to pay my mortgage and bills so I’d need to rent the house or lose it. And I want to be able to live in my own sweet little garden cottage with my dog, and not end up being a burden and living in somebody’s spare bedroom (even if they love me a lot).

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How did you do it? Did you use a barn shed as the base and convert it?

Yes, Better Built Barns (contracted through Lowes) built it and then I hired friends to finish it.

Woman Converts Barn Shed into 192 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home

For how long have you been planning/wanting to do this?

I always thought my little 20ft. Dolphin camper would be my “back-up/I’ll never be homeless” plan, but I sold it last Spring because I wasn’t using it to travel with my friend to dog shows anymore. When I watched it being driven down the lane, I felt like a deer in the headlights. Oh crap, there went my backup plan!

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Who helped you do it?

After it went up (in one day) a contractor friend came and dug a trench from my well house to the barn. Then he wired it (I even helped “pull wire” which I’d never done before) and plumbed it for me. Another friend did the drywall, finished the stairs and did all the wood trim and beadboard.

How were you able to find a spot to put it?

It’s on the back of my property behind my goat shed and pasture.

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How much did it cost approximately?

About $7000 for the initial build, then ??? I don’t really want to know (lol) maybe another 10 or 15 to finish it completely. My goal is to get finished while I’m still making money, so it’s ready for me when I need it. If I stop working, I’ll be living on about $600 a month, so I won’t be able to do any more building then.

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How long did it take you to build it or have it built?

It’s been a year this month.

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What are the barn cabin’s dimensions and approximate square footage?

12×16=192sq ft

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Is this where you’re now living full time?

Nope, it’s more like my (a recently coined phrase?) “She Shed”. I’m growing a lovely little garden back there and I love to hang out and read or sew and listen to music and dream of retiring some day. Maybe at 80 or 90??? Hey, you can’t blame me for dreaming.

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How do you like it so far?

I adore it. I love being out there. I don’t want to go back to the main house when I’m hanging out in it. It’s like being in a whole different world. I love the thought of having such a sweet space for my dog and myself. The older I get, the more I feel the urge to lighten my load of stuff. In the process of raising a family and living life all these years, I’ve accumulated so many things that are holding less and less appeal for me as I get older. Being surrounded by only the things I need and love is more seductive every day, and I’m working in that direction.

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If there’s anything you learned that you can pass on to others from your experience, what would it be?

On a practical level?….. the skylights are a huge plus. They bring in so much light and that high ceiling makes me feel like I’m in a wide open space, especially when I can look up at the trees and sky, or the stars at night. Oh, and the french doors too! I asked for them at the very last minute and I’m so glad I did. In a small space, things are up close and noticeable so going for the special touches that meant a lot to me was important.

I’m only 5’4″ but I’ve got several family members who are over 6’3″ so I made the walls 7′ instead of 6′.

Ah, the deck! Since it’s a barn instead of on wheels, the covered deck was a wonderful addition. It’s like a whole other living space, especially in the warmer months when the doors can be left open. In the cooler months, I can bring the more tender plants under cover too.

The loft was a must because even if I’m old and messed up I’ll still want family and company (heck, probably even more then, right? 🙂 so it’s a lovely space for guests….) or my Hospice nurse for that matter!

Yes, I hope to die in it…..with my dog and my music and my flowers and my loved ones around me. By the way, in case you’re wondering, I’m in great health, don’t take any drugs, eat well, and hit the treadmill for an hour a day. But I have no crystal ball so I’m trying the best way I can, to provide for myself in the future.

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And finally, what’s the best thing about your tiny house? What does it give you that maybe you didn’t even expect?

It’s my sanctuary, my safety net, my solace, my retreat. I’m beyond blessed to have the security of knowing I can grow older on my own land, in my own forest, with my dog and my garden and my music. I know that’s probably not the kind of answer younger people would give, but I’m not a younger person anymore so that’s my answer. Hope some of this was useful to you.

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  • cathy
    July 15, 2015, 3:29 pm

    Love the house, love the advice and certainly love and admire Stacy and her grit! What a great article. The home is lovely and when you see it – it’s like you know Stacy. Thanks for sharing.

  • CathyAnn
    July 15, 2015, 4:14 pm

    Wonderful! I like everything about this “barn”. I’m bookmarking this for future reference!

    • Dilynn
      November 16, 2019, 8:41 am

      Great story! Very very adorable house for retirement. I hope to get to a final “retirement house”!!! Love it🦋❗️

    • Alice
      November 20, 2021, 3:45 am

      I love the house and wish to have one built soon. I have been checking on this for years and i like it the most. The only thing i did not see is a washer and dryer. Is there space for a stacked unite around the corner from the refrigerator.(in the little corner of the kitchen.)
      Stacy, I am 76 and should get moving on this quickly. What state do you reside in?

  • lIZ
    July 15, 2015, 4:17 pm

    Sweet little place. Thanks for all the pictures!!

  • Mary
    July 15, 2015, 4:18 pm

    Love the house & all the inside touches & everything. It looks much bigger than it really is!

  • Brenda
    July 15, 2015, 4:18 pm

    I love your barn home!! You have squeezed a lot into a tiny space! Well done!
    I hope you have many happy years there!

  • Jeff
    July 15, 2015, 4:23 pm

    Great Job on the house. Your story is inspiring! Thanks for sharing it.

  • Teri
    July 15, 2015, 4:25 pm

    Stacy, I love your story and your solution… fits me to a “T”. I’m 65, own a childcare center and looking ahead to retirement & living off social security (later than sooner) in my little Tumbleweed Cypress. I love what you said about Hospice, cracked me up! Ya gotta plan for the exit too! 🙂

    • Nancy
      July 15, 2015, 11:40 pm

      Stacy, Thank You so much for sharing. I love your idea, and most important, your outlook.
      I want something a little bigger, but exactly the same game plan. Chicken coop, garden, and a small workshop. I love working on old trucks.

  • Debbie
    July 15, 2015, 4:30 pm

    It’s absolutely ADORABLE, I love it!!!! I’m a little younger, (46) but have basically the same reasons for wanting to do this. I echo the sentiment, “Being surrounded by only the things I need and love is more seductive every day, and I’m working in that direction.” I feel exactly the same!!! Been researching all kinds of different little barn sheds, cottages, even buses and old Airstreams. There are just so many possibilities for a cute and affordable and totally unique home! GO Stacy!!! 🙂

  • Lynnette
    July 15, 2015, 4:34 pm

    This story!!! ♡♡♡♡♡ This little home!!! ☆☆☆☆☆

  • Amy
    July 15, 2015, 4:35 pm

    Stacy echoed my feelings on possessions. Though I’m twenty years younger, I totally agree about the necessity to lighten one’s load. Love Stacy’s pragmatism and peppy attitude.

  • Kathy
    July 15, 2015, 4:45 pm

    I am so full of admiration AND envy!! You have done exactly what I would love to do. Your attitude toward WHY you did it mirrors mine so closely that it was scary. Though I hadn’t thought of the Hospice Nurse angle. LOL That was priceless, even if, as I suspect, it was not really a joke. How lucky you are in having a large piece of property on which you can stay forever, even if you have to sell the big house one day. How fortunate you are in having resourceful friends who could do the things you cannot in getting your tiny house together. But best of all, you are blessed with fortitude and a sense of humor! And, oh by the way, I love the house too Stacy. Nicely done!!

  • Kim
    July 15, 2015, 4:45 pm

    I love this tiny home. It is a lovely shape and looks bigger than the measurements given. I am glad you are enjoying it now, I preparation for when you will actually live there.
    I am 56 and realising I need LESS STUFF, not more, as I am getting older. Stacey’s dog seems to like it, too!

  • Diane
    July 15, 2015, 4:49 pm

    I enjoyed your article. I felt the same way about my property and have built guest cottages here. I knew I would want to have a back up plan because with a daughter in New York and a slippery slope son that I might not be able to depend on I had to make a plan for my retirement days. I think it is great what you have done in getting ready to leave the big house and all of it’s upkeep. It drains time and energy from our lives. Living more simply feels right after the kids are grown. I know I did not like empty rooms so as a designer I made them guest suites and I rented my rooms to business men coming in to town for relocation. Those rents float my house and has sustained me while I recovered from being hit by a car on my bike. It made it possible for me to continue my charitable giving. They are very nice men not creepers so it is like living with brothers which I like very much. When I am ready I will transition to the tiny home like you are also going to be doing at some point. I agree. It’s a good plan sister.

    • Sandra
      April 24, 2020, 9:25 pm

      🙏🏼 prayers for a speedy recovery

  • Jill Joiner
    July 15, 2015, 4:52 pm

    This is adorable and I greatly admire Stacy for her outlook. This one gives a since of peace and is going to be added to the idea file as well.

  • Deb
    July 15, 2015, 4:59 pm

    This place is so inviting and cozy, makes me want to put on flannel pj’s and drink cocoa and cuddle with that beautiful dog!!

  • Valery Lytle
    July 15, 2015, 4:59 pm

    I’ve had several careers, several children, lots of pets, one husband and one fantasy – to have a tiny house to retire in and travel to visit family, taking it with me…who knows if that wish comes true? I am downsizing gradually – and Stacey is now my inspiration. I will turn 65 soon, so I better get crackin’! Thank you for sharing, Stacey!

  • Nancy
    July 15, 2015, 5:01 pm

    Did you have to put in a septic system? I love this little place!

    • stacy thompson
      July 19, 2015, 12:13 am

      Hi Nancy, thanks for the kind words! Right now I’m using a simple composting toilet. I did a lot of research on them and am very happy with the very basic one I ended up with. You can find links for them in a lot of Alex’s articles. What they say about their ease of use and lack of odor is all true if you follow the directions for installation and use. Good luck.

      • Norinda
        May 17, 2016, 9:49 am

        I just showed your shed to my daughter and her boyfriend…he said that if this is what I want that he would be my connection…I just fell in love with your shed…all the windows and doors..I would enclose the porch so that my cats can go outside and still be sfe from any preditors…I can’t do steps so the loft is out unless it’s for storing clothes and stuff but I feel that the more storage space the the more stuff you need to put in it…as is I live in a one bedroom apartment and used to being on my own so I’m ready to retire next year in 2017 and head west to Portland or Washington State…I’d love to hear from you…may God bless you and give you many years to enjoy your shed/house…Norinda

  • Vetinia Gorman
    July 15, 2015, 5:04 pm

    I could live in this beautiful home. You’ve done a wonderful job, and I agree, what else do you need when you have a beautiful and practical home, a garden, music and your dog. You’re blessed.

  • Cris
    July 15, 2015, 5:27 pm

    This is the most beautiful tiny home I have seen to date. I love pretty much everything about it. Thinking of converting the garage for just the same purposes…and will incorporate some of the touches here. It also opens out onto my garden. Good job Stacey!!!

  • Jackie
    July 15, 2015, 5:32 pm

    I’m so glad to see how someone has used a shed that anyone can buy and turn it into a functional living space. I’d like to see more of these.

  • gale
    July 15, 2015, 5:37 pm

    Beautiful home and great for grandparents who want to be independent but need a little assistance. Keeps the families separate when everyone needs some private time. Wonderful job and thank you for sharing.

  • Pat Ryan
    July 15, 2015, 5:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful house. You’ve built it for the best of reasons–low cost, independence and to enjoy as you get older. I hope to join this “club” soon!

  • Karen
    July 15, 2015, 5:52 pm

    This is my plan!!! I have, at least, another 20 years of working, but I’m already thinking about how I will live in my retirement. My goal is to live as simply and as inexpensively as possible. Stacy has thought everything through and I’m very impressed the result. I would, however, have to make one adjustment. I would have to have my bedroom on the first floor near the bathroom. My bad knees wouldn’t be reliable dealing with narrow stair in the middle of the night. Other than that, it’s perfect!

  • Carol Bartosiewicz
    July 15, 2015, 6:27 pm

    Simply love Stacy’s sanctuary and thinking ahead attitude. God Bless!

  • Candide33
    July 15, 2015, 6:30 pm

    I had to laugh when I realized that I was wearing the exact same socks at the person in the pictures. It is all about the comfort at this stage of the game and that tiny house looks very comfy.

  • evelyn mendez
    July 15, 2015, 6:40 pm

    I am so jealous! I think it is wonderful what you have done with this space. Its exactly what I would love to have!

  • Dennis Reynolds
    July 15, 2015, 6:45 pm

    I LOVE this house ! I’ve always said I’d never want a loft since I’m disabled now and don’t know that I’ll be able to climb stairs much longer, but this looks great even with the loft. It looks SO much bigger than what it actually is ! What a great little home. We share the same dream, a small place to call my own and that won’t cost much to live in. Great vision, I applaud you ! This is in the top 5 of my all time favorites of tiny homes !

  • Stacey
    July 15, 2015, 6:51 pm

    You did a wonderful job on this space! The layout is great – it feels homey and never would believe it was 192 sq ft.

  • Joan
    July 15, 2015, 6:52 pm

    Just love it! Love the way you did the stairs and the porch is a good touch.. Thanks for sharing not only the pictures but your story as well. Exactly what my future plans are at almost 63. Luckily, I can do most of the work myself, at least so far (knock on wood)!

    Last summer my partner and I did basically what you did for a friend’s veteran daughter. We were restricted from a lot of creativity, but it turned out nice. I need to find my pictures and submit them to Alex also. It was meant to be more rustic and cabinish. That was the guidelines and restrictions placed on us by the friend that paying the bills. i would really have loved to have done things a lot differently that we did. But the daughter is living quite comfortably there now.

  • ~ Lesa
    July 15, 2015, 7:14 pm

    This is so commendable and you fill everyone with inspiration through your pride of accomplishment. We are all proud of
    what you have done and shared the experience through your words. Thank you

  • Janie
    July 15, 2015, 8:44 pm

    I echo the sentiments of most of the comments on here………the house is wonderful. The attitude is terrific. The sense of humor about the realities of growing older was refreshing and hopeful. I wish you and your adorable dog the best of everything. Kudos

  • Rose
    July 15, 2015, 9:03 pm

    I think this is absolutely beautiful! It could be my dream home.

  • Jane
    July 15, 2015, 9:06 pm

    Wonderful idea and rehab! Does the dog come with it??

  • Diane Bell
    July 15, 2015, 9:06 pm

    Oh my gosh I have been dreaming of this kind of home thanks for sharing

  • Joseph Pagillo
    July 15, 2015, 9:15 pm

    I am also converting a small shed. Although it’s larger, 14×26, there is no room for a loft. I like the way you finished yours, always looking for ideas. Also on tight budget, so using as much reclaimed items including wood as I can.

  • Ann
    July 15, 2015, 9:25 pm

    I had looked into getting a barn like that and this is a LOT like what I would have wanted to do as well. For me, it’s a toss up between that and a tiny house on wheels. I think you could put one of these on wheels, too.
    It’s so story-book like, I really like it and the porch.

  • Valerie
    July 15, 2015, 10:07 pm

    Oh this is a lovely home. I would want it all the same too. Just perfect for someone who enjoys nature, cozy and fit for one with a sweet pet.

  • Ana
    July 15, 2015, 10:48 pm

    That;s the way to go small and easy , just like I had in Europe simple Life

  • JC
    July 15, 2015, 11:27 pm

    I love this little barn house. What a great idea and so nicely done. Such an inspiration for me for the future. Thanks Stacy!!

  • Liz L
    July 15, 2015, 11:30 pm

    Wonderful, wonderful! I absolutely love this. So cozy and inviting. Would love to have one just like it. Have been thinking about doing something similar in the future. So many great ideas. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. Great garden too!

  • Jaix Brooks
    July 15, 2015, 11:58 pm

    I flat out LOVE this place! Charming! Comfortable! Imaginative! I can not say enough about this place, it is so well done.
    I hope you are proud…you should be!

  • annette sanders
    July 16, 2015, 12:08 am

    I love it!!❤❤❤ perfect!

  • Nita
    July 16, 2015, 12:15 am

    This is on my Top 10 Tiny Homes list. Beautifully done, Stacy!

  • Crystal
    July 16, 2015, 12:31 am

    I plan on doing this, same style barn but just a bit bigger. Hoping to start in a couple of months and what I’m most concerned about starting out is the plumbing. I’ve been told that I need to get it up off the ground in order to hook up the plumbing but I noticed that this one isn’t off the ground so how was the plumbing set up here? It would save me a little bit of money if I could do it that way. I’m living of of one 650 per month already and a single mom with no child support so I know it’s going to take me a lot longer to get it ready to live in. I’m a little nervous but I know with my income it’s the best option for me. Luckily my parents have a spot for me on their property where a mobile home used to sit so the well and electric hok up is already there. Anyway, if someone could answer about the plumbing please email @ [email protected]. I would greatly appreciate it.

  • Sarah
    July 16, 2015, 12:33 am

    I just love your cozy home and your sage wisdom. It’s exactly what I want. I admire that you are planning ahead but still very active. I got toward the end, saw your picture and you look like my Mom! She was my best friend and passed 5 years ago. Thank you so much for the day brightener! I swear if you lived closer I’d make you join our craft club LOL.

  • Laurentia
    July 16, 2015, 12:34 am

    What a wonderful tiny cottage! I really love the practicality of it adorned with a touch of whimsy. I’d want to spend all my time in it, too!

  • M
    July 16, 2015, 1:12 am

    A girlfriend and I saw these sheds about six years ago and said “we could make houses out of these!” …that was looooong before I ever heard TH. I still had kids in the pic back then as did she but we’ve both been working towards this for some time now. I’ve got linens very similar to hers and even the same green bookshelf to go over my same little ‘fireplace’. However, different layout etc. But was fun to see a similar “dream” come to fruition as I continue to plan, pare, and prepare.

  • Joanne
    July 16, 2015, 1:33 am

    Sweet home, best done of any I have seen ~ as appears comfy and I love it. Thanks for sharing : )

  • Pam
    July 16, 2015, 1:55 am

    Wow Stacy, good on you, love it! You go girl, head for retirement!

    July 16, 2015, 2:18 am

    My favorite post ever…maybe cause your story sounded so much like mine..and I saw someone else who said the same…how many of us older women with 600.00 dollar social sec checks are trying to figure out how to live when we can no longer work….I bought a travel trailer for my escape plan too…but now Im rethinking that with Rv sites so expensive..no longer an option..and state parks you can only park a few weeks I think..and still not cheap . Anyway they are not the answer for when things get rough ..your idea is simply the best ive heard. And may I say ..you tell the story very lovely and true..with laughter and a little tears too…thank you so much..I enjoyed it emensley….Susie

  • Susanne
    July 16, 2015, 2:21 am

    It’s adorable ! I hope you could rent out the main house NOW and combine that maybe with your social security and retire? 🙂

  • KBee
    July 16, 2015, 3:40 am

    Thank you so much for focusing on what I consider a major market, us older folks. Designs do need one level sleeping and lets not forget the advantages of less housework! For me I also need the full size frig and would use the loft for my art supplies/storage.

  • Holly Morrison
    July 16, 2015, 3:45 am

    This is absolutely beautiful! It’s a perfect “She Shed!” I love it—the design, the decor and the overall welcoming feeling …

  • Dean
    July 16, 2015, 4:29 am

    Lovely home. Thanks to both Stacy and Alex for bringing this one to our attention.
    Reminds me of the 16×12 barn shed I saw at the local Home Depot that really got me interested in the whole Tiny Home movement.
    Better Bilt Barns are good people with vision. Glad Stacy was able to utilize their talents.

  • PaulaKate
    July 16, 2015, 5:52 am

    absolutely adorable..

  • Tabitha
    July 16, 2015, 5:54 am

    i loved the space utilization and creativity.its my dream house.

  • Mary J
    July 16, 2015, 5:56 am

    definitely Home sweet Home

  • Carole
    July 16, 2015, 6:40 am

    Absolutely super! I totally relate to this barn and the reasons of the owner for building it. Enjoy milady.

  • Suzi
    July 16, 2015, 7:46 am

    What a great ideas and a beautiful little home. Felt like I was reading my thoughts on why you chose to do this. Particularly love the stairs as I am nearly 69 and the thought of ladders is daunting.
    It’s beautiful. I wish you health and happiness in your little home when you retire.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • Lindsey Lu
    July 16, 2015, 9:54 am

    Love the story and her planning for her eventually and inevitable demise. Great message and smart gal!

  • Deborah Cobern
    July 16, 2015, 9:55 am

    Wonderful! Love what she did with this shed. We are doing the same thing but on a larger scale because there is the two of us and two dogs and two cats.

    My hat is off to this dear lady!

  • Darlene
    July 16, 2015, 9:58 am

    I love this lady. I believe she must be my long lost twin sister. I admire what she has done. Would love to do the same thing for the same reasons……..

  • Roberta
    July 16, 2015, 9:59 am

    What a wonderful space. I might just do the same thing on my mother’s property. It would be nice to have a private space closer to her when she needs assistance. Thank you for sharing your tiny home with us.

  • Juanita
    July 16, 2015, 10:21 am

    Of all the Tiny Houses I’ve seen this is one of my very favorites!

  • Barb B
    July 16, 2015, 10:45 am

    What a lovely little house and set up! I just turned 70 and have been eyeing these little barns for some time. I thought if worse came to worse, two could be secured together with doorways connecting. However, I was pretty sure I could survive in the space of one! Add insulation, wiring, plumbing, a staircase and YES!, skylights and French doors and you’ve got a tiny palace! Congrats and kudos to a kindred spirit!

    • Karen Thomason
      July 25, 2015, 1:31 pm

      The staircase comes with it.

  • Gordon D.
    July 16, 2015, 12:49 pm

    I can’t find the word to surpass any comments placed here about the little barn,With the dog also. 😉 Love it.

  • Carole D.
    July 16, 2015, 1:30 pm

    Stacey, you are such a smart woman!!!

  • toni
    July 16, 2015, 3:22 pm

    love her!!!

  • Stacey
    July 16, 2015, 4:06 pm

    I have faithfully been reading about tiny houses on this site for a year, but this is the first time I felt compelled to respond. This is a wonderful story in itself! First of all, I am in love with the stairs. I feel realistically you could climb stairs but not a ladder into your 80s. And the use of the stairway space is amazing. The landing at the bottom essentially doesn’t take up any space by combining it with furniture. The covered deck is a must. So beautiful. It makes the home feel so much larger. Lastly, I don’t like the open floor plan of most tiny homes. Personally, I like a bit of separation from the kitchen, which can be noisy while cooking and cluttered if you don’t get to the dishes right away. Even if there’s no actual door here, it is its own separate room. Also, bathrooms are almost always right off the kitchen. I prefer the location of this bathroom.

    I am in my early 50 and just recently decided to downsize. I want to live in a tiny home so bad, but have a husband who wishes our 1000sf home was larger. So unless/until I get rid of him, I’m stuck here. However, if I’m ever on my own, something very similar to this will be in my future. Thank you!

    • Alex
      July 16, 2015, 4:37 pm

      Thanks for sharing Stacey!

  • Barb B
    July 16, 2015, 7:55 pm

    Stacy: Forgot to tell you before how much I love the staircase (and platform with storage chest) and that wonderful covered deck! If a person were so inclined, they could make a screened-in porch either beside the deck or enclose the deck itself. That way my critters could be outside in a safe manner. Oh, and a little chicken coop beside the garden would be lovely….I’m really getting carried away…hmmmmm—I’m really happy for you, Stacy!

  • Brian
    July 17, 2015, 3:11 am

    I must say I love your home and also your sentiments.
    Thanks so much for sharing and cheers from Australia

  • vicki
    July 17, 2015, 12:06 pm

    This is perfect. What else can be said?

  • Janice S.
    July 17, 2015, 3:30 pm

    This is the same barn that my daughter and I have looked at and thought we would also like to make into our matching ‘tiny homes’ in the next 5 years or so when her hubby is finally retired from the military and putting down permanent roots.

  • Jan
    July 17, 2015, 8:09 pm

    I love your little house. Do you have room for clothing?

    • stacy thompson
      July 19, 2015, 12:34 am

      Hi Jan. Thanks, I love it too….and good question about clothing. It isn’t set up for someone who needs a huge amount of closet space. I’m planning on using the chest of drawers for most of my everyday clothes (jeans, tops, etc) and I’ll use storage bins under the couch/bed for linens, jackets, etc. When I get an enclosed area next to the deck built for a stackable washer/dryer, I’ll make sure there’s a little extra room to hang things as well. There are also some hooks behind the rocker under the stairs, and in the bathroom. I’m not using much more space than that for clothes right now. Less is better 🙂

  • j rose
    July 17, 2015, 9:49 pm

    I’m 63 and I get it. Im Just about to build my last house, having just sold the last last farm. My heroes for many years have been Helen and Scott nearing, who lived to ripe old age in maine. The TH on this site really show the possibilities; now we need the regulatory supervision to be on board tho So many elements tend to not meet code. As a builder, these things like safe egress, and non combustibles by the stove, worry me. Please be safe out there! I’m about to do a 400 Sq ft with loft. It will have lots of good insulation so I’ll be warm at the end, hopefully many years from now.

  • cheryl
    July 18, 2015, 9:42 am

    Love this and feel the same way about only needing the essentials.

  • Helen
    July 18, 2015, 3:01 pm

    Wow! It’s quite wonderful. I especially love the skylights and the deck.
    All that outside space!
    I only wish you had included, for those of us who simply cannot visualize, a floorplan.

    • Norinda
      April 12, 2016, 2:09 pm

      Yes…a floor plan would be nice…but as many before me have said…your barn/home is absolutely beautiful…warm and inviting…I have 3 cats that would love this home with an enclosed area for them

  • Rhonda
    July 18, 2015, 5:16 pm

    I love your home its shabby chic it’s wonderful I need something like that all I have is a bedroom and bathroom I did take notes I’m so inspired

  • Antoinette Johnson
    July 18, 2015, 8:40 pm

    This is fabulous! Thanks THT for sharing Stacey’s tiny home story. I on1y have one request:

    Video Tour, please!!!!

    Tiny House Talk, can you arrange that for us, PLEASE!!!
    Photos are nice, but I’d love to see video footage.

    Thank you 🙂

    • Yvonne Patton
      February 28, 2021, 12:04 pm

      I’m just seeing this for the first time – I have a barn right outside just like this one! Except, instead of a garden – I want to add an above ground pool.
      A Video Tour would be so, so awesome!!!!

  • Kristen
    July 18, 2015, 11:17 pm

    Stacey – I just love your house!! It is so welcoming, and so peaceful looking!! Two years ago I downsized to a 400 square foor studio apartment with a deck in an apartment complex in the woods. I have never been happier, especially once I rescued my own Australian Shepherd!! Your Aussie is so beautiful, too! I simplified my life by finding a job close to home, I have been diagnosed with and have beaten ovarian cancer, and I believe living a simpler, more peaceful life made it possible. Life is good when it is simple and peaceful!!

  • Karen R
    July 20, 2015, 1:31 pm

    Such a lovely nest for a lovely lady.

  • Glema
    July 22, 2015, 5:12 am

    Thank you so much for sharing with us Stacey and Alex your work is also appreciated. 🙂 Rhonda if you only have a small space to work with you might consider the Avanti CK301SHP for a quick tiny kitchenette, also for anyone one might make a “pvc pipe style clothes rack” for your consideration. I’ve done a lot and will continue to do a lot of researching for all aspects of TH living. I think a small place with a deck and chickens will be a great idea for when I’m done moving around in my THOW I plan to get in my future and use up til it’s time to stop moving. The Small Place will be nice to move into and I love this barn style for both roofs. 🙂 God bless you all and Happy Trails!

  • Betty Koci
    July 22, 2015, 8:30 pm

    So beautiful. I can feel your heart for this home. Maybe because I’m 74 and experiencing many of the same things you are at this stage of the game. Beautiful…….

  • Caryl
    August 4, 2015, 8:43 pm

    I have to many questions I would like to ask Stacy. Is there a way to communicate contact her directly?

    I LOVED this article and have dreamt of having a tiny home sonce before there were such things! But I have many, many questions…and don’t know where to begin.

  • Cynthia McGinnis
    August 5, 2015, 11:50 am

    I love everything about your cozy home! Perfect layout, and using the space to the fullest. Love your covered deck and beautiful garden. What an adorable doggie too 🙂 Here’s to many healthy & happy years in your beautiful tiny home!

  • Hope Kraft
    August 6, 2015, 8:47 pm

    Stacy you have done a great job in taking a space and created heaven for yourself. I am also in the process of down sizing and looking at a barn shed thru Lowe’s. Iam so happy to hear that you are very satisfied with the built. May you have a long and happy life in your new home.

  • Cindy
    August 16, 2015, 2:37 pm

    Stacy! How awesome!!
    My mom is 85 next week, and is moving into a senior apartment. I would love to do this for her on our property. She would be close by, but have her own space. Wonderful job!!
    Thanks for the tour!

  • Josephine Colon
    August 17, 2015, 6:54 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I, 61 and disabled, believe you have been the answer to my prayers. Was wondering if it can be insulated enough against colder weather. Forgive my ignorance in these matters.

    I love your attitude. I don’t have land, but I’ve seen lots online that are reasonable. I was hoping to move to Maryland or Virginia, but I’d move a little farther to be happy and worry-free. (At least about money)

    Beautiful, beautiful home…God bless…

  • M.J.
    September 14, 2015, 7:44 am

    love this lady and her beautiful tiny home!

  • Nabeela
    October 8, 2015, 12:52 pm

    A perfect house…how artistic you are …your aesthetic sense is amazing.

  • Judy
    October 12, 2015, 5:50 pm

    Be still my heart……this is exactly what I have been planning. I hope to get started in the spring. Looking forward to spending this winter dreaming and planning.?

  • Janet Deen
    October 18, 2015, 7:51 pm

    Love it, Stacy! Did you insulate the walls or ceiling?

  • Lisa Jo
    October 26, 2015, 1:18 pm

    This is the best story of a little house I have ever heard…the house is practical and very beautiful. I love how it has nice stairs to the loft, so many little homes don’t have good steps.
    But the greatest is the owners attitude and preparedness for Her future and what real life is and needs.
    Bravo to her!

  • Shalla
    October 27, 2015, 8:13 pm

    Love your house.. Did you have to get permits for the barn, plumbing, electric etc?

  • Gail
    October 28, 2015, 12:29 pm

    I love this tiny home and your story! It would be nice to make the bottom steps of the stairs into drawers for extra storage! I would love to see these built in small subdivision for senior citizens or for the homeless!

  • Christine
    December 13, 2015, 9:58 pm

    Love your tiny house looks so welcoming ?

  • Phyllis
    January 8, 2016, 9:51 am

    I love your little home. You have decorated it so that it has such a “homey” look to it!!!!

  • sarah
    January 9, 2016, 10:42 am

    Lovely house and advice!

  • Annie Mocha
    January 15, 2016, 11:36 am

    This house is exactly what I wanted to create for me at this same point in life – God willing! I would love to know what part of the country Stacy lives in. I think she is amazing and has great heart. Love the beautiful photos!

  • Gabrielle Charest
    January 15, 2016, 9:42 pm

    Stacy, you have created a masterpiece! I love your mix of fabrics, the creative use of space, the personal touches that make a home. At 73, I feel myself slowing down and not wanting to deal with rising rents and other costs that remind me too often that my income is fixed.
    Lucky for me, a family member lives nearby and has offered me a bedroom in their spacious home. However, I still need a personal space, all my own, where I can hang out and pursue hobbies and do some writing. My plan has been to purchase a shed (a bit smaller than yours) and have it insulated and finished as one room, a Grammy Pod. I will not need a kitchen or bathroom since the shed will be near the home. Can’t wait!

  • tegmapat
    February 15, 2016, 7:17 pm

    I am 74 and would like to build something similar, just a little bit bigger. However, I do not have a place to put a small home. Where I live, I would have to have a full acre to put it on, and even then, tiny homes are not allowed. I envy you for having this. I have worked hard all my life and would now like to down size to something like this, yet, the township will not allow it. I can’t convert a travel trailer, either. So, what does one do? We sound so much alike in the way we think. I just can’t do what I want in my area even tho’ I have enough money to do it up nicely with the sale of my present home. It seems so unfair to have such ridged rules. You have a cute place there! Enjoy it with your pretty little dog! (Just wondered how high the ceiling is up in the loft?)

  • Laura
    February 20, 2016, 4:54 pm

    I just wondered what is all included in the bathroom? And I just love the barnhouse, it is so adorable. I would live there in a heartbeat, guess i better start downsizing.

  • Steve Kuron
    April 11, 2016, 2:56 pm

    Thank you so much for allowing us into your home.I am 45yrs.old and watching my children turn into young adults before my eyes.I hope i have the forethought and serenity that you have.It will seam like tomarrow that I will be in your shoes.

  • Emily
    April 12, 2016, 10:51 am

    Stacy, I love your house and I share your approach to aging (I’m 67). Thanks so much for posting the pictures of your beautiful house and for your inspirational text.

  • Gabriella
    April 12, 2016, 4:27 pm

    It is a dream to live, scent of flowers, colors floral, taste fantasies in the set: woven, wood, lights and shapes ingredients that give intimate quietness.

  • Vicki
    April 12, 2016, 4:36 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing. I have a floorplan drawn up for a larger version of a barn shed but had not seen the inside of one that had actually been done. This takes away all my worries. I am 68 and in the process of finding land (the hard part) and this is great inspiration.

  • Marta Cross
    April 12, 2016, 4:41 pm

    I own a small piece of land in Tulsa, OK. I would love to build “tiny houses” on it for a senior citizen neighborhood where they could buy or rent their home, already have a place to park it, and great neighbors to grow older with! Like I say, I own the land – does anyone know where a 62 year old lady could get a loan to build the houses or maybe a grant for senior citizen living? We could also have a community garden and possibly a building where everyone could get together for pot luck dinners, bingo, etc, and each could go home to their own space right there together! If anyone would be interested in working with me on this or sharing ideas, or just directing me to someone that could help with loans or grants, I would be so grateful. Thank you so much! Marta

    • skip antell
      April 16, 2016, 2:27 pm

      Have had that dream for many years but have no courage to take a chance…but I do have the plans–loaned my savings to my relatives -big mistake- could have one built for that amount–but I think they figure I’ll die soon and they won’t have to pay back what they promised me …guess what–I’m relatively healthy and still have my mind so I can still work, so I’m going to do it somehow…thanks for the inspiration…

    • cc
      September 27, 2018, 4:09 am

      please contact me.

    • Lynn
      April 8, 2019, 12:53 am

      Hi Marta,
      I’ve had the same dream as you — creating a place on our property where seniors could live in tiny homes. My husband thinks I’m crazy but I’m sure it can be done, despite our prohibitive local regulations. There are a surprising number of individuals, businesses and organizations who offer grants for all sorts of projects. You might try googling “grants for senior housing” or similar search terms and see what comes up. Some may offer grants to only non-profit groups but others might not require you to have a non profit status. Your best bets for getting funding will be from sources in your own community so start there. In my area, banks and utility companies seem to underwrite quite a few projects through foundations they’ve set up to better the community. Your proposal needs to line up with and support the foundations’ stated objectives, and you’ll need a well thought out plan to present to them to be considered. You can research sources for grant money using the internet, where you’ll also find lots of advice on “how to write a grant proposal.” Best of luck, and if you need more info feel free to email me.

  • kristina nadreau
    April 12, 2016, 5:09 pm

    excellent planning.

  • Sam
    April 12, 2016, 9:14 pm

    Love your tiny home! Beautifully completed. What is the name of the paint ? color you chose for the outside? I absolutely love it and would like to paint something that color!
    It looks greenish blue but hard to tell online. Many Years of Happiness to you and your dog.

  • SaturdaySportsman
    April 12, 2016, 11:15 pm

    That’s the very definition of “cozy”. Love it!

  • Kathy
    April 13, 2016, 3:31 pm

    Luv your cozy home and your furry friend…

  • Robyn
    April 14, 2016, 9:14 pm

    Wow, well done! It looks so comfortable and cozy. I especially like the reading nook under the stairs and the patio. Lots of places to sit, lounge, dream, pet the dog and peacefully be.

  • Nancy a
    June 20, 2016, 3:18 pm

    This is so perfect I can hardly stand it !! Have looked at so many tiny homes over the last few years. This one is so homey and perfect, I need to run out and get started. The owner could certainly go into business teaching others. Don’t think I could have this on my property and not live there. Makes me think of forest fairies and fresh cookies and lovely textiles. My spinning wheel is calling me now, seriously. Gotta go!

  • June 25, 2016, 3:34 pm

    Romantic Dollhouse. Always Pleasant

  • patty
    June 27, 2016, 1:08 am

    Love all the windows and skylight. Makes it look so big. L8ve this little house and back deck

  • Norinda
    June 29, 2016, 3:14 pm

    Happy belated birthday…haven’t seen another post from you..hope you are well and enjoying your she/shed…I absolutely love it…planning in the future to get one built 12×20 since I won’t have a loft…on my daughter’s property…either her’s or her boyfriend he’s got 5 acres I can get lost in…lol…take care…would love to hear from you…Norinda

  • Norinda
    July 26, 2016, 3:53 pm

    Hi Alex…I was wondering…could you forward my email to Ms Stacy Thompson so that I can tell her how much I love her shed/home…I plan on getting one just like it..just wanted to know how she layed out the bathroom and kitchen and just how big is her loft…I wan’t going to do a loft because I have bad knees but I see how roomy it is up there…next year 2017 is it and I’m looking forward to getting my Shed built with her specs…just love, love, love her place…thanks in advance…Norinda

  • Carole Ruyts
    August 12, 2016, 11:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing so much of your life and future Staci. It made me think of “nesting” and isn’t that what we want to do at a certain time in life? Now it’s just for us though and that makes it really special! You’re an inspiration! ?

  • Linly
    August 25, 2016, 2:20 pm

    I have a barn shed next to my house I’m excited about someday having as nice a retreat on my land also. I need to have a proper door put on and Windows, stairs and walls…then the wiring and plumbing. I even hand a Window ac unit for the summers out here in az. I love the front deck you put in and the sky lights. Well done, I’m 57 maybe I’ll get mine done by the time I’m 65. Looking forward to letting family visit and I could let them use the main house and then my patterns wouldn’t be an imposition. They also won’t feel like they are living as a guest more like a family visiting next door. Love love love this.

  • Anne
    November 25, 2016, 8:26 am

    Love this home .I would really like to see the kitchen and bath layout . I’m looking at putting one in the back yard . thank you for sharing

  • Claude
    December 18, 2016, 11:36 am

    Well built, I am happy for you and the best of luck in the future.

  • Marcy
    December 18, 2016, 11:39 am

    Stacy, Your place is charming and you will be so lucky to grow old there. A thought – maybe you should move into the little house now and start renting out the main house. That would give you a chance to save a building maintenance fund for when you’re not working and making money.

  • Carolyn Vick
    December 18, 2016, 7:30 pm

    Great story, home and doggie.

  • Susanne
    December 18, 2016, 8:47 pm

    Perfect! Though I am also wondering (maybe she is by now) why not in it full time , would save money.
    Reasonable price too!

  • Cherie
    December 19, 2016, 9:16 am

    This is just so beautiful! Exactly what I dream of having one day. Thanks for sharing.

    December 19, 2016, 9:48 am

    Charming for sure ….!

  • Randy
    December 27, 2016, 2:50 pm

    Really nice little “nest”! Great job!

  • Rachel
    December 28, 2016, 11:43 am

    It’s cute but if she is afraid of not being able to afford her mortgage why would she build the back up house on the same land??? She should have sold her house and land and used the money to get a new property paid in full and then built the shed on that. Now she risks losing the shed and the main house. So she’s paid for the shed now but also continuing to make mortgage payments. Seems not the best financial way to do this.

    • Michele in CA
      January 4, 2017, 1:57 pm

      She said she would rent the main house.

  • Michele in CA
    January 4, 2017, 1:56 pm

    I could immediately imagine myself living here. So cozy and homey. The only thing I would do would be to add a second shed for an art studio. Then I’d be all set.

  • karen
    January 6, 2017, 3:03 am

    I hope these messages get to Stacy because she needs to know how much her sharing means to a lot of people. Anyway, Stacy if you are reading this I absolutely love your tiny place. I am 62 yrs old and became very ill at 50yrs old. It has been a tough bunch of years because I had always supported myself and worked very hard for 40 plus years. I had my own condo and relocated to Florida for my health. Once I became ill I lost everything…my savings, 401k and my condo due to medical bills. all gone in the blink of an eye ! Of course, being on social security disability, things are tough because I also help my sister and her autistic grandson (he is the light of my life). I would truly love to live in a place just like yours ! You have a similar decorating taste to mine, I love your quilts, shower curtain and regular curtains etc. it is so me !!!! I wiish I had my life long friends from up north to come and build something like this for me, I would be in heaven ! well, enough of my story…thanks so much for the photos and your story and I was happy to get a glimpse of your face to see the person who will live happily in her new home, someday. take good care of yourself, karen

  • Jackie
    March 12, 2017, 11:13 pm

    Hi Stacy. I just found your home and it took my breath away! I have drawn pictures of tiny houses for more years then I can remember but was never able to put it all together until I saw your house. Amazing! I hope you are enjoying it everyday!
    I just turned 67 and have been downsizing for many years. Life has taken a new direction for me and your story has been put in my path not by accident but as a blessing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  • June
    July 29, 2017, 8:48 am

    What a delightful inspiration! Well thought out, practical and warm tiny house.

  • Tara
    August 2, 2017, 7:07 pm

    Simply love it!!
    So very homey and quaint, beautiful woodwork touches too!!
    Is there anyway to get pics of the kitchen and bath, I’d like to
    see how you’ve laid out those spaces?
    Thank you for sharing your tiny home, it’s on my retirement
    bucket-list (one day).

  • Christine
    September 28, 2017, 12:11 pm

    Hi… Love your space! What is the height in the loft?

  • Ruth Ruddock
    October 27, 2017, 10:41 am

    I just love seeing this tiny house…and I will share this with friends and family. I agree with Karen, in that your tastes are so similar to mine, right down to the fabrics and the beautiful dog! I would love to know what breed the dog is, please. Thank you so much for sharing your little home.

  • Joe
    April 10, 2018, 11:42 am

    What a charming home and an inspiring story!

  • Lindi Turnipseed
    April 10, 2018, 1:18 pm

    Would you share the floor plan! It is brilliant!!! I too love the stairs as ladders at my age are out of the question.

  • Carolyn Vick
    April 10, 2018, 5:37 pm

    I can certainly see why you are looking forward to living in this inviting little home. Perfect for you and your beautiful doggie.

  • Jenna
    June 12, 2018, 4:51 am

    I see a lot of tiny houses but this one is the cutest and most well thought out. I compare them all to this one. I even shared the link on Youtube with a barn-shed company that just didn’t have it right. Stacy, I hope all is going well for you. Take care!

  • Karen Blackburn
    November 10, 2018, 7:17 am

    Beautiful home, similar to what I am hoping to do and about the same size though I was thinking of 12’x17′ as this is a size I can live and work in. It is the $600 soc sec cheques that puzzle me slightly. I am assuming these are your old age pension but is it really only $600 a month. I get $400 a week (disability but the amount will stay the same when it becomes my pension in about 10 years) which allows me to support my daughter as well and put her through college, pay rent, run (tax, insure,maintain) a car so she can start up her own business from home. I can’t imagine trying to do that on $600pm so I can see why you are planning ahead.

  • Rene' N.
    April 6, 2019, 12:24 am

    You have created a beautiful, cozy, and warm little home. I love, love, love all of the country charm that you have incorporated into the decorating. It is so inviting and welcoming… can you tell? I love this tiny home and it’s truly my idea of what a “golden years” home should be. Thank you for sharing and all the best to you and your pupper.

  • Diane
    April 6, 2019, 9:07 am

    I want to live there! It is perfect! This is the best tiny home I’ve looked at. I want it!

  • Sherry McLaughlin
    April 6, 2019, 11:12 am

    Just a really beautiful place to live, love all the floral and gingham fabrics in use that make it feel like a real home. You did a fabulous job on this shed and I so wish I could of thought of this earlier in life for me. I love the furbaby also as I have one of those with me at all times. You go girl, wonderful ideas put into action.

  • Marian Toews
    April 6, 2019, 1:16 pm

    I LOVE your house!!!! This is just the way I envision my own future Tiny House looking like. The only thing I can’t figure out from the pictures is exactly how the staircase works. I want a staircase just like this one, so I wish I could see how it attaches to the loft, etc. Super great job!

  • Linda
    November 13, 2019, 1:49 pm

    I love it . I’m nearly 70. I have land . And I plan on doing this real soon . Thank you for posting this lovely idea. Linda J.

  • Yvonne
    November 13, 2019, 3:31 pm

    So glad to see your home. I have a 12×20 shed that I am working on to finish inside. I love the outdoor rooms best. They add to the overall feeling.

  • Nancy Grigsby
    November 13, 2019, 4:02 pm

    Stole my heart!

  • Dolly
    November 13, 2019, 5:14 pm

    Wonderful article. Thanks Stacy for an encouraging and uplifting story. I’m at a crossroads and need to make some similar decisions and your story gives me inspiration.

  • Patricia
    November 13, 2019, 7:27 pm

    We women are so practical. Great job on your place Stacy. 60 this month and doing the same thing have a 640 square-foot she shed shotgun style on my property in the same situation as you getting prepared less is more it frees up your lifestyle I’ve been here a year and I’m loving it. And it will all be payed off in less than a year.

  • Diane W Gray.....Designer
    November 14, 2019, 2:21 pm

    I love your sweet house.

  • Michael L
    November 14, 2019, 3:45 pm

    I’m sure I’ve commented on this home before but can’t help myself from doing it again. This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL, and so we’ll thought out! Congrats!!

    About 5 yrs ago I downsized to a rental cottage that’s 326 sq ft… A converted single car garage. Its taken a lot to get used to but… I love living tiny. Now I’d like to find land that I could do a shed/mini barn conversion on like this. My problem, like every other tiny house enthusiast, is to find land that the zoning would allow for this.

    I’ve even thought about finding land that allows mobile homes on, set up a used mobile home on it and live in it while I do one of these conversions as an ADU! Then rent the mobile home out.

    Thank you again for sharing your beautiful retirement home. Many blessings going your way!

    November 14, 2019, 6:10 pm

    Loved this darling little home. It’s so comfortable looking and homey! Be proud of what you’ve accomplished, and I hope you enjoy it for a long, long time!

  • Marcy
    December 14, 2019, 3:18 pm

    I’m pleased every time this house shows up. It charms and delights me (and fills me with just a little envy). I hope things are working out as planned.

  • Leoni Watts
    December 14, 2019, 9:20 pm

    I was truly inspired by Stacey’s place. We have very simular tastes and I really thought her answers
    were answers I related too. I wish her and her beautiful dog all the luck in the world! Best story yet!

  • janet Pierce
    December 14, 2019, 9:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing your new home and experience. My son, dtr in law and I are meeting with the contractor tomorrow to discuss starting on my own ‘granny flat’, ‘tiny house’, ‘studio apartment’….whatever we choose to call it. These past few months, (while the kids have worked out all the zoning and building expenses), I’ve been playing around with graft paper sketching out plans while looking at my present ‘small’ apartment of around 800 sq feet…and which is looking enormous to me these days. I’ve done major downsizing four times since divorcing my son’s father. At 74 and still happily single, I am so ready to do it again. Much of what you mentioned are also issues for my planned 350 sq. foot adobe. Mine will be next door to the kids but they don’t live far from me and I’ll have a quieter neighborhood and lower rent and utilities. My kids are financing it…it’s on their property and they can rent it or use it for guests if I’m not there. I moved to their small town over 5 yrs ago and we’ve talked this over after them not finding an affordable home with a mtr in law apt.. Retiring on plan ‘C’ has me living comfortably in a small budget in this small Southern town but we all like this plan better…it gives them another ‘adult’ on the property as my granddaughters head into their teen years plus I’ll have full access to their rather large fenced yard…I’m already looking forward to some gardening and bird feeders.
    I’ll make sure and take pictures and pass along my story to encourage others as you have Stacey. Thank you.

    • Alex
      December 16, 2019, 10:02 am

      Hello Janet, thanks for sharing. Very much looking forward to hearing about your new 350-sq.-ft., sounds like a great plan!

  • Carrie McCormick
    December 14, 2019, 11:20 pm

    Love it! And that Karen is thinking ahead. I am very happy for her. Most people think as we age we automatically have to go to a nursing home, that’s not true! We are just as sharp and earned the right to live out the rest of our years gracefully! She has a home, not some uncomfortable place she’s expected to endure after spending her life
    working and now it’s time to just enjoy her time! Many blessings to her!

  • Keeliey
    December 14, 2019, 11:23 pm

    Sweet Dog!

  • Carrie McCormick
    December 14, 2019, 11:27 pm

    Love it! And that Stacyis thinking ahead. I am very happy for her. Most people think as we age we automatically have to go to a nursing home, that’s not true! We are just as sharp and earned the right to live out the rest of our years gracefully! She has a home, not some uncomfortable place she’s expected to endure after spending her life
    working and now it’s time to just enjoy her time! Many blessings to her!

  • Sandra
    April 24, 2020, 9:36 pm

    I cannot tell you how much I adore your home and to me it is but a dream I have some obligations that will not allow me this kind of retirement but
    am so glad to see you will
    It seems you have a great many
    caring friends to share it with
    Get at it as soon as possible
    Your life can change in an instant. Embrace it asap🌿

  • Nancy
    June 24, 2020, 10:54 am

    Love at first sight! I just came across the article now and I noticed that it is 5 years old. Stacy must have turned 78 this month. I hope she is in good health and enjoying her cozy home.

  • Mary torres
    July 29, 2020, 6:41 pm

    This is perfect! I am 80 and have a 16×8 shed I would like to turn into a guest house since I don’t have room at my house
    For guests. Stacy is an awesome, strong woman with a lot of good ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 30, 2020, 9:16 am

      Oh that’s such a great idea, Mary!

  • Jenni
    August 13, 2020, 8:35 pm

    My 18-year-old stepson is moderately autistic. We’re looking into converting a shed into a tiny house for him. Would love more information/advice.

  • Velisha K Rector
    November 1, 2020, 8:49 am

    I absolutely love your outlook. Your style is not mine, but the tiny home, and the part about setting yourself up for the future is right up my alley. I have bought a 12x24ft barn shed, and am wanting to do the very same thing. I love the thought of having a smaller footprint and embracing nature more…also, no bills (or debt free). I’m just having a hard time finding land I can afford, or that doesn’t come with restrictions. You’re so very blessed. I wish you all the best.

  • Lindi Turnipseed
    March 1, 2021, 9:15 am

    This has been one of my very most favorite tiny homes!!!!

  • Yvonne Patton
    March 1, 2021, 10:26 am

    Wow, I see this was dated 2015.
    Hope all is well with you! Any changes to the little house – did you put in a washer/dryer? Was a Video Tour ever made? Just LOVE, LOVE what you’ve done!!

  • Patty Bond
    July 15, 2021, 10:30 pm

    I love this tiny house story. I am 60 and single. I’m about to purchase a shed much like the one in this article and put it at my son and daughter-in-law’s house. I look forward to having it finished in the next five years.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 16, 2021, 11:08 am

      Best of luck to you, Patty! Sounds exciting.

  • Richard Stiles
    September 29, 2021, 10:02 am

    Please, please put a heat shield behind that wood stove.

    • James D.
      September 29, 2021, 2:00 pm

      It’s not an actual wood stove, it’s an electric space heater…

  • LJ Corley
    September 29, 2021, 2:15 pm

    Very nice Stacy, I’ve looked at those sheds with great interest and intent like you. Wonderful idea and execution. I am retired military with a blown-out body so I am sure not as fit as you but I see no barrier to something like this. Be strong and Live well, will be thinking of you.

  • Francine Rico
    October 1, 2021, 5:24 pm

    If a tiny house was a warm, soft, cozy blanket <3

  • Cindy
    October 10, 2021, 9:16 pm

    I just Love your tiny house she shed. It is very welcoming, cozy and comfortable. I love the deck and the garden and all of it. You did a wonderful job with it. I had thought of one of these storage barns to convert years ago but I just never did it. Wish I had now. Yours is just perfect.

  • Lori Davis
    November 19, 2021, 12:19 pm

    THIS is the charming tiny house I could love. Stacy, I’m so glad you followed through on a plan so right for you! What is the coldest temperature in your area? How insulated is it? Is the stand-alone iron stove your source of heat? Enjoy your nest and bright future. We could be friends.

  • Jean Briggs
    November 19, 2021, 10:21 pm

    I love, love, love this tiny home! (Although the title of the article is incorrect. It wasn’t finished for anything close to 7k.) I get so tired of everyone on home shows being crazy about white sofas, midcentury modern, and grays, grays, grays. I lived through midcentury modern 60 years ago; once was enough. Your home is colorful, warm and welcoming. I did wonder about insulation in the roof, but maybe I missed it.

  • Reggie Greenleaf
    November 20, 2021, 10:35 am

    I especially love the shelf area that she keeps her books, etc. and the little reading alcove that she has! It is a beautiful place! Great job all!

  • Riya Sen
    August 17, 2022, 5:08 am

    This is so cool! I love the idea of turning a barn into a tiny home.

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