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Woman Uses Tiny Home in her Backyard as Vacation Rental

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Not everyone that’s a tiny house enthusiast can always move into a tiny home.

But that hasn’t stopped some people from building them and using them for something else.

In this case, this woman is using a tiny home that used to be part of a house truck as a revamped vacation rental in her backyard.

So when it gets rented out she gets to earn some money on the side for minimal work.

Tiny Homes as Backyard Vacation Rentals?

I urge you to enjoy the rest of the tour of this backyard double lofted micro cottage below (and in the comments let us know what else you might use a tiny shelter for other than living in it yourself):

Interior: Living Room, Kitchen and Bathroom

Close Up of Kitchen

View from the Other Side (And One of the Lofts)

And if not then she has extra space for family, friends and guests that she might want to invite.

Plus she can always decide to move in her backyard tiny house and rent out her big house if she ever wanted to simplify drastically.

RELATED: Man Designs and Builds Genius Backyard Micro Guesthouse with Living Roof

This Tiny Structure Used to be Part of a House Truck

The home’s name is Cedric. And the structure actually used to be part of a house truck!

Now it has been converted into a lovely micro house with living room, kitchen, bathroom and plenty of loft space for sleeping.

RELATED: Man Converts Box Truck Into Amazing Self Sufficient Off Grid Mobile Cabin

Double Lofted Tiny House

In fact, it’s completely capable of sleeping an entire family. One loft for mom and dad and the other for the kids to share.

VIDEO: Tour the Cedric Tiny House and Interview with Owner

Something Wrong with Tiny House Rentals?

Some people get angry when tiny homes are used as vacation rentals to make money.

At first this really peeved me too. It made me mad though mostly because there’s just a general lack of tiny homes available in most areas.

Here’s What I Really Think

But the truth is that I think it’s great when anyone builds tiny because it exposes the idea to more people.

In other words, I think it’s a great start. And no, I don’t think tiny house rentals are wrong. I think they’re good. Because the more tiny houses, the better. And over time we’ll see more and more options for awesome and affordable tiny house living. I know it.

RELATED: Hobbit Hole Tiny Homes for Your Backyard?

If you’re interested in renting this micro home in New Zealand check out the listing on Rentaholic right here.

Read the original blog post over at LivingBiginaTinyHouse.com.

Watch the video directly on YouTube.

What else would you use tiny structures for besides to live in yourself?

Would you build a community if you had the resources?

Or maybe just an extra one on your property to rent out? Or to house a loved one?

We’d all love to hear your ideas and dreams in the comments below.

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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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  • Patricia Crawford
    April 15, 2014, 3:56 pm

    Why on earth would anyone care what someone else is doing with their tiny house? I have no understanding of that at all. It is their’s and what they do with it is their business. I see no down side AT all. The manufacturers make more money, the owners make money, what is the problem? People are going to go on vacations anyway, why not do it in a home that promotes the idea of living simply. This isn’t a religion, this isn’t a cult, to worry what others do is silly.

    • Alex
      April 15, 2014, 6:23 pm

      Totally agree Patricia, thank you

  • Linda
    April 15, 2014, 6:38 pm

    This tiny house looks great inside but from the outside it appears to have no insulation. In fact, it looks like just a think sheet of metal painted brown.

    • August 29, 2014, 8:53 pm

      Look at the windows, Linda. They’re flush with the wood siding covering the walls on the inside. They’re also flush with the metal on the outside (the skin of the truck it formerly was). The window sills are four inches wide. That’s plenty of room for insulation.

  • Cahow
    April 15, 2014, 8:04 pm

    Oh My Goodness! As charming and cute as can be! I can easily see my honey and I taking a holiday in this charmer.

    And as to folks getting into a snit over tiny house rentals….say what!? That’s just rubbish! WHAT is there to be upset over? Unless YOU are living directly behind someone who does this and the rental tiny homes bring in reprobates, druggies and ho’s, what’s the deal-e-o?

    Let’s face it: every single one of us does SOMETHING to irritate someone ELSE! Do you get up at the crack o’ dawn or sleep until noon? Do you drink coffee rather than tea? Like steak vs. veggies? For everything we do, you’re sure to piss someone off by doing it!

    My husband and I bought our tiny home in a resort community that has a normal population of under 100 in the Winter and swells to 1,000’s from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Are we upset by the increased crowds and traffic jams? Nope, because we know they’ll go away! And, lest we all are hypocrites, if YOU go on holiday ANYWHERE ON THE PLANET, then YOU are invading someone’s “home” and creating the long lines and traffic jams whilst on holiday! I constantly have to remind the “locals” who were born and raised in this paradise that we call “home” that when THEY go to Disneyland or New Orleans or a NASCAR race, wherever they are, THEY become a temporary problem! So, suck it up and realize that no one living walks this Earth without bothering the heck outta someone by their very existence. ~huff~

  • Debbie
    June 26, 2014, 11:39 am

    Cahow, well said….thank you.
    Now, can I come visit you at your Tiny House?

  • Linda
    June 27, 2014, 9:07 am

    Tongue and groove wood walls in the shower? This is a problem. Painted wood walls in a show will not last long. Come on, install a shower stall !!

    • August 29, 2014, 9:14 pm

      Actually, if painted right and repainted when needed, it’ll last quite a while. I like the quirkiness of the shower myself, a lot more than a bland purchased shower stall.

  • Comet
    July 3, 2014, 4:19 pm

    Any one but me getting annoyed with the string of religious ads displayed on this site recently?

    IF I wanted to learn more about being a Mormon I know plenty of ’em–I would phone ’em up and ASK.

    Certainly NOT what I come here for.

    Irony alert—the NEXT ad down the page was for bras.

  • August 15, 2014, 2:59 am

    I get up at 4pm and drink coffee. You can hate me if you like. I don’t live in a tiny home, but chose to buy a small old home on acreage rather than a bigger home in a desirable neighborhood. It’s not small enough to be classified as tiny. There’s 3 of us in a 2 bedroom 1 bath house. Shaffer said a tiny house is any house where all the space is being used effectively. So I feel I am a part of the movement, since I chose to go as small as I could, rather as big as I could. I read a review for one tiny houser’s book, the reader criticized the author for living in a tiny house while they regrouped after losing their business and income. Now after living in a tiny house they can afford to build something bigger. Isn’t that the point of this movement? To out smart the housing trap? The mortgage trap? I think some have turned this into a strict religious experience, shunning those who don’t share their rigid “tiny terms”
    I’m thinking of building some tiny self sustaining retreat houses. Or at least, I dream to.

  • August 29, 2014, 8:59 pm

    Was this in the book Rolling Homes? The name Cedric for a house truck is familiar for some reason.

    And I also agree that people should be able to do whatever they want with their tiny houses. I plan to build one for me, and a few to rent out myself. I think it’s a great way to let someone “test drive” tiny house living before jumping in whole hog. And I get to indulge myself and build a few of the cute designs I’m seeing instead of settling on just one.

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