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Accessory Dwelling Units: Guest Garden Shed

WaldenSpring has sprung up here in the Northeast! While Ryan huddles in the wet and chilly weather that has descended on the Carolinas I’m getting sunburned in Vermont! (Sorry Ryan!) The weather has been amazing the past couple weeks and we’ve been relishing sunny, mid-70’s days as the buds on the trees explode in a panorama of green! Folks are out in their gardens working away, tulips are blooming and bees are buzzing. This is my favorite time of year in a tiny house because you can really get outside, enjoy the weather and take a break from the cabin fever that winter can bring.

This was a tough winter for Cedric and I, mostly because we wrenched ourselves from theWalden1 balmy winter weather of Charleston, South Carolina to the frigid northern landscape of Vermont! The sudden change and necessity of staying indoors for extensive periods took their toll but now all is green and right with the world. As inspiration for the season, I want to share with you this incredible garden shed created by German designer Nils Holger Moormann. He calls it Walden after Henry David Thoreau’s story of life and his relationship with nature while living a simple, more self-sufficient life in the woods. I think Moormann’s interpretation of simplicity is stunning and as a tiny lifer and gardener, I have to admit some envy for the efficiency and beauty of this project!

Walden4This design is my dream guest house. To me, it’s the perfect tiny house extension. The description on Moormann’s site explains how he looked to the concept of simple life as well as Walden2creating a space that invited you outdoors. There’s no doubt you’d be invited by it’s cozy, convertible indoor/outdoor eating area, easy reach of garden tools and sliding sunroof that beckons you to experience the sky! There is an upper level with a double bed for those mid-day, summer siestas and space for a campfire or cooking on a hung grill. He includes lots of space for storage of tools and materials, including firewood, a wheelbarrow and garden hose to name a few. In our tiny house we struggle with storage as well as guest space and this design is one of my all-time favorite answers to those predicaments!


Walden6Your Turn!

  • What tiny house accessory unit do you wish for?


  1. I would love to have a proper, woodburning sauna/wash house. Hot tubs use too much water but a sauna gives you that relaxation without using a lot of water. I would also make it a laundry and shower area. Just simple gravity feed systems and a hand wringer on a tub with a grey water waste disposal setup.

    • I’m right there with you Alice! My dream is to have a sauna next to our tiny house!!! I wouldn’t mind a wood-fired hot tub either but that’s a bit extravagant…

  2. I am designing a Tiny House. 20′ trailer, 120 Interior Sq. ft. with porch extension….. It MUST have real stairs to the stand up loft with banister, running/flushing toilet/bath with sink, washer/dryer, dishwasher, skinney full size refrigerator, a bay window in kitchen for herbs, a narrow back door (for safety and further attachments, NO GAS lines, Solar Power, Wind Power. AC hookups, a wood burning fireplace, AC Conditioning, Internet Hookups, and a covered porch (for a porch swing). This can be done. I am doing it.

    • When reading your missive, I struck by the importance given to things. Then I reread your list and decided if you could give up a shower/tub, a couple of burners, an oven, and hot water via solar or other fuel, then you actually are on the way to realizing more of the “weightless” rewards that tiny living offers. It might be interesting to keep records of what you think you need now and watch how it changes when you really begin to live full-time in your tiny abode. I hope you will post pictures and details of your progress as you work on your new abode. Good luck to you!

    • A stand-up loft height may be to tall for traveling on some highway or city streets. But, I’d love to see your plans/pictures when complete.

  3. Nice concept. Is there a more detailed view of this structure?
    The photos are rather small. Would like to see more details. Thanks.

    • Hi David-
      If you check out the Via link it should take you directly to the photo gallery of the website of the designer.

  4. Here are some full-time living and guest cabins built by the Amish in Kentucky: http://www.amishcabincompany.com Energy efficient cabins made in an off-grid Amish facility that fit into the small house, green building movement, using Amish craftsmanship that is well-known for quality construction. Delivered pre-built and fully assembled. With enough of a clearing above and to the sides, they can literally be taken up the side of a mountain by dozer, and off-grid solar power options are now readily available.

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