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Living in a Shed?

When it comes to Tiny Houses, they come in all shapes and sizes.  CIMG1168Even the definition of a Tiny House isn’t all that definitive.  People who live in tiny houses live in areas that are urban to the most remote areas of the earth and everything in between.  Diversity of what Tiny is, is in itself, part of what makes it so fascinating to me.   As people take these ideals we share in the Tiny House Movement and manifest itself in so many forms, we find creative ways to live in small homes.

This richness of various forms allows us to rethink traditional housing in so many great ways.  I have toyed with building a Tiny Home a la Jay Schaffer, which I would venture is one of the most popular approaches today.  The other option I have considered is a prefab shed.  Today I was able to go see a model that I have been toying with the idea of purchasing and putting in the middle of a plot of land.

There are issues with this approach of course.  Like all other Tiny Home making this legal and to code is rather difficult by its nature of being Tiny.  One big advantage of the prefab shed option is that these structures will almost always pass code, are easily able to obtain building permits, if you even need one!  Of course officially this would have to be just a shed.  It gets a bit more complicated when you are not placing the shed behind a primary dwelling.  This is where I find myself.

When I was talking with the sales person at the shed store, she told me that they have had several customers live in these sheds.  They call these buildings “sheds” loosely, with models up to 1000+ square feet.CIMG1169

Why a shed though?  Well like I mentioned the ease of getting them legitimized of course helps.  Second they are cheap!  The model I show here is 192 Square Feet. Included are the windows, doors, installations, taxes, anchoring, site leveling and delivery all for the price of $4,200!  Figure adding in permits, running power, insulation and drywall (doing the work myself of course) I am looking at a sweet house for around six grand.  You could then deck it out with Ikea swag for another $500 and have a really really nice place!  The only drawback is there is no loft for a bed, so you have to deal with that, Murphy bed?

The other advantage to these houses is that you can move them!  Not as easily as a house on a trailer, but it’s possible.  The other advantage I see with this is that they offer payment plans of $70 a month, makes it pretty affordable, considering I have friends that pay over $1500 a month in rent.

I wanted to ask you all what do you think of this idea?

Is anyone here doing this?

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  1. where did you find this????? I have the land I am interested in purchasing this a loft would be even better

    • Who makes this shed?

      • Hi Cheri

        My shed is made by Graceland sheds.
        I live in N.C. and we have many dealers who offer rent to own near where I live. I believe Graceland is out of Ky. Craigslist under sheds might help you. Or search Youtube for Graceland. They say you are not suppose to occupy one of their sheds as a residence, but after it is paid for,it is yours to do as u would like as far as I am concerned. Hope this helps.

      • Graceland makes this shed.

    • There are lots of companies that sell these “sheds” … Handi-house is one of them, Home Depot is another. Just google tiny home or sheds or pre-built and you should be able to find what is available in your area.

  2. Thank You

  3. I loved the Tibet prefab shed at 192 feet.
    Not much info but if we can talk asap that would be wonderful. I have wanted a space of my own for 10 yrs to relax and j and read and learn who I am!

    I have a husband, 2 girls and a dog! They are amazeing, but I have fibromyalgia , I have to take chemo for another 18 months to life. I have to have at least 6 more surgeries on my nose from a rare autoimmune disease that has made my nose collapse. My dream is a little place I can go to when I’m feeling really bad. I haven’t even had s closet for 15 years cuz my husband needed two for an office and his closet. The rest of the family has there own private placed and im not wanting to complain. Many people have it much worse, but I really need a spark in my life and I have wanted a space for 10 years. I’m hopeing you could lead me in the right direction. This would be one of my dreams that would help lead to a few goals I need to finish. Thank you!!!!!! Deborah Burdick @ 310-990-2478

  4. Recently thanks to a visit from my brother in September, I came to realize that the overwhelming health issues I had been dealing with for the past 3 years were due to a large mold problem in my trailer. 6 months later I am finally starting to feel like I could be healthy and active again. This being the second run in with mold in my life, I decided that I did not want to ever live in any dwelling where I could not see what was inside my walls again. Being newly retired I was at a point in my life that I no longer wanted to spend money on rent or purchasing a home, so the shed idea began to shine brighter. Both my daughters are married and raising their own families. So it is just for me and my cat.. Although downsizing in a rush like this was not on my list of to do’s in retirement…throwing out everything that could not be washed, it has been somewhat liberating.

    I am now terrified of mold and its devastation on one’s life, health and mental anguish! I would offer to anyone who thinks that “maybe” “possibly” mold could be making them sick? Take a two week vacation away from your dwelling, if you come back feeling a lot better…get
    a Mold Test and it may save your life. I am still amazed at my acceptance of all the health issues I was facing, when just leaving
    the house could have given me 3 years of a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, health providers do not seem educated to its dangers, and I ended up on so many meds that I no longer need today.

    So after many nightly visits on YouTube checking out Tiny Houses, searching Craigslist, researching Tiny Home sites I found my shed. There are many rent to own options out there, some will build on your land, but I opted for my Graceland shed. It is 12 x 16 with a small front porch. This size is larger then my old bedroom, and will be perfect with a daybed/entertainment area, kitchen and bathroom. I do plan on having a large closet, I am not sure I could deal with the teeny tiny closets in a Tiny House. I plan on using items that can have multiple uses, so I think it will work. The shed cost me $5,300 complete with taxes and set up! I was able to put it on my daughters property in the country, so for now it is on blocks. I do however want to insulate it, piddle with it and make it my own mold free, live in studio. I would like to put it up on a foundation in the spring to get it up higher, making it a whole lot warmer from the ground up. Also would love to get Solar power to it. Since having lost so much stuff to the mold it will be really easy to start anew and create a place where I don’t have to move stuff around anymore. A new adventure!

    I would love to hear if anyone else is doing this and what their insulation solutions have been. Also is 12 feet to wide to put up on

  5. My husband and I would love very much to have a Tiny House especially the one shown on this page with the small porch at front. I am raising my 12yr old granddaughter because my son was in a car accident 12/06/2014 and passed away 12/11/14. Victoria is his only child and there is no mother. I would like to be able to leave her a home to live in or do whatever with after we are gone. She is A+ honor student and is on the President’s Honor List. She wants to be a veterinarian and she has the determination and will to do just that! Did I forget to mention her mentality is at a 16yr old level. Yes we are proud of her but with her father’s death it is up to us to make her future be achieved. We are Senior Citizens and financing is probably going to be our worst and mossed feared trial to accomplish. With God’s help and love we pray that somehow this dream will be realized. Congratulations on Your Tiny Home and I pray all goes well with your precious home. Claudia Moore, Roanoke Rapids, NC.

    • I wish you the best with all you are going through raising your grandaughter, and going through so much grief. Hope u find a Tiny home for her to enjoy someday.

      • Thank you for your precious comments. God Bless you all.

  6. I am considering a prefab shed as well. I have become homeless this past year and have found this may be my best option . I have found out of necessity that I need very little ,and in that a tiny dwelling will be a blessing just to have a roof over my head . I wish I could do the drywall and all involved myself but will need help . I’m not certain how much this will cost . I have very limited funds . I can do things slowly as my budget allows . I guess I don’t know what to do first once I get the structure . Any one have suggestions ? I do have place to place it on my step moms land.If anyone has at kind suggestions ,I could use some direction . Thanks so much …<3

    • Hi Julie

      Last year for the 2nd time in my life I lost everything I had to Mold.
      I knew that I could never live anywhere that I could not see what was between my walls ever again. I searched Youtube nightly and after many nights of absorbing everything I could on DIY’s for Tiny Houses, Sheds etc. I decided that because of affordability a shed might be the answer for me. I say for me.. because legally one is not suppose to reside in a shed. I navigated Craigslist and found dealers that offered Rent to Own options, which was what I needed to look for. However, some dealers offer those options only to Homeowners, which I am not. So I persisted, and found that some dealers do offer Rent to Own options to everyone. I am in my mid 60’s, so this is a pretty big undertaking. I am sure it will not be as easy to do things myself as it could have been earlier in life….but I have found that you can learn how to do just about anything on Youtube, from plumbing for a Tiny House to a 12 volt electrical system to insulation. Just know your strengths! Don’t be afraid to try and find help when you need it.
      I paid under $6000 for a 12 x 20 shed, and I think it is plenty for me and what I have. Best wishes on your search.

  7. Hello all, im mark from pennsylvania. I bought a 10X20 shed with a 4 ft loft. I enjoy every minuite of my living. I have plenty of room, i have heat, air, its furnished with a foldup bed, carpet, tv, pretty everythang that a big $200,000 house would have, but alot smaller. Its only me which sux, but i have 3 more payments to go yet at $200 then i wana move it to oklahoma where i’ll finish out the rest of my life and hope to find a gd woman that would enjoy the small things in life also. Small things come in big packages! Btw, i only gave $3200.00 for my 10X20. Greentree in quarryville, pa. :-)

  8. My husband and I have already seen the shed we want to get. It is a spacious 392 sq.feet. My only dilemma is where to put it. We live in NC and I’ve done some research but I’m still drawing a blank. Any suggestions would be great. I too suffer from a disease that limits my mobility so to have something that we can design to accommodate my issues is a God send. Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Lizette

      Is there the possibility of putting it on a friend or families piece of land, that is what I was able to do…just a thought.
      Hope you find the perfect spot!

  9. Hello everyone ~ I have much in common with many of the posters here. I have 3.5 mos before I must leave where I am. I want to live in a shed that I think I could mostly convert myself. I have 2 dogs also that will be with me and I have Fibromyalgia as a couple of other posters mention. Am 57, female, on my own for now.

    My issue is finding the land to put the shed on as I can’t afford to buy land. My idea that I encourage feedback on from other sincere shed hopefuls is this: With the economy being what it is I can’t help but think that there must be folks out there who have land in a suitable area that would like to make some extra income by allowing me to set up my shed for a monthly rent or maybe even a barter arrangement of some kind. It would have to be a low amount! Idk…$100 month? (Unfortunately, even that sounds daunting to me right now factoring in the monthly shed payment)

    I also fear committing to a shed payment and then, at some terribly inconvenient point, being told that I can no longer live in the shed. This scares me. However, I still feel This could be worked out.

    In my particular case Im seeking to do this while I finish college and grad school. I would seek to go to any school where I could set this up in the area as housing is the greatest expense. I guess I’d need to do it for 2-3 yrs minimum.

    If anyone knows if an area that would be conducive to this then PLEASE let me know. All/any ideas are very welcomed and appreciated! Email me on alwaysbkind197@gmail.com. Thank you and may God bless all of you with every good thing.

    • I was fortunate as I was able to set up my 10 s 20 shed on my daughter’s house lot. Like you my income is low and monthly payment on shed, and trying to insulate it well has tapped out my monthly income. All the same the expense has been so worth the freedom. Been 7 months and I think I should have done it a long time ago!
      Any friends or family that would allow a shed on there land? Hope someone comes to the rescue soon. Wish you success with your new home.

      P.S. Just one comment, when starting Reno, YouTube has so much to help.
      Be open to renovating RV’s videos, lots of great space saving ideas.

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