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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?

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

  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

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