It's amazing how good planning can yield an excellent living area in a tiny space. By making every square foot count, you can create a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bath and closet in a storage shed. The secret is using wall space effectively and planning each detail. Because the house is tiny, creating a beautiful space is affordable. Using recycled materials can add to your savings. A so-called tiny home usually works best for someone who's living alone, but a small house is also an option as a vacation getaway.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- Sketch pad
- Framing material
- Oil-filled radiator-type heaters
Measure the storage shed to determine square footage. Make lots of drawings to establish a good design. Add a small porch, window boxes and landscaping, for example. Plan an interior that's totally open except for the bathroom. Clean the shed inside and out before starting any type of renovation.
Repair the roof and foundation. Fix any cracks or leaks. Add new roofing plywood and shingles, if needed. Check the ground thoroughly to make sure the foundation has no moisture problems or loose soil.
Insulate and frame the walls. Run plumbing and electricity as needed. Replace single-pane screenless windows with double-pane windows with screens. Build a small bathroom. Install drywall. Paint the walls and trim with semi-gloss paint.
Build in a small bathroom. Create a kitchen in the smallest space possible, along a portion of one wall. Add a counter, a sink, open shelving and dorm-size appliances.
Finish the interior. Lay flooring, such as hardwood or tile. Plan to buy a couple of free-standing heaters to add warmth to the space when it's cold. Purchase oil-filled radiator-type heaters, which are energy-efficient and require only 110-volt plug-ins.
Furnish the tiny home as minimally as possible. Instead of a bed and sofa, use a daybed or a sofabed. Make furniture do double-duty. A table can double as a desk. A small ottoman can serve as a footrest, table, guest seating and hidden storage. Install adjustable wall sconces for lighting to eliminate the need for table or floor lamps.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images
About Steel Buildings Turned Into Homes
In recent times, steel buildings have gone from strictly utilitarian or temporary affairs to a realistic prospect for housing. You can turn...
How to Make a Shed Into a Tiny House
Converting a shed into a tiny house is a tempting project for people low on funds or privacy, or those drawn to...
How to Convert a Storage Shed to a Guest Room
Space can be hard to come by and sometimes it can seem as though clutter is filling up space reserved for guests....
How to Make Living Quarters in a Storage Shed
A storage shed can be turned into simple living quarters with the addition of a few pieces of furniture and household items....
How to Build a House Out of a Wood Storage Shed
Building a simple, small house out of a wood storage shed isn't as outrageous as it might seem. After all, you can...
How to Turn a Storage Shed Into a House
With the cost of living increasing from year to year, many people are turning to smaller houses that cost much less to...
How to Convert a Shed to a Doghouse
With a few updates, an unused shed can make a spacious doghouse, especially for larger pets. Typically, dog houses are sized just...
How to Turn a Shed Into a Cottage
If you own a storage or gardening shed and wish to add a guest room to your home, consider turning the shed...
How to Convert a Metal Shed Into a Playhouse
With commercial plastic and wooden playhouses costing hundreds of dollars, many parents are looking for durable, weatherproof alternatives for their children's backyard...
Ideas for the Interior of an 8x10 Storage Shed
Storage sheds are an extension of your garage or other outdoor equipment storage area. Sheds are good places to store yard work...