July 28th, 2010diy tiny house
i couldn’t think of a better way to start the day than with this amazing piece of hard work and carpentry from d*s reader susan herr in burlington, vermont. so many of us dream of having a little room or home to escape to when we need some quiet time, but susan actually found the inspiration to make it happen- with her own two hands! due to the price of land and the impracticality of relocation, susan decided to build her on dream house. she took a weekend “tiny house” building workshop last fall and got the confidence to tackle this project on her own.
from the gravel base to the shingles on top, susan built this entire (beautiful!) getaway on her own. it’s the new shed/garden house/grownup playhouse of her dreams (i love the little window box on the side). furnished with pieces from a local recycling store, susan now has a place where she can escape any time she likes- to read, draw, or just appreciate the hard work she put into this amazing little build. great work, susan!
*i love seeing projects like this, so if you ever have a hand-built structure you’d like to share, i’d love to check it out!
31 comments Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said:July 28th, 2010 - 8:12 am
What a cute shed! I am in the process of designing a shed. I have looked at the kits, but they look cheap and are expensive. I prefer to build one with a little character like the one you featured!
Missy said:July 28th, 2010 - 8:27 am
This is really a cute little house. Almost like a storybook! I love the detail work between the door and roof!
niko said:July 28th, 2010 - 8:27 am
this is amaaaazing! so in love with it! it makes me wish i had a yard more than ever.
Alix said:July 28th, 2010 - 8:42 am
I’d love to see more pix of the interior. Also, is it insulated? Does it have electricity? These are the details I wonder about…
ec said:July 28th, 2010 - 8:58 am
I love this idea! Any info about this “tiny house” workshop?
brad of colorTHEORY said:July 28th, 2010 - 9:02 am
I think it’s great that an adult has their own play house. We should all be so lucky.
I need my own “special place” more than ever.
Casa e Cose said:July 28th, 2010 - 9:09 am
SO cute! Wow people are just so creative! im amazed..
Anna @ D16 said:July 28th, 2010 - 9:31 am
I don’t know if this is the one Susan was enrolled in, but there was a good piece on NPR recently about tiny houses, and they mentioned workshops with Peter King in Vermont:
grace said:July 28th, 2010 - 9:40 am
thanks, anna! :)
Susan said:July 28th, 2010 - 9:42 am
The workshop was with Peter King, who does them around northern Vermont. Here’s his website:vermonttinyhouses.com. He’s a real free spirit, and lives in a tiny house in the winter.
My shed isn’t insulated or electrified, but easily could be. I’m leaving that to the next owners, since we may move soon. I know, I know, but the joy was in the building. It cost about $3000 to build, including everything like gravel and permits.
second storie said:July 28th, 2010 - 10:11 am
great idea and an amazing result!
Madeline said:July 28th, 2010 - 10:38 am
It reminds me a lot of this little Victorian shed in the woods:
.amanda. said:July 28th, 2010 - 10:49 am
wow! what a confidant woman! Inspires me to do something like this! I too agree, that little window box is the perfect detail! So sweet. Add a little heater or stove and this little guy could be a great escape in cold weather too!
hazel & hunter said:July 28th, 2010 - 11:12 am
wow, so cute!!
Jen O said:July 28th, 2010 - 11:46 am
What a perfect little house. Congrats on doing what so many of us only dream about! I too am in love with this new ‘little house’ movement. Perhaps someday….
Jen O said:July 28th, 2010 - 11:52 am
p.s. This 20 min. segment of Wasted Spaces looks at building a shed–a good way to see the process in action: Season 4, episode 13
Steph said:July 28th, 2010 - 1:15 pm
What an inspiring DIY! My husband and I have thought about building a tiny house on our property. Susan, is your house foundation a concrete slab or pier and beam?
Jocelyn Stott said:July 28th, 2010 - 1:18 pm
LOVE THIS! I would love to have a space like this to turn into a craft room. Love it.
Susan said:July 28th, 2010 - 2:20 pm
It’s built on 6 inches of gravel. I dug down six inches and filled the pit with gravel, and then it sits on pressure treated 4×4 skids, so it can be moved if need be. Even with the deep frost we get in Burlington VT, a little heaving shouldn’t be a problem, since there is no sheetrock to crack, and it can always be re-levelled with shims if need be. It’s only 8′x10′.
Elizabeth said:July 28th, 2010 - 3:30 pm
You’re Awesome Susan. This is the most beautiful little house ever! This woman has extraordinary taste and talent!
Wendy Kelly said:July 28th, 2010 - 4:16 pm
Thanks! We’re obsessed with small lately, and these homes are the ultimate in small. I love knowing you can live well in a small space.
Amber said:July 28th, 2010 - 6:09 pm
I am SOOOOOOO jealous!!! Way to go – this tiny house looks amazing. Really makes me want to pick up a hammer and start my own project. Thanks for the inspiration!
Essie said:July 28th, 2010 - 10:21 pm
Oh, I totally plan on building me a tiny house when I grow up and have my own big house and a yard; I don’t want to have an office, just an adult playhouse!
Katha said:July 28th, 2010 - 10:26 pm
What a beautiful getaway! Can anyone tell me the name of or where I might find one of those bowls seen in the last picture? I have seen bowls like it in other photos and it seems to be an antique or thrift store find. I don’t even know what the design is called to do an online search.
leanne thomas said:July 29th, 2010 - 5:17 am
what a gorgeous little space!
Susan said:July 29th, 2010 - 5:31 am
The bowl is an enamelware I inherited from my parents. I think it’s a Cathrine Holm- here’s a similar one now on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/41628122/cathrine-holm-white-on-golden-olive
Michael said:July 29th, 2010 - 8:39 am
This is the perfect little retreat. I’m envious!
Abbey said:July 29th, 2010 - 9:27 am
If you are interested in tiny houses, check out http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com. This company designs amazing tiny houses (from 65 sq. ft. – 372) with truly ingenious interiors that use every inch of space.
Irene said:July 29th, 2010 - 9:48 am
Oh My God! I love that. What a huge, but lovely project to take on. I am so impressed.
Susan said:July 29th, 2010 - 10:04 am
Just so you know, not such a huge deal. It was up in a couple of weeks, meaning the base, walls, roof, door, windows. Then shingling, painting, details took some time. And I’m over 60, so you can do it too.
Mariela Ramos said:July 29th, 2010 - 11:54 am
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