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How To Turn
Your Backyard
Shed Into A
Tiny Home
By BRENDA LETELLIER
Why You Should Do It
Transforming a shed into a tiny home is much cheaper than building a separate suite from the ground up. A renovated shed is perfect for both long-term and short-term use, and presents a great opportunity to get creative.
Legal Location
Different areas have different rules when it comes to building homes, so it’s important to check with your city building codes department before starting. Certain zones will ask you to obtain a permit before building, or include features like heating and plumbing to make your build legal.
Establish A Budget
It’s entirely possible to build a tiny home on your own, but spending the extra money to get professional help with wiring or plumbing might be a smart move. Consider the size of your build as well, since larger sheds typically cost more to renovate than smaller sheds.
Designing
Designing a tiny home shed requires both interior and exterior work. Focus on elements like layout, paint color, and lighting on the inside, but don’t forget to assess whether your tiny home will need some extra flowerbeds or shutters on the outside.
Types
The four major materials used to build tiny home sheds from scratch are brick, metal, vinyl, and wood. Each material comes with different benefits such as strength or cost efficiency. Pre-built sheds are also great to renovate, but make sure you have enough space in your backyard for it.