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Woman turns a $6,000 shed into an incredibly cozy tiny home
She gutted the inside and re-did the outside to turn it into the cutest home!
Cherie Gozon
04.28.22

We get to an age when we start thinking about retirement.

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Most of us have probably toiled half of our lives working to make ends meet. Retirement is one goal we want to achieve with zero-to-less debt and live a more sustainable and affordable lifestyle.

This makes tiny homes a logical move for those about to retire.

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Unsplash - Aysegul Yahsi

Rent and mortgage are so expensive that it isn’t sustainable in the long run, especially if you have a lesser capability to work. Building a tiny home might incur more expenses initially, but it can save you a lot from housing and utility bills.

When 67-year-old Ellen decided to move back home, she chose to live in a tiny home.

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YouTube Screenshot - Kristina Smallhorn

After living in Austin, Texas, for 14 years, she went back to her hometown, where she lives in a condominium. She thought it wasn’t an affordable living situation, especially for her age. Just so, fate handed the solution.

Ellen saw an old shed that the owner planned to make into an art studio.

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YouTube Screenshot - Kristina Smallhorn

She asked if she could buy it instead. The owner agreed, and Ellen moved the building into her son’s property. She started renovating the shed and turned it into a lovely tiny home.

The one thing that she changed from the original structure was the porch.

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YouTube Screenshot - Kristina Smallhorn

Its original porch was pushed in on one side. She asked the builders to remove that, push the front door further outward, and even out the patio. This gave her more living space inside while still enjoying a homey sitting porch outside.

Her home looks both cozy and rustic outside.

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YouTube Screenshot - Kristina Smallhorn

Ellen bought some decors and other accents from the thrift store that added a bit of life outside her home. She also said she loved sitting on the front porch, especially when she wanted to unwind.

Inside her home, you can see how she embraced the concept of open space.

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YouTube Screenshot - Kristina Smallhorn

She has a full-sized kitchen complete with a stove, oven, and fridge. The cabinets already came with the original structure, so she just added a countertop to complete the look. She also added a kitchen island in the middle.

Right beside the kitchen is her living area.

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YouTube Screenshot - Kristina Smallhorn

She has a simple couch and folding table; nothing too fancy. Her television console also has ample storage space below it.

The original structure also came with a bathroom and a storage room.

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YouTube Screenshot - Kristina Smallhorn

Ellen didn’t change these rooms. She kept the original plumbing and fixtures, including a bathtub and toilet. The other room served as her closet space and laundry area.

She also used a ladder system to climb up to her loft areas.

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YouTube Screenshot - Kristina Smallhorn

Ellen’s bedroom was on one end of her house, while her storage area was on the opposite side. Everything fits comfortably, and she has enough storage to keep the important stuff.

Would you believe that Ellen spent only a little over $30,000 on this?

YouTube Screenshot - Kristina Smallhorn
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YouTube Screenshot - Kristina Smallhorn

She had to rework the porch, change the interior flooring, and paint the outside. This cost also includes adjustments she had to make to meet the housing code. But overall, it’s not that bad for a home so cozy as this.

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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