Ever wanted to turn your backyard barn or shed into a livable tiny house for guests or for yourself?
One of our awesome readers, Jean, sent me photos and information on how she converted this barn into a little home. At approximately 288 square feet, it’s not incredibly tiny, but you can take the same concepts and apply it to an even smaller structure. She added a tin ceiling inside after insulating and installed a beam down the center where Jean also installed a ceiling fan. In the bathroom (see below) you can use a combination of tin and wood to keep material costs low.
She installed hand-made tongue and groove wood flooring, sanded the walls, stained everything, and polished. Jean used an old log to create lots of what you see inside, added a carpeted sleeping loft upstairs, and insulated the entire thing. The antique bar stools were a good choice and Jean used an old log to create the bar (see above). I have long been fascinated by this idea and even wrote a post about converting sheds into tiny houses back in February of 2011.
I think the dark adds a bit of continuity with the exposed framing.it kind of dresses up the framing lumber a bit. How did you keep condensation from building up under the insulation on the roof on the inside? Any info on best way to accomplish the task of putting siding outside and putting a stronger roof on, and insulating the interior. Does anyone have any ideas he can use to add siding and a roof over his corrugated metal storage building?
You could put up a free standing roof that is attached to posts of either concrete, wood, or bamboo.


Please excuse, The wife and I have reformatted out life 6 years ago and decided that living around densely populated area's is NOT FUN. So my second option is bandsawing out beams and mortice and tenoning MORTISE AND TENON VIDEO the building together.
It would also make a snowy winter pass more easily if I decide to hang around during the cold spells. I really like the lights shown and this pic and would like to find where you can get them for another project I'm working on. Here is SW Washington, we have many rules, and they seem to change on a regular basis, here are some from 2003 when I did the last one.
Now since the presure treated substance has changed, new types of plates must be used as the treating reacts with most metal.
IF they know you are going to use it for living quarters, then a 6 mil vapor barrier and a min of 2" inslulation under the concrete, min of 4 inches of concrete. They can be fun building, around here most of them have colored metal for the roof and sides. Don't pour concrete around the pressure treated poles- for some reason (around here) they don't last as long as being in direct contact with the ground.
My Son has a Pole Building Business, they stay very busy, in the last yr 20% of their Pole Buildings have living Quarters in them, sign of the times i guess, someone promised these folks Change, Boy their getting Change alright, George. Great looking building, I hope it works out for you, I see a lot of years of plenty to do but you sure shouldn't have to worry much about outgrowing it. 75 grand doesn't sound high to me for all that timber, if that price includes putting it up it's a steal.3500 sq. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories.
I really love the use of galvy roofing metal for wall coverings it looks good,hangs quick and is definitely built to last!


But one neighbor is currently building one with a comp roof, and nice trim to match his house. A pole barn starts as poles sunk into the ground about 5 feet, resting on a footing, on 8 foot center to center locations. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. I would have use lighter colors within though, just me, darker ones visually make a place feel smaller. I would like to put some type of siding around the outside of the building and put a standard roof over the thin corrugated metal which has already been punctured by falling limbs. I pressure-washed it and painted it forest green, trimmed out the doors and windows with white. For example, if you need 560 square feet of storage space and you deside on a two story barn, you will need a 14' x 20' barn. If the same building was a single level storage shed you would need a 14' x 40' which will take double the space, double the gravel and you may also need additional permits because of property set backs.
That type of structure is commonly referred to as a Timber Frame and all those mortises and tendons are labor intensive.
With our Two Story Barns we solve your storage needs and no need to take up your whole yard.
Nothing wrong with doing it yourself but remember those timbers get HEAVY to move around and you will NEVER believe the time it takes to do a building that size without a lot of help.



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