The cost of living is rising every year and many people are seriously considering turning to tiny houses that are not only cost-effective, but also cozy and comfortable. Living in a tiny house the size of a storage shed is just the same as living in a large house, except that everything is space orientated. If you are looking for a better lifestyle and healthier relationships, you must go for a small house. Tiny houses are also economical and you can even make one out of a small storage shed. You just need proper planning. So here is a step by step guide on how to land yourself with a comfy tiny home in no time.
First things first, you need to know whether your government or the property developer managing your residential community allows you to do this transformation. Get the necessary permits and ask government officials to guide you through the legal aspects of your project.
The next thing you need to look into is whether you have the basic utilities such as water, sewer, and electricity in access to your shed site. We recommend hiring professional and appropriate contractors to make sure that everything is done in the right order. For all electric works, Gordon powers is a good company to consider as they provide 24-hour services.
Next, you need to set your shed on a secure and stable foundation. It can be a concrete slab or a platform made of concrete blocks. Appropriate grading is necessary around the shed to prevent water from gathering under the shed.
Now outfit the shed with quality plumbing for fixtures like a pedestal sink, a small shower, and a corner toilet. You may also consider installing an outside shower in order to save space in case you find yourself living in a warmer climate.
Remember that the actual lights and faceplates will be installed after the ceiling and walls are done. Any electrical wiring must be done before you start decorating the interiors.
You can add windows if you find the old shed windows unsuitable. Just frame them in and connect them to the existing framework. Also caulk them appropriately to keep out moisture. Also, weather proof the door and make sure that it had locking equipment installed.
After carefully mounting plastic to make the walls moisture-proof, properly insulate the walls and ceiling by working around the already installed plumbing and electric wiring. You can either cover the plastic with drywall or install wood paneling.
In order to insulate the floor, try placing a 1-inch layer of extruded polystyrene foam. Finalize it with a concrete board on the top and screw it down securely into the existing floor structure. You can lay any type of floor furnishing per your preference.
If you are planning to paint your tiny house, remember to install all the switch plates and light fixtures along with the plumbing fixtures after the paint has dried up completely. Also, test the faucets for leaks.
For space optimizing, simply add counters and cupboards near the sink. Look for furniture that has multiple storage options and uses. A built-in couch may double as a bed and may even have drawers underneath for storage. For entertainment, you can mount a flat-screen television. If you need privacy consider adding window treatments.