The Under-appreciated Historic Outbuilding

Historic Shed

The following is a guest post by my friend Jo-Anne Peck of Historic Shed in Brooksville, FL. Her company specializes in designing and building historic sheds, garages, and cottages. A couple of months ago my company presented a project proposal in front of a local historic preservation review board in Florida. While we waited for our case to come up on the agenda, we listened to another applicant request demolition of a historic garage within a Local and […] Read on →

How To: Make an Industrial Style Curtain Rod

Our finished bath with my special shower curtain rod

In our tiny guest house project I mentioned that I made a shower curtain rod from electrical conduit for a great industrial feel. Not only did this give a cool style to the bathroom, but it is extremely affordable (under $25!) and can be shaped to any odd sized shower enclosure. Really, this project can be used for any kind of curtain rod. it’s not just for showers. Let your imagination run free! And the best part? Anyone […] Read on →

Transforming an Old Garage Into a Tiny House (Part 3)

cozy kitchenette

For the last couple weeks I have been sharing the nuts and bolts of how we turned a 1920s detached garage into a tiny house, a tiny guest house to be exact. Today, I want to share all the detail work we did to really make the house fit that vintage 1920s feel we were going for. After all, what’s the point of having a 1929 Bungalow if your tiny guest house looks like something off the shelf […] Read on →

Transforming an Old Garage Into a Tiny House (Part 2)

15 lbs. felt paper installed and prepared for siding

Last week I showed you how we started transforming an old garage into a tiny guest house. This week I’ll tell you about some more of the details of getting this tiny house ready for visitors. This week’s post is a bit more building science as I share about sheathing, insulation and floors. Next week we’ll get into the interior details and finishing touches that make it really shine.   Sheathing & Felt Paper Once the new exterior […] Read on →

Transforming an Old Garage Into a Tiny House (Part 1)

Tiny House Garage

Tiny houses have recently become a huge grassroots movement focused on scaling back our cluttered lives and living more simply. Quality over quantity is the theme of the movement, and I’m a big proponent of that. Over the next few weeks I’m going to share an exciting project we’ve just finished here in Orlando. I’ll walk you through the whole process of turning an old garage into your very own tiny house. We’ll talk about the nuts and […] Read on →

My Interview with Tiny House Talk’s Alex Pino

Tiny House in Garden

Continuing our series of posts on Tiny Houses, I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Alex Pino of Alex is a fellow blogger and friend in the “blogosphere.” His website acts kind of like a clearinghouse for any happenings in the Tiny House world. So, I thought he could give us some good insights to this movement and its benefits and drawbacks. So, with no further ado here is our interview.

I Want a Tiny House!

Tiny House

Lately, I have been drooling over the idea of building myself a Tiny House. It may seem like a stretch for a guy who talks constantly about old houses to want to build a new one, but a Tiny House has plenty in common with a historic home. I’ve been talking with Alex Pino at Tiny House Talk to pick his brain about Tiny Houses. I’ll be posting an interview I did with him in the next couple […] Read on →

Why a Tiny House Should Be Your Next House

The Tiny House movement is a growing trend in home design today. You might be surprised to find that a Tiny House is the perfect answer to living better than you ever imagined. With a focus on quality over quantity the Tiny House makes the finer things in life more affordable and accessible than ever before. The Premise Most people can’t imagine living comfortably in a 700 SF house. And that’s mainly because society tells us we need […] Read on →