Why would we get such a tiny house when were so tall?
We fell in love with this 1920’s Cottage quickly, in fact we never even looked at another home. Although we didn’t jump for joy at the stormy dreary blue and the general lack of character of the exterior, the interior had original maple hardwood floors and the cutest craftsman moldings. In 2010 we sat down on the livingroom floor admiring the small 835 SF house and just knew this was the home for us.
I thought for sure this was a no-go because of how much work this house needed….little did I know that my wife (then fiancee) looked at this as a blank canvas.
*Disclaimer* This isn’t technically a tiny home like you might think from the title, but to us giant sized folks (Susie is 6’ and Mitch 6’ 5”), it certainly has felt like a tiny home. Most of the time the size has been a blessing- were not so sure how folks with toddlers can keep a big house clean– but none the less small for our size.
Exterior & Porches
Here it is when we first bought it.
It needed some siding repairs and new paint. So we took the opportunity to add a little bungalow character to the house with the stained siding here and at the gable peaks.
Taking the front porches (which faced the road and were only little 7’ x 9’ spaces) and making them interior spaces was our biggest remodel project yet.
Remodeling the porches made room for a real front entrance to our home, and a small home office.
We only added approximately 150 SF to the interior space of the house, but it has changed everything about how the home functions for us.
So far, we haven’t completed the remodel. Which should be of no surprise to anyone who knows us. I spy the insides of those closets..
The wall from the front porch to our dining was removed, and the entrance door filled in to make some much needed wall space in the livingroom.
We’re working on completing the front closet doors and adding some finishing touches to the design in the upcoming months. So far we managed to complete some unique welcome art, got this small fiddle fig, and created our key hook.
Here is the dining room pallet wall before the porch remodels.
I hate doing things twice, so when I was told the wall was coming down, but first, save the pallets so they could be put up elsewhere, I just about had a stroke.
We lost the cute little corner cabinet, but boy did we gain some much needed function when that exterior wall came down.
Complete is relative since we still have so much finish work to go. Did I mention that this remodel started two weeks after our little girl Haverly was born?
We were determined to have a front entrance and finally complete the open concept home we had envisioned.
We built this slab table and added the industrial stools this past year. We’ve been using this fun light I found at the Brimfield Fair a few years back, but it was always a temporary fix since its just not big enough (or installed with the cord length correct).
Get The Dining Room Look
Kitchen & Laundry
When we purchased the house our kitchen was unfit for cooking as I saw it . I was a bit picky after having designed numerous kitchens for clients of mine and wanted a space I could actually cook in. So I threw together a design with the limited space, time, and budget we had.
My father got so excited about building a tall person kitchen that he hung the uppers a little high for even me!
See where the pallet wall went? Laundry pallet ceiling….
Although we couldn’t get more space for something like an island in this space, we could give the illusion of more space with a vaulted ceiling. We even built up our lower cabinets and hung our uppers higher to accommodate our giant size.
Originally we had a stairwell down the the basement on the other side of this wall, we then framed it in a stacked the washer and dryer on the other side of the fridge.
Eventually we went ahead and took down the wall completely in order to have the space to actually do laundry.
This huge laundry bin has really made it easier to keep our kitchen/ laundry presentable (most of the time).
We did get rid of an old picture window when the porches were being remodeled. Although it was nice to have the added light from a much taller window, it made furniture placement extremely difficult, and faced the busy road.
Our gallery wall has been through many changes over the last few years and we continually revamp it to keep up with all the family pictures we love to take.
Making decisions on the office turned out to be a bit of a challenge because of the small space. We used some of the porch space to add a much needed closet to Haverly’s room in addition to a closet needed for the office.
The remodel added a total of four closets to three different rooms, we only had two in our bedroom…talk about life changing.
However small, the space serves our family ten-fold in comparision to the dark exterior porch. We’ve been able to make a custom industrial desk and hang an old refurbished window mirror to bounce some light into the office.
When we first purchased the house we only have about 15 inches worth of space to squeeze by the shower and get to the toilet. For some reason, I didn’t think that was going to work for very long.
We ended up completely redesigning the space, moving the toilet, and flipping the door opening. This helped us fit a stand up shower, linen closet, and two pedistal sinks.
We picked this bedroom as our “master” because it was the only room in the whole house with any closets when we moved in. It’s always been a bit small for our liking – fitting a king size bed creates a design nightmare in a 850 SF house.
We’ve made due with the size of the room but needed a king size bed for our own comfort. Being tall can be a pain in the ass. We made our own headboard out of old windows, created a gallery wall out of scrap wood, and hid our tv.
We do want to get a bunch of our projects done this new year. We hope you will follow along for #finishthatspace , and even get a few of your own projects done with us!