Barn Shed to Kick Ass Tiny House in the Desert










“Original two story barn style studio in Joshua Tree, CA. offers guests a new idea in living. Our modest studio is fully converted to accommodate a unique retreat for two. Open the barn style doors and enter the main living space which is tastefully furnished with comfortable down sofa, coffee table, entertainment center with flat screen TV , DVD player and smart phone stereo for your personal play list, galley kitchen with refrigerator, sink, dishes and small appliances for use, and beautiful views from the front deck. Upstairs is a sleeper loft with full size bed (sleeps two), complete with air conditioning/heating. linens and towels. Beautifully painted ceiling adorned with butterflies and skylight make for a beautiful wake up. Within short walking distance we offer a unique and fully equipped enclosed bathhouse with flagstone floor and hot water in shower and sink. At 3,000 feet elevation, the studio offers beautiful views of Joshua Tree National Park, mountains and sunsets. You may spend your day hiking, rock climbing or just relaxing, enjoying a sound bath at the Integratron or any of the other outdoor activities the valley and Joshua Tree National Park are known for. Star gaze and relax around the fire pit in the evening in this one of a kind retreat.” (Source)

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Micro Cottage with Covered Front Porch

Mini House with Street Sign

Photo by Joseph White

This is not a real functioning tiny house but I thought it still makes for some great inspiration. I’m always a fan of cottages like this with the covered porches and how the loft hangs over the porch which gives you that little bit of extra space up there. Some don’t like that, but I sure do. Isn’t it funny that it even seems to have a fireplace? Very cute little house. I wonder what it’s used for.

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Garden Shed That Would Make Neat Tiny House


Photo Source Better Home and Garden

A charming wood-shingled backyard structure is part greenhouse and part garden shed. South-facing windows bathe the interior of the structure in light for potting projects (and plant propagation). An open front porch makes the shed look like a tiny house. The doors and windows allow air to flow inside. Exterior landscaping helps the structure fit naturally into the garden. (Source)

Even though this is most likely way too small for a fully functional tiny house it can still make a great separate bedroom to meditate in, sleep in or just get away from it all.

My favorite features about it are the covered front porch and relatively giant skylights.

Or you can use it as intended right here.. As a potting shed greenhouse. 🙂

Tiny Garden Shed


Photo Credit Unknown

I know this isn’t a tiny house, but isn’t it inspiring anyways? I hope you enjoy all of these photos as much as I do.

One thing that stands out about this house to me is how they used a normal window to create the skylight.

I love that because even the skylight maintains the style of the house. I really think that sometimes it’s those little things that makes the biggest difference.

Life would be so beautiful with your own plot of land, a tiny/smallish cottage and a separate shed like this for hobbies and such, don’t you think?

Sometimes, if you’re like me, you might even think about how you might be able to convert a shed like this into a teeny tiny functional home.

Tiny Cottage Style Shed: Bedroom, Workspace or Art Studio?

Old hut at Swanage steam railway station at Corfe Castle

Looks like this “tiny cottage” is an extra structure on some property with an already existing house.

I absolutely love the bridge that leads right to it. It looks like a scene from a story book, doesn’t it?

A cottage style shed like this would make such a great space for art, work, or even just storage.

I also think it would make for a pretty nice separated bedroom or bunkhouse. This way one could use it as a guest house or just as a place to get some alone time. What are your thoughts on it?

Tiny Cabin with Deck as Artist Studio Space


Photo Credit Destination OM

This is a backyard shed or cabin that was built to work in. It’s the Destination OM Studio where the owner creates custom malas.

If you’re into yoga and meditation, you’ll also find this cool. But if you’re just more interested in how they built this tiny house studio there are a bunch of construction photos available here.


Photo Credit Destination OM

For more photos of this shed for working click here. To shop for malas from the owner click here.

I love when entrepreneurs use tiny structures to help them be creative and offer their service to the world.

What would you use a tiny house for? Would you write in it, do woodworking, meditate, paint, or anything else?