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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My Micro House within a Normal House



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Hello my name is Don and I live in the Okanagan Valley of BC Canada. I was in the market for a tiny off grid home. In preparation for moving from 2300 sq ft to 600 sq ft I moved into the 300 sq ft students suite in the basement of my home. Unfortunately the deal on the off grid cabin fell through and now I will have to wait until next spring to give it another try. What I found was living in 300 sq ft is very doable. It is just me and my Border Collie. My girlfriend has a home in another town so she is not here full time. A small living room with TV and desk, a full size bedroom with a queen bed, and a kitchen/laundry room. The kitchen does not have a stove but a induction hot plate, microwave and small fridge. I have my own entrance and BBQ. No fridge space means shopping more often. It has definitely helped me eat better! Because of the small space, it has driven me outside more often. Both myself and the dog are better for it! Now the amazing thing. I have now rented the top level of my house for $1000.00 per month and the test is over as I am now living in my new small space full time. This is kind of upside down as most I know live in the larger portion of the house and rent the suite, Not Me! By the time I find my dream cabin I will be a pro at living in a small space. Not to mention a little bit richer in many way.

Modern Backyard Office/Work Space


Now this is the perfect headquarters by Sett Studios to work from home or study.

This seems like the perfect structure to get away and relax, study or get some focused work done.

For me it would be my favorite place to write, read and work.


This design is around 150 square feet. It’s just right.


Perfect place to study and brainstorm…


Notice the window at the bottom! Most people would never even think of doing something like this. I think it’s awesome. Yet another way to bring the nature from outside in. No need for house plants!

Source: Sett Studio

Would you enjoy having this little structure to getaway for studying/working? What would you add/change from the design to make it work for you?

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Backyard Tiny House with Covered Front Porch

Backyard Tiny House Cottage

Photo by Kathy Ogles

From the owner/builder:

Here’s a pic of the outside of my backyard studio.  It’s complete with a loft, hidden stairs and a closet for my supplies.  The front porch is a great inspiration place.

It was a true labor of love.  Wish I could build them for a living.  Already thinking of additions and changes.

Kathy – thank you so much for sharing!