DON’T convert a SHED into a TINY HOUSE! Reasons Why….

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In this clip, talks about why he feels (many reasons) that its a BAD to take a shed, and TRY and convert it into a for the sake of saving money and time. There are quite a few “tiny house no-no” reasons too.

Feel free to add YOUR opinion in the comments….


  1. Yeah good info man as well as your other vids really enjoy watching since getting into watching ur vids an Steve Harold’s etc I’ve got into building built a treehouse for daughter an chookhouse for mum. watching from newzealand bout to take on a tiny house build well inspired by you . keep up what u do bro!

  2. Hey there Deek. I recently renovated a very old garage. I did this with the secondary goal of potentially using it as a tiny cabin/living space… But am now so glad I didn’t have time to finish it to that standard… Because of the Damp!!! There are issues that would drive me mad and cost loads to fix had I really gone down that road. Thanks for the vid. Great advice

  3. If someone’s determined to build a “shed-like” structure on a trailer frame, I’d suggest (I haven’t done it) buying a “shed framing kit” that has the metal connectors and the builder supplies the wood or steel framing. Yup- it’s WORK, but using quality materials, the RIGHT materials and building with intelligence will make a tiny house or trailer work.

  4. Every thing comes out to be about money. Tiny house will or probably is eventually all money greed and competition. I loved how people were so inspired by the impact on living debt free and have less impact on the environment ???. We live in area where people still live on mobile homes. I see what your saying about traveling

  5. Not at all…. use/pick only the properly sized ones, and those that are quality. We never use that which won’t do the job safely….

  6. If it’s fastened down then it’s ok. UFA has very durable ones with quality materials made tough for farms. Most important is proper engineering for sure.

  7. Well said. I hope that you do that shed video. I would totally watch it. And dude if you could do one on redoing an old travel trailer into a tiny house. I would love to hear your thoughts on that. Thanks 🙂

  8. You may be a “tiny little channel” as you say but you have the best info out there. And you are much more entertaining with the honest info. Great job. Keep it up.

  9. I have a 12 x 14 shed and its nice, although mine was amish built, I am not sure what you are thinking is so cheap I can see some of your points if putting it on a trailer, but also know too many people pay way to much for things that aren’t any better.

  10. You could have it tested for windload. The area I’m in all structures must have at least 140mph windload and the blueprints must be signed off by an engineer. But of course I’m stationary and the company I’m using uses 2x4s and build 16 in center etc.

  11. Great and truthful reasons for NOT going the easier and cheaper way when creating your tiny homes….or anything for that matter!! Nice to see someone still gives a hoot about his craft! Great to know you are sharing your knowledge of carpentary and of building a structurally sound permanent or moveable fixture , because as you stated here it wouldn’tmake any sense NOT TO !!Showing people the proper basics of
    how to use tools safely, the best types of lumber and hardware to use( and why !)and why
    building a structurally sound home benefits them in the long run is an all -around wise decision! Thanks Deke!! Peace to You and Yours!!

  12. If you want to build a low budget tiny house, you need a piece of land to build it on far enough out so they are slack on building codes. For instance, where I live, I can build anything I want that is 10×10 without a permit. Some unscrupulous people that live around me build tiny houses in that dimension and live in them. They have been living in them for years and have never had a run in with the tax collector who charges them next to nothing for taxes. A 10×10 with a sleeping loft is quite a bit of room for one person.
    As far as the particle board goes, if you are careful with it, it has it’s applications. I have seen it used in fairly expensive homes. I use 1/4 inch particle board for my ceiling painted white with wood trim. Everyone says it looks nice and it really does. I’ve used it for some roofing and it works all right for some applications, but if the roof leaks, you have to replace it. You generally have to replace it no matter what you used.
    If I ever built a tiny house, it would be light and well insulated so I could move it with a small truck. Paneling on the walls with some kind of good quality plastic siding. It wouldn’t matter to me. I’d just want something that was light enough to tow easily. There is probably some plastic siding that can withstand high winds somewhere out there. I’ve found that looks are really important when I am building and then I don’t really care what it looks like after a year or so. It’s a place to stay out of the rain and warm. The lower the monthly bill, the better.

  13. Love your videos Deek. I appreciate this one in particular. I have been looking at sheds and now know what to look for. Thanks!

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