A Reinvented Tool Shed

5 years ago

In the summer of 2010, Jamie rode her bike more than 4500 miles from Virginia Beach to Portland, Oregon (and yes, I'm trying to convince her to write that story). When she got back to Vermont after her bike trip and a jaunt to Scotland with her Uncle and Grandmother, she turned her attention to creating a sustainable home as cheaply as possible with the added twist of ensuring she could easily close it all up and go on continued adventures around the globe.

Jamie's first glimpse of the Tetons on her bike trip

Her stepfather works in construction and in many cases Jamie was able to salvage unwanted or unneeded lumber and other odds and ends from construction jobs, slowly creating the revamped inside of the tiny house. She obviously had to purchase some materials but was able to build slowly enough that she incurred no debt at all over the year she spent building. When I asked her how much she spent to build the house and tool shed out back (more on that later), she guestimated $4,000 for both. Just imagine -  for the cost of an average wedding in the United States, you could build five Tiny Houses!

Some of my favorite photos from early in the building process are of the details present on the original tool shed. I recently learned that her stepfather, Steve, actually built the tool shed several decades ago. Somehow I don't think he ever imagined Jamie would one day turn it into a home.

one of the original shed windows complete with sassy blue paint
I absolutely LOVE the blue door. Jamie saved it to go on our tool shed.
working on one of the windows
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