Would you like a Peek Inside My Tiny Texas House?
Part 1 – The Move In
Tiny houses are all the rage now on the tv channels and Pinterest. We always see these wonderful little buildings and the fancy upgrades done by builders for people to move into. But have you ever wanted to get a peek inside a real life tiny home that was not done for the camera and may be a better alternative for you and your budget?
The Tiny Texas House is a work in progress. The structure measures 12’ X 24’ giving a living area of 288 sq ft. At one time in its history, it served as a gym and another time it was a storage building. My landlord bought the building and moved it to his East Texas three acres homestead near Canton, TX. Here it was converted to a tiny house and he rents it out for supplemental income. There is also a second tiny house on the property that he also rents out. The landlord lives on the property tending his goats.
The building construction is rather strong. The inside walls are of 1/2” wafer board that has been painted and has a textured finish. The ceiling is tongue and groove knotty pine left unfinished. The floor is vinyl tile and the bedroom/living area has a carpet. The exterior is painted shiplap over another layer of 1/2″ wafer board. The roof is shingled.
(the original building before the upgrades began)
The homestead is in beautiful East Texas near Canton, TX, home of the famous First Monday Trade Days. Canton is located about an hour from downtown Dallas and 40 minutes from Tyler, Tx. I have a medical center about 4 miles from the tiny house and a wonderful hospital in Tyler. CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler medical facilities have served me well. Tyler is home to East Texas Medical Center as well. Because of the mild East Texas climate, economic development, Texas tax rate and the medical centers, Tyler has become a major retirement location.
Nearby Canton is large enough to have a WalMart, Tractor Supply, Ace Hardware and a Chevy dealership. The necessities for small town USA.
Now, let’s get a peek inside the original build out of the house.
When I moved in, there was an antique vanity that didn’t have enough space to hold all of my clothes, a recliner chair, a hotel style roll-a-way bed and a chest-of-drawers.
It had a 6’x8’ kitchen with a shelf for food storage, a microwave oven and kitchen style cabinet with a double sink. There is no kitchen range or oven and I don’t miss not having them. Rather bare furnishings.
There is also a 6’x8’ bathroom with full-size shower, commode, and vanity with sink. The bathroom door opens into the kitchen, something I’ll change in the future. I’ll move the bathroom door to open into the Tiny Texas House entryway.
Looking in from the kitchen/entry space side of the building, this is the living area. A large closet now takes the space just to the right of the photo where my new office desk is (pics coming soon).
There is a half wall dividing the entry space from the living space. On the backside of that half wall is a built-in shelving unit for storage.
I’ll be sharing more photos of the upgrades to the interior and exterior of the Tiny Texas House in the weeks to come.
The Tiny Texas House sits on 3 acres that are teaming with wildlife. The landlord also buys and sells goats and we are often treated with a new batch of kids running around the pasture. East Texas is home to many migrating birds and we have a community flock of about 30 free range chickens, a few ducks and Ms. Donkey. The count sometimes varies with Mother Nature’s needs and what we’re allowed to keep.
More About the House coming soon. Here is a basic drawing of the floor plan of the Tiny Texas House as it is situated now.