Parents teach their children everything they know – skills, life training, traditions, and they give love and so much more. Parents ask nothing in return for raising a child who becomes an adult and a contributing member of society.
Sometimes children want to give back to their parents. Some do this in small ways – dinner out, vacation, time spent together, or small favors. Some like Kim Mendenhall of Colorado do it in a big way.
The giving back is in a big way but the given is small – a tiny house.
The structure is not small as tiny homes go but it is small as homes go. An average home is over 2,000 sq. ft. whereas an average tiny house is 100 to 200 sq. ft.
In this instance size does not matter, it was the gift from a daughter to her father that made it so special.
Kim and her husband built a very small house on their property in Colorado. This structure is for her father because she wanted him to live on their property.
They purchased a pre-built shed and turned it into a little home for her Dad. The end result is a 384 sq. ft. or 12′ x 32′ place. They added an 8′ x 4′ covered porch with an attached wooden deck.
The cost of the home was about $40,000 which included all materials, furnishings as well as the sub-contracting costs. They chose to subcontract the foundation, electrical, plumbing, and drywall. All other work was completed by Kim’s husband.
The deck has a bench for enjoying the outdoors which means added space to the home.
The house was placed on a permanent foundation.
An interesting aspect is the 20 gallon water heater was placed under the building with access to it via a crawl space.
The home has one bedroom and one bathroom. The remaining rooms are a living/kitchen area.
The kitchen is galley style complete with refrigerator, four burner stove, microwave, toaster oven, and coffeemaker. A small counter space with stool makes a perfect eating area.
The home is completely insulated for the Colorado climate. Three baseboard heaters heat the home.
The bedroom is furnished with a single bed and a corner desk. The area is small but the furniture is well arranged to make it feel large.
Since this is a little place that is permanent, they plan to extend the roof so rain gutters can be added.
Although they have plans for home improvements, Kim’s father has moved in and is content and happy in his new place close to family. What a great solution for aging parents and close families.