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Hi! This is our 700 sq feet 1 bedroom home we built out of a portable metal storage building. We built this ourselves on weekends and late at night, and have been very happy with how it turned it. Very economical, and perfect for us. Please let me know if you would like more information.

Owned, built and shared by Presley Whitley.

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49 Comments

  • Reply jan riddle February 11, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    My family is looking to put a Home for each one of our children on our property. We are very interested in the metal building type of homes anything you could send me would be appreciated

  • Reply Lee Czere February 11, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Hi, I’m wondering where your house is located. I live in cold cold Canada and am moving to Australia this year. What climate does this work well in?

  • Reply Saria February 11, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I LOVE your home and the way it is decorated too. Beautiful! I could live there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Debbi February 11, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    make me one!! awesome!

  • Reply Ivy Wreden February 11, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    love to know where you got your metal shed. love to do this. How much was shed?

  • Reply Julie Knuth February 11, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Beautiful home! Would love to see pics of the bathroom.

  • Reply Lorie Robinson February 11, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    This is my favorite by far! Beautiful design and delivery!

  • Reply Sharon C February 11, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    LOVE it! You guys did a wonderful job. Curious to see how the bath and any closet storage area fit in there. Where did you purchase the building? Did you do all the plumbing & electric yourself? Amazing home! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Presley Whitley February 11, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Hi! Thank you, we love it too. My husband actually ordered it from a manufacturer that sells portable storage sheds, and we customized the size to 16×46. When we first got it, it was just subfloor, metal and the studs, so basically we just built our house inside the shell. Depending on the manufacturer and who you buy from, it can be a couple thousand for the shed itself.

  • Reply Molly February 12, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Love. Love. LOVE! Want.

  • Reply Molly February 12, 2015 at 2:38 am

    That goes for the beautiful weimaraner (?) too. *:0) I would be interested in costs for a structure like this too.

  • Reply Sharon February 12, 2015 at 3:10 am

    LOVE IT! Would like to know more about how you accomplished building this place.

  • Reply Cindy February 12, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Love this!! Curious… Is it insulated at all?
    We are in zone. 9….hot and humid. Was wondering how comfortable the temps are in it. Also…bathroom…utility??
    Thank you!

  • Reply Jane February 12, 2015 at 4:25 am

    Are the roof and walls insulated? What type of heater are you using for the hot air system? I like this!

  • Reply Laura Eversull February 12, 2015 at 4:55 am

    What are the out side dimensions? And the cost of the shed? And the cost of renovations? Thank You

  • Reply jeannie Damron February 12, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Interested in this for my home

  • Reply Marilyn Plisco February 12, 2015 at 5:54 am

    My husband and I have talked about this, and I’d like to ask a few questions if I may. First of all I noticed that your ceiling is metal, is it insulated? I mean how well does your building keep out heat or cold? What is the tubing on the ceiling, is this the ac and or heating conduit? What are the dementions of your building? Does it come with windows? What about wiring and plumbing, do I need to get a contractor for this? One more thing, the walls and insulation, we’re both retired and I am handicapped, we cannot do the work ourselves, so having to do or hire someone I want to compare to having to build a small house. You can send me an e-mail anytime, I will pretty much be here all the time.

  • Reply leticia February 12, 2015 at 6:56 am

    love it -the simplicity & charm!!!

  • Reply Da ear February 12, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I would love more info on this home…any how to info also would be fantastic! I’m in love!!!

  • Reply Skyler February 13, 2015 at 4:11 am

    I “love” your place and how you decorated it. Where did you get the building? Anything you can tell me about it would be great. The blue/ green wood wall did you use paint or find wood like that. How high are ceilings? Where are u located? Is it hard to heat or is in insulated.

  • Reply Jane Wiley February 14, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Love this!

  • Reply Renee February 14, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Can you give the dimensions width and length? What is bedroom and bathroom size? I am getting ready to redo my shed and I think your design will work beautifully…thanks!

  • Reply larissa February 17, 2015 at 5:01 am

    Beautiful! Is love more information too!

  • Reply Lisa E. February 17, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I don’t care for this. It’s way too cluttered and it pushes the limits on “shabby chic” so that, to me, it just comes off as shabby. That’s not to say it wouldn’t appeal to others.

  • Reply Colleen February 17, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Fantastic job, love the dรฉcor-so inviting & comfortable. Would love to have more details on the project, how you did it, how long it took, any obstacles with permits, etc.?

  • Reply Van Reed February 17, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    How did you insulate the building?

  • Reply Lisa Piper February 17, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Would really love more info staying with where you got the metal building. Live that it’s wider than a storage container.

  • Reply joe land February 17, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    what type insulation in the ceilings and floors, r-factors? ya’ll did a great job on the building!

    Joe
    Bossier City, La.

  • Reply pierre February 17, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    excellent job, congrats on your personal project. good mix inside. I like lockers but the red one’s seem to be out of place for my liking. I had school hall lockers in my last home.

  • Reply Sara February 17, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    OH, wow! I could move right in and feel right at home. This is a wonderfully eclectic home and I think you two did an amazing job of making it your own. I’d love more information, too….photos of the living room area, square footage, cost of the metal building and total cost (w/out furniture, though I love it!) That antique dresser with mirror in the bedroom is simply gorgeous! I hope you will both enjoy it for many years to come.

  • Reply Anna February 17, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    I’m definitely interested in more information. What a great idea, and what a gorgeous, cozy home!

  • Reply Gary February 17, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I love this and would love the details: type of storage building, etc.. Thank you for sharing the concept.

  • Reply m.r. Crowley February 22, 2015 at 6:58 am

    it is a very good concept. I would be interested to know how its insulated?

    or if you have a brochure that explains how things were built!

  • Reply Anita Platt February 25, 2015 at 6:15 am

    This is just what I was contemplating. In general from foundation installation to the cost of building and delivery costs, how much are we talking here? I’ve been looking at Amish Made Cabins and I haven’t found a local dealer. I’m in southern Louisiana and I am concerned about cooling costs in the summer. What builing model is it?d

  • Reply Sunshine February 25, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    WOW!!! Very creative. I’ve got my house on the market. My children have a place out in the country, and I am moving there. I would like more information about how to do this. Could you direct me in the right direction?

  • Reply susan March 4, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Love love love this!!! Would like more information. My dream place. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply charles lange March 5, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Awesome!!!

  • Reply Marilyn March 15, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I just love this my husband and I were planing and getting a 14×50 utility building built
    On site and then put on metal siding. The building itself would cost around 14,000 can you tell me where you got yours and how much it was for just the building.
    Thanks Marilyn NC

  • Reply Geri Taran March 19, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I couldn’t see myself living in so small a space all the time but I’d love it for vacations.

  • Reply Inga March 21, 2015 at 12:42 am

    I’m interested in getting more information. Can you please send me an email with your contact info? Thx.

  • Reply Charie Tennant April 15, 2015 at 4:04 am

    I love it. I was thinking of getting a metal building and insulating it. Where could you get a building as large as that for only a couple thousand. Please send me more info on how you started maybe a video if you made one with stats, prices and the location you bought the building from. I am in my sixties and want to have a small place of my own. Thanks.

  • Reply Jill May 2, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I happened on your pics on Pinterest. What you have done here is amazing! My husband and I are in Texas and looking for a spot to do this for retirement. You have really inspired me! I love your reused wood, your horizontal planks, your shelves, your furniture… I love it all! Do you have a blog? Awesome job and thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Brooke July 10, 2015 at 3:28 am

    did you put a concrete slab under it? would like to know more about how you did this please!

  • Reply Christy Underwood July 11, 2015 at 4:19 am

    i am very interested in your building the how to’s and what not to do’s, materials and etc….and if you don’t mind sort of what you have in construction only?

    My father pasted away in October of a year ago and I am staying with my Mormon the couch in a one bed room log cabin, my parents dream retirement home…looking for something cost effective that I can put beside their house.

    • Reply Christy Underwood February 9, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      *not mormon* ….it was suppose to say mom!

  • Reply PUTTY October 7, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Hi Presley! Whether or not everyone would design / ‘decorate’ the interior the same way it’s quite obvious and unanimous that WE WOULD ALL like to know anything more you or your husband could share about it, and the more specific or detailed the better, as we might be able to possibly enjoy the same type of ‘ labor of love ‘ and personal beauty that could best express what you have depicted here in a HOME. You’ve inspired US and from Jan Riddle and her family to now my plea here 43 comments later… please help? Without posting my email here for all of the internet, I wouldn’t otherwise know how I could contact you to ask. Perhaps Steven of Small House Swoon could be of assistance in this matter? Hope to hear back, as I’m sure many of us would be and want to Thank You for in a sense opening this door and the wonder-filled glimpse of possibility! Stay Well and Best Wishes!

  • Reply SDM February 2, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Sleepy dog… great place! Lots of personality!

  • Reply Anna February 4, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Wow. I love everything in it, but all of it together is a bit dizzying for me…..however….very cool!

  • Reply Debbie February 21, 2016 at 1:47 am

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! Would also like info on insulation type and pics of the bathroom if possible. We are about to build something similar for my Mama….since my Daddy recently passed away and she wants something smaller and my son will be moving into her farmhouse on the property to be nearby.Thanks!!

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