Thursday, October 21, 2010

Vanstead Sheds

For those who decide to vanstead on a piece of land, "sheds" can be used for everything from a craft area, chicken coop, expanded indoor kitchen, visiting area, guest quarters...

By keeping your "out buildings" small, you may avoid many building regulations.

Screen houses make great visiting areas.
There are many free building plans online for the do-it-yourselfers:

Tiny House Talk is an excellent read for those thinking of building small.


  1. I love it. I've seen this done in the past and have always thought about it for if I ever found "that perfect piece of land". Several customized sheds connects by wooden decks and bridges, totally off grid, except to sell excess power consumption by to the co-op. No reason the homestead can't turn a profit, especially when you're off in your van. That's always been one of the things that appealed to me about wind and small scale hydro power. Sell back what you don't use. Even a solar array could trickle feed back to the coop when there's minimal load while you're away traveling, I would think. I knew some farmers who did that back in the 90's and actually covered their overhead so they didn't have to go into debt on bad years, made a nice profit on good years too, lol.

  2. Oh I love this topic..infact I suscribe to and I had thought about making that first shed into a tiny home on my sisters land at one point.

    This is an excellent post!

  3. Around here, 144 sq. ft. is the maximum for a house that doesn't have to meet the building code. Sounds roomy to me!

    Went to a friend's farm to get some eggs the other night. There was a new trailer and the frame for what I thought was going to be a tiny house, but a pretty big one! I got all excited and asked about the tiny house they were building. Nope. Movable chicken house. There's a place near here that custom builds really nice trailers, very cheap.

  4. Hi Heidi! Thanks for mentioning Tiny House Talk and cool post. I love the first picture *and* your new blog. Talk to you guys later... Making it to Florida anytime this winter?