Home Depot Tiny Houses

There is a Home Depot near my house that I pass when I’m out running errands. Awhile back I noticed some garages on display in their parking lot. One in particular caught my eye so I dropped by to take a closer look.

While checking it out an elderly gentlemen mentioned to me that he is purchasing the exact model for himself and his wife to live in. This got my wheels spinning. At 256 sq. ft. (not including the full-sized upstairs) and a 16’x16′ footprint, this building seems to have plenty of living space for a single person or couple. Have kids? No problem. This model called “Summer Wind” can be built as large as 18’x40′ (720 sq. ft.).

The front view of The “Summer Wind” model available at Home Depot ranges in available sizes from 256 sq. ft. to 720 sq. ft. There are certain things you could do yourself to help keep costs down, like painting it yourself rather than paying $1,185 to have it done for you.

The stairs leading up to the 2nd floor seem sturdy and quite solid.

The barn style door is the building’s front entrance. Glass French-style front doors are also available.

A panoramic view of the upstairs floor. Click the image for a larger view.

The price of the model I toured. There are a whole slew of upgrades that can be purchased. Once your building is delivered to you, you’ll need a plan in place to complete the interior finishing, plumbing and electrical.

The rear view. There is also a side door on the apposite side leading into the first floor.

Home depot carries several other buildings that could possibly make a tiny house. If you are interested in learning more you can call Home Depot at 1-800-HOMEDEPOT.

While I would personally prefer to buy my tiny house from a tiny house builder and refrain from giving the money to a large company, these buildings are an attractive option for someone with a limited budget. It also makes sense if you have access to someone with some DIY skills to keep costs down for completing the remaining work to make the house livable.

If converting a garage seems like a good idea to you, you might want to take a look at this book that gives some good info. on garage conversions.

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51 Comments → “Home Depot Tiny Houses”

  1. jess stinchfield

    Feb 23, 2012

    although i certainly agree that it would feel better to buy from a small business or build it yourself, this is pretty damn cute for the money, w/ the stairs (not ladder) and upstairs. one could certainly green this up w/ spray insulation, a couple solar panels, and efficient heating and appliances. thanks for sharing.


  2. tammy

    Feb 23, 2012

    these are so cute


  3. Heather

    Feb 23, 2012

    I found the website for the manufacturer. They actually have a wide range of desins that could be used as a home. http://www.classicmanor.com/CMB/html/index.php


    • betty

      Sep 01, 2015

      Total cute I like the barn and new day but not available in my area sucks big time


  4. Annie Blair

    Feb 23, 2012

    There is an adorable two story model that has been on a local company’s lot that I have fantasized about living in for years. While they are cute, adorable and do-able, my only concern is the off-gassing and toxic air space that all of the particleboard would produce.

    Great website Steven! Keep up the interesting and informative posting!


  5. Will

    Feb 23, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this with us. A great idea and seemingly cost effective.


  6. Peyote Short

    Feb 23, 2012

    Our local HD just got a fresh batch of sheds. I like to look at the details of how professionally assembled shed is built, for that day when I make my own.


  7. Adam Wynant

    Feb 25, 2012

    Would it be legal to live in this in California or Nevada?


  8. Carl in SC

    Feb 26, 2012

    We’ve seen this featured 2 story building alond with another 2 story building with a front porch across the front either in Commerce, Ga or at another Home Depot. We do not shop at HD because of their agenda so we’d go to Classicmanor.com to find the same building if we decide to make one of these into a home, guest house/storage or office. As long as someone follows local building codes in wiring, plumbing, foundation and so forth it seems these would be acceptable in all states. Isn’t it on the west coast you see all manner of housing including shipping containers? Within any state you can also have some counties with stricter building and zoning codes than others.


  9. Sarah

    Feb 28, 2012

    My local HD has these as well. I remember walking around is these very same models to get a feel for the tiny space. I like the idea of buying one half done for you and finishing the rest by yourself. The unfinished walls, floors, and etc are like a bank canvas.
    I really like the layout, it’s simple, and lets in lots of natural light.
    When I was looking at it my father commented that it wasn’t built very well and too expensive. I have to agree, I have seen cheaper better well made looking ones.
    But a person that knows what they’re doing, and wants to spend the money, can make this work.
    Another thing appealing about it is that HD will always sell these. So when you’re ready, it’s there waiting for you.


  10. Charlie

    May 10, 2012

    They also make a “New Day” which looks much less like a barn and goes up to 18×36 for a traditional looking 2 story cabin for less than $25,000 for the shell.


  11. Bill Bates

    Nov 28, 2012

    The Home Depot building is nice but you can get the same 16′ x 16′ 2 story with western fir hardwood siding (instead of press board) tongue and grove 5/8″ plywood for $6,637.00 delivered and setup ! That’s $2,000.00 less !!


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      Jul 25, 2013



  12. Max

    Jan 12, 2013

    We have a 16 x 24 foot version of this as our mountain cabin in Georgia. The windows were changed out upstairs, and we installed a 3/4 bath in the corner under the stairs landing. Our kitchen area has an under counter refrigerator and a 20 inch stove with a total of 10 feet of butcher block counter top. I’m working on some hanging closet space upstairs. Ours did not have the double doors, but has a single door on each end. It is very comfortable for our use, and we could move there permanently after retirement.


    • Marianne

      Nov 27, 2013

      Hello Max,
      How did you get around the strict GA building codes. I’ve inquired with my county in GA and the inspector said “NO WAY” would the NEW DAY from Home Depot meet code. I know there must be a way to get around them. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.


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    Mar 28, 2013

    The following image is of a complete storage shed turned home: http://j.mp/11Rzlsw


  14. Bunnie

    Sep 05, 2013

    You can buy the exact same shed or any number of buildings, including small houses, guesthouses and inlaw suites from local builders specializing in backyard construction. They’re generally cheaper than a big box store and can customize the place to meet code. It’s probably the route we’re going to take since we have small children and live in a state that loves red tape.


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  16. Katie

    Apr 30, 2014

    This actually a very cute idea! If I was able to put it on a trailer, then I would go for it, but since I cannot, I will continue designing/planning for my tiny home on a gooseneck. :)


  17. Becky M.

    May 06, 2014

    My husband surprised me when I suggested the, “New Day” shed. He hopped right on board with the tiny house idea. Most of the interior we can do ourselves. I’m very excited. We would like to be somewhat independent form the local infra structure. I’m in the process of designing the interior floor plan. My husband is working on generators for storms. Solar energy and whats needed. This gives so many more options than a traditionally built home. We don’t want to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars. Its time to keep as much of our income as possible.

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    Sep 01, 2014

    I walked into two identical units and looked around. One had the radiant barrier already placed in the upstairs roof and one did not. There was a good fifteen or twenty degrees difference in the temperature of the two, and this was summertime in Texas. This might be something to consider when buying.


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  30. Mindi

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    I have thought about making a tiny home out of a shed since I was a kid but it was never a serious thought until I was at Home Depot Sunday and I saw this one and I just immediately pictured turning it into a home. I took a picture of it and told a few of my friends and then I went online and found that a few people have used this exact one to turn into a home. That makes me even more excited! I’m very very seriously considering it!


  31. Bonnie Hanes

    Jan 22, 2015

    Our cabin did not start out with one of these, but when we saw one of those sheds at our Lowe’s we knew that it would have been a good start on our cabin. We LOVE our cabin!!


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    Feb 01, 2015

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  34. Tim

    Jun 16, 2015

    This exact shed was the seed for my cabin. I used the design as a starting point, and built it myself. I’m damn near finished and I haven’t spent much more than $7500 to get there.

    If you want to see what one of these ‘sheds’ looks like in cabin configuration, look on my blog.

    http://www.Cowracer.blogspot.com. Click on the “Cabin” tab at the top to see it from the start.



    • Kendra

      Aug 18, 2015

      Tim if I had to pay someone to do what you did, how much would it cost? Your cabin is very close to what I am looking to do …. I just can’t find one with a price. At least not one that is close to what I want. We don’t need a fire place. We can go without a lot of extras…will do open shelving to cut down on price. We will do what we have to to cut back on price. I think ours will be like the 16×24 HD one-barn style. Has to have water and electric…it will be our home. We are in TX. I really really need an average cost estimate of how much it costs to finish one of these out. Can’t seem to get an estimate anywhere. Can you help?…know what someone would charge to do this? We have a friend that is a builder who won’t take advantage of us. Of course he won’t work for free lol, but when I take him the plans and say I’m ready…he will probably get his crew to do it at fair price. At this time he’s extremely busy and I don’t want him to take the time to actually bid it. Well. Honestly I hadn’t found anything close enough to what I want to show him! Now I have!! Thanks so much for sharing!
      Any help on estimate, from anyone would be great. I just need to know if this is doable before my daughter (14) and I talk about it much farther.


  35. Tim

    Aug 24, 2015

    Kendra, Sorry, but I couldn’t even begin to offer an estimate. There are so many variable that I would have to make a broad range. Something like “Oh.. Between $5,000 and $50,000.

    Look on Craigslist for portable building companies in your area. They usually build the same couple of designs over and over, so they have a good feel for the overall cost. I would say the $8,700 shown for the Home Depot shed above is about what I would expect to pay if all I did was write a check. As I am only really paying for materials, (and beer. Lots and lots of beer) I’m saving a ton of money.

    Bear in mind that even at $8,700, that is just a shell. Plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and finishing will easily double the price. I would think that any cabin/house suitable for full-time occupancy for two people would run in the $20K range, if someone else did ALL of the work.

    When you show him my cabin, bear in mind that its just a weekend getaway. It’s really an over-glorified shed. Some things were done with that in mind. There is much that I would do different if it was something I was going to live in full time.

    Feel free to email me via the blog if you have any more questions




  36. Geni McDonald

    Aug 31, 2015

    I lived in one of these for a few months outside Nashville. We put a shower and toilet under the stairs. It was very easy to live in but as having lived in one right before Katrina hit, Put French doors in where the barn doors are with a over hang to help shed the rain. Put a real door on the side with a Over hang. Then at the top where the air flow spots are either have them put in a tiny window or cover it with something to keep bugs out. insulate the underfloor depending on where you live. When I build again this would be my biggest choice. It holds a Queen to King upstairs very nicely and I heated it with a Mr Buddy.


  37. Kendra

    Sep 05, 2015

    Tim thanks so much for your time and for your response. I know that prices can range from one end of the spectrum to the other. So I understand your hesitancy in quoting anything. That is also why I mentioned that we can do without a lot of the extras. Because those extra things can be paid for one I am living in it and no longer have rent. I basically have been wanting to know how much it would cost to have a place that is livable, and then once we are in it….then we can start really making it look nice. Of course keeping in mind that “livable” in Texas, can mean $4k-10k worth of difference than in a place where you don’t need H/AC. Anyways, I’ve been to your blog…spent quite some time there!! I’ll visit it again soon though. Have a great weekend and a safe one! (Holidays wknd!….no driving while consuming all that beer! Lol)
    Thanks again.


  38. Lisa E.

    Sep 07, 2015

    One of the reasons for building a THOW is to avoid property taxes for a foundation house.

    This is really cute and the base price is reasonable for a starter that you can finish off yourself, but check your local codes to find out what does and what does not get taxed.

    I saw a video several years ago and the guy built up off the ground on a scaffolding system so his rectangular building qualified as an “out building” instead of a foundation house.

    He put a staircase from the ground to a full length porch, then covered the scaffolding with contractors’ black plastic (I think it was some kind of pool liner) and then covered that with white lattice. Looked fabulous and the whole thing was so very cost effective.

    He put in a tree line off the back of the house as a windbreak and had solar panels on the slanting roof. All in all, I though he did a great job.

    If I got one of these HomeDepot units, I think I’d put it up on skids or something to avoid the foundation tax snag. But, since the THOW Movement seems to be getting so much traction these days, I’m very hopeful that code and zoning laws are going to change for the better in a lot of places and we will be able to build with less tax headaches. It’s not that I’m against paying any taxes at all, but when the corporations are paying nothing and We the People are paying so much we can’t afford to live, it’s time for a change. Here’s hoping 😀

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  40. Terri Simmers

    Sep 13, 2015

    I need space for an art studio and I like this .


  41. Douglas Duet

    Oct 10, 2015

    I’m looking for the Home Depot two story shed or tiny house. I would like to purchase Item with out it being painted. Item # ska 726-523 summer wind 16′ x 16′ for price shown of 7,539.00 as soon as possible. Please contact me as soon as its convenient.


  42. Gary

    Oct 15, 2015

    I would have them leave the doors off, and take a discount and open the door way for seom double french doors, also leave Windows out, and open the window(s) openings for larger windows, that window in the loft/upstairs area would need to be open-able and a cross flow figured out, as the hot air would rise and make it HOT up there on the second floor.

    I thought about getting two of the 720 sq ft and put them end to end , But space apart some, with a Opened center section at least the width of the 720sq ft building, maybe a foray or a small green house center section, a small table and chairs in the green house center area for a eating area or coffee drinking area, the green house would/could add heat to the other two or one sides of the house depending on where you needed the heat, and where you didnt need it, through easy venting, then some small solar panels to power the house’s electrical needs. maybe build a larger greenhouse on one end of one of the sides as a solar heat for the tiny house, but at 1420 sqft plus the center section, maybe 1500+ sq ft


    • Gary

      Oct 15, 2015

      actually the 18 x 40 at 720 sq ft x 2 = 1440 sq ft for two of them, end to end, adding the Green house center section would mean the center section would be 18 x 18 = 324 sq ft sun room/greenhouse addition added to the 1440sq ft yielding a total of 1764 sq ft, no longer a tiny home.


      • Gary

        Oct 15, 2015

        what if you did Not want a Loft? maybe have the builder make the side walls 36″ taller all the way around, No Loft but have the joists 36″ higher, this would allow another window line above the line of the door line for privacy, you to have either a Drop down from the ceiling bed on top of some low backed furniture couches, then press a button and hoist the bed back up to the ceiling out of the way, or some of the very modern combo couch Murphy beds, the new ones are MUCH MUCH MUCH better than the older ones they MUCH more comfortable to sleep on.


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