Skip to comments.This Grandma’s Friends Laughed At Her Idea. But What She Did In Her Shed Is Awesome.
Posted on 01/18/2014 8:39:55 AM PST by lowbridge
Not many people understood why Monica Smith began working on her 8×10 shed in the back yard and then they laughed when they realized she was turning it into a tiny cabin. It seemed strange that she was putting so much effort into just a shed. But it wasnt just a hobby. Her youngest daughter and 5 children lost their home. So, Monica decided to give them her own and move out to the back yard.
This may be the coolest grandmother ever.
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This woman is amazing.
If I ever turned my garage into a home it would be condemned immediately;)
And that will be her undoing. We are very far removed from the days of self-sufficiency. The government MUST have their pound of flesh to allow you to live on your property.
God speed to this woman.
The Obama economy at work.
We will all be there soon.
Where is she going to put all that crap grandmas collect in their houses?
“Monica didnt even hire contractors to help her complete this project. She did all of the work herself,”
a lost American trait nowadays. If gramma’ were around the late 1900’s, she would have built a city of her own
Just wait until the local zoning and code enforcement get thru with granny.................
Now the property appraiser and code enforcement knows about it.
Sad but true.
The government HATES self-sufficient people.
Look up “Katrina Cottage” and you’ll see there are a number of small ( under 1100 sq. ft.) house plans that don’t look too bad.
I read the entire article. There is no mention of building permits, EPA inspections, or zoning waivers. And what's worse, she did not use federal grant money to do pay for it all!
That lady is obviously some sort of anti-government troublemaker. Could be one of those Tea Party types I've been reading about.
I didn’t see the porcelain convenience.
Have you ever seen the TV show, "Treehouse Masters"? This contractor custom builds amazing treehouses for clients all over the US. These often are party pads with plumbing, kitchens, etc. Some of these are in rural locations, but many of these structures are in cities.
NEVER does the show ever refer to a building inspector. I'm waiting for the city inspectors to show up and declare the structures illegal and force the owners to tear them down. There are substantial investments in these dwellings.
As much as I'd like a treehouse, I'd never build one on my property. Every spring in Wisconsin, I lose 2, or 3, trees to the weather. Often there is no warning. My house is 50+ years old, and I've noticed that that is when the trees start falling, although I have neighbors who have lost trees at a younger age. My friend lived in a house in the woods that is 80+ years old. She even lost oaks annually. Provided an endless supply of firewood.
No Permit? She’ll probably be ordered to pay to have it torn down and hauled away before the year is done.
Where’s the bathroom?
The only right you have when you own property is the right to pay taxes on it.
There will be more to this story..... and not good news as soon as the local building commissars check it out. Hope someone local follows up on this.
And granny has to climb that ladder to her bedroom?
Too bad she doesn’t seem to have a son-in-law.
The red oaks on my land seem to fall a lot. They don’t seem to have much of a tap root.
The show is on one of the liberal channels, IIRC, and they'd never show that kind of government intrusion. I'm sure it happens behind the scenes. I think this is on Animal Planet, one of the worst PC offenders.
Nice little place she built. Now, should/when the local gubmint tell(s) her she can’t reside there, all she needs to do is pick up the house and move it to a place more to her liking.
Good for her. Other than a 500 pounder, most people could live in that small of space.
Those aren't necessary anymore. He'd just get in the way of the Welfare check for FIVE children.
He built a shed in the back yard and drove his own chisel-point well for his water supply. The Water company tried to condemn the house because of no water service, so he installed a valve to share municipal water for a few hundred gallons a month to keep them out of his business. He also had a garden shed he used as an outhouse. He had a thing about doing your business inside of where you reside.
He trashed picked and rebuilt / reupholstered every stick of furniture inside their home. He canned every vegetable and fruit he could find a jar for. He caught and cold pickled sucker fish, about 300 pounds a year. He never had more than one 40 watt lightbulb on at a time.
Alotta folks mentioning the lack of a building permit but most places don’t require one for an out building less than 100 square feet.
Now the property appraiser and code enforcement knows about it.
Good point. I see increased taxes and harassment in her future.
This is awesome!
But I worry about the government ‘officials’ who will no doubt come snooping for ANYTHING not ‘up to code’ and start milking the woman’s finances with “fines” until she is forced to make them stop living in the shed.
I hate that I think this way but I’m SO bummed that we can no longer do things like this on our OWN property anymore.
Love these little houses. I assume the porcelain room in the house is shared.
I didnt see the porcelain convenience.....It’s out back, in the garden. A two-fer.
Normally she’d be able to claim it’s not a domicile and doean’t need a certificate of occupancy.
Well, except for this article LOL!
Um... A bathroom??
Lots of Freepethugs all for that.
I have debated them on their complete ethical lapse regarding the morality of building codes beyond basic fire safety since I first registered here.
Morality of anything has nothing to do with it.
Freepers do not control what government does, so everyone could agree with you and it would still be irrelevant.
Getting into a discussion of the morality of something is a side track. Most don't like to go down a side track.
The bathroom is off the kitchen and behind the stairs.
That’s where I figured it was too, hence the curtain along the back of the stairs.
Yup...did she get a building permit for that?
did she have the requisite inspections?
If that answer is “no” to both questions they will make her take it down.
How long will Grandma be able to climb those stairs to her bedroom?
Morality is not a sidetrack.
It is in fact central to life and human behavior.
She'll be getting a visit soon. "Your paperz, pleez."
The shed is a 10 x 12, not 8 x 10 as stated in the article.
Given how her husbandless youngest daughter has five children, she may just be in her 40s. So she could have several decades of ladder climbing yet, by which time there should be another generation to house.
No way the government will allow itself being under its own siege while we prosper.
They also all laughed at Noah when he built his Ark... or when Jews sang Next Year in Jerusalem.
Honky Grandma be trippin’!
Without building permits, occupancy inspections, wiring and plumbing being up to code and the appropriate zoning, I give her little project 6 months before the government makes her tear it down.
yep...now the building inspectors, fire inspectors and zoning people will decend on her.
Tax....fine and tear it down. BTW.....next time use union contractors. Sure, it will cost a kings ransom and take 1 year, but then maybe you will be ok.