Although this is not a tiny house, I think it is great inspiration so take a look and enjoy.
by Kevin Wilbeck
At 7 ft. x 8 ft. this certainly would be a Tiny House for people but it will be a nice space for the Bantam show chickens it will soon house. The building started as a coal mine pump house built in 1926 for the McElheney mine in central Iowa. We initially acquired it to become a kids’ clubhouse, but later decided to convert it to a chicken coop for some good friends. When we do building conversions at Farmhouse Life we always add style elements that link to the building’s history or portray a new purpose.
In our Bunkhouse we used the hand carved Eastlake style trim from the house (torn down) of the family that donated the building to us. The three cornice blocks surrounding the curved- top door of the Playhouse and pays homage to the three sisters who donated it and who used it as a play house many years prior. The same is true of this building. The six diamonds in the gable represent the family members who we donated the building to. The star in the opposite gable honors the father that they recently lost to cancer.
Almost all the material to do the conversion was recycled from other farm outbuildings including the corn crib beams used as the trailer ramp. The last picture depicts hour #2 of a 4 hour long loading process. The only equipment I had to move the building was a transmission jack, log chain, and a 1950 Farmall C tractor. Having never done something like this before, the loading consisted of many, many small moves. More like “adjustments.” As you might guess the height of anxiety was the few moments it was perfectly balanced on the end of the trailer when it could have as easily plopped onto the trailer as it could have headed back to the ground.