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Parents attach tiny home to house to use as teen daughters’ bedrooms
The family had outgrown their home, so they cleverly bought a tiny house to turn into extra bedrooms. It's neat to see how it all works!
Jake Zabski
10.28.22

This tiny house brings the idea of a pillow fort to the next level!

A big dream becomes tiny

Brett and Kristy Dolenc and their three children live on a “farm-ette” in Colorado.

With three kids in the house, that often meant that their small carriage house that they custom built 19 years ago was starting to not meet the standards of what their family needed.

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The Dolencs needed to find a quick solution to their growing problem, and that’s where the tiny house came in.

Kristy explained to Tiny House Giant Journey:

“For years we were feeling the squeeze in our house and sharing rooms, it’s fine when kids are little but they older they get it’s harder.”

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The “tiny” solution

The trend of tiny houses has taken the world by a storm. Tiny houses are versatile and can be used for just about anything.

The Dolencs needed something built faster than an addition and also cheaper than an addition.

So, they consulted a tiny house company and custom-built and ordered one!

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The Dolencs’ daughters Lucie and Marin were all in on the construction and design of their tiny house.

When it was completed, it was to be attached to the main family house. The tiny house cost them $67,000.

The tiny house would become the girls’ private living space and allow them to have their own bedrooms for the first time.

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It’s pretty big for a tiny house

The house itself has plenty of space for being such a tiny house! Lucie lives in a lofted bedroom upstairs, while Marin lives in a bedroom on the first floor.

The tiny house comes with a pretty large bathroom, complete with a shower, sink, and toilet.

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The girls’ closets are located in the stairway, and even though there isn’t much room, it’s enough for them.

Living the high life!

Lucie’s bedroom is located in one of the lofted portions of the tiny house.

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Lucie enjoys her bedroom because she was able to decorate it with her personal interests and passions such as a biosphere filled with shrimp and a picture of her relative who was the first woman in Kansas to attend college.

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Lucie finds that the loft has become her own personal getaway space when she needs time to herself.

The view isn’t so bad

While Marin does not live in a loft, her bedroom on the first floor has a great view of the goats outside.

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Marin enjoys her room because she’s able to have a closed-off space that she can go to when she needs some quiet time.

Guests are welcome too!

The girls have their own lofted living space complete with two chairs that can become couches, meaning that their friends can come sleep over!

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The girls like to use the living space to play games and also listen to the rain on the roof.

The tiny life isn’t so bad

Even though the girls may live in a tiny space, their family’s property is quite big.

The family refers to their property as a “farm-ette” and raise chickens, goats, and rabbits.

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During the pandemic, the family opened the farm to their neighbors and sponsored Covid-relief goat therapy sessions during the lockdown. How fun!

While the farm has lots of fun animals, the farm is also a way for the children to learn responsibilities and chores.

The girls show the rabbits from their “Bunny Town” at local fairs, and the chickens are raised for their meat.

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And of course, their hard work at their chores pays off when they are able to enjoy a day in the pond kayaking or using the rope to swing across the pond!

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A big future for a tiny home

As the girls grow older, Brett and Kristy are already thinking about the next steps.

If the girls move out, they plan to convert the tiny house into an office space.

Since the tiny house can also be detached, Brett and Kristy have even thought about letting the girls use it as an apartment or dorm when they go off to college in a few years.

It’s safe to say that no matter what, the tiny house will stay with the family for years and grow with them, even though it may be small!

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Check out this fascinating tiny house in the video below!

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By Jake Zabski
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Jake Zabski is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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