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The Tin Shed


The house was designed to be very maintenance-free, using durable materials. It has a metal roof, 22-gauge corrugated Corten steel siding, concrete floors and 8″ wide oak plank floors upstairs.

4 × 12 Douglas fir beams were salvaged from the Seattle Federal Building for the stair treads. I used simple inexpensive materials for much of the build to save money, but the house has zero particle board. I wanted the materials in the house to be identifiable, real materials.

I believe that beauty is the highest order of sustainability. Whatever you put into this world, make it beautiful.Š

–Mike Buckley

This is Sneak Preview #12 from our forthcoming book, Small Homes, to be published in spring, 2017.

7 Responses to The Tin Shed

  1. Jeff Taylor says:

    I only see one (interior) photo of this project. Am I missing something?

    • Evan Kahn says:

      We are still in the process of putting the book together so we are only showing one picture and a small amount of the text. All of the pictures are going to be in the book.

      • Anonymous One says:

        Steel Reinforced concrete doors would be very helpful in protecting your meth lab. . . keeps out the cops AND your rivals.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s an annoying teaser ad – won’t make me want to buy the book when it comes out either!

  3. Peter says:

    Why would you ever make a door from concrete? I guess it would keep the SWAT team out when it comes calling!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Surely they mean concrete floors and 8″ wide oak plank floors.

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