A Fond Farewell to a Smart Small Space

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When Carlee moved in the space was covered in wood panelling. (Image credit: Photos by Carlee)

Name: Carlee
Location: Templeton, California

My husband and I rented a granny unit studio that was 400 square feet. We were just teenagers when we first moved in and couldn’t afford much, which is why we decided to rent it. The perk was that while it was hideous as all get out, our landlord was willing to let us do whatever we wanted to the place. When we first moved in it was covered head to toe in wood panelling and ceiling tiles. We tore everything down, textured the walls, painted the cabinets and redid the floors. We even decided to stay here after I found out I was pregnant and converted the sunroom into a baby room.

We knew that being a rental there was always a chance we would have to leave and after living here for six years they have finally asked us to move out so their family can move in (go figure) but we put a ton of work into this place and are so proud of the changes we have made. We want to share with others that living in a tiny space is very doable and its worth the effort.

For a look at the before, check out this video I made. I was 18 at the time I made this so my video skills were….not the best and theres a lot of omg I can’t believe we are going to move into this place type of sighs.

Thanks, Carlee!

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