HGTV “Good Bones” Built a Nature-Inspired Tiny House In Place of a Rundown Garage

updated Aug 26, 2020
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Often, it’s not about how big your space is, but how you make the most of the space you have. HGTV stars and mother-daughter duo Karen Laine and Mina Starsiak showed everyone how it’s done in the latest episode of “Good Bones,” when they replaced an old 350-square-foot garage with a tiny carriage house that mastered the art of dreaming big in a small space.

They tackled this particular project for Tad, Starsiak’s brother, who’s the construction job developer for their home renovation company, Two Chicks and a Hammer. Tad was sharing a home with several roommates at the time, so Laine and Starsiak saw the garage in the backyard of their rental as an opportunity to build Tad a tiny house that could be his own adult space.

After demolishing the garage, the team began to nail down the layout and design details of the tiny house. Tad was all about having a natural, laid-back vibe, so Laine and Starsiak decided to create a nature-inspired home filled with natural finishes, rustic furniture, and an organic color palette.

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The team built an open kitchen layout that trickled into the living room, all of which is under a vaulted ceiling that made the space feel bigger. They installed dark oak floors to add warmth against the white cabinets filled with plenty of storage, and they added a butcher block countertop as well as a light gray leaf-shaped backsplash to continue executing a lighter palette.

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Moving into the living room, Laine and Starsiak added several wooden finishes to continue the natural theme of the home, from the trunk table that doubles as storage to the wooden ladder that leads to the loft above. And the light sand painted walls helped tie in all the natural colors and materials under one roof.

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It’s not just the inside that radiated this nature-inspired mood. They painted the outside of the tiny house a deep green—which also happens to be Tad’s favorite color—to blend in with the outdoor greenery. Speaking of greenery, Laine and Starsiak also added a few houseplants in the front to bring more life to the outdoor space.

In addition to the parts of the tiny house shown above, the home project included two bathrooms and the upstairs loft area that doubles as an office and guest room. But you’ll have to watch the “Tad’s Tiny Home” episode to see that for yourself!

Good Bones airs Tuesdays at 9/8 central on HGTV.