Tiny home UK – £2500

Apaulafallowshome quiet corner of a farm near Birmingham has become a workplace for a busy mum-of-two.

Just 20 yards from her house is Paula Fallows’ office, inside what looks like a beach hut.

It took about three days for her and her husband to build it.

“It’s really good because it’s totally separate from the house,” she says. “You can go in there, work away and shut the door at the end of it. You don’t cross that line of having your work in your house.

“But you don’t have very far to go, it’s just across from the house, literally a 20 yard walk. For people who do work from home, the cost savings are enormous and the commuting time as well.”

Paula put the hut on wheels to avoid planning permission problems – and to make the most of the sun.

She designed the chassis and recycled other parts, including the wheels to cut expenses, with the finished hut costing £2,600.

Paula, 47, was inspired by her childhood memories of summer holidays by the sea in Weston-super-Mare and Llandudno.

The end result features seaside pictures, bunting and even a mermaid ship figurehead.

“You get a great deal of satisfaction from did this'” says Paula, who works for Evesham-based log cabin supplier Keops Interlock, where she also got her own hut.

“The company has been going for about 14 years and we’re finding that we are busier and busier, even throughout the recession. People are looking at downsizing and saving money. We’re also doing a lot of granny annexes.”

Inside the space – measuring 2.2 metres by 3.35 metres – is a desk, chair, shelving, wood burner and sofa bed.

“I use it in the evening and work there at the weekend as well. It does get a lot of use,” says Paula. “You’ve got the views as well when you look out of the window at your garden and you have got all the wildlife. It’s very peaceful.”

? For more information go to www.tinyhouseuk.co.uk and www.logcabins.co.uk

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