Design Tiny Homes Why Did This Grandma Move Into Her Converted Backyard Shed? By Kimberley Mok Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who covered architecture and the arts for Treehugger since 2007. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Kimberley Mok Updated October 11, 2018 via. Anna Wallace Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design Many people have been moving into smaller homes for a host of reasons: it could be a conscious change toward a simpler lifestyle, it could be a way to avoid paying all the bills and taxes associated with a larger home, or for some younger people, tiny homes are a quick and affordable start for home ownership and an early lesson in independence. But choosing to live in a tiny home could also be done for selfless reasons, as this elderly woman did when she chose to give up her own house to her daughter and five kids, all of whom had recently become homeless. Instead of seeing her daughter go out onto the street, Monica Smith elected to move instead into a converted 8-foot by 10-foot shed in her backyard. Anna Wallace/via Anna Wallace/via Anna Wallace/viaAccording to Viral Nova, Monica gradually transformed a tool shed into a two-storey tiny home. There is a kitchen, a sitting area and a bedroom tucked above the ground floor, accessible by a stepladder. Anna Wallace/via Anna Wallace/via Monica did much of the renovation work herself, keeping costs down. Anna Wallace/via Anna Wallace/via According to Anna, Monica's second daughter, Monica's two-bedroom home was too small for everyone to live in at the same time, so Monica chose to turn her backyard shed into a quaint little home for herself, in order to give her daughter and five grandkids a reprieve in difficult times. It's a touching story that reflects how versatile these tiny homes can be -- they could be a primary residence, a guesthouse, or even something to rent out. More over at Viral Nova.