“We just painted it and modernized it a little bit, made a little brighter and friendlier,” she said.
Emily painted the space in a pale gray, trimmed in white. A dark blue loveseat sits at the base of the full-sized bed. The tiny house features hardwood floors accented with a grey patterned rug.
Little adornments, such as the metal bird figurine, fluffy pillows and a welcome sign give the little space a homey feel.
A small deck features a table and two chairs, nestled under a trellis that is alive with vines in the spring and summer.
“The previous owners, one of them was a Master Gardener so she did a lot of amazing things back here that I know nothing about,” Rymer said, adding the net result is a four-tiered yard complete with a firepit and basketball court.
Structures like this are called accessory dwelling units, and they often are used as rentals or to house extended family members or friends.
An accessory dwelling unit is a small independent structure on the same property as the main house. These little houses were popular until about the 1950s, when suburbanization and zoning codes started to discourage their creation.
Emily’s not sure how long ago the garage behind her home had been converted to other uses. “The old lady who lived here many, many years ago used to back her car all the way down here, and then walk up around the front,” Emily said. “The previous owners, I know they used it as an office. … We bought it as an investment to live in and flip.”