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Couple, 26 and 32, build their own TINY home in lockdown for £30,000

Couple, 26 and 32, build their own TINY home in lockdown for £30,000 – and say project has given them financial freedom despite parents’ concerns

  • A couple built their own tiny home in Callow Farm, Worcester during the Covid lockdown for £30,000 
  • The house – named Tiny Blue – belongs to gin distillery manager Grace Stringer and her DJ partner Craig Jukes 
  • Miss Stringer bought the ‘shell’ in September last year and spent her weekends working on the project  
  • She insists the project has given her financial freedom despite the initial concerns of her parents 

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A couple built their own tiny home during lockdown for £30,000 and insist the project has given them financial freedom despite her parents’ initial concerns about the mini property. 

The house in Callow Farm, Worcester – named Tiny Blue – belongs to gin distillery manager Grace Stringer, 26, and her DJ partner Craig Jukes, 32, and was built in six months during the pandemic.

Miss Stringer bought the ‘shell’ from Tiny Echo Homes in September last year and spent her weekends working on the project. She now shares the house with Mr Jukes and their puppy Nellie on her parents’ plot.

Couple Grace Stringer and Craig Jukes outside their tiny home in Callow Farm, Worcester

Grace Stringer and Craig Jukes inside their tiny home, built in six months during the pandemic for £30,000

Grace Stringer and Craig Jukes inside their tiny home, built in six months during the pandemic for £30,000

A couple built their own tiny home during lockdown for £30,000 and insist the project has given them financial freedom despite parents' concerns about living in the mini property

A couple built their own tiny home during lockdown for £30,000 and insist the project has given them financial freedom despite parents’ concerns about living in the mini property

The living room inside Tiny Blue, the small house a DJ-savvy couple built in six months during the pandemic

The living room inside Tiny Blue, the small house a DJ-savvy couple built in six months during the pandemic

The kitchen and a partial view of the bedroom in Tiny Blue, which cost £30,000 to build

The kitchen and a partial view of the bedroom in Tiny Blue, which cost £30,000 to build

The living room inside Tiny Blue, the small house a DJ-savvy couple built in six months during the pandemic

The living room inside Tiny Blue, the small house a DJ-savvy couple built in six months during the pandemic

She said: ‘As a child, I loved my Wendy house! As soon as I came across tiny houses, I knew it was a project I wanted to undertake.

‘Overall, Tiny Blue was a project from the depths of my stubborn attitude, I had a lot of people trying to talk me out of it. However, I was determined to prove people wrong and show tiny living is more than possible.

‘It also has given me financial freedom at the age of 26 because I completely own my own house which is such an amazing position to be in.

‘It took six months to do the actual build and the total amounted to £30,000.  A lot of the cost was because wood and anything DIY-related was like gold dust during the pandemic and shipping because we couldn’t go into shops.

‘I spend more time with the doors open, in the fresh air – I have only essentials around and I don’t have unwanted or unneeded clutter.

‘I love the simplicity of life and I enjoy the small things so much more!’   

Speaking to The Telegraph, Miss Stringer said her parents had concerns about her decision to buy the ‘shell’ after it sat in the driveway of the previous owner for six months.  

Speaking to The Telegraph, Miss Stringer said her parents had concerns about her decision to buy the 'shell' after it sat in the driveway of the previous owner for six months

Speaking to The Telegraph, Miss Stringer said her parents had concerns about her decision to buy the ‘shell’ after it sat in the driveway of the previous owner for six months

The couple from Worcester spent their weekends working on the project with family and a carpenter throughout lockdown

The couple from Worcester spent their weekends working on the project with family and a carpenter throughout lockdown

The DIY-savvy couple opted for budget-friendly furniture from Ikea and B&Q. Miss Stringer spent many ytears planning and curating Instagram boards before deciding on a tiny home

The DIY-savvy couple opted for budget-friendly furniture from Ikea and B&Q. Miss Stringer spent many ytears planning and curating Instagram boards before deciding on a tiny home

The kitchen and a partial view of the bedroom in Tiny Blue, which cost £30,000 to build

The kitchen and a partial view of the bedroom in Tiny Blue, which cost £30,000 to build

‘My dad, Ian, works in property, so he needed some convincing at first. He and my mum were at home the day it arrived. I could almost read their thoughts: ‘What have you done?”, she said.

The DIY-savvy couple opted for budget-friendly furniture from Ikea and B&Q. Miss Stringer spent many ytears planning and curating Instagram boards before deciding on a tiny home.

The couple moved into the house, which sits on her parents’ farm near Droitwich, in September – almost a year after Miss Stringer first bought it.

‘This is our first home together,’ she said. ‘Normally, there is a whole load of drama for tiny houses getting planning permission. For me, as long as it was on the right side of my parents’ hedge, it was fine. 

‘We’re in the shadow of the barn and next to a 16V power source.’

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