'Good Bones' Season 5 Episode 12: Mother-daughter duo transform old garage into a tiny home cum bachelor pad
After Mina's brother, Tad, expressed his desire to do more 'grown-up' things, the Two Chicks and a Hammer Inc. duo decide to turn an old garage in one of their rental properties into a home for him
In the latest episode of HGTV's 'Good Bones', Mina Starsiak Hawke and Karen Laine are taking on an important little project. Mina's 25-year-old brother, Tad, is a fun-loving dude often seen making the most of life and renovation time with his youthful and humorous antics. After his expressing his desire to do more "grown-up" things, the Two Chicks and a Hammer Inc. duo decide to turn an old garage in one of their rental properties into a tiny home for him. But the project isn't a smooth sailing one and the team faces many challenges with the foundation, a mysterious broken pipe and more, which they have to resolve before Tad can move in.
To get a feel of a small space for a home before they can set out to create their own version of it, Mina and Karen visit a tiny home community and meet with the visionary behind it. They learn about the lifestyle of living in a tiny home, the usage of very light walls, visual interest on the ceiling that doesn't feel heavy and optimal utilization of the space. All of the inferences are exactly what they need for the small but convenient home they want to make for Tad. The old garage in question is located in the booming Bates-Hendricks neighborhood in downtown Indiana, on a property that is already undergoing renovations. The locale is a cool, hip place to live and would be perfect for Tad.
Mina plans to keep the foundation of the current 350 square feet garage as is while building a second storey addition of a one bedroom one bath. A thorough check of the little establishment tells them that they will need to get extra work done on the foundation which could come up to $20,000. Mina allocates $100,000 for the construction cost, bringing the total investment cost to $120,000. After consulting with an architect, Mina realizes that they have to build the tiny home from scratch, which means a whole new foundation. The team has to demolish the whole garage and concrete slab, pour a new foundation and build a new garage with the second story addition, to make it the perfect 'grown-up' place for Tad.
After tearing down the foundation and confirming the floor plans, the team took the appropriate measurements and started building on the new foundation. Mina and Karen decided to make it a two-bedroom two-bathroom space with the loft making up one bedroom. After averting a major clay pipe crisis, the fresh foundation is built and a brand new infrastructure for the garage went up. Tad gives out natural, chill and laid-back vibes, which the team is going to incorporate into his new bachelor pad. The floors will be hardwood, while the kitchen gets white cabinets and a butcher-block counter and a Carrera marble backsplash. The interiors get a coat of neutral paint in greys, beiges and the occasional black for some masculine appeal, as opposed to the exterior, which will be green (Tad's favorite color).
Since they plan on surprising Tad, the team has banned him from the property since the dry walls went up. Adding all of the finish touches, the home takes on a nature-inspired theme. To make the interiors look more young, modern and mature, the team incorporated neutral woods, earthy plants, baskets, and organic objects. Tad is very happy and satisfied with how the home turned out, because not only does it represent him, but he also gets to cherish the growth of Two Chicks and a Hammer Inc.
'Good Bones' airs Tuesdays at 9 pm ET/PT on HGTV.