24 Hours In a Tiny House? Jen + Brandon Hatmaker See What It's Like to Spend the Night
Everything’s bigger in Texas — except tiny houses. Watch the My Big Family Renovation couple take a 24-hour mini-vacation…and we mean mini.
With five kids and full careers, Austin author Jen Hatmaker and husband Brandon rarely have a chance to get away. But the My Big Family Renovation stars finally hit the road for some alone time. Their destination: A tiny house in Canyon Lake, Texas. Watch as they tour their downsized digs in HGTV's new digital series, Tiny House Arrest:
Outside the Tiny House in TX 03:00
See the rest of Jen and Brandon’s stay — including having a tiny dinner (with Jen’s pimento cheese recipe) and a house party — on the Tiny House Arrest page.
Seven's a Crowd
After adopting Ben and Remy from Ethiopia, the Hatmaker's 2,400 square foot home in Austin, Tex. was beginning to feel cramped. When Brandon and Jen stumbled upon this Buda, Texas home it was in no condition for a family, especially one as large as theirs.
Refitting the Entryway
After. The new doorway leads guests into a spacious foyer. Adjacent to the front door, vintage lockers add to the home's youthful charm and provide the essential storage space 5 kids require. The home's original front door was reused and modernized with a vibrant red paint job.
Serving a Family
After. The dining room serves as the Hatmaker base of operations. Homework, blogging and eating require it to be spacious and work-conducive. Jen's brother, Drew, custom built the table to fit the area and the family's many needs. A brightly painted Dutch door now provides access to the backyard.
Helpful Hatmaker Tips
Lighting isn't just expensive, it is also difficult to find the fixture that perfectly suits your space. Brandon used galvanized pipe, mason jars, and a simple light socket set to create the custom light fixture above the dining room table. It is a quick way to make a huge impact on your space and your budget.
The old and the new
Brand new can be boring. Jen wanted the front bathroom to have character. She went online and found this vintage dresser for only $350. The crew transformed it into a vanity and added the deep vessel sink to complement the dresser's old-world charm.
The loft bed does more than just look cool. It leaves tons of room for Remy express her creativity. Jen made yet another online discovery with this vintage table. It made the perfect art station for Remy. A unique metal art installation above the art table puts the finishing touch on the room.
Fan-tastic Art Piece
This fan, original to the home, stole Jen's heart as her favorite find. Always looking to personalize their new home, Brandon and Jen decided to make this into a one-of-a-kind art piece that would nod to the home's long history. Vintage sconces on both sides of the fan were found in the home.
Farmhouse Concept Completed
To give the lower cabinets that perfectly imperfect look, Brandon started with a coat of light gray paint and then one coat of this gorgeous green. After the green had dried, a light wash of gray was applied and then sanded and wiped off.
One of the toughest parts of the renovation was not having a kitchen. Even the kids got tired of eating out. After having to outsource almost every meal during construction, the family voted to turn the backyard shed into a chicken coop!
Birch Tree Bedroom
Jen loves wallpaper, but when she came across this idea for wall decals online, she thought, "why not?" The birch tree decals were super cheap and super easy to apply so there was nothing to lose. She and Brandon ended up loving how the decals accentuated the high ceilings.
Applying wainscoting to the bathroom walls kept to the traditional farmhouse look, but Brandon and Jen wanted a more luxurious feel in their new en suite. Painting the wainscoting a high gloss black created contrast against the white walls and gave the room a more upscale, spa-like vibe.
Inspired by how well the vintage vanity in the guest bathroom turned out, Brandon and Jen decided to repurpose a 1970's dresser as their master bathroom vanity. They kept the original green so they just had to fit it for plumbing and add the sinks.
The Final Steps
During the dining room renovation, this blue Dutch door was installed as the main pathway to the backyard. One of the finishing touches on the home were these steps connecting the dining room to the backyard. Almost done.
This white table has seen some tough times. For much of the renovation, the Hatmaker family relied heavily on this outdoor space as their only area to prepare makeshift meals, do homework or just escape from the renovation madness. The family decided to keep the table, but the backyard needed clear vision and purpose.