Monica Mangin's Tiny Farmhouse

What's your idea of a vacation paradise? Designer and DIY expert Monica Mangin executed her dream of a shared vacation property of multiple tiny houses with her closest friends. Here's a sneak peek from Sharing Paradise of the tiny farmhouse with a lakeside view Monica designed and built for her own brood. 

By: Jessica Galliart

Tiny Vacation House

DIY'r Monica Mangin built this tiny farmhouse for her family as part of a project to create a collective of multiple tiny houses for her and her best friends to vacation in lakeside together. 

Comedic Relief

Monica jokes around with contractor Matt Vapniarek on the half-built porch of her family's vacation home.

Lakeside Vacation Spot

The view of Lake Teedyuskung in Hawley, Pennsylvania, from the dock of Monica's shared vacation property.

Friends Who Vacation Together ...

Monica and her friends Eric Schmidt, Lindsey Schmidt, Shannon Lelli, Franco Salvatori, Steph Emr, Anthony Lelli, husband Eric Mangin, Dan Emr, and Stacy Salvatori on the porch of their shared vacation property.

Less House, More Home

Small details such as the "Less house, more home" sign and the hanging mail holders really make a vacation house feel a bit more like home.

Look Up

The vaulted ceiling, exposed barn wood beams, two tiers of windows and low-hanging lights add space and height to a small room.

Maximizing Space

Designer Monica Mangin used space very creatively in her family's small vacation home, seen here is a custom-built hidden door plate rack, behind which is the kids' room.

Kitchen Creativity

Monica created this peg board in the kitchen area to hold pans and kitchen utensils and save on counter and drawer space.

Fit for a Queen

The finished master loft of the Mangin family vacation home is just tall enough to sit up in and cozy enough for sleeping while on vacation.

The Best Bunk Beds

The top bunk of the custom queen bunk beds in the kids' room in the Mangin family vacation home.

Home Sweet Home

Monica and her family enjoy their finished vacation home on their vacation property shared with friends.