A derelict shed in Silver Lake, California, was renovated into a sleek, 350-square-foot tiny home.
The architects behind the two-year transformation said it was once nicknamed “the murder shed.”
Today the one-bed home is an incredibly in-demand listing available to book on Airbnb.
This 350-square-foot tiny home in California wasn’t always the dreamy hideaway it looks like today.
Architects Corie Saxman, 30, and Keith Marks, 33, told Insider they were hired to transform a derelict shed in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, into a modern accessory dwelling unit (ADU).
The duo said it all began in 2018 when one of the owners, Roger Merians, contacted them through Instagram.
Saxman and Marks – who met at graduate school and now run the architecture firm Ham Design Group – had never taken on a project alone, they said.
“Roger just cold messaged me,” Marks said. “He said, ‘Hey, I saw your thesis project. I love it. I got this tiny thing. I was wondering if you could do something for us, something exciting and not typical.'”
As thrilled as they were to land their first solo project, Marks and Saxman didn’t love the original structure, which they nicknamed “the murder shed.”
Seeing the shed — which lies on the same property as their client’s home — for the first time wasn’t exactly love at first sight for Marks or Saxman.
“We nicknamed it ‘the murder shed‘ from day one,” Marks said. “We definitely knew we had a lot of work ahead of us.”
But any apprehension about the project they faced was eased by how lucky