Budget Breakdown: A Creative Couple in Minneapolis Build a Multipurpose Backyard Studio For $18K

The 195-square-foot, shingled studio includes a library, reading nook, and workstation—and it’s DIY inside and out.

This year, creative couple Michael and Christina Hara got a kid-free retreat just steps away from their back door, thanks to a recent amendment to the Minneapolis building code that lets accessory structures under 200 square feet circumvent the traditional permitting process.

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