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    NFL Star Deion Sanders’ Tiny House Must Be Seen to Be Believed (with videos)

    Why would Super Bowl champ Deion Sanders want to live in a tiny house? That’s the million-dollar question that inspired us to tune in to the latest episode of “Tiny House Nation,” where hosts John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin build the NFL Hall of Famer a 600-square-foot diminutive dwelling of his dreams, then squeeze him in.

    “I want to go tiny because I’ve been through huge and humongous and wanting everyone to know that I’m successful, but I’m past that,” Sanders explains on the show. “Now it’s about needs, not wants.”

    And he’s clearly serious about downsizing: In 2014, “Neon Deion” sold his 29,000-square-foot mansion and has since been living in a 7,000-square-foot rental in Dallas—with his mother, his sister, various nieces and nephews, and his five kids coming and going, and a number of other family members dropping in for extended stays.

    As if these quarters weren’t cramped enough, things got especially dire when Sanders’ long-distance girlfriend of five years, “Extra” host Tracey Edmonds, dropped by to visit from Los Angeles. Apparently, quality private time between the high-flying couple wasn’t easy to come by. Awkward!

    So Sanders purchased several acres in remote Cedar Hill, TX. It is here that he hopes that Weisbarth and Giffin will build the tiny house of his dreams.

    “I’m a big fan of the show,” Sanders says of “Tiny Home Nation.” “I record every episode.” Can you say superfan?

    With typical optimism (or could he be totally starstruck?), Weisbarth sees Sanders’ move from a 29,000-square-foot home to one that’s 7,000 square feet as a positive sign that he can downsize even further, and will feel right at home in the 600-square-foot retreat he and Giffin plan to build for the couple. But once the pair unfurl their lengthy list of must-have features for their tiny house, Giffin squirms. He and Weisbarth can do a lot with a little, but this is probably their biggest challenge yet.

    Just how palatial can a tiny house be?

    Answer: Very. Check out some of the posh features the power couple demand, and the creative solutions the hosts of “Tiny House Nation” devise to deliver.

    A lot of space in 600 square feet

    The home itself is just 600 square feet, but to accommodate everything the couple want, Giffin adds another 600 square feet of covered porch area to the front of the home, and uses the entire roof as a deck. This effectively triples the amount of usable space. Cheating? Not really.

    A covered patio and a rooftop deck almost triple the usable space of the 600-square-foot house.
    A covered patio and a rooftop deck almost triple the usable space of the 600-square-foot house.FYI

    Yoga studio

    Edmonds says she needs a dedicated area for yoga that’s protected from the elements, so Giffin devises a place on the roof, covered by a canvas awning that can be ingeniously flipped to meet another of their needs…

    The awning on the left that covers the yoga area pivots down to become a movie screen.
    The awning on the left that covers the yoga area pivots down to become a movie screen.FYI

    A movie theater

    When the couple are relaxing, one of their favorite things to do is screen some flicks. So the yoga awning pivots from horizontal to vertical at the push of a button and becomes a movie screen! The projector is cleverly hidden in a drawer that Giffin builds into the chimney.

    A dumbwaiter hidden behind the red built-in shelving allows the couple to enjoy snacks inside or up on the roof.
    A dumbwaiter hidden behind the red built-in shelving allows the couple to enjoy snacks inside or up on the roof.FYI

    All-access snacks

    Perhaps needless to say, the couple want snacks within arm’s reach, whether they’re inside or on the roof watching movies. Giffin’s solution is to create a dumbwaiter with a cooler and snack holders, adjacent to the fireplace, so the couple can access snacks wherever they are.

    A dumbwaiter with a cooler and snack holders
    A dumbwaiter with a cooler and snack holdersFYI

    Bathroom with a double vanity and multihead shower

    Giffin seems especially miffed by this request, believing the bathroom is the one place where you really have to sacrifice space in a tiny house. But because the couple don’t see as much value in a nice kitchen (Edmonds confesses she almost never cooks), he is able to grab a few extra feet, squeeze in two sinks, and devise a doorless shower with enough shower heads to hit Sanders all over “like an Uzi,” as he’d requested.

    A double vanity in a tiny house? Only Zack Giffin could fit that in.
    A double vanity in a tiny house? Only Zack Giffin could fit that in.FYI

    Plenty of storage for fishing gear

    A big celebrity does everything in a big way. Sanders says he always fishes with at least four poles, as well as tackle boxes. But where to store them in a tiny home? Giffin hides a huge fishing closet under the outdoor stairs leading to the deck. He even builds a fold-down, butcher block table into the wall, with a hose hookup nearby, so Sanders can clean the fish outside.

    Zack Giffin shows Deion Sanders the fold-down table where he can clean the fish he catches.
    Zack Giffin shows Deion Sanders the fold-down table where he can clean the fish he catches.FYI

    How it all turned out

    In the end, Weisbarth tells realtor.com® that Sanders’ tiny house is probably the most luxurious he’s ever built, complete with a spacious bedroom, spalike bathroom, home theater, and more—all of it controlled by a smartphone, no less.

    “Basically it was a tiny house worthy of an NFL Hall of Famer,” he says.

    And Edmonds and Sanders are also knocked off their feet.

    “This is off the chain!” Sanders exclaims as they explore the new home. “This has totally surpassed our expectations.”

    Even in a tiny house, a bedroom fit for an NFL superstar needs to be spacious.
    Even in a tiny house, a bedroom fit for an NFL superstar needs to be spacious.FYI

    In fact, the pair are so thrilled with their new home, they begin celebrating their fifth anniversary together immediately, tactfully shooing Weisbarth and Giffin away so they can (finally!) enjoy some much-needed alone time.

    Deion Sanders loves red and black, while Tracey Edmonds loves shades of gray, so the designers compromised.
    Deion Sanders loves red and black, while Tracey Edmonds loves shades of gray, so the designers compromised.FYI
    A large kitchen wasn't a huge priority, because the couple don't do much cooking.
    A large kitchen wasn’t a huge priority, because the couple don’t do much cooking.FYI
    Sanders and Edmonds were thrilled with their new tiny house.
    Sanders and Edmonds were thrilled with their new tiny house.FYI
    Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning writer who covers lifestyle, entertainment, real estate, design, and travel. Find her on AtHomeInHollywood.com.

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