Many people join the Tiny Living Movement because they are interested in saving money and/or the environment. Going off the grid is one way that you can help your pocketbook and the planet at the same time. But how “off the grid” can you really be in a tiny house? One of our biggest needs in everyday life is water. We use is for drinking, washing clothes and dishes, and for showering. Rain water collection in off-grid systems is one way to feed your supply. It can also allow you to keep your expenses down and even reduce your carbon footprint. Continue reading
One of the most common questions asked in the tiny house industry is “How much does a tiny house cost?” Although there is no simple answer, we will give you the best estimates and guidelines to help you plan for your tiny living experience. Here are the three ways of constructing your tiny home and the cost associated with each.
When you make the transition to tiny living there are undoubtedly some sacrifices that need to be made. Giving up all of your modern conveniences does not have to be one of them. Many people think that they are going to have to sacrifice some of their major appliances, and normally the first one to go is the laundry machine. But with the options available on the market today, you don’t automatically have to forgo your washer and dryer. Here are your options when it comes to doing your tiny house laundry.
Choosing from the many Tiny House Builders can be a daunting process. But with a little know how and a lot of research, you can find someone that you will be able to trust and who will get the job done properly. Here are five questions to ask to help you choose the right tiny house builder.
I’ve been working on this tiny house guide for over a year and I’m really pleased with the way it has turned out. I’ve taken all the feedback from the 1st edition (which is already a Best Seller on Amazon) to really make this edition so much better. It now has over 50% more content and over 38 more images and illustrations to help you understand the various aspects of building.
A collection of a few fun things I’ve been working on:
Construction on my tiny house isn’t completed yet but most of the materials for the remaining work have already been purchased. Still needing to be purchased is a little electrical, the kitchen setup, a sliding door, and the flooring. These should run about $1000 depending on what’s selected.
With that said, the stats thus far are:
Total materials cost: $10,566.11
Total tools cost: $1,856.42
Supply runs: 42
Hours of Labor: 375.5
The cost of tools is just what I’ve spent since beginning this project, and I started out with a pretty extensive tool collection. That’s not to say that every tool I purchased was absolutely required or that someone else building this house would need to spend as much.
It’s kind of a rub when building a tiny house. Often if someone is building a tiny house for themselves they are in the process of downsizing all of their belongings. So the idea of going out and buying a bunch of tools that will only be used for a few months is surely not that appealing. However, having the right tools for the job is extremely important as they can save a considerable amount of time and frustration. I followed a TH blog where the builder opted not to purchase a miter saw and instead used a circular saw for everything. Since my miter saw was among the top 3 tools I used the most, I can’t imagine making that decision. He didn’t know it, but I would bet that decision added a couple of weeks on to his timeline.
I followed another blogger who built her tiny house using her school workshop. This worked out perfect for her as she had access to a slew of resources including storage for her TH while it was constructed. Unfortunately I don’t think school workshops are an option for many of us.
I think if your building a TH for yourself the best bet would be to barrow and buy the tools you need to do the job right and just plan on selling what you must when your TH is completed. The pain and cost of selling everything would be insignificant compared to the cost of never buying what you need.
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