Tiny Home Builders Blog

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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.

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Tiny House Builders

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.

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tiny house design and construction guide 2nd edition

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.

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Fun Stuff!

A collection of a few fun things I’ve been working on:

The Tiny House Map

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I’ve been making some improvements to the Tiny House Map (THM) recently. For those who don’t know the THM is a great way to find and contact people, groups, and communities that are close by in your area. I’ve refocused the categories to better help individuals find other likeminded individuals. This included adding ‘groups’ and ‘communities’ (so there isn’t too much up there now for those items quite yet. If you are aware of any groups or communities out there I encourage you mention it to them so they can add themselves to help spread the word!) Right now there are over 800 people from all over the world that are on the map!

https://www.tinyhomebuilders.com/map

 

Inspiration

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Looking for inspiration to help get you motivated to downsize, simplify, and build tiny? I’ve put together a list of 31 things that you can do right now. Check it out at:

https://www.tinyhomebuilders.com/inspire

 

Savings Goal Calculator

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I’ve already mentioned this one in a previous post but I thought I would add it to the list anyways because I like it :) I put together a calculator to help you see how long it might take to achieve your financial goals (regardless of what they are). Including steps you can take to shorten that time:

https://www.tinyhomebuilders.com/home/savingscalculator

 

Tiny House Directory

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Lastly, I’ve made some improvements to the Tiny House Directory (THD). If you haven’t heard of the directory, it’s a collection of websites, books, and other resources specific to tiny houses. Do you have a favorite book or other resource that has helped you? Add it to the THD!

https://www.tinyhomebuilders.com/tiny-house-directory

The numbers are coming in

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

Tools

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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