Let’s face it, a tiny house may be cheaper than owning or building an average size home, but it
does require a certain monetary investment; however there are ways to reduce the overall dollar
amount. Tiny homes can cost a few thousand dollars or up to $90k if you are customizing and/or hiring a professional architect. Nonetheless, there are ways that can help you reduce the amount
of money spent into this venture. There are many DIY options available reducing the overall
construction and labor cost; you can get volunteers to help reduce the labor cost even more; you
can use recycled materials for your build; or even buy a turnkey tiny house from sites such
TinyHouseMe.com. All of these options, detailed below, can help you make smart affordable
decisions in your tiny house build. If you use your wits and smarts, you’ll be able to shave off
hundreds to thousands of dollars on your tiny home without hurting your wallet.
Building it Yourself - The DIY option
There are many tiny house owners who decide to build their homes themselves. Most people
who do opt for the DIY route do either get local carpenter to build it for them; or have some
knowledge and have done a significant amount of research into the how to’s of building. Getting
advice or hiring your local carpenters and plumbers, could save you hundreds. This way you
save construction cost from whom you are buying your tiny house kit or shell from. Also, local
freelance carpenters tend to be a lot cheaper than going through a specialized tiny house
contractor and helps with your local community.
You can also always build your tiny house yourself. There are many tiny house workshops that
offer classes for tiny house customers to understand the technicalities of how to build and
construct. So do your research, watch videos, and just know that building your home yourself
will require a lot of time and energy, but you’ll be saving thousands of dollars on hired labor.
If you are fortunate enough to have some generous family members and friends, you could
probably ask them to help you. A few weekends here and there will help with your overall
spending. You could always pay them back by making your volunteers a meal or taking them out
to the movies. Projects such as these help bond people especially when the build is a home you
can visit. So make it a family event and get everyone involved; the end results would be very
Recycled and Donated Materials
Now here is where you’ll be saving the big bucks. Aside from paying for labor, you’ll pay a lot
of money for materials. Whether it be for wood for your walls and floors, to the light fixtures and
bathroom features, you’ll need materials for your tiny home to be possible.
Many DIY tiny house owners will go to their local junkyard to see if they can use any materials.
These can be old wooden pallets, wooden paneling or beams, and etc. If you are creative and
know where and what to look for, you’ll be able to save a lot of money on your home. A lot of
times you can find hidden treasure that truly bring out the look in your new house. So look for
good quality wood when looking for recycled lumber, or go to your local thrift store to find
unique light fixtures and/or other details that you are looking to add. All these elements help you
customize your tiny home at an affordable price and brings out one of a kind personality that
would be uniquely you.
Tiny Homes for Sale
As the tiny housing community continues to grow and prosper, the online marketplaces that offer
tiny houses for sale also grow. A simple Google search will reveal the many sites and places you
can get your tiny house – but this can be time consuming and unreliable. However,
TinyHouseMe.com is a great options. It is a trustworthy tiny house platform that not only allows
you to browse through their large curated list of tiny house builders, but also offers you financing
and other DIY options making your dream of owning a tiny house more affordable.
Further, the site also features turnkey tiny house options which would be a lot cheaper to buy
then to get a customized one. This would be a great way to buy off-the-shelf tiny house and will
take less time and energy. TinyHouseMe.com filters builders based on this so certainly look into
The site also details and shows product pictures so you have an idea how the house looks like,
upgrades the builder offers for their builds, how the floor-plan is designed, and much, much more.
So make sure to talk to their sales rep for more details. Having a guiding hand in the process will
certainly help you understand how you can get the most bang for your buck.
So as you read, there are many affordable options one has when going through the process of
owning their own tiny house. Many go through the route of building their dream time home
themselves often using recycled materials, other ask for help of friends and family to volunteer in
the building process, or some just prefer to buy via sites such as TinyHouseMe.com. Whichever
the case may be, tiny houses are getting more traction and they certainly are fulfilling the
lifelong american dream of owning your own place in an affordable way.
So, you've decided to build a tiny house on your own. It's not going to be easy, let me tell you that. There will be a lot of sweat, blood, time, and money going into this investment. There'll be times when you want to be quit, and other times where you will be frustrated that you didn't meet a certain deadline. And other times you want to scream at the sky because the weather is horrible for building. Just know that your journey towards building your own home will be strenuous, but when you've finished, it will be worth it.
This article is a handy guide for beginners in the DIY tiny house project. This is not an in-depth guide, but rather a starting point for you to branch out and truly begin your research. Are you ready? Let's get started.
Tiny House Kits
As with most things that architects build, a tiny house does come with a blueprint. And some even come as a tiny house kit. These are basically generic kits that you can use to build your own home. Some kits come with the materials, while others require you to purchase the materials yourself. Whatever the case, make sure that the kit is sold by a reputable company that has good reviews, solid understanding of architecture, and is willing to help you through the process. There are many of these kits and blueprints on the market, but make sure you do your research.
The tiny house community is thriving and growing. Because of its immense growth, those who are veterans and experienced with building tiny homes hold lectures and workshops for beginners. These workshops and lectures can cost a few hundred dollars, and will require at least a weekend of your time. There are some that can take longer. Be expected to roll up your sleeves and get dirty. You'll learn everything from doing your home's plumbing, electricity, gas, installing solar panels, and more. Be prepared to learn a lot and use that knowledge to build your own home.
Workshops are typically held in major cities, and Western states seem to hold the most workshops. However, if you are not able to attend a class, there are other ways for you to learn.
For those who cannot attend a workshop, there are videos on the internet for you to learn how to make your own tiny home. True, you could easily read the instructions on how to do this, but a video demonstration would be best. You'll be able to see the actual process, and see comments that other people have posted regarding the topic. Subjects vary greatly, so you'll be able to find information on things you're concerned about.
I know, it's to be expected that the internet would turn up on this guide, but hey, it's useful! The internet provides you not just the information you need to build your tiny home, but it also offers feedback. You'll be able to connect with others in the tiny house community, ask questions, and perhaps give answers to those in need. You can even find ideas, blueprints, pictures, gifs, documentaries, and reputable builders through the internet as well. It's an invaluable source of information, and don't rule this out when you’re creating your new home.
There are plenty of tiny and small house designs on the market, although choosing one that will fit you and your needs sounds difficult. You may be a single individual who is looking for a tinyhome, or you may be a small and young family. Well, choosing a tiny or small house design is like choosing your fashion style. It will take some trial and error, but in the end you'll find a style or design that you'll fall in love with. Whether it be a tiny house on wheels, or a tiny house that's in a fixed location; a single story or two story with a loft, this article will guide you through the process of choosing a tiny house design that's fit for you. After reading this article, you'll be ready to start your journey of finding the perfect tiny home.
Do I want to be Mobile?
Tiny homes on wheels is a growing trend that many people love. These homes are mobile, allowing the residents to travel around the world. These homes typically cost more than the permanent tiny house, but they give the owners plenty of memories to cherish. The downside is since mobile tiny houses are not a legally classified structure, it may be difficult to find a place to park. Some people rely on others to find places to rest, while others will settle on a rented plot of land.
What's your Budget?
Tiny houses are typically much cheaper than a regular home, but it does require money. If you're building the house yourself, the project could cost a few thousand dollars. But if you're hiring someone or buying the house from a company, expect to shell out several thousand dollars for your home.
What are Your Needs?
Are you a single individual looking to live in a tiny house? If that's the case, then your needs will not be as much as a family. As an individual, you won't have to talk to other people about what sort of house you want. If you are a family looking for a tiny house, you'll have to make sure everyone has a bed to sleep in at night. There should be a bit more elbowroom for everyone to walk through and cook in. It's also a good idea to have a plot of land or outside space for the family to stretch and play. A two story tiny house would be ideal for a family, as the ground floor could be the living area, while the second story would be reserved for sleeping and relaxing.
What Style Do You Want?
Are you looking for a traditional looking home with lots of wood? Or are you looking for a home that has lots of modern amenities and appliances? Some of the styles come into play as the house is being built, while others can be changed with decoration. The style of a tiny house typically stays the same throughout its life time, so make sure you love the style of the home. Look at lots of pictures, and do some walk throughs of various homes.