This is a gorgeous $100k tiny house with two main floor sleeping areas.
Walmart’s Allswell brand, which sells bedding, hired Modern Tiny Living to custom-build it.
Allswell is touring the country with the tiny home featuring the company’s mattresses and other bedding products with stops scheduled in New York City, Hoboken, Philadelphia, D.C., Atlanta, Nashville, Austin, Dallas, Bentonville, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. So be on the lookout for it! More details below.
Since they figured some people will want the tiny house itself, you will be able to customize and buy it.
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Walmart Hires Modern Tiny Living to Build $100k Tiny House You Can Tour or Buy… To Create Awareness of their Allswell Mattress Brand
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The tiny house has two bedrooms on the main level which is pretty nice.
The kitchen is beautiful and functional.
The bathroom, too, is quite nice!
Modern Tiny Living did a wonderful job here.
What do you think? Can you live in this tiny house?
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The tiny home tour is a result of customers inquiring about where they can try the mattress in person. There are plans to stop in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland.5
Since you’ll probably want to move in once you see inside the gorgeous Allswell Tiny Home, they want you to have one of your own. Beginning on February 7, an Allswell-designed tiny home could actually be yours-for a starting price of $100,000.8
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kind of defeats the purpose of low or no mortgages
That being said, $100k? Really?
My daughter and son-in-law built a 1200 square foot 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home with a concrete foundation for $75k all in. What in the world is in this home for 100k? I am all for making a profit for my labors, but really? Wow. People are really taking advantage of the tiny home movement.
I so agree.
In a way but it’s more complicated than that, the price actually isn’t from the builder but Walmart because this is part of their Allswell brand promotion and they appear to have the rights to the design and so that cost is also including them…
THOWs from the builder actually start at a more reasonable $59K-$69K…
Though, there are things to understand about the numerous differences between DIY and a Commercial Builder doing custom work that makes prices comparisons between them seem very lopsided…
The obvious difference being DIY means you’re not paying anyone else for the work but that’s more a trade off because the person doing the DIY has to sacrifice their time and energy to do the work.
So the actual costs go beyond just what was spent on the materials but that isn’t factored into the costs, along with some other things like cost of tools to do the work, so it makes commercial building seem much more costly in comparison…
DIY builder also doesn’t have to cover the cost of running a business, paying employees, having insurance coverage and healthcare benefits for employees, paying license and numerous other fees that commercial builders have to deal with…
But there’s also the extent of the work, as custom building means going beyond just building a house and houses are not all equivalent or equal.
A house that has to be movable has to be a lot stronger, more rigid, and capable of handling a wider range of weather and climate extremes than a house that doesn’t have to be moved, for example.
What determines costs also goes well beyond just the size of the home as well and many of these builds are including custom furniture and other details that require the builder to do a lot of extra work.
Even just the choices of materials can vary costs by a lot… Like windows can range from just a few hundred each to thousands each and there are even higher priced options that some people choose for their homes… Like a custom Bi-Fold kitchen window can cost over $10K by itself…
So there can be a world of difference from one house to the next, and a lot of the costs are actually down to people’s choices.
So it’s like the difference between going to a tailor, fashion designer, or custom furniture maker instead of just buying something from a budget department store… People have choices but not everyone is choosing the most economical options.
Most tiny house builders are actually making less than they would building regular houses. A number of builders have even gone out of business…
It would be a lot less costly for builders to build standard model homes that just meet the minimums and not do custom work for each and every client but that’s what most of the market is demanding of most of them right now and not every builder can balance the high costs of custom building with still making enough profits to stay in business…
While there are builders who are specifically trying to build budget priced homes but they often get overlooked and it’s more a problem of what most people are demanding of builders…
I have owned my own business and several family members are contractors and builders. As you stated this is a walmart home. And they are going to get their piece of the pie for sure. But the profit margin on this is ridiculous. You can buy a house and property for this much in many parts of the country. Again people are taking advantage of the tiny home movement and the only way to stop them is just pass them by and look at companies that have the spirit of the movement in mind and not just dollar signs.
John, having owned your own business you should know what it’s like for a small business, which is what most of these tiny house builders are and not corporations. Many of them are often family run and just blue collar workers trying to make a living…
When you’re a small business you don’t tell the customer what to buy, the customer tells you what they want and you either provide it or let their business go to someone else who will and have to compete with other businesses to boot as there’s clearly no monopoly on tiny house builders with most states having dozens to choose from and most of them will deliver to anywhere in the nation, with a few who will even ship overseas…
Again, most builders aren’t making a lot of profit, there’s more than a dozen in the last few years that have gone out of business because they didn’t make enough profits to stay in business.
Monarch Tiny Homes, Tiny Green Cabins LLC, Upper Valley Tiny Homes, are all examples of builders who have gone out of business and more disappear every year… Upper Valley Tiny Homes was actually doing well before they went out of business, building multiple homes a month, but the profit margins are so small that any mistake can quickly escalate into major losses and that’s what happened to them…
While I can point to dozens of budget tiny house builders who simply aren’t getting a lot of customers because most people buying in the market want the high end custom builds…
Incredible Tiny Homes, Mini Mansions Tiny Home Builders LLC, Houses Built Tiny LLC… are just a few examples of builders who have starting prices of $25K or less!
Incredible Tiny Homes even just did a promotional 30 16′ THOWs for $15K each to get people to help start a community they want to develop with around an additional $6K for a 60×60 lot that will help pay for the development of the community and in exchange they’ll have 2 years no rent and just around $250 a month starting the 3rd year and have a gated community for tiny homes with high speed internet service…
And that’s not the first time I’ve seen commercial builders try to offer something that low… A few years ago, Compact Cottages tried to sell 16′ THOWs for $16K but they didn’t sell well and now they’re just a Park Model RV builder now… Among other examples where companies have tried but the market for them just wasn’t there…
A more recent example is Core Housing Solutions, that will hopefully succeed, is producing a move in ready 1 bedroom (no loft) 25′ THOW for just $28K constructed from SIPs that provides low maintenance, high durability, better than most insulation value, and is much lighter than equivalent size THOWs for easier towing…
So the real problem is there’s just a lot of people who are demanding high end custom homes… There’s actually a wide range of choices available, but not everyone is choosing the cheapest way to have them built and that’s their choice!
Many builders would actually prefer to make lower cost homes, because it usually means less work for them and there’s usually less risk of something going wrong but that only works if there’s enough demand for them to make a living from it…
In the end, the builders really can only go where the market demand puts them or find another line of work… Supply and demand works both ways, which means both consumers and builders are responsible for how it shapes the market…
James. . .who are you? Your knowledge of all things tiny is impressive, and your knowledge of the construction industry equally so. Your grammar is impeccable, and your writing flows beautifully and is flawless. Your replys are always thorough yet kind, and you seem always able to balance both sides of an argument. I can’t help but agree with you here, too.
Of note, I have sold 4 tiny houses now (keeping the camper and currently living in number 6) and respectively it took me 1 day (My Darling), 3 days (The Nest), 3 days(Baby boy, the bus), and 1 week (The Hannigan) to sell each one. None of them had baths or running water or a toilet other than a composting one in the first house. All had port plugs only for electricity (no solar), one had a sink that drained into a bucket that had to be emptied every few days, one had a sink that drained into a gray water sewer line. All were built to take advantage of an RV park, not to be off grid, most people would not consider using them for full time living, and yet people stood in line to buy them, and were willing to travel across 2 states to do it!! My profit margin was usually aroung 75%, and I still get calls about The Nest (which I sold in 2014–I could have sold it about 72 more times since then). All but one of my buyers were single women. I can only conclude that a there are a lot of ladies out there who are looking for a truly tiny house to use for camping, setting up a she-shed, a place of their own at a child’s home, a guest house, a tiny house for a kid to live while in college, etc. I am asked almost everyday to build more and to go into the business, but my primary job was as a teacher, and that was an all comsuming job, so there would have been no time to build for others.
I am just saying that there seem to be two markets: one on the very low end, and one on the very high end. The market in between just isn’t making it. Why? I can take a guess here that anyone who can get a loan for a tiny house can afford a really nice luxurious one, so those sell. People not looking for luxury, but for inexpensive practicality or simplicity will buy those like I build. In the middle are people who, even if they can afford the loan for a tiny house (and price of land or lot rent), still want a lovely special house, not something plain, and if they can’t afford what they love, they won’t buy at all. The market seems to be in the high end and the low end, so if you build, go high or go low, but don’t build a middle of the road model. People want something special with their money, or they will buy nothing at all.
James, I left a comment for you on this article, but I think it ended up in the wrong place, so I am copying it here just in case you do not see it:
James. . .who are you? Your knowledge of all things tiny is impressive, and your knowledge of the construction industry equally so. Your grammar is impeccable, and your writing flows beautifully and is flawless. Your replys are always thorough yet kind, and you seem always able to balance both sides of an argument. I can’t help but agree with you here.
Of note, I have sold 4 tiny houses now (keeping the camper and currently living in number 6) and respectively it took me 1 day (My Darling), 3 days (The Nest), 3 days(Baby boy, the bus), and 1 week (The Hannigan) to sell each one. None of them had baths or running water or a toilet other than a composting one in the first house. All had port plugs only for electricity (no solar), one had a sink that drained into a bucket that had to be emptied every few days, one had a sink that drained into a gray water sewer line, but otherwise just pans that had to be emptied. All were built to take advantage of an RV park with facilities, not to be off grid, most people would not consider using them for full time living, and yet people stood in line to buy them, and were willing to travel across 2 states to do it!! My profit margin was usually aroung 75%, and I still get calls about The Nest (which I sold in 2014–I could have sold it about 72 more times since then) and others. All but one of my buyers were single women. I can only conclude that a there are a lot of ladies out there who are looking for a truly tiny house to use for camping, setting up a she-shed, a place of their own at a child’s home, a guest house, a tiny house for a kid to live while in college, etc. I am asked almost everyday to build one and to go into the business, but my primary job until I retired recently was as a teacher, an all comsuming job, so there was no time to build for others.
I am just saying that there seem to be two markets: one on the very low end, and one on the very high end. The market in between just isn’t making it. Why? I can only take a guess; tiny house lovers have a certain “heart” that yearns for an almost magical beauty in a tiny place. Even people not looking for luxury, but for a small, inexpensive, practical, or simple tiny house will buy those like I build because they appeal to the “tiny house heart” (lower end buyers). Then there are people who, even if they can afford the loan for a tiny house (and price of land or lot rent), still want an appealing house, not something plain, and if they can’t afford what they love, they won’t buy at all (middle of the road buyers). They will wait until they can build exactly what they want themselves, or until they get the money to have built exactly what they want which would be a more luxurious tiny house. Lastly, there are those with the money to pour into a masterpiece tiny house and that is all they will consider (high end). The market seems to be in the high end and the low end, so if you build, go high or go low, but don’t build a middle of the road model. They are just too plain for people who love tiny houses for their quaint, adorable, and unique features. Am I wrong?
Well, I wouldn’t say you’re wrong. There’s a lot that contributes to that perception from how the media focuses almost exclusively on those types of tiny homes, to how people have been conditioned by the traditional housing market for what they expect to get out of a home, and the general lack of knowledge by the average person of how it all works and what options exists besides just what they are used to seeing.
It is what has contributed significantly to the number of failed builder businesses and makes people feel like they have very limited options.
Even someone who is suppose to be famous in the tiny house world, like Jay Shaffer, may hardly get any coverage when he pushes less popular ideas like modular homes that can start out very basic, relying on community living, to give an easier to achieve starting cost. Despite being something people could do themselves, even with very limited resources, and not rely on any commercial builders, and yet it can be rejected or ignored out of hand for simply not meeting the ideal.
However, it’s still a large market that serves many people who do not all seek the same things… Container homes, earth ships, cob houses, Skoolies, Yurts, and many other options would have long ago stopped being made if not for the continued existence of niche markets. Options like house trucks actually started as way back as the 1920’s and while rare, continue to be made to this day despite never being mainstream…
There’s even businesses like Tiny House Basics that specifically caters to those seeking Tiny House shells, despite most people looking for completed tiny homes.
Parts of the market just may not all enter everyone’s field of awareness, for example, I’ve previously mentioned the budget builder Incredible Tiny Homes. They’ve built well over 400 homes since they started their business a few years ago, which isn’t the norm as most builders only build a few a year or even just one. Over the last two years they’ve even started developing their own tiny house communities, through community funding, with hundreds of lots over three different themed areas and a fourth, resort themed, one being their next project, and yet despite all of that I still regularly run into people who have never heard of them… and they do have a youtube channel that they post regularly to as well, usually with live sessions so they can answer questions and show what they’re up to… But they do have a loyal following and obviously, they couldn’t have built over 400 homes if there was no one buying their homes, especially as until recently they didn’t have financing options…
Suffice to say that while the perception is justified, there’s still more to the market and available options, and a lot just boils down to people’s choices and how they choose to go about it. While businesses may come and go, there’s always someone else who will try to fill a niche market. So options can persist even in a hostile market as long as there are still some who will seek those options…
3 bed 2 bath? amazing! can i see pictures?
James D., thank you so much for your thoughtful and informative comments!
I would love to be able to afford a spacious home in a less expensive part of the country, but it would require leaving all my friends and family behind.
For those like me, and people whose jobs or lifestyles require frequent moves, your leads about low-cost tiny house builders are a blessing. I’m especially excited to learn there is a low-cost builder using SIPs.
Thank you so much!
A key component of tiny houses is affordability. This house, while I like some of the design features, is not affordable. And it doesn’t have a full kitchen No cooktop, no oven, and it is still 100K? Hmmm…well let’s see how many people love it enough to spend 100k. I’m guessing there’s no land to put it on, either.
It’s actually a show model for Walmart to show off their Allswell branded products.
Though, there is a Summit 2-burner white cooktop between the sink and the fridge and there always could be additional appliances stored away.
But the $100K is for a Allswell designed home, which basically means you’re also paying Walmart for it, it’s including high end name brand fixtures and the actual home can look different from the show model photos…
So it’s for those who want a designer style home… But if you go to the Builder’s site you’ll find the prices for their regular homes start much lower and you can just have them custom build something similar for less…
I couldn’t agree more with James D. People who haven’t attempted building one of these don’t truly know the time and cost that goes into a quality tiny house. Sure one could build one cheaper, I built my first for under 10k but that meant bartering, begging, dumpster diving, and a ton of labor, head scratching and sleepless nights. My guess is this one is close to 50k in materials, so 100k price tag makes sense if you’re following the 50:50 standard…50% materials 50% labor/profit. Sure DYI’s can do it cheaper but most do not have the time, skill set, or vision to take on such a project. As a self taught builder working to complete my 7th tiny house I am continually frustrated every time I see the comments about “high priced” quality built tiny houses. I encourage those that think these are too pricey do your homework, pick up a hammer, and put down your phone.
Is this a joke? 100k for a tiny house! Why not just just buy a standard one without wheels and have more room ? I thought the tiny house movement was designed to save money and be mortgage free.
I will not pay 100k for a tiny home. I bought a shell with plumbing and electrical roughed in for $17,500 and did the interior myself. Probably have spent about $30k total which includes finish of plumbing and electrical as well as tl&g pine walls and ceiling, appliances, flooring, stairs into loft, lighting fixtures and ceiling fan, and furnishings, dishes, utensils and cookware. Basically everything I need to live fully contained in a THOW.
What I will do differently with my next home is a bathtub, and downstairs sleeping. I will also have 2 entrance/exit and doors that open out instead of in with awnings above.
Did anybody actually read the answer by James D as to the real reasons behind the costs of housing, tiny or otherwise. I am glad Kimberly could get a shell so cheaply but I can tell you now that you don’t just move into a shell, spend $30,000 on products and end up spending $47,500 on the finished house. That house which was $47,500 for the physical products would have roughly another$20,000 in labour costs ($10[min]per hour X 2000 hours which includes all the time spent looking at/finding all your interiors) and possibly more depending on the exact number of hours spent working and planning (architects fees) which are obviously not included in the end price. Before you say aught else, I have spent most of my life living in houses, big and small, which were being built around me. I know the number of hours involved, the couple of hours one evening spent looking at bathroom fittings and deciding on which shower or bath you want, the best toilet for your needs, what tiles you want. All of that needs to be included and at least $10per hour added on, because in the readymade model all of this is included in the price of the end product. That $100,000 has a lot of time built in when they were not only buying the bathroom and kitchen fittings but were actually physically deciding on what to install, which models, what colours, should the tiles be white or blue, what paint colours for the walls and woodwork or should it be left natural and just seal it. All of this has to be included. I am currently drawing up plans for my own tiny house, and just using minimum wages I have already spent at least €2,000 and about 200 hours just drawing up the plans, deciding on what needs to be included and the spaces required for different things. And I have not finished yet, because I am not an architect who is trained and specialises in building tiny houses, and I still need to familiarise myself with the local planning laws and where I can build. This is before I even begin the actual building process (which I am hoping to find a suitable ready built shed (or similar) that I can insulate the hell out of before adding internal walls and doors, windows etc.) which will take even longer and add onto the costs. Even every hour spent in IKEA looking for kitchen counters and the like has to be accounted for at the minimum wage, plus all the assembly of the items. None of this is usually included when someone blithely states that “oh, I spent $30,000 on materials to build and finish the TH so that is all it cost me”, they aren’t even thinking of the 10,000 hours they put in in design, building works, interior decorating, choosing the furnishings and deciding on where the electrical wires have to go and how many powerpoints they really have to have, or where the lights need to go, and so on and so on. Unless you have sat down and included every minute of your own time spent in planning, deciding and physically doing every last bit on the house until it is totally finished to a professional standard and then worked out the cost at $10 per hour, and it would be more for a professional architect or builder, plumber, electrician etc., then all you can say is that you spent $30,000 on materials but no idea how much on other costs. Meaning that it was probably well over the $100,000 mark at the end because you would take a lot longer because you aren’t a professional used to doing things all day for work. As I said, I spent my life growing up in houses that were literally being built around me, spending weekends visiting lighting showrooms, builders merchants, even just going to buy large boxes of nails, 3-4 in different sizes from 6″ down to 1″ because EVERYTHING has to be included in the final costs. The biggest problem is now that tiny houses are no longer a small snack on 10 acres of woodland but have to be built on trailers designed to take the weight of the building plus all of the owners belongings and an unspecified number of adults (even allowing say 150lb per person if you have 5 visitors plus yourself that’s another 900lb the builder has to allow for in the safety specs) plus the rigours of life on the road and various building codes because now they are mainstream please people don’t want to live on a property in the back of beyond where you can build what you like, instead they want to be in a city or town, hooked up to mains electricity and with proper flushing toilets and showers that drain into the sewers. As the US in particular seems to have specific minimum house sizes in many parts this means THoWs have to adhere to an entirely different set of rules and regulations to enable them to pass as fully mobile mobile homes so they can park in a garden or a mobile encampment. And all of this costs money. My choice would be a shack in 10 acres of woodland with patchy internet and my own sewage treatment plant,(composting loo and reed beds/filters for dish water), launderette in the local village or town and using a pressure sprayer and tin tub for washing in, in fact living as we are at present but with 3 separate small homes for us all instead of one small home for the four of us. Even so, the THoW we are currently living in would have been, was, top of the range and very expensive when built 22 years ago and after 22 years of hard wear and tear including a child who could, and has, broken lots of bits including putting a large hole in the floor (repaired but needs repairs again and even she can’t explain it but claims unless the floor is concrete she’ll manage to damage it) and birds straight out of Alfred Hitchcock (crows and they can go through perspective roof lights while putting dents in metal roofs) it is still habitable. So your $100,000 has longevity built in as well which costs more on top. I am all for cheap housing but it must be of top quality, adhering to regs and have solid walls, with top insulation in them, need little to no heating except when temperatures go below freezing (we can and do heat using 3 small oil filled radiator and we borrowed one more larger one winter before last when it stayed below freezing for nearly a week, and we had to use jerrycans of water because all the pipes froze in the nearby houses) because there’s no point in a cheap shoddy building where damp reigns supreme, it bitter indoors in winter and it needs repairs after a couple of years. Not economic in the long term and this is important, more so in THs than bigger ones. Plus large scale building is often cheaper over all, strange as it sounds. If you can build a 1200sqft house for $75,000 what would it cost you to build a 300sqft house on the same land, and would your state even allow it. And what quality is the building, is it standard or luxury? All this has to be factored in. From reading the comments on this site I strongly suspect that most of the houses where I live would never be allowed to be built, the average size being roughly 36ft X 16′ and having 2 bedrooms (about 7’x12′ and 7’x9′ in size) plus a showeroom smaller than those in THoWs and a kitchen roughly 12′ X 10′ and an L shape living/dining room 16′ X 12′ on the long side and 12’x6′ on the short bit. Some will have an extra bedroom added on more recently and maybe the kitchen will be made a bit larger but the core houses are as above and families with anything up to 10-12 kids live in them. Equally they were the cheap end of houses being built for farm labourers but they’re also still standing strong 250 years later, in the case of my landlady, and often still in the same family. Will your huge 1200 sqft home still be standing in 250 years, if not you’ve been robbed. Cheap isn’t always best, and please note that earthquakes don’t count because other countries also have them and 200 year old cobb houses are often the only ones left undamaged afterwards, and most THoWs are built to last, especially if put on a solid foundation and the wheels removed. In Australia they even build them to withstand forest and wild fires now so you don’t lose it all if living in a vulnerable area (it’s apparently all in the wood used as outside finishing plus the windows and the fire proof shutters over them, an example is on YouTube showing how resistant the wood finishing really is in an average forest fire).
Sorry for the rant but builders run in my family, my dad is also a structural engineer, my son-in-law is in construction, so I have a good idea of all the simple costs that DiYers just don’t think to include because it’s fun choosing paint colours or tiles or bathroom suites. But time is money and that hour you spent in the hardware shop last Saturday choosing paint colours and brands, gloss or matte, waterproof or plain emulsion, was $10 on the cost side plus the physical costs of the paint. But this gets forgotten and ignored and only the $40 spent on the paint is factored in rather than the $50 it really was. Time and labour both count the same as extra costs but in most cases neither are included, only the materials. And not even all of those, if you already own that 2000 dollar luxury bed do you include it (cause I bet Walmart are) or is it forgotten about because you already have it. If you are building for yourself then EVERYTHING has to be included in the costs. Didn’t do economics or bookkeeping at school but my hubby and son-in-law inform me that ensuring ALL expenses are included is economics/bookkeeping 101. Simple example from my own life. I can spend€15 and get enough top quality cotton fabric to make a dress or skirt/trousers and top. Now I am equal to a similar outfit in Primark of similar. But then I have to add in the time spent drafting the pattern on the fabric, cutting out and sewing the dress, wear and tear on my sewing machine and scissors, tailors chalk used in the drafting, at €10 per hour labour and at roughly 3 hours minimum that €15 becomes €45 plus wear and tear etc on tools which all has to be added in. Suddenly my outfit goes from the same price as in the shops to 3 times as much, and that’s without any mark up at all. I make my clothes but they only work out the same price as in the shops if I only include the fabric used, and ignore the time spent on the design and construction of the garment. THoWs are the same. Simple fabric or fabric plus time and construction.
There is NOTHING a tiny home builder can do or put into a tiny home that YOU cannot do much cheaper!!
There are also countless Youtube videos, workshops, and teams that can and will help you from step one to completion for those that want to build a NICE tiny home of their choice and still own it free and clear when it is completed! There are also people that offer tiny home shells that enable you to complete the steps of your tiny home as you can afford!
Most people who want or need to downsize cannot afford to pay anything remotely close to the prices some of these builders are charging and thankfully there are alternatives! home
The entire tiny house movement began because people were tired of being strapped to a mortgage that made it impossible to
You know, Amma, you make a very good point, and I am thinking about maybe doing some of what you suggest. I have a son-in-law who wants to make tiny houses, but has never built, so I may train him, and together we can start off making shells only for those who want to save money by doing some of the work themselves. For most people, it is the initial shell and making sure it is well attached to the trailer that is the most daunting part of the build. being able to buy a shell with the outside finished, windows and doors already installed, and roof finished would be great start to a DIY tiny house builder with little experience. He or she can just hook it up and haul it home to complete. I’m just thinking out loud here. No promises. . .
the whole concept of downsizing to tiny house living is to NOT be strapped to a loan or home mortgage /payment, 100 to 145 is a mortgage payment on top paying for land or place to park it!
I just do not see that as a way to financial freedom to enjoy life!
Many people are purchasing basic tiny home shells and putting the finishing touches themselves, saving THOUSANDS or learning from Youtube how to do it all themselves, you can build a comfortable, NICE tiny home for a fraction of this cost!!!Don’t misunderstand this is a nice tiny home BUT!!!!!!” can you say ” CHA CHING” someone is lining their pockets very nicely!
I wouldn’t pay half that, actually I wouldn’t want to live in this at all! I’ve seen smaller but way better designs for much less. Don’t be surprised when you can’t sell it, people aren’t that stupid. I had a 2270 sq ft 4 bedroom home bought in the 90s for 85k, great home, huge yard…I love tiny houses and will have one sooner rather than later but def not this one. Shame on you for this price.
In reference to the house that you bought in the 90s for $85K, what would it sell for now? I live just outside a very large city (of 3M people with an ajacent area east, west & north of it with a combined population of 5M people), and have a house just slightly smaller than yours, a large pie shaped lot that I paid $105K for in June/75. It would now sell for a minimum of $1.2M & that is without fancy finishes & open concept that TV shows seem to encourage, with them it would sell for at least $1.6M. My point is that you can’t compare what you paid for your home in the 90s to the price being asked for this tiny home. In comparison to some luxury finished smaller tiny homes ( at least 1/3 smaller) this is not too overpriced.
Part of that is thanks to inflation, which is now at the point a dollar today only buys 46.95% of what it could buy back in 1990. The inflation rate in 1990 was also 5.40% but the current year-over-year inflation rate (2021 to 2022) is now 7.04%. So it’s accelerating to boot… Add supply chain issues, and other factors now plaguing the economy and the cost of everything is becoming significantly higher…
While this is a designer home, everything in it comes from a designer product line. Though, the mattress is actually more affordable than the average but when everything is designer brand it adds up…
Just like getting a designer handbag instead of a knockoff… Or buying a luxury high end car instead of a budget one, or getting a home designed by an architect instead of a tract home… There are different reasons for costs and those reasons typically cater to people who care about different things… It just has to be understood that all applies to everything, including houses…
People just don’t all appreciate a home built by a master crafts person, not everyone appreciates a home built with high end materials, not everyone cares about the same features a house may or may not have, not everyone needs a home that will last multiple generations, people can have specialty needs that others don’t, etc.
So they’re going to be done in many different ways and those ways will effect the costs… Just the way it works… But also why it’s good to have many different options so everyone can find what fits them best for what they do value…
Just something to keep in mind that there’s always those who value different things and thus there will always be products meant for those other people… Nothing wrong with that, as we’re all different, it just means shopping around for what you are looking for and knowing the difference between it and products you don’t want…
Much like artwork, designer products caters to those who may care more about appearance, aesthetics, or custom features/amenities… So, like paying for a service, part of the pricing will reflect that they are being catered to… Much the same is true for custom builds and other forms of high end products that are being specialty made for specific reasons and for specific people… You’re basically paying for more than just the basic product because you’re getting something extra you may not get with the basic product and it’s something that is valued… So these products exist for those types of consumers…
Many people just confuse not understanding this with the product being overpriced when it’s just not catering to what they value… But labor has value… Creativity, artistry, craftsmanship, etc. has value… Freedom of choice and getting what you prefer and want has value… They’re just not all easily quantifiable or can be agreed upon like the cost of materials, etc. and can be things others either don’t value or don’t understand how and why they should effect the price…
James, I was supporting & understand all your informative comments, I was simply saying that it’s like comparing apples to oranges when the commenter above me was comparing what she paid for her house in the 90s which was less than this tiny home, to the price of this tiny home. A tiny home requires a different type of construction than a regular standing conventional home. Of course I realize that my home & all homes have increased in price due to inflation for the most part, especially over a time period of 47 years. These past 2 years however, they have increased at a ridiculous rate due to Covid (especially people wanting to leave very large cities & lack of supply of homes for sale).
Yes, agreed, I was mainly just adding to what you stated for some added context…
Thanks James. Actually I have a question about the house itself that I forgot to ask before because I got so involved in the comment that I replied to originally, LOL. Do you know why there is that tiled space beside the toilet & at the end of the tub? Could there be something underneath that is structural, something that is accessed from the outside of the home? Otherwise it could be considered wasted space. Thanks so much.
There isn’t any information but I suspect that’s where they’re running the lines from the Mini-Split. The exterior unit is mounted there and the lines from it penetrate the wall in what appears to be that location… Mind, the french doors and garage door in the bedroom prevent running lines from the front to where the Mini-Split wall unit is mounted in the Kitchen area.
While structurally, the shower is built into the bump out over the trailer’s tow tongue. So it’s really extra space extending a bit beyond where the trailer normally cuts off and may need a bit of re-enforcing there.
Though, it appears to be part of the shower and serves to enhance its functionality. Providing a shelf, which is lacking anywhere else in the shower, for all the things you’d use in the shower and it can also be used like a bench to make it easier to shave or rest…
While less likely but also a possibility is that they placed the water heater there… It’s listed as a PrecisionTemp Propane Water Heater, probably the RV-550NSP EC or similar as that is floor vented and thus doesn’t require through wall vent penetration to operate and there doesn’t appear to be a vent anywhere on the exterior, unless it’s in the rear exterior storage shed…
What’s not to love? Lots of countertops, a twin-sized daybed and a really nice bathroom. Nice that all sleeping areas are not in lofts. I could definitely live in this design even if I wouldn’t pay that price. Very inspiring, though.
Actually… shame on you. Who are you to criticize the owner for paying what he/she sees as value. Perhaps the person is handicapped and cannot build the tiny home. Perhaps its not as you would have it, but perhaps is the way that they have it for a reason. Have you walked a mile in their gumboots?
It’s unfortunately a common logical fallacy that people can think everyone should be making the same choices. Problem being we’re all individuals that can have both similar but also very different needs and preferences. So what is actually the best choice will depend on people’s specific situation and what works for them and no one else…
The inability to understand the diversity of people and their situations compounds the problem as it leads to discrimination and people believing the worst of those who both make those choices as well as those who enable them to be able to make those choices.
While also promoting unrealistic expectations of what could work for everyone, when it will only work for certain people in certain types of situations, that sets up people who do not fit that range to fail and think they have no choices or have to do what isn’t actually in their best interest in order to fit the ideal they have been led to believe is the only correct way.
The lack of empathy and understanding this causes is part of the reason we have such a dysfunctional society that has allowed the housing market to fail so many, actually causing some of the problems people can be complaining about like the lack of choices, and threatens to do the same to the tiny house movement unless people can come to understand there’s no one size fits all for everyone and people should actually be doing what’s appropriate to them and no one else as only then can diversity be accounted for and the system actually made to work for everyone and not just a certain group…
Like many things in life, it remains an ongoing struggle but the more people speak to each other then the more understanding can spread and hopefully reach the point that enough people will understand to then be able to effect real change… So I continue to remain hopeful…
Good point, Paul!
The tiny home is gorgeous. (The price is inflated.) One question…where is the storage? The windows in the kitchen are stunning, but where does one store food, clothes, or even a toothbrush? The house needs to be understood for what it is – an expensive advertising platform to sell a mattress; not a livable solution. Interesting, entertaining; not practical.