This might be one of the best inexpensive DIY builds we’ve shown you on Tiny House Talk: Meet Josh and Alisha’s Serenity Tiny House on Wheels that cost them only $15,000 to build!
This couple has been traveling and eating on a dime for years (read about them here) and recently set out on their tiny house journey. Using recycled and reclaimed materials (and building the rest with their own two hands), the couple spent four months creating this masterful modern home. You can follow their tiny journey on their website, terradrift.com.
$15,000 DIY Serenity Tiny House on Wheels
Such a bright and open aesthetic!
Rolling doors are the best kind for tiny houses.
Another long view of the home.
Taking a peek at the kitchen. Love those countertops.
Perfect fold-down desk/table for work and eating.
Lots of windows in the kitchen, great for ventilation.
Open shelving and plenty of under-counter storage.
Bowl sinks are my weakness. I love these!
Spacious shower with beautiful tiles.
Oh! A fun lime-green door.
Videos on this Couple’s DIY Tiny House
Tiny House Update at The Weigh Station
From the owners/builders:
Serenity is a 330-square foot tiny house designed and built by her owners. The trailer itself was custom built by a local manufacturer and is 28 feet long by 8.5 feet wide. Many of the materials, including windows, flooring, doors, even appliances, were repurposed or purchased used from Craigslist, thrift shops, or local ReStores. Nearly everything, from the kitchen cabinets and counters to the vanity and bathtub enclosure, were built from scratch.
A full size kitchen means the owners will never have to give up their love of cooking. A bathroom big enough for two people to get ready in the morning, plus an RV sized washer and a wardrobe, doesn’t feel cramped or tight in the least.
There are two lofts in Serenity: one is used as the master bedroom and the other doubles as a TV lounge and a guest sleeping area, complete with fold-out mattress. Cabinets under the stairs provide serious storage for everything from coats to electronics and cover the unsightly wheel well. On the opposite side, a custom-built fold-out desk sits atop the wheel well and provides the perfect place for dining or working form home.
A 10-cubic foot refrigerator fits perfectly in the kitchen and a large convection toaster oven plus two single burners that can be stowed away while not in use make cooking and baking easy. A mini split AC unit keeps the house cool in Texas summers and a 7-gallon electric hot water heater is hidden beneath the kitchen sink.
Eight windows and two glass doors, one on each side of the house, invite in some serious light so Serenity always seems spacious and open. She was built in Ohio with the help of family and friends, then towed down to Austin, Texas, which was always her intended destination. The entire build took just under four months and cost $15,000.
Keep up-to-date on their blog.
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