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While tiny-house-on-wheels-shells have been around for a long time, the NIDUS concept of a modular foundation home shell is something new — and it’s a great way to save money on housing since you DIY the entire interior of the home. These shells are built in modular pieces that are then transported and assembled on-site.

Their “Dove” model is a true tiny home at only 230 square feet, and it starts at just $17,500 for the shell. Plumbing, electrical, and all interior finishes are left up to the buyer after the house assembly. Right now these are only available in Europe, but I think it’d be great if this concept caught on! What do you think?

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Affordable Tiny House Solutions by NIDUS in Romania

Nidus Dove Modular Prefab Tiny Home Shell 4

Images via NIDUS

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This is a modern tiny house shell for $35,000.

It’s a 28′ by 8’6″ tiny house on wheels with 238-sq.-ft. that’s ready for completion meaning the buyer would have to finish the interior. It’s an unfinished tiny house ready for a customized finish. What do you think?

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28-ft. Tiny House Shell for $35,000

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Jim got in touch with us to show us his Tumbleweed Cypress shell that he built back in 2014 on a 20′ Tumbleweed Titan trailer. He did an awesome job with such attention to detail, and now he is ready for it to go to someone who can finish off the inside.

While he did sneak a shower stall into the build before closing off the walls, the rest of the interior is unfinished (no plumbing or electrical). The Cypress is Tumbleweed’s most popular model, and for a good reason. It’s the “classic” tiny house with a kitchen/bathroom under the loft bedroom and the living space in the front near the itty-bitty porch. It’s almost like a piece of tiny house history! Jim’s selling the shell for $20K.

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$20K Tumbleweed Cypress Shell that was Built in 2014

Affordable 20′ Tumbleweed Cyprus SHELL 2

Images via Jim

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In her 20s, Carly decided she wanted to start her own business as an esthetician, but needed an affordable living situation to make that happen. So she decided to go tiny. She worked with a local professional builder to create the shell, and then she finished the interior with the help of family and friends.

You walk into the “heart” of her home in the kitchen, where she has butcher block counter tops and a huge sink she can even wash her dog in. To one side is her bathroom, complete with a flushing toilet, and to the other side is her cozy living room with a great couch that converts to a guest bed.

She has a loft bedroom with tons of clothing storage, and hanging plants to finish it all off. Take the video tour below!

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Carly & Her Dog in Their THOW

Entrepreneur’s Tiny House Built from Shell 3

Images via Tiny Home Tours

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While a professionally-built tiny house is often the dream, it can come with a pretty hefty price tag. Cheeky Monkey is trying to make tiny homes more financially accessible by selling plans, shells, and trailers so you can DIY a tiny house.

You can purchase plans for their Jude and Strawberry tiny homes, and they also sell 18/24/28-foot trailers. Finally, their Blackbird and Jude shells are also available to purchase on their website.

Additionally, they are trying to help connect homeowners/landowners with tiny home dwellers looking for a spot to park. They’ve created a webpage where people with land and those looking for it can connect here.

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They Offer Trailers, Shells, And Are Even Leasing Land

Cheeky Monkey Tiny Houses Selling Shells Renting Land. 5

Images via Cheeky Monkey Tiny House

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This is Tal and Nao’s Rainforest Yurt!

It’s a 32 ft traditional canvas yurt that has been modified for the West Coast climate by adding a shingled roof, wooden siding, and extra insulation.

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Tal and Nao’s Rainforest Wooden-Yurt

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We’ve shared the awesome octagonal house on Shellmate Island with you before, but now it’s officially available to rent on Airbnb!

For a little backstory, Tim & Sam bought a THOW, Tiffany the Tiny Home, more than three years ago. They ended up buying an island in Florida to give Tiffany a full-time home, and then built their octagonal vacation home by Deltec Homes on the property (following all the proper codes!). Now Tiffany lives full-time on the 1.5 acre island along with the vacation home which you can rent on Airbnb!

Tiny House Tours did an interview with Tim about living in Tiffany, and the financials of tiny house living. He has now paid of Tiffany, and the rental income is taking care of his mortgage and other expenses. Wow! Watch the video below.

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Owners of Tiffany the Tiny House Open Up Airbnb

Shellmate Island Airbnb 8

Images via Airbnb/Tim

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Always wanted to work on a tiny house DIY but don’t have electrical or plumbing experience? Maybe this 18-foot Idaho Tiny House Shell (with a balcony!) is just what you need.

It was built by Tiny House Technology, and is for sale for $22,500. Right now has the exterior shell, electrical and plumbing all buttoned up, but the inside is almost a blank slate for you to design however you’d like. There’s 176 square feet on the inside, and the deck and balcony give you another 80 square feet.

Check out the photos and video tour below, and contact Walter at 208-819-8970 with serious offers!

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This Tiny House Shell has a Balcony and Deck!

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Remember the owners of Tiffany the Tiny House and how they had purchased an island and were building a tiny octagonal foundation home to use as a rental? Well, the house is now complete!

Tim & Sam temporarily moved into the vacation spot on Shellmate Island (@shellmateisland on Instagram) so they can work out the kinks and get it ready for guests. Soon enough they’ll be putting it on Airbnb (we’ll keep you posted!) and you can enjoy a piece of their island paradise! You might also like to hear that they got approval to build the home and worked with zoning/building regulators to get it “legal.”

The 320 square foot home structure came from Deltec Homes. According to the couple, “Its unique octagon shape and custom truss system has given this home design a 99.9% success rate in the last 50 years to all major category 5 hurricanes throughout the world, making this the strongest tiny house on a foundation in the world!” Wow!

They are moving Tiffany this week from the campground where they’ve been parked and are bringing her “home” to Shellmate Island!

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Tim & Sam’s Octagon Home on Shellmate Island is Complete!

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