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Built his first Tiny House for $13k

Tony used all his savings to buy a shipping container back in 2017. He had zero construction experience but was sure it’d take him about 3 months to convert the container into a home. Instead, he worked extra and then spent his weekends — for 9 months — seeing his plan come to fruition. In the end, he spent $13K on an impressive tiny house, even though it took longer than he expected. When his video tour went viral on YouTube, he found himself in the position to start a tiny house company.

Now he has an entire business and has built more than 100 container homes and has even done a van conversion. He offers DIY classes online and has really made a name for himself in the tiny world. Enjoy his origin story interview below, and let us know what you think about container homes in the comments! Do you think you could figure out how to become a tiny house builder?

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Now he has Built over 100 Container Homes!

His first container home had a long bar area by the windows.

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They built this tiny house for a TV show!

And here’s that van conversion I mentioned.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • jerry dycus
    May 21, 2022, 6:50 am

    Not nice deceiving with a title like that Natilie. All we got was someone who took a bad idea and made some money from it.
    It is Nothing about the history of alternative housing, just a very tiny not great part of very recent
    While containers sound great, reality is very different. Since made from steel they are too hot or too cold energy wasters.
    To rectify that is as much or more work, material, cost and lose interior space vs building far better from scratch.
    The shape, size limits design freedom leading to many bad compromises. Containers is an example of what not to do making a tiny home.
    Making THs is a great business we need more of.
    But we need better designs instead of gimmicks and need to be energy efficient, not badly wasteful.
    Making alternative homes is something which I’ve been doing 45 yrs now, long before 2017 which is a baby company, not historic.

    • James D.
      May 21, 2022, 7:35 am

      No, “Alternative Living Spaces” is just the name of the builder’s company. You should actually read the article and watch the video before commenting!

      • Top Secret
        May 22, 2022, 11:24 am


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