For years, Thilo has wanted to live off the land. When he got the opportunity to buy an old home with lovely property in Southern France, he jumped at the chance. But, he wanted to wake up and see his gardens — so he decided to build a budget tiny house!
Legally, he’s living in the tiny house while renovating his home across the street (he can have a trailer on a construction site, and it’s taken him since 2018 and he’s still “renovating”). Meanwhile he lives in the 75 square foot home with windows on three sides. It’s beautifully simple inside, with his bed, wood-burning stove, and a cooktop. He also has a nearby outhouse.
When you see the land (and his sheep!) you’ll understand why he’s chosen such an idyllic life! He shares his story below.
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He Built A Garden Tiny House In South France For Less Than 5,000 Euros
Now that’s a view I could wake up to!
Here’s his bedroom.
Here’s his desk.
And his cooktop/camp stove.
His heat comes from this wood-burning stove.
The home is solar-powered.
Here are some construction photos.
Framing the house.
He chose a shed-style roof.
And used wood fiber insulation.
Shiplap on the walls.
Here’s his outhouse.
These were his plans.
You could easily replicate this one!
Here he built his outdoor pool.
Enjoying his pool.
Here’s his greenhouse.
He also has sheep!
Here are his raised beds.
Would you live here?
Seems like an awesome place.
Look at his happy garden!
And a root cellar.
Hello! I built this ‘tiny house’, I call it ‘trailer’ from July to December 2018 (all
alone). Cost I’d say less than 5000 euros. Since then I live in it all year.
It is situated in the south of France, in Aveyron. I am born in 1967, since many years I dreamt of living on the land. 2018 I purchased an old house with 430 + 1700 squaremeters of land.
Plans were clear that I’d use the bigger property for gardening. I built raised beds because I have a little disability. Surely, I wanted to live with view on my gardens, so I built that trailer.
As it has so much windows, it’s like I was always outdoors. I have 3 solar panels of 80 wattpeak, a solar charger and a 100 ah lead-acid battery for light, computer. The inner surface is 6,7 squaremeters. I have bed, table, oven, gas-stove + some
Insulation is 10 cm wood-fibre pads + it has thermal insulation glass. I own an old stone-house on the other side of the street, where I only stay in
summer when it gets too hot.
The trailer is obviously muuuch easier to heat than the old house. The problem is rather that it get’s too hot if I put too much wood. Very often, I’m in shorts. I’d say from 12 degree celsius outside, there is no need to heat.
And as it has a lot of window surface, when the sun shines, it’s like a greenhouse.
I built it as trailer for legal reasons: I am not allowed to build ‘anything’ on this property. If I wanted to put a trailer on the property for more than 3 months, I had to get the permission of the local community.
But if you have a construction site nearby, you are allowed to put a trailer for the time of the construction.
So… I am renovating my old house which takes some time…
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Our big thanks to Thilo for sharing! 🙏
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