This is the story of David Rule and how he’s building his dream tiny house for less than $8,000.
He started by buying a used car hauler trailer along with whatever tools he needed and he just started getting to work and learning as he went. The result? His very own self-built, affordable tiny home shell.
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His $8,000 Self-Built Tiny House on Wheels
He started with this 16-ft. by 7-ft. used trailer that he bought.
It had a little bit of rust, but he said he saw potential in it.
So he stripped all of the unnecessary parts from the trailer and started getting right to work.
So he added a subfloor, sealed it, and filled it with insulation.
Once the subfloor was properly built, he started framing the walls.
Then it was time to frame the roof.
He used plumber’s tape to further enforce the framing.
He also used other brackets in various corners to further secure the build.
Including these corner brackets for the framing. This is a must in a tiny house!
He used thinner plywood to sheath the exterior.
And thicker plywood for the roofing.
His tiny house is almost roofed!
Then it’s time to weatherproof it.
There are lots of details to take care of.
One of them being to wrap the house to completely seal it.
Housewrap on the tiny house.
Seal flashing is used for the windows and doors.
That way there’s no leaking.
Working into the night to build his tiny house.
Flashing before the door install.
Installing the door.
Installing his skylight.
Grinding out some of the rust from the trailer.
Finishing the exterior with wood and metal siding.
Applying a stain to the wood.
It’s starting to look really good!
He built his very own modern tiny house shell for under $8,000!
His friend came by to check it out and was pleasantly surprised!
You can actually lay down and stargaze from the loft bedroom.
Here is what his tiny house shell look like so far.
He’s already towed it!
Next, he’ll be working on finishing the interior.
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