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Carol’s $8,000 Retirement Tiny House

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This is the story of Carol’s retirement tiny home out of Lubbock, Texas.

We ran into each other on Facebook, and I was able to arrange a quick interview which you can enjoy below.

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How Carol Built Her Own Retirement Tiny Home

Carol's $8,000 Retirement Tiny House

THT: How did you first become seriously interested in tiny houses?

About 4 years ago I decided I didn’t need as much room to live in.

THT: What type of tiny house do you have or are you working on?

It’s a 310 square foot storage building.

Carol's $8,000 Retirement Tiny House

THT: Why did you go tiny? What are you hoping to get out of it for yourself?

I am 65 retired and just want to live on my little plot.

THT: How long did it take you to finish your tiny house?

Got it delivered January 5, 2018, and will finish up April 8, 2018.

THT: Did you do it yourself? Who helped? How much did it end up costing you to build it?

My son and I have done all the work and we have used salvaged supplies we found around our land all the way to the kitchen sink which is dated 10 6 1950. I estimate the cost at about $8000.

Carol's $8,000 Retirement Tiny House

THT: How did you figure out where to put it?

I owned the property already and it’s next to the house I lived in which I am giving to my son.

THT: What’s been the most challenging part about going tiny so far?

Electrical mostly.

THT: What benefits are you experiencing after going tiny?

Hopefully, the cost of living.

Carol's $8,000 Retirement Tiny House

THT: What helpful piece of advice would you give to others who are interested in going tiny?

Mostly to seniors. Our retirement is mostly gone now and it will allow me to continue to enjoy life.


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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Mark
    April 8, 2018, 12:57 pm

    How much did the land cost?

  • Debra
    April 8, 2018, 6:43 pm

    Applause!!! Enjoy your retirement in this adorable place.

  • John Lockhart
    January 17, 2019, 6:52 pm

    I built my tiny house 15 years ago for $7k. I still love it. My total monthly outlay is $500. Perfection achieved.

  • January 18, 2019, 1:58 pm

    This is a beautiful home!
    Everything you need and nothing you don’t!
    I bet the star gazing is miraculous where you live 🙂

  • January 18, 2019, 1:59 pm

    I would also like to know what the cost of land is where you are!

  • Michael L
    January 27, 2019, 1:34 am

    Thank you for sharing your story, you’re quite an inspiration! I recently retired and would love to do something like this. I just need to find a small parcel of affordable land.

  • Elizabeth
    October 4, 2019, 12:46 am

    What little money I get each month there is no way I can afford to rent a 1 bedroom apartment where I live that is why I am thinking about getting a tiny house. Right now i am having to live with my adult son, his wife and my 24 year old grandson. Bottom line is i rather live alone!!!

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