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Carol’s $8,000 Retirement Tiny House

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

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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.

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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 about $8000.

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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 cost of living.

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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.

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