A Guest Post by Ethan – (Send us your tiny living story)
My name is Ethan, and my girlfriend Kelsey and I have been living in 100 square feet for about 6 months so far. Our journey to tiny house living started last October when I started looking around for a trailer to build my own house on.
By November I had found a great deal ($1500 for the trailer) on craigslist and got started on the project immediately. When December came around I had my shell built and over the next couple of months, I worked on the interior. It took me around 6 months total but that was mostly due to my work schedule and only having Tuesdays to build and the weather also rained me out a couple of weeks in February.
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Couple’s $7k Tiny House
In total, I put in around 20 days of work, and we both seem to love the outcome.
Before everyone starts asking about where the bathroom is, we live on an organic farm in central Texas (also found on craigslist) and when we moved to the farm we were asked if we could build a bathroom for the area now called Tiny Town which currently has a population of 3 but we are looking for 2 more tiny houses to increase our population.
The bathroom currently does not have a shower but will soon. We shower at our city rec center which provides an amazingly affordable year-long membership that is actually cheaper than a monthly water bill (who would have thought).
Anyways being nestled in the woods is wonderful, we have no TV and currently no internet, we have learned to really enjoy life without these distractions but have debated on whether or not we should get internet because Kelsey will be going to grad school here soon to study physical therapy.
A lot of our time is spent exploring the surrounding area and working on flushing out the amenities at Tiny Town such as our community bathroom and soon to be a community kitchen and cabana area.
While building my tiny house I ran into several roadblocks and had always wished there was an easy way to ask or get a hold of someone who had or was living in a tiny house, so I would like to extend the offer to anyone who had questions to email me at [email protected] and I would be more than happy to answer any questions directly.
When building my tiny house my budget was very limited. So I figured I would try and find salvaged materials to help lighten the financial weight building can carry but since the recent interest in salvaged materials has increased it turned out that the price of those materials has also increased.
So the majority of my materials were bought off the shelf at the building supply store in town. I could not afford a lot of the materials I commonly saw in tiny house designs on the internet (such as tongue and groove pine siding or cedar siding) so I had to improvise and work with the most affordable materials possible.
I also did not build with any plans, all of the house came from my imagination directly as I was building it. Sometimes I would go in with an idea but once I began building for the day I would end up with a totally different idea.
By the time the house was complete Kelsey had no idea what it was going to look like because my ideas were always changing.
Downsizing was a fun process. Having previously worked for a furniture store I had a lot of nice furniture that I enjoyed. Now my friends have a lot of nice furniture that hopefully they enjoy.
We both knocked out more than half of our clothes in the downsize, our rule was if it hadn’t been worn with in 6 months it probably was not going to be worn again.
I love living tiny because it has brought us closer as a couple and simplification has brought clarity and freedom to both of our lives.
I also loved building the tiny house. So much so that I am currently building my second one (this time with plans I designed) and we plan to sell our current house to someone else who is also looking to live tiny but might not have the time or means to build their own.
We both work in brain rehab and assist veterans who have suffered brain injury, once our house was completed I brought one of our patients out to see it and he responded with, “this is small, but it is yours and that is all that matters.”
Video of Ethan’s DIY Tiny House
Cost to Build this Tiny Home
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