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Family’s $20K Wild & Free Off-Grid Tiny House Life

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Steve and Di were living in an urban apartment when Di started crunching numbers and realizing that having a child would make it tough to make ends meet. That’s when she and Steve decided that a DIY tiny house would give them more time with their son, less time at work, and allow them to get closer to the land.

They’ve been living tiny for about five years and moved the tiny home a couple of times before ending up in their current rural homestead in Australia. The tiny house is off-grid with solar power, a composting toilet, a garden, and animals. They love their remote and quiet life, especially spending time on the huge porch that wraps around two of the walls.

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Their Reclaimed Materials Home Cost just $20K!

The bedroom lofts are connected by a catwalk.

Despite having his own loft bedroom, their son prefers sleeping with mom and dad.

They live on a remarkable and remote piece of land.

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  • Di and Steve were wondering how they were going to keep up with their pricey apartment life once they had a baby and Di was off work. Steve thought he’d need to put in extra hours, which would prevent him from spending time with his son.
  • The couple chose to go tiny instead! They used tons of reclaimed and recycled materials to keep the costs down and to make the home extra sustainable.
  • All in all, they only spent around $20K (USD) on the build. They’ve been living in it now for five years.
  • Their current location is super remote and required a lot of time and careful work to get the home into place. It’s entirely off grid with a composting toilet, solar panels, and a water collection system.
  • The huge wrap-around porch nearly doubles their living space and they have a giant couch they can all lay on that looks out over their property in Australia. Amazing!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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