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He built a 512-square-foot tiny house for his sister in 3 months and 28 days for $16,318 in materials


This is the story of a man who built a 512-square-foot tiny house for his sister in 3 months and 28 days for $16,318 in materials.

It’s located in the Florida panhandle and he even stayed in it after hurricane Michael. Now he is considering using it for Airbnb, too. It’s 16′ x 16′, 2 stories, 512-square-feet. What do you think?

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512-square-foot built for $16k in less than 4 months!

He built a 512-square-foot tiny house for his sister in 3 months and 28 days for 16k

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He built a 512-square-foot tiny house for his sister in 3 months and 28 days for 16k He built a 512-square-foot tiny house for his sister in 3 months and 28 days for 16k

And here’s HOW he did it…

He built a 512-square-foot tiny house for his sister in 3 months and 28 days for 16k He built a 512-square-foot tiny house for his sister in 3 months and 28 days for 16k He built a 512-square-foot tiny house for his sister in 3 months and 28 days for 16k
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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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  • Avatar Betty Lynn Radcliffe

    all these tiny houses are so awesome. I’m very impressed by the gentleman who built the 512 square foot tiny house for sister from England. What a kind-hearted gentleman an awesome brother. It’s a beautiful house and I’m sure she’s going to love every second in it. Thanks for sharing

  • Avatar Linda Baker

    great job – wish city restrictions would allow this in my area of Mi

  • Avatar Diane

    Wow when someone says they are coming for a visit you go all out. I bet she was one surprised sister. I know your Mom is proud of you too. I think it is so wonderful when people can come together and work on a project. I wish I could do that here as I have one that is almost done but I don’t have a wonderful brother like you. She is a lucky girl. Thanks for sharing your story. I am sure it’s furnished now and ready for vacation visitors. Enjoy it.

    • Avatar Alex

      Thanks for the lovely comment, Diane!

  • Avatar Thomas

    People with great hearts and great skill. That’s what this country is all about.

  • Avatar vickie gnad

    Would have been nice to see the actual finished interior. The pics are bits and pieces. I’ve no doubt its quite nice inside, but would sure be nice to see it.

  • Avatar Mark Walls

    Any chance you have building plans and would be willing to share them. ?

  • Avatar Eric

    3 months and 28 days… wow, that’s splitting hairs isn’t it?

    But total Kudos on an amazing achievement.

    But, for $16k in New Zealand you’d be lucky to have the lumber for your framing… everything is so expensive here… even more so when the politicians get their grubby fingers into things. /sigh

  • What a beautiful and kind thing to do for your sister. I love the counter top for the kitchen and the tile work for the flooring. Would love to see more photos. Thanks

    • Avatar Alex

      More photos coming soon I think! I’ll let you know in the newsletter if we get more in!

      • Avatar Anthony c

        If we could get a list of materials used etc.. I want to build one and for that price that’s a great looking home.

        • Avatar Alex

          Thanks, Anthony, let me see what I could do!

  • I mentioned the tile work for the flooring. I was wrong, It was pennies. How cool is that!!

  • Avatar Cindy

    ADORABLE!!! LOVEEEE the “penny path'” floor, how incredibly creative. I am currently living in my tiny house. I bought one that the shell was premade, it was a 12×28 but that included a 4 foot porch. I ended up not measuring right and the stainless steel counters and shelves I ordered for my kitchen ended up being to big so to fix that issue we just walled in the porch area and now I have a kitchen I love. All stainless and I dont have cupboards because I hate them I have stainless steel shelves and I love them. I have an rv sized oven/stove and my sink was made from an old tin washbucket and for one person it is deep enough I can wash and rinse in it easily. I painted the floors with outdoor porch pain and did spatter pain colors over the top for a unique look and my walls in the livingroom/kitchen and ceiling are all used corrugated tin with all the “imperfections” because that is the look I like. The next one will have a wet room for the bathroom instead of a shower stall though.

  • Avatar Diane Gray

    What a lovely thing to do for a bio sister! I am very impressed and wish I had a brother like that! 🙂 You should be very proud!

  • Avatar Melissa Robinson

    Hi JD!

    My daughter is a full-time student @ FSU (majoring in Biochemistry) so I often visit her from Gainesville. I’m actually in Tallahassee today but I have to head back to Gainesville this evening. Luckily, I came across this article about your house this morning and I was wondering if you ever allow people to come tour your tiny in person?

    My dream is to build my own tiny house on wheels one day but I have zero construction experience so, I know I will need a lot of guidance/help or have it build by a professional builder. I’m usually in Tally at least once every 6 weeks, sometimes more often than that. I love how you built your tiny so I was wondering if it would be possible to actually see it in person?

    Thank you!
    Melissa Robinson
    [email protected]

  • Avatar Brenda pate

    Love what you did for your sister. Sturdy and practical use of materials. I am so envious I wish local governments would allow here in California. 10×12 converted sheds would be a special treat for some of our working poor and homeless. I have seen them for under $5,000

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