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He Built A $20k Tiny House w/ Reclaim Fencing


Jesse started his tiny journey as a van-lifer, before upgrading to his own DIY tiny house on wheels, with clapboarding inside and out created from old fencing that was going to be thrown away!

The use of reclaimed materials allowed him to spend just $20,000 on his home. Jesse (@_moving_castles) even built the house around old windows he had salvaged. The whole thing runs off-the-grid, with a solar setup and rainwater collection system that feeds the home’s plumbing and indoor shower (he chose an outhouse for his toilet, since he didn’t want bathroom germs mixing with his kitchen area).

I particularly love the layout of his THOW, with the staircase at the back of the home, allowing more useable space in the main living areas. Enjoy the video tour with Bryce from Living Big in a Tiny House at the end of the post.

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His Off-Grid THOW on a 400 Acre Farm

Here’s his solar set-up, and outhouse toilet.

Here’s his L-shaped kitchen and living room.

There’s a storage staircase at the back of the home, and behind the door is his shower.

Looks luxurious! Love the tile he chose.

He has a tiny wood-burning stove to keep warm.

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Natalie C. McKee

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 two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar Linda Baker
    November 5, 2020, 12:30 pm

    Well done! Wondering if that is a microwave/oven near the floor in the kitchen, the wood stove is too small to cook on. Seems like all things aligned to make this happen – materials, labor, location – lucky man

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan
    November 5, 2020, 5:21 pm

    Really nice! Lovely, too. Love the warm wood hues, and the clever placement of the shower. It’s a wonderful setting, too.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      November 6, 2020, 1:48 pm

      The shower was brilliant!

  • Avatar Theresa Perdue
    November 5, 2020, 11:48 pm

    Very nice. Warm and cozy but also open and airy. Hope he gets his water sorted out soon that would drive me nuts (yes I’ve heard, short walk😂) That shower is fantastic 😍 He’s done a great job of it.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      November 6, 2020, 1:46 pm

      Well what’s funny is his reason was that he didn’t want to “sh*t where he eats” — so he deliberately chose the outhouse! I think I would still have that toilet in there LOL

      • Avatar Theresa Perdue
        November 9, 2020, 10:42 am

        Me too! 👍😄

  • Avatar Stephan of Arkansas
    November 30, 2020, 7:28 pm

    Beautiful design and implementation! Well done! But may I add a polite note of caution about the use recycled wood — especially fencing materials — for INTERIOR application: Please ensure that the wood is NOT pressure-treated which means toxic chemicals may be present in the wood that might out-gas if used INSIDE the house. As example, an acquaintance of mine used pressure-treated pine lumber (butt-jointed nailed together) for the floor of his house’s new sun room addition. It was a pretty country look and use of the water resistant lumber seemed logical as he and his wife love to grow plants. They planned to use the new sun room to over-winter tender garden plants which meant regular watering. His wife had a bad reaction from off-gassing when the winter heat was turned on. This comment is respectfully submitted. Stephan of Arkansas

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      December 1, 2020, 9:08 am

      Thanks for that warning Stephan!

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