This is a guest post by Jarid Derwort
My Name is Jarid, I am 30 yrs old. I live in Odessa, FL and work as a residential contractor(home builder).
I started this project in November 2017, and have moved in as of September 2018. This is the third tiny home I’ve built. It is currently parked on my parents land, which is a 5 acre parcel on a lake(hard to move away from).
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Jarid’s 32ft Tiny House on Wheels Featuring a Main Floor Bedroom, Beautiful Kitchen, Accompanying Deck on a Trailer, Slide-Outs, And More!
The deck is another trailer so the whole house is moveable.
I built this to eventually be a rental so everything I built with, will last 30 years. A metal roof, high end vinyl siding, Trex decking, vinyl floors.
The interior tongue and groove is all cedar wood that I whitewashed(still gives off a sweet aroma).
The cabinets are all soft close, real plywood, with marble counter tops, and my Ruvati sink, which I can’t say enough about. It’s the best sink you can buy for a tiny home. Along with my touch faucet. If you touch it anywhere along the metal it will turn on or off(by leaving the faucet valve open). Great for when your hands are messy.
I have all summit appliances, the gas stove, the range hood (which I had to modify because it is too powerful), and the refrigerator.
The slideouts I engineered myself. They sit on ball bearings and are mounted on a track, so with two people they can be pushed in. I framed those out of metal framing to keep the weight down.
The couches in there are both foldouts and you can fold both of them out to make one long single wide bed to sleep two people.
All of my plumbing and gas and some electrical I ran underneath the house, for easy repairs if a pipe should leak. Only about 10% of pipe in my walls.
I put in a nice drop down projection tv, that doubles as a curtain, along with a nice sound bar that jams this place out!
The house is insulated with rock wool, which is amazing stuff. Melting point of 2100 degrees Fahrenheit and it’s water resistance is incredible. I left some remnants in my dumpster for weeks(with heavy rain) and was still able to use it, forgetting about insulating the interior walls.
The front door and stained glass loft window I bought off Craigslist. $200 for the Mahogany front door that I had to refinish, and then $100 for the stained glass window, which I protected with a tempered piece of glass in front of it and put led lights in the inside.
All my windows, I custom ordered, they are low e impact resistant double pane windows.
I paid mostly cash and put lots of sweat equity into this house. I got into a small amount of debt building it since at one point I was just ready to be done with it, but nothing that can’t be overcome, $20k, much better than a mortgage.
I haven’t added up all my costs yet, but I would guess I spent about $60k on this tiny house.
The plan is to eventually buy a piece of land, move this out to it, as a legal temporary structure, and build a slab home and leave this there to be rented or just used as a guest house.
My girlfriend loves it, and so do our kids, so I must say it has truly been a blessing to finally get to enjoy living in a tiny house. The other two I built I never got the opportunity to enjoy(life moves fast sometimes).
The bumpouts make it about 14ft wide but it is less than 8’6″. The bumpouts can be pushed in.
If anyone in the Tampa area needs a tiny house framed, I would certainly be interested in helping them with that. They can email me at [email protected]
Our big thanks to Jarid Derwort for sharing!🙏
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Excellent build, I am sure you and your family will enjoy this house for some time. I love the Tiny House movement and look at every option presented as I would like to do something here in a couple of months. If you would like to reach out perhaps, you could help me (for a fee of course). I need to do something as I would like to retire and to do that, I need to downsize.
wow very very nice.
I love the place and these pictures are perfect for me to be able to understand how the house is layed out. Do you have a floor plan for this place? The one room with the bed and it downstairs seems to be tight, is that a queen size or full size bed? Also, do you have an option of going with a water flow toilet? Why did you choose a compost toilet? Have you thought about putting in a fan in the ceiling like the fans in an RV? Something like a fantastic fan, would help cut down condensation that can build up in a small house. Again, the house looks great.
Can a tiny house be played off in installments?
Can a tiny house be a rent to own
I am a retired person. I would like to own a tiny house & live by my own that no one can bother me. My question if I want ti own tiny house
1) Do I need to find empty lot in order to install tiny house?
2) can it be place in anty State where I want to stay within the US country?
3) How about the electric where do you plug it?
4) where do you get the water for flushing the toilet? How abiut when a taking a shower?
5) How about when winter time? When it is too cold where do you get the heater?
Right nuw this is all I think.
Hi Dorothy, I live here in the States and I would suggest that you first look into finding a piece of land somewhere where tiny homes are welcomed ( it’s becoming quite common with the easing of state (s) regulations), concerning electricity, I will suggest that you get yourself a solar power system, as to water, well if you own your land, you can rig up a water watchman system. Toilet? Buy a compost toilet and heating, well, buy yourself a wood stove…. Or instead of buying a piece of land, you might try renting a space, with internet, water and electricity, yes, if you search, you’ll find such places, sometimes, even rv parks will allow tiny homes on their lots. I hope that helps. My family and I are looking to relocate to Canada, if I can, hopefully sooner than later and will be looking into tiny houses, so I’ll be asking the same questions as you, Lol.
This is really nice! I love the front door and the beautiful window in the loft. The kitchen is so pretty! Bump outs are a nice feature, too. You did a fantastic job on this tiny house. Be proud!
What a gorgeous home you’ve made. Not just in construction — but a home!!! Beautiful both inside and out.