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Jay Shafer’s Designs and Builds a $5,000 Tiny House

This is Jay Shafer’s latest tiny house that he built for only $5,000 in material cost.

His new tiny house design is aimed at taking things back to the absolute basics and simplicity in all aspects. That means a home which is simple and pleasant to live in, simple to build and also simple to afford. This new tiny house design costs a remarkably low sum of US $5000!1

Jay Shafer Designs/Builds a Beautiful $5k Tiny Home

Jay Shafers 5000 Tiny House

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Jay Shafers 5000 Tiny House

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Jay Shafers 5000 Tiny House

Images © Living Big In A Tiny House/YouTube

Jay Shafers 5000 Tiny House

Images © Living Big In A Tiny House/YouTube

Jay Shafers 5000 Tiny House

Images © Living Big In A Tiny House/YouTube

Video Tour of Jay Shafer’s Latest $5,000 Tiny House

Jay Shafer is a man who many know as the Godfather of the modern tiny house movement. It was 20 years ago now that he build his original tiny house on wheels and that moment has since inspired thousands of people all over the world (me included) to construct their own tiny homes.

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Jay Shafer’s Stunning $5,000 Tiny House | Original Story | Living Big In A Tiny House YouTube Channel | Jay Shafer’s Book

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  • Avatar Alex
    November 9, 2018, 6:16 pm

    Glad to see Jay looking so well. I know that he was having a really hard time of it not long ago.

  • Avatar Alison
    November 9, 2018, 7:59 pm

    I’m glad I took the time to look at the video. The interior design is so clean and pleasing. I could see a cluster of these tiny homes on a property with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Some of us want (and can afford) more spacious, luxurious digs, but many would be happy with a home like Jay’s. It is especially sensible for a place like coastal California, with mild climate, but exorbitant property prices.

  • Avatar D. Pedersen
    November 10, 2018, 2:35 am

    I have always liked Jay’s design. And this tiny house is yet another on the “likes” list. It is almost Japanese in it’s simplicity. I like the fact, that it is not a “kitchen” on wheels. I see no reason to build a kitchen and bathroom, if you have access to a community kitchen and bathroom. It saves the tiny house from smelling of cooked food all the time. And it saves money in the build. There should be more areas for tiny house without kitchen and bathroom – small communities with kitchen and bathroom facilities.

  • Avatar Anna
    November 10, 2018, 8:47 am

    Congratulations Jay on such a beautiful use of a very tiny space! With a few accommodations for a colder climate and a minimal bathroom for night time visits–this is perfect to park in my son’s or daughter’s backyard! No more fighting with dogs or grandchildren for a sleeping spot on the sofa!
    I also applaud your consideration for the homeless…something like this can change a life! Thanks again for sharing this.

  • Avatar James D.
    November 12, 2018, 11:07 am

    Not everything has to fit everyone in the world you know!?

    But this is about as low cost as it gets for what he designed. At least not cheaper that’s still movable, made of commercially available materials that weren’t reclaimed or milled from a forest like a log cabin or isn’t smaller with less room to actually move about…

    Besides, you’re missing the point of providing something that could be a solution for housing homeless in a community set up with shared resources…

    This is very easily movable, being under 2000 lbs and on its own trailer, is insulated enough that it can be heated by just a candle, has plenty of storage for one person, is solar powered to provide power for lights and powering devices and provides the basics for a comfortable space to live…

    While the design cuts down on infrastructure costs that would be required to establish a new temporary housing area and make it much easier to move and establish in a new area as needed or simply to change the number of available units without additional infrastructure costs.

    But the design could also be added to if a more independent solution is needed…

  • Avatar Jenn
    November 12, 2018, 2:13 pm

    I really like this one. I love how it’s so tiny but it has so much storage & the right amount of space. Like everyone else said, I can definitely see using this if there is a community or shared bathroom or kitchen facilities. Great job! 🙂

  • Avatar D. Pedersen
    November 13, 2018, 6:57 am

    Whatever happened to Jay’s Four Lights Houses Company? Has he started something new?

  • Avatar Sparrow
    November 13, 2018, 9:33 am


    • Avatar Pat
      November 13, 2018, 12:42 pm

      Always take the high road. A simple “I don’t like it” or “Not my style” would suffice. 🙂 I’ve had those two feelings about a number of designs but refrained from commenting. Friends?

      • Avatar Alex
        November 13, 2018, 2:35 pm

        Thanks, Pat, well said.

  • Avatar Karen Blackburn
    November 13, 2018, 1:26 pm

    Would be easy to add a porta potty in a cupboard for use when needed plus a couple of gas rings for hot water (washing clothes, you, dishes, hot drinks) and cooking simple meals. This to me is what a tiny house should be like – families obviously need more space – and would be very similar to designs I have drawn up for myself. Everyone has different needs and wants, some find this size and style perfect for their life but others want a smaller version of a bricks and mortar building complete with bathroom, kitchen/living area and storage plus extras. I tend to go more for the above type of tiny home but I realise many want more. However I don’t feel the need to make obnoxious comments about their choice of tiny home even when I think that they have missed the whole point of the concept. Besides all of this, many people would find this to be luxury compared to what they are used to, just ask many of those in California who are homeless after the fires, a tiny home like this beats an impersonal hotel room or splitting up the family because your house has gone belly up in flames.

  • Avatar Kurt
    December 17, 2018, 2:34 am

    I saw the video on a YouTube channel. This isn’t a real home. This is more of a place to get away for awhile.

    • Avatar Eric
      May 8, 2019, 6:40 pm

      According to a Pommie singer some years ago, wherever you hang your hat, that’s your home.

      So, its not for you. That’s fine. Its definitely not for me either but there’s plenty of people in the world, the States even, who would think its the cats whiskers if someone gave them one of these. Diff’rent strokes fer diff’rent folks I say.

  • June 22, 2019, 6:39 pm

    It is great if all you need is a bedroom. This is just personally but I don’t like the sharing of bathrooms or kitchens with any other than my family, and I sure don’t want to have to go outside to a different room to use either a kitchen or bathroom, especially in the winter months! Who has time to bundle all up to use either?

  • Avatar maria
    August 6, 2019, 6:45 am

    I love Jay! I have been a fan of his work since 2004. I would love to get a hold of some of his old building plans. Great job Jay! You are a true craftsman.

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