I got this email from Jenine Alexander, who built her own tiny house using mostly reclaimed materials a while back..
She’s selling her tiny house in case you’re interested in buying it. I featured it here a while back on this post titled DIY Tiny House You Can Build for $3500.
Below I’ve copy and pasted the email she sent me which lets you know where the house is located and how the pricing works. Then you can get a video tour and check out some photos of the house underneath that in case you already haven’t seen it.
This is Jenine Alexander writing. I’ve decided to sell the first tiny house I built. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I’ll be happy to sell it to someone else who loves it. I’ve created this email address for the sale. The price is flexible, depending on if someone wants to buy it as-is, or customized. If you could send this on or post it, I’d appreciate it. I’m in Northern California near Santa Rosa. I encourage anyone who is seriously interested to email me to set up a time to come see it.
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I encourage you to see more of the house in the photos and video below:
One unique part of this house is that you can lift up the roof to get some fresh air inside. You can see how that works int he video tour at the bottom.
Above is her sleeping loft and one of the storage areas.
Check out the video tour below brought to you by Nicolas Boullosa and Kirsten Dirksen of Faircompanies.com.
Video Tour of Jenine Alexander’s Tiny House (For Sale)
Contact Jenine if you’re seriously interested at forsaletinyhouse [at] gmail [dot] com.
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WOW! built it for around $3,500 and selling it for $25,000-$40,000???!!! crazy…. :/
25k as is, but make me an offer! I’m open and want to sell it to someone who loves it.
40k is only a placeholder — if you want me to customize it to fit your needs in any way, the sky’s the limit — or actually, DMV regulations are the limit.
People want way too much for tiny houses. We are building our 600 square foot house for under 70K furnished and it is made pretty fancy and stays warm. That house looks like it would be pretty cold.
It is built entirely with rigid foam insulation. The floors and ceilings have 6″ and 5″ respectively. It is one of the best insulated small structures out there.
Thanks for the replies Jenine!
Really.We built our 1980 Sq ft house,24 by 28 Garage and 36 by 25 barn for about 70K.This whole Sm house movement bears no resemblance to reality.Its just a FAD fit for a certain type of person.JAs price is way out of line.
So tired of people dissing each other about prices. Why do people think labor is free? Because we’ve been taught by corporate America that it is. Free your minds and respect people’s work.
So Liz, from the way your comment reads it appears you believe that “Corporate America” gets people to work for nothing, exactly where did you get that insane idea?
Corporate American PAYS people for their labor, it is against the law to expect people to work for free, but just like you corporations must cut back when there isn’t enough money to go around just to abide the law REQUIRING THEM to make a profit… that’s right IT A LAW that they make a profit.
The ones who seem happy forcing people out of the work force where they can earn some sort of a living are Unions and the Government, don’t believe me? Go try and buy a Hostess Twinkie next week. I think you should watch less MSNBC and read a book or 2 on corporate accounting!
I make it a point not to get into a firefight with people who have no ammo, Frank.
Dear Frank,I’m sorry your job at Hostess has ended.But small businesses have always been the back bone of USA,If it wasn’t for small businesses in this country(also called FREE ENTERPRISE)Frank there would be no Corporate America.I personally applaud Jenine and all the other Great People in this world for THINKING outside the BOX,FRANK.I hope that a business is started with an idea,maybe even a chance to make an little extra income and the dream making an LLC or Incorporate someday,or just passion to make life just a little easier for others.
the price is over the top and cannot be justified.I bet on closer inspection it will be evident that her work is not Quality? I have no problem with a fair price.Considering it is made from scraps,reality must intrude.
I say lets get real.
I like this tiny house , Wheather or not it would be too cold I’d say would depend on the individual, where you live etc. As far as pricing , I’m on an extreamly low fixed income because I’m truely physically disabled after working for twenty years as a nurse , an two separate accidents in which I got a broken back twice. A home of my own may I’m starting to believe will never happen for me, but that said , I think you must consider the time an labor this woman put into building this little house as well as not only just the materials, an the extra effort she put in to make it nice enough to open at the top for fresh air in nice weather, I can’t say I see places every day that do that really. I’ll readily admit I have no idea what a little place of any kind should really cost, but at the same time I don’t think she should have to just completely give it away either. An I’m sure she’s had a tough time trying to decide what it should sell for, I know if it were me I’d have a tough time deciding.
Dixie hacker Hurley.
Thanks for your wonderful thoughts Dixie. Wishing you the best.
I wish she would donate to a homeless person so they could have a home. She would be able to write-off in taxes. Such a nice home
That’s a sweet idea. Sometimes you have to take care of yourself, though, before you’re able to give to others. Still, though, I’d love to see what you say happen. Just sayin’.
I was impressed when I first saw her story how she built it from scratch with no background for building. I hope that this is a happy ending and not hard time come a knocking at her portable door.
Thanks Charlie. However, I did work construction on and off for ten years.
Jenine’s house is quite an achievement, especially as it was a training piece, but $25K – $40K seems way too much. You can pick up a used airstream trailer (31ft) for $12.5K – no offence, but you have to be realistic with your pricing. Also, remember – and this comes from an old woodworker – that what took you a long time to build may take an experienced person less than half the time. I’ve been there myself.
Thanks Kme. Good points. Doesn’t it take almost always longer to build a reclaimed home though because you have to take the time to find the materials? And sometimes even dismantle barns, etc to get them? Unless you’ve been collecting for months, years already.
I am curious…why are you selling it?
I am considering buying a tiny home on wheels and I am trying to find out the possible negatives of living in a tiny house. But all I find online are stories raving about the Tiny House Movement. 🙂 I am already enthused; so I am looking to hear from the the devil’s advocate before making such a big purchase with negligible resale value.
I am really interested in hearings what the cons are from someone who has actually lived in a tiny house.
As a tiny houser myself now for 6 months, I love it !
My house is certainly worth more than what I paid for the materials because I did all the work to construct it. But in all fairness, the market determines the price.
I know Jay Shafer sold a tiny house on Ebay about 10 months back that went for around $28K.
This is a new product, kind of like the Toyota Prius was a while back. At first the Prius and hybrids were difficult to finance, and resale values weren’t known, which made people hesitant. Now look at those vehicles.
On the flip side of that, look at the market for those bloated, outdated ‘stuck to the ground’ homes. People used to think that values would forever go up. Now there are so many of those type homes in most markets that it will be a LONG time before values stop falling.
I wish Jenine all the best. For me, she was one of my inspirations when I first learned of the Tiny house movement in late 2010. I’m looking to complete some videos soon and hope Alex will let me post here. I only hope I can be of inspiration for others.
I have to agree with most of the other readers. I was thoroughly impressed that she built it for around $3500.00. However, I do not believe this mostly reclaimed home is worth 10x, at minimum, what she built it for. $7K, I could understand to compensate her for her time and because its been in the media being a semi-famous piece among the Tiny House community.
I’m all for capitalism and reaping the rewards of what one sows but this is absurdly priced especially since one can purchase a BRAND NEW tiny house with a far better aesthetic inside and out & built to the buyer’s specs for what Jeanine is asking.
I’m also a proponent for donating this home to a homeless person as per Reashamor. I think that idea would bring joy to both and monetary reward in the form of a tax credit to Jeanine.
I think that Jeanine should be able to ask however much she wants for her home. The market place will ultimately determine the price. So how about if all of you negative people go pay lower prices for used Airstreams and custom tiny homes (which is blatantly false, by the way.) Why must all of you leave such negative comments disrespecting someone you don’t even know and about whose building skills you know nothing? Are you so unhappy that you just need to pick a fight and get personal?
And next time you haters are out and about in the real world, stop in some places that sell reclaimed materials, so you can learn how expensive such materials are. Then tell the store owners that they should get very little, if any, profit! That should give you a dose of the real world in which the USA has a system based on capitalism.
And should Jeanine decide to give away her home (which is a ludicrous ideal), I think she should give it to Dixie!
Best to you Jeanine. It’s YOUR house, built by YOUR labor!
Is the toilet a pee pot? The bathrm must be installed.