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Jon & Christina’s SIP-Built DIY THOW in Florida


Jon is a PC-gamer in law school and Christina is finishing up her Master’s degree. After a three-year long-distance relationship, Christina sold her 1200 square foot fixer-upper in North Carolina and moved down to Florida to live with Jon. She’d been a fan of tiny homes for a long time, and it seemed like a great chance for the couple to save money and pay down student loans.

They’re lucky enough to park on Jon’s parent’s land, and they used SIPs (structurally insulated panels) to create the frame and roof of the home. As such, all their walls are magnetic, which is kind of neat!

The home is 32’ long, 8.5’ wide, 13.5’ tall, and has two lofts — a Master loft with stair access, and then a craft/reading loft with a really neat sliding DIY ladder. Tiny Home Tours did a great video tour of the place which can watch below!

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They Built Their THOW with SIPs in about 8 Months

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The couple also have a dog and a bird living with them.

Jon & Christina’s SIP-Built DIY THOW in Florida

Images via Tiny Home Tours

Most of the cabinets are from IKEA.

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VIDEO: Their Gorgeous DIY Tiny Home with Bathtub

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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 three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • merryl
    June 1, 2021, 11:04 am

    Very nice. I love the lived in vibes it gives off.

  • Marsha Cowan
    June 2, 2021, 6:07 pm

    Very “at home” feeling. It’s amazing how wood floors and countertops with white walls and ceiling make the space look twice as spacious, and the decorating adds the home touch. Great job. It’s beautiful!

  • Cheryl
    June 2, 2021, 9:26 pm

    Love it! It’s pretty much everything I’d want in a tiny home. Thanks for sharing!

  • John & Bettie Geertsema
    June 23, 2021, 2:46 pm

    what wood flooring are you useing that will hold up with building a tiny home on wheels?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 24, 2021, 5:13 am

      I’m not sure what they used, but in general wood flooring is quite durable and there shouldn’t be an issue with using it in a tiny house, except that it’s heavier than the alternatives such as luxury vinyl planks (which are also more waterproof).

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