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Living in a Compact 200 ft² Tiny House with Stunning Design

Zach & Leala from Big Hearts Tiny Vegans designed this unique and beautiful 24-foot long tiny house and built it from paycheque to paycheque, as well as with gifts of time and materials from family and friends.  

It cost them approximately $40,000 CAD ($31,175 USD) to build the 200-sq.-ft. house, including the cost of appliances. 

They Built The Tiny House Over Time On A Limited Budget

Big Hearts Tiny Vegans – Photo 2

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The 200-square foot tiny home on wheels is sitting on a 4-foot tall platform because it’s currently parked in a floodplain. The deck gives them loads of extra outdoor living space and it’s covered with a large sloping metal overhang. The house is plugged onto the grid for electricity and water, and they also have propane for their stove and water heater. 

Big Hearts Tiny Vegans – Photo 3

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The couple’s dream tiny house has a living room with a real couch and loads of storage right at the entrance.  To the right, there’s a bathroom with a clawfoot tub and a combo washer-dryer, and above that is an open-concept lounge loft.

Big Hearts Tiny Vegans – Photo 1

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To the left of the living room, they designed an efficient u-shaped kitchen with Unique appliances and a drop-leaf table on wheels for dining.  Their staircase doubles as a pantry and also makes the private sleeping loft accessible for their two dogs.

Meet Zach & Leala and tour of their lovely home in the Exploring Alternatives video below!

VIDEO: Living in a Compact 200 ft² Tiny House with Stunning Exterior & Interior Design

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Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • Debbie
    February 5, 2021, 9:41 am

    Loved the video! Incredibly well designed home! They thought of everything.

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  • Marsha Cowan
    February 5, 2021, 7:29 pm

    It’s a really pretty house. It’s one of those houses that is immediately appealing and inviting, and one says, “Oh, I want that one!”. Great job, guys! Best wishes.

  • Theresa Perdue
    February 5, 2021, 11:38 pm

    Oh my! What a warm and cozy and absolutely lovely little home. I think if I were to build one I would do a lot of copying of theirs.

  • Anna Wendt
    February 6, 2021, 12:06 am

    This is beautiful! I love the dining room table! Was that custom made or store bought?

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