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Man Building a Cheap, DIY 200 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home on Wheels

This is the story of how one man and his girlfriend are building a cheap, DIY 200 sq. ft. tiny home on wheels. So far, they’ve spent only $7,000 on it (but it’s not 100% finished yet).

Throughout all of my years learning about and re-sharing tiny house stories, I’ve found that the most affordable way to buy a tiny house is by building it yourself because otherwise you have to pay for labor and materials. Makes sense, right?

So this is Mark Alford and Eliana Chinea’s tiny house project. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

Man Building a Cheap, DIY 200 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home on Wheels

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Images © Zachary Domes via Olivers Apparel

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Images © Zachary Domes via Olivers Apparel

Eliana Chinea's Cheap DIY Tiny House in Berkeley 001

Images © Eliana Chinea

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Images © Eliana Chinea

Learn more: http://oliversapparel.com/blogs/journal/56907205-life-in-200-square-feet

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • Mike December 1, 2015, 9:38 pm

    A little late, but if you insulate the exterior with 2-4″ of styrofoam – then side it, you wouldn’t have to finish the inside and could leave the studs exposed. It would be well insulated since the insulation would be continuous and unbroken. Congrats on your tiny house journey!

  • Sharene February 8, 2016, 1:13 am

    Please, what are the dimensions of this tiny home. It seems to be larger than the average 8 foot width.

    Thank you

    • Mike H February 8, 2016, 11:20 am

      Sharene, I followed the link to the realtor.com story @

      http://www.realtor.com/news/unique-homes/diy-berkeley-tiny-home/

      and it had this to say: “8.5 feet by 19 feet with a 13.5-foot-high ceiling”.

      It’s going to look wider than normal because the interior walls are not in yet. Maximum width limits on the Interstate is 8’6″, without a special permit which is what they are referring to when they say 8.5 feet in the article. So basically, it just looks wider but is the same as most.

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