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He designed and built a mortgage-free tiny house!

This is the story of Ethan Waldman’s mortgage-free tiny house that he designed and built himself! What an incredible shortcut to mortgage-freedom, right? A tiny house… yes!

He built it for way less than today’s average home and is already enjoying the debt-free lifestyle that most of us work decade after decade for only to get there run down and beat up… With tiny homes, this is changing.

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Ethan’s Debt-free DIY Tiny House on Wheels

You can go on inside to see what it looks and feels like in there while he’s living in it below:

Built-In Couch…


Compost Toilet in the Bathroom


You don’t have to spend almost $1,000 on a compost toilet. Instead, you can build one like this for yourself for next to nothing (like it should be)!

Roomy Upstairs Sleeping Loft


A Closet in the Loft, Ladder to Loft, Fireplace, and Kitchen


Kitchen Being Used and Enjoyed


Yes, You Can Do Yoga in this Tiny House, hehe


Hang Drying Clothes, Living Simply


With a View 🙂

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RELATED: Video Tour of Ethan’s DIY Tiny House on Wheels in Vermont

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Andrea is a contributor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the Tiny House Newsletter! She has a passion for sharing tiny and small house stories and introducing you to new people, ideas, and homes.
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  • Linda
    March 17, 2014, 9:25 pm

    On your first update: I know what you mean; it gets too heavy for I too. You really need two people (at least) when building.

    • Alex
      March 19, 2014, 1:03 pm

      Yup. Much easier with some help

  • d
    April 10, 2014, 7:47 pm

    Very nicely laid out. Love those nice big windows..

  • Ericc
    September 15, 2014, 2:05 pm

    I have contemplated my various concerns at great length and determined that I want to start my off grid project building a composting toilet. What I have failed to find after more than a year of reading – where do you source your sawdust and how great a quantity is usually required to make a reasonable purchase. I also do not see anyone quoting a (per person) use rate.
    Who can help me complete my learning curve?

    • Toni Benton
      December 10, 2017, 4:59 pm

      @Eric, I use Coco Absorb instead of sawdust. Bought a 35 liter bag June of this year that I am just now looking at the end of. Got it on Amazon. Just an option for you to check into if there are no sawmill close by. Hope it helps.

  • Dominick Bundy
    September 15, 2014, 4:55 pm

    Those nice big double windows on the side of this tiny house I assume would make a positive difference by comparison to the average size window..I like the way the closet concept is up in the loft for hanging clothes.. Very compact and nicely done..good job..

    March 23, 2017, 7:14 pm

    I just can’t deal with having to cart poop out the house, but every thing else is cool by me….!

    • Mike
      March 24, 2017, 6:50 pm

      Not poop Zach! Great fertilizer for homegrown strawberries

  • December 10, 2017, 1:31 pm

    The “Genuineness” should be Rewarded !

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