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Well since that time my girlfriend and I were asked if we would be interested in selling our house and since I had already been considering building another one because building the first was so much fun we decided to take the offer on our house.
The man who bought our house also lived in our city and was interested in actually joining us in living on the farm in the house and paying the house off over time and since we had been wanting to expand the tiny house area of the farm which is called “Tiny Town” we thought that was a wonderful idea.
This conversation was had in late November and so we instantly got to work on the second house, because the first house was going to it’s new owner at the end of February.
Giving us only 3 months to start, finish, and move into the new house.
Well December came and with it came the holidays and traveling and family time and before we knew it December had gone.
We were running out of time!
Thankfully living in a tiny house had allowed us to save up enough money to buy materials for the second house out right so we did not have to wait, we could work as fast as we could buy.
My current job has me working over night so I had all day to work (I mean who needs sleep).
For six weeks I was putting in 8-10 hour days, working over night and sleeping…..
I am not sure when but between both Kelsey and I we completed the house in time.
Our first house was 100 square feet it had a sleeping loft, desk space, kitchen, two benches for company and a closet and cost us around $7000.
For the second house we decided we wanted to go smaller, and we did.
Not only did we cut our square footage down to 84 but we chopped 2 feet off of the total height.
We did all of this while keeping our kitchen, desk, bed, and adding a living room!
We put the bed on the floor this time because summer in Texas can get hot and heat rises and what not.
This has made middle of the night bathroom breaks so much more inviting since we do not have to climb down a ladder.
We went with a tall standing desk so we could utilize the space underneath for things like motorcycle helmets, shoes and art supplies.
We used 2x6s for joists so we could store our underwear/ phone chargers and other odds and ends in between them.
The living space houses our closet for hanging clothes and a shelving unit for folded clothes, it also has a tiny couch with our movie collection underneath.
Above the bed we built a lofted living space.
Across from the couch we have a mounted TV with a little surround sound speaker system.
We also found a really cute round ottoman with storage inside.
Since we double insulated, our house acts as a speaker box it is pretty awesome for tiny house dance parties.
Our kitchen has a mini fridge, a toaster oven (mostly we use our grill to cook), a sink and storage space.
Where’s the Bathroom?
Everyone always asks where is the bathroom, but since we live with other tiny houses we decided to build a bathhouse for the property, it has a outdoor shower, a plumbed toilet, washer and dryer and a sink.
This allows for people with odd bathroom setups to move out to the property (since not everyone has septic hookup in their tiny house).
During winter we showered at the city rec center.
Did You Use Any Reclaimed Materials?
Another question we get a lot was why did we not use reclaimed material?
For the timeframe we had we could not wait around or search for the material we needed so we just bought the material off the shelf at a big box home improvement store.
So How Much Did It Cost to Build?
The total cost for the house broke down like this.
We found a 5x10ft trailer on craigslist for $850 (it is a custom trailer that holds 4000lbs).
We spent $700 on metal sheathing (colored metal comes at a premium)
$850 at IKEA that place gets us every time it is worse than Target.
The rest of the cost went to building material which was plywood interior sheathing, pine trim, pine board flooring, cedar board for the counter and desk and some shelves, pine for the rest of the shelves, 2×3 and 2×4 studs, and insulation.
Our total cost for everything together was $5200.
How Long Have You Been Living In It?
We have been living in the new house since the end of February (2014) and have loved everyday of it.
Learn More About Ethan’s ‘Tiny Town’
Building tiny houses is fun and helping others into tiny houses is awesome. The man who bought our first house tells us all the time how much he loves his move to Tiny Town. If anyone has any other questions feel free to email us at [email protected] we love hearing from people and making new connections.
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