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This Man’s Under-$20K Small Home

This is Ralph’s Under-$20K Small Home he built back in 2007.

Ralph doesn’t live here anymore, but worked hard to create this wonderful, inexpensive house. In the end, it came in at 960 sq. ft. — definitely more “small” than tiny — and is a great inspiration to us all.

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This Man’s Under-$20K Small Home

Images via Ralph

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Images via Ralph


  • 960 sq. ft.
  • Cost less than $20K to build
  • Built-in shelves
  • Propane heat
  • Lots of storage in the kitchen
  • Used footers from double-wide trailer to build foundation

Related: Couple’s $20k DIY Tiny Home

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.

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  • john December 29, 2016, 12:45 pm

    strange foundation; not sure that meets code in many states

    • Jamie December 29, 2016, 9:30 pm

      That was my thought exactly. It looks as though there is a concrete trench underneath; but still a poorly executed foundation. Without the skirt a good wind would blow it over.

      • Ralph humes January 18, 2017, 9:18 pm

        On the contrary, this house has gone through many high winds with no problems. It was built in Oklahoma on concrete footers that were used previously to level a double wide. The wood foundation is securely bolted to the footers. So, yeah…no problems with wind.

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie January 19, 2017, 6:13 am

          Thanks for responding, Ralph!

  • Janet December 29, 2016, 3:00 pm

    Sure wish I could build!

  • Claude December 29, 2016, 4:55 pm

    It’s a post and beam type construction with a frame to create a skirt to properly finish it and also prevent animals to roam under the house.

  • Mary December 29, 2016, 6:32 pm

    What, no bedroom or bath?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie January 2, 2017, 10:28 am

      I believe there is one, he just didn’t send us pictures of them. — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Sam April 19, 2017, 8:19 pm

      The first picture of the kitchen gives a little glimpse of the bath- looks to be a tub/shower.

      • Mary April 19, 2017, 11:00 pm

        If you say so, but I sure don’t see it, can’t see through walls.

  • Kim December 30, 2016, 12:47 am

    Love the built ins and kitchen. Would’ve liked yo see bedroom and bath. But looks prdtty overall

  • jm December 30, 2016, 1:59 am

    Pretty awesome job for 20k. Nothing about this is post and beam. House is resting on pt studs that look to be 16″ apart. Looks very odd to me but, I assume he pulled a permit…

  • Gigi December 30, 2016, 2:22 am

    Cute. $20 K in 2007 would be what today? 30? 35?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie January 2, 2017, 10:17 am

      Not sure! More, but not a lot more! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Susanne December 31, 2016, 5:59 pm

    Wow,under 20,000……:) I would pay a little then since he saved so much to hire a decorator ….:) yes I know he likes it.

  • Eva Marie January 15, 2017, 8:17 am

    Very cute and looks very comfortable. Imagination and hard work can save you a lot of money. I love the built in shelves.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie January 17, 2017, 11:52 am

      That they can!

  • Nancy January 15, 2017, 3:58 pm

    Love the colors of the kitchen too! Cozy home. 🙂

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie January 17, 2017, 11:48 am

      Absolutely 🙂

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