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Married Couple Living in 85 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home

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This 85 sq. ft. tiny house is a guest post by Jordan Checkshare yours!

We officially moved into the 85 sq. ft. tiny house on June 1, 2014. We have lived in our small abode for a full year.

From its conception the house has cost about $11,000 out of pocket. Right now we rent the spot we are parked in, we pay $200 a month, and of course $18 for electric on average. After our latest projects like building stairs to the loft (to replace our tiny ladder) and prime and paint the house we anticipate being finished with total spent of approximately $25,000.

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Married Couple Living in 85 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home


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  • Lynnette
    July 22, 2015, 7:18 am

    I love my hubby but WHOA 85 sq ft. That’s smaller than my tiny camper. I need “my” space somewhere.

  • Ann
    July 22, 2015, 10:47 am

    Did I miss something? Where’s the rest of the house? I’ve been looking all over for vids/pics of the rest, but can’t find any. All I saw was front door and corner of kitchen. Thanks.
    Washing dishes like that is what I do even in a regular house. Saves a lot of water. Even taking sponges baths work, too.

    • July 22, 2015, 4:34 pm

      Hey Ann, You didnt miss anything, we are living in the house while we finish it out of pocket, and we have not yet posted photos of the unfinished portions of the house. But we will 😀

      • Ann
        July 22, 2015, 5:28 pm

        Thanks. I do like what you did with the kitchen and stairs and windows going up. It’s a lot like what I had envisioned for myself, even with a pull-down table of some sort. Although I think I would put up some kind of barrier at the edge of the steps to keep dirt from getting on the table, or even from slipping off. Looking forward to seeing it after it’s done.
        Wondering if you have room to hang stuff from the ceiling as well.

  • Debbie
    July 22, 2015, 2:58 pm

    Jordan, love your videos showing real tiny house living. Very charming. PLEASE be careful Pyrex can explode, read up about it on the internet. Just want you to stay safe.

    • July 22, 2015, 4:32 pm

      Hi Debbie, i actually had another lady tell me that and i was completely suprised, But i havent been using my Pyrex on the stove top anymore 😀

  • Joey Madlangbayan
    July 23, 2015, 12:37 am

    Nice home. I haven’t read the whole post yet. Why the metal screen door? I encourage it aways for the peace of mind, but is the location where you live the reason? Just curious.

    • July 23, 2015, 11:19 am

      The metal screen door is mostly for privacy, air, and an alternative to soft screen doors [our two cats would tear a soft screen apart]. We can leave our house door open and nobody can really see in with the screen door shut.

  • Susanne
    July 23, 2015, 2:07 am

    Impressed y’all can handle only 85 sq ft! But $25,000
    Sounds high for only 85 sq ft…:(

  • July 23, 2015, 11:29 am

    Hey Susanna,
    When thinking of the cost per sq ft with a Tinyhouse, you have to consider that we are fitting everything a big house has, into a room almost as small as a closet. So although it is a small building, you will see a large price tag, just based on its compactness. According to thekitchn.com, an average kitchen remodel cost 15,000-20,000 without new appliances.

    We add in all of our appliances, the oven $500, The freezer $200, our memory foam mattress $600, the $1300 heater, the $2300 incinolet. It all adds up.

    We have overestimated, but with our house being 85 sq ft, and living in Alaska, water is a real problem. We anticipate having a water store outdoors, which will cost money to maintain.

  • Pamela
    August 23, 2015, 11:33 pm

    Jordan, you are adorable and so is your Tiny House. I haven’t watched every video yet, so I hope you didn’t mention this and I missed it, but do you live your tiny range? If so, what brand and size is it? I love to cook and I’m having such trouble finding a range I like. Thank you!

    • August 24, 2015, 4:48 pm

      Hey Pamela! We love our Tiny Ranger! it is so efficient and bakes like a legitimate oven [because it is :P] It is 21 inch wide and worth every inch! We bought it at Lowes, its Holiday Brand converted to propane. We payed $521 for it i think and then we spent another $70 or so buying the conversion peices [our lowes is very limited in these parts] Feel free to stop by my blog and look at my Tiny house resources http://tinyhousewife.blogspot.com/2015/03/tiny-house-resources.html You may find tons for info on stuff like this. I am also a huge cooking fanatic and it is a huge part of our daily life. I make monthly freeze ahead meals and could not do that without my amazing Range ^_^ Thanks for your awesome questions, i hope i answered them for you!

  • October 13, 2015, 6:22 pm

    Really appreciate your willingness to open your life. The size is ideal for my needs, as I live alone. The cost however, is beyond my means. I love the fresh newness of your place, appliances, etc. As luck would have it though, I’m from Oklahoma (an eternity ago) and perfectly content with second hand just about everything. Plan is to sell off almost everything, find friends with junk collections, and look for the right land. & Prayer.

    • August 12, 2016, 11:03 am

      Hey Patsy! Thanks! Our Life in the Tiny was a huge stepping stone for us in the grand scheme of our lives. We ended up selling it, this way we were able to give Justin a few uninterrupted months with his Dad before he passed away. It was a huge derailment at the time, but now we are gearing up again. Our next “Tiny house” is estimated to cost $9K [This includes the truck to pull it, solar system with batteries, water heater, water pump, etc etc etc] It is pretty much everything we will need. So if you are still looking for inspiration and ideas for a more affordable Tiny life Stay tuned on my Blog or Youtube channel, I will be posting a build video soon. Take care! Tinyhousewife.blogspot.com

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