This is the story of Ingrid Stanwa and how she built her very own tiny house in Australia.
With no prior experience, just a desire to make her tiny house dreams a reality, she made it happen. Here’s her story. Enjoy!
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Her DIY Tiny House, Built in Australia
Hi. I’m from West Australia. 6 years ago I was crippled in debt by my mortgage, forced to work away in the mines to pay for a house I didn’t really want because I thought I was supposed to.
Tiny houses kept showing up and one day I just decided “that’s me! I’m going to build myself a tiny house! A year later the trailer arrived and I started to build “tiny tootz” (pronounced like tootsie in the movie).
I was single at the time 41yrs old and living in a rental with my mother after selling my 4/2 house. I literally borrowed tools, bought some tools, watched endless youtube videos on how to DIY, read books of inspiration, and just started ‘going for it’.
The process was longer than I expected (I had to get really creative with just 1 pair of hands doing the work) and double the budget I was hoping for, but that’s partly because of where I live and a lot to do with my taste for “little luxuries”….lol.
Two years later With just my two hands, two plastic trestles tables, and a really good ladder, I was moving in!
It was and still is by far the best thing I’ve ever done for myself and my confidence in my abilities to achieve my dreams is unwavering because of it.
A year after moving in I added the outdoor patio/deck which is free-standing and the deck is built in an old caravan chassis… all removable!
I’m still making changes/improvements as I go, such as benchtop dishwasher, natures head toilet, mini-split, etc…. but despite that, there isn’t a day go by that I’m not extremely proud and grateful for my gorgeous little piece of home!
VIDEO TOUR of her Tiny House as of January 2021
Our big thanks to Ingrid Stanway of Tiny Tootz/FB for sharing🙏
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