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She Built This $17K House in 38 Days!

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Suzy was living in a cabin with her son when their home was flooded. A friend mentioned she should get a tiny house, so if natural disasters were coming her way, she could hitch up and leave. At the time she was unaware of tiny homes, but once she started researching she knew it was the right choice for her!

She did a lot of dumpster-diving and thrifty shopping to keep her tiny house price at under $17,000! This was 9 years ago, and she thinks it would cost closer to $40,000 to build it today. But the most remarkable part of her story is it took her only 38 days (with no experience!) to build her happy home. You’ll love Suzy (and her jokes) in the video below.

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Her DIY Tiny House w/ Incredible Frog Collection

There are many purple accents inside because it’s her favorite color.

Her ceiling doubles as her pantry!

She has a cozy loft bedroom (with lots of frogs!).

VIDEO: She built her own Tiny Home for cheap! 9 yrs of living tiny


  • Suzy needed a home after losing her cabin to flooding. A tiny house was an affordable option that she could tow away if another storm was on the way.
  • She spent just $17,000 in materials to build her house, and figured out the plumbing after multiple plumbers couldn’t make sense of it!
  • Her house holds more than 300 frogs in her awesome collection.
  • She has a dutch door because she loves it — and painted it her favorite color.
  • She’s parked on horse farm.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Paul Larsen
    March 9, 2024, 7:23 pm

    Well done Suzy! A well thought out and practical design you came up with ! And always good to use stuff to build that would normally be tossed. We seem to live in a wasteful society . so always nice to reuse stuff. Love the jokes too!
    Why did the pony want a glass of water? Because he was a little horse.

  • Marsha Cowan
    March 9, 2024, 7:48 pm

    So cool! A lovely, comfy, inviting home. Lots of clever ideas.

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