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Solo Mom and Teen Daughter Build Tiny House

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This is the story of a solo mother and her teenage daughter who built their own beautiful tiny house on wheels.

Constructing the tiny house herself, mostly from reclaimed and seconds grade materials, she was able to build her small home for a unbelievably low price, meaning she now owns her own home debt free.

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Solo Mom and Teen Daughter Built Their Own Tiny House Using Recycled Materials

The kitchen has plenty of storage!

Always nice to have a window by the sink.

Framing and building the tiny house.

Video Tour and Interview with Solo Mom and Teen Daughter Who Built Their Own Tiny House Using Recycled Materials

Living in a tiny house together with a teenager may be a challenge at times, but thanks to some incredibly clever design both mother and daughter have ample private space in the home.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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    November 7, 2018, 8:49 am

    Wondering where the loft, bathroom and storage photos are. Washer/dryer?

  • Gail
    November 7, 2018, 9:21 am

    Absolutely incredible!….both the home and the story of the build process. What a creative space she made for her and her daughter! This is one of those homes that will stay in my mind for years to come. Right up on top of the list!!

    • Alex
      November 7, 2018, 12:16 pm

      Thanks, Gail, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Sheila Plourde
    November 13, 2018, 6:40 pm

    Wow! So love this. This lady was very creative. Kitchen and the pull outs. Washer and dryer in the bathroom. Her fridge is perfect. Storage above in the kitchen. Her daughter is happy. Was clean but seeing how comfortable the tiny house looked. This is something else. 🙂

  • Theresa Perdue
    July 1, 2019, 8:38 am

    So creative😍! I have never seen actual bedrooms in a thow before. She is someone I would hire (if possible) to design my home.

  • Juliebug
    February 25, 2021, 10:12 pm

    This is a remarkable home!!!!! What a great job she did,band ideas she came up with I have never seen before. And at $650 a month to park it there is a great price. I mean Mobile Home parks cover your water, sewer, garbage, maybe a public pool and she got into the perfect space to pull it in and out of is great. I am taking some of her storage and bedroom space in my future home What a Wonderful job you have done and you should be proud of yourself and your home

    • Natalie C. McKee
      February 27, 2021, 10:53 am

      Yes it can be very handy to have those things all covered for one fee!

  • Nancy Mock
    March 2, 2021, 7:24 pm

    What an awesome home for you and your daughter! I certainly applaud your ingenuity, your use of space, your creativity, and the fact that you stayed true to yourselves in your build!

  • Marsha Cowan
    July 16, 2021, 10:24 am

    Wow! What is “not as nice” about this house? You took recycled materials and made a masterpiece! It has some of the cleverest design elements I have ever seen in a tiny house; I am sure we will see many of them utilizd in future tiny house builds. I love the drop down storage between the rafters. How clever is that? The kitchen is beautiful and really set up for cooking. The entire house is warm and cozy where it needs to be, and spacious and light where it needs to be. What a great build! What a great home! Thanks for sharing : )

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 16, 2021, 11:06 am

      Yes that drop-down storage is awesome!

    • Marsha Cowan
      July 16, 2021, 11:42 am

      Oops! Should have said floor joists. . .

  • Цветы
    February 8, 2022, 12:55 am

    Absolutely like your work, it’s true a lot of work will make you frustrated but always brainstorm. If you can offer old or waste it could be great.

  • ~James~
    February 9, 2022, 9:00 pm

    WOW! What a beautiful and clever design. So well done. Again, WOW!!!!

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