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If you’re looking to build a tiny house for the most affordable price, here’s how you may be able to do it for only $3,000 in material costs. Our friend LaMar Alexander is looking to help anyone out there looking to get into a self-built quality tiny house for the least amount of money with his new tiny house plans.

So if you can do the labor yourself, you may be able to build yourself a tiny house very affordably. Need it to be built on a trailer for mobility or zoning? That will run you up approximately $6,000 in materials so you can build it on a Big Tex Trailer. Just remember, these prices are approximate and can change and vary depending on various factors like location, trailer choice, material choices, as well as any uncontrollable events and material price hikes. Learn more below!

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Build A $6,000 Tiny House on Wheels, Or Just $3,000 On A Foundation/Skids

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In this video, our friend Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com is showing you how to avoid mistakes when building your tiny house.

If you’re going to be building a tiny house, DIY shed, cabin, or cottage anytime soon, this video-based post will definitely help you plan your build better.

Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Tiny House

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DIY Tiny House Builder Looking for Space to Park & Dwell – Share Your Tiny Living Story Too!

Hi Alex and Tiny House Newsletter readers, I have been a fan of Tiny House Talk for almost a year now and I really appreciate you bringing the tiny house community together like you have.

I started building my tiny house in January and it will be livable by this December. My fiancee and I are Senior college students at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA and we will be getting married on January 2.

We would like to live in our tiny house for our last semester of college in the spring but are having trouble finding a place to put our tiny house to live in from January to May. After we graduate in May we can really go anywhere but would like to look in Maryland, particularly around the Baltimore/DC area because that is where our family is.

DIY Tiny House Builder Looking for Dwelling/Parking Space

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Image © Austin Eschenwald

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Meet Joel Fleck. When he needed to find a home after college he decided instead of paying a high amount of rent in Sonoma county, that he would opt to design and build his own tiny home on wheels instead.

So, according to the story at Faircompanies, he bought an abandoned trailer for only $300 and started building. Two years and $25,000 later he now has his own debt-free tiny house. Did I mention that he’s 6’4″ tall? And the $25k includes purchasing all the tools he needed. Not bad! I’m really excited to share the video tour and interview thanks to Kirsten Dirksen of Faircompanies where you can get his entire story from start to finish, and tour his entire tiny home on a trailer below. Enjoy!

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6’4″ Law Student Living in DIY 150 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home

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Images © Faircompanies/YouTube

Since Joel is in law school, he needed space for books and he also needed a spot to sit and study. And you’ll see how he arranged for that below.

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Hello Alex and Tiny House Talk readers, I’ve followed your page for some time, and it was where I saw my first tiny house, Dee Williams house! (who we later got to meet in Seattle).

That was in November 2013, about a week after my partner and I had gotten rid of our apartment, things, and jobs and left to live on the road out of our 6ft x 9ft 1987 teardrop trailer. We’ve now been living out of it happily and successfully for several months and couldn’t be happier.

We left Ontario, Canda November 1st and drove through the US, up the West coast and through British Columbia and we are now heading back to Ontario and will begin building our very own Tiny House! Within a month we will start our build!

Tiny Living (And Traveling) in a 54 Sq. Ft. Travel Trailer

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Image © Hobohemians

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Building a Mortgage-free Tiny House by the Seat of My Pants – Part 2 – by Shirley Loomis

Arriving at my tiny house daily was so much more pleasant once the outside was complete. It looked like I was working on something real, no longer just a picture in my mind’s eye. An added benefit of having the exterior complete was that I could work inside with an added degree of warmth and protection from the elements.

Prior to tackling the inside I looked at a lot of layouts I had seen published in books and online, examined my own existing furniture, considering how I might be able to repurpose it for use inside my tiny house. Being a book hound my bookcases were definitely something that would be put to use. As you look at your space, always keep in mind how you live, the kinds of things you like to do, how you make your living, and what you readily have on hand that you can tailor to meet your needs.

Related: Woman in her 50s Builds Tiny Home (original)

And: Building a Mortgage-free Tiny House By the Seat of My Pants (part 1)

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All Images © Shirley Loomis

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Some of you might remember Tiny: A Story About Living Small.

It’s a tiny house documentary created years ago by Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller.

I posted on it a while back (and even more later- see below) and some of you even helped raise money for them on their Kickstarter fundraiser.

You might already have even seen the movie at a local screening or film festival. But I’m here to announce that the film is now officially available. More on how and where you can watch it below.

Tiny: A Story About Living Small Released

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Meet Anderson Page. He’s an environmental studies graduate at Northeastern University.

He’s also the designer and builder of the tiny house you’re about to see in this post.

Page designed and built this tiny home for his undergrad thesis project because it falls in line with his passion for better housing.

Student Creates Tiny House Documentary

I encourage you to watch and enjoy the full 48 minute documentary for FREE on how this tiny house was designed and built (plus get a complete tour of the finished product) below:

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Building a Mortgage-free Tiny House by the Seat of My Pants – Part 1 – by Shirley Loomis

Years ago virtually every home in this country was built by the men and women who lived in them. They were homes, barns, outbuildings of one form or another, silos; homes for people, crops, and livestock. These were places of shelter and it was envisioned by the builders that they would serve as such for years on into the future, long after they were built, and perhaps long after the builders themselves were gone.

When I started building my tiny house I went back to that premise of building; the owner-builder, the homesteader in need of shelter, because in many ways that’s exactly where I found myself.

I looked at simple building books, books on sheds and small outbuildings, the books on the market (before Kindle and Amazon) that dealt with cottages and tiny homes that were built with the intention owners would add on to them at a later date, books on writer’s cottages and fishermen’s cottages, treehouses, huts and forts; anything that was built from scratch, and constructed without intricate detail or complexity.

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Over time, as my search continued, I came across plans that were specifically designed to be built on top of trailer frames or flatbeds. They were portable and they were called tiny houses. Some looked like gypsy caravans, others like the cottages I’d been reviewing with the only exception being that these were on wheels. They were portable and ideal for someone like me whose future seemed continually subject to revision.

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