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This is the story of how one man and his girlfriend are building a cheap, DIY 200 sq. ft. tiny home on wheels. So far, they’ve spent only $7,000 on it (but it’s not 100% finished yet).

Throughout all of my years learning about and re-sharing tiny house stories, I’ve found that the most affordable way to buy a tiny house is by building it yourself because otherwise you have to pay for labor and materials. Makes sense, right?

So this is Mark Alford and Eliana Chinea’s tiny house project. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

Man Building a Cheap, DIY 200 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home on Wheels

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Images © Zachary Domes via Olivers Apparel

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This $2k tiny home story (part 2) is a guest post by Winston W. Johnson

Here’s four more pictures of the progress on my $2k off grid tiny shelter. You can see the new heat shields and cathedral ceiling box that I built and painted with high temp black paint in the photos below.

You can also see my ‘shower’ setup, I purchased one of those old-fashioned galvanized round tubs and use it as my shower base. I installed eye hooks on the ceiling and hang a shower curtain from them. When I’m ready to take my shower I bring the tub in from outside, set it on the floor under where I’ve installed the eye hooks, hang the shower curtain and I’m good to go. When I’m done with my shower I empty the water in the tub, let the shower curtains dry over night, fold them up and take the tub back outside. It only takes a few minutes setting the shower up and/or taking it down so it’s no big deal. I use one of those pump up garden sprayers for the pressurized water to take my shower.

You can also see my newly completed front door, it’s one of those double Dutch barn door types, the picture shows the top door open. And there’s another photo of my new door with both top and bottom doors closed. Quite a lot of work went into making my new front door. Each door, top and bottom, had 18 pieces of wood that I had to cut, glue and screw in order to complete the build.

After the first of the new year I plan on adding a 4ft x 8ft deck on the front of my tiny shelter. I’ll probably install the new wood floating floor next. If you missed my original article you can click here to check it out. Please enjoy the updates and re-share below. Thank you.

An Update on My $2k Off-Grid Tiny Home


Images © Winston W. Johnson

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For some, $20,000 to $50,000 for a tiny house is simply not an option.

So here’s “Plain Jane”.

It’s built on a single axle utility trailer that’s 7′ by 12′ and was sold for just $15k.

Inside you’ll find a…

  • Tiny living room
  • Desk
  • Storage areas
  • Kitchenette with sink, fridge and storage
  • Sleeping loft upstairs with queen bed
  • Storage above
  • Portable toilet
  • Sink and shower
  • 5,000 BTU air conditioner
Plain Jane Tiny House

Photo Credit: Good Idea Temporary Houses and Shelters

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