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Marie, like so many others, was introduced to tiny homes on YouTube, and that sparked her curiosity about building her own home. With a lot of hard work and trial and error, she was able to complete a gorgeous little space that meets all her needs.

She loved building her own space so much, she became a carpentry apprentice and now teaches at WomeNZShed, a company that teaches other women woodworking! What an amazing success story.

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Empowered By Her DIY Tiny House Build

Images via Tiny Home Tours

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Ashley and Chad spent one year taking their dreams of tiny living and bringing them to life building their very own DIY THOW. Now the couple is expecting a baby, and planning to continue their sustainable, mortgage-free life as a family of three!

They had a budget of $35K for the build, and came in spending about $40K for their 28-foot home on wheels. They did try to use second-hand and repurposed materials as much as possible, and designed the interior with a retro 70s flair. Neither of them had any building experience, so YouTube University taught them everything!

Right now they are parked on some farmland in British Columbia, and they talked to us about their tiny life below. Also, there’s a video tour from their YouTube channel you can enjoy.

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Chad, Ashley & Baby-On-The-Way Living Tiny in B.C.

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When his parents sold the family vacation cabin so they could buy their dream home, this man decided to buy some Canadian prairie land and build a 96 square foot cabin that could fit his family of four and keep them warm in the subarctic temperatures of Treaty 6 Territory. They live off-grid on the 141 acre property for about 125 days a year.

He didn’t have a lot of time to get the cabin built before winter set in, but in 12 days spread out over about 3 months, he and a couple friends managed to build this fully-functional little cabin for just about $3,000 (USD) in 2016. Since then they’ve added solar panels, a propane heater, and other little touches which brought the cost up to about $4,300. Still incredibly impressive for such a little space!

By keeping the cabin under 100 square feet, he’s able to keep the land labelled as agricultural, which saves on property taxes. He made an awesome video about his build, and a second video outlining his costs, which are great resources for anyone interested in doing something similar!

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This $3K Off-Grid Cabin Sleeps Four!

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Meet Amy and Dylan; she’s a traveling nurse and he’s a software engineer who works remotely. Back in August 2017 they had just completed their year-long journey building their home.

They started out by purchasing a bare-bones tiny house shell from Liberation Tiny Homes and it was up to them to complete the inside to their liking.

Now, they move approximately every 3 months based on Amy’s nursing job contracts. Explore their journey below. Enjoy!

Traveling Nurse and Fiance Build Tiny House on Wheels

Traveling Nurse and Fiance Build Tiny House Together

Images via Instagram

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This is a 345 sq. ft. tiny house built in 2012 by college students Ashley Haugstatter and Michael J. Zella in Endicott, New York.

The two built the house together. It cost them about $35,000.

Ashley just shared an update in the comments about where they are now, and I thought you’d be interested:

Hi everyone! I’m the girl in the video, this is our beloved tiny house 🙂

Our original hope was to have a tiny house on a trailer to take with us, but due to the zoning laws, we found this to be our best option. $35,000 includes the land, the home, all of our landscaping, retaining wall, driveway paved, etc. We didn’t skimp on finishes, but we didn’t go super pricey either.

We did indeed build it just the 2 of us, which is why it took a while. We worked 10-12 hour days for about 2 1/2 months. It was grueling, but so worth it! It was actually costing the 2 of us ~$12,000 EACH for room and board at Binghamton, per year. So with my having 3 years left and Michael having 2, it didn’t make sense to stay on campus. Plus the accommodations at school are less than stellar. And we couldn’t have our puppy at school 🙂 We also saw renting as a waste of money — the cheap rentals are in the downtown area that we wanted to stay away from, and the newer nice rentals were way overpriced. We did end up selling the house and got all of our money back. We have re-invested and now have built another lakefront home on Oneida Lake in Syracuse where we moved following graduation. I’m a nurse in a Pediatric ICU here and Mike is a Mechanical Engineer at Carrier. We would have stayed, we both had good paying jobs offered to us, but I wanted to work in a PICU, and there are none in Binghamton.

The desk did go underneath the loft, across from the clothes. It was a perfect set up! It really couldn’t have fit our needs any better. The outdoor area was also great for having people over. I do miss it, but our new house by the lake is also beautiful! I am so happy that we had the experience though. It was an amazing place to live for 4 years.

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How These College Students Built a $35k Tiny Home!

Psychology major Ashley L. Haugstatter and mechanical engineering major Michael J. Zella, pictured Tuesday, December 4, 2012, built a 400-square-foot home off campus in Endicott during the 2012 summer. Image JONATHAN COHEN

Image © Jonathan Cohen via BU

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One year ago Darin Zaruba of EcoCabins approached Andrew Morrison of Tiny House Build at a TEDx conference in Colorado Springs and since then they have created a wonderful friendship and partnership.

After just about a full year of designing, testing, and re-engineering, EcoCabins is now able to build you either a 24′ or a 28′ model of the Morrison Tiny hOMe on Wheels with pricing starting at $54,900 and $59,900 respectively. And I’m excited to announce that the first three hOMe models have already sold and EcoCabins is ready to take new orders.

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Morrison Tiny hOMes Now Available by EcoCabins

Morrison tiny hOMe built by EcoCabins 001

Images © TinyHouseBuild.com/EcoCabins.com

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You’ve already seen Andrew and Gabriella’s amazing tiny hOMe on wheels, right?

It’s a tiny house that they designed and custom built for themselves to live in full time with no mortgage.

Andrew and Gabriella also run Tiny House Build where they offer plans, teach tiny building, and more.

Recently, Andrew spoke at a TEDx conference about the tiny house movement.

Now, they’re excited to announce that you can order one of their tiny hOMes from Eco Cabins who they have partnered with for building tiny homes.

So just in case you’re not much of a DIY person, or you’re too busy to take on such a huge project, this is another option to have a tiny house built for you.

Eco Cabins Manufacturer Building Tiny hOMe on Wheels


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