This is Tave’s DIY Under-$20K Tiny House on Wheels.
It was recently nominated for the 2016 Tiny House of the Year, and is one great little home. Tave made this place her own in the 9 months she spent building it, adding a crafting/sewing station as well as a home office. Read about her whole building experience on her blog.
Tave’s DIY Under-$20K Tiny House on Wheels
I am a 38-year-old woman from Maine. My tiny house took 9 months and just under $20k to build. I did the majority of the work myself with help from my dad on his days off. My mom did a lot of the painting and helped out when I needed an extra hand. I also hired an electrician. It is built on a 24′ utility trailer and parked on a cement slab in my parent’s backyard. I am connected to their well and septic but have my own electrical service. I insulated with 3″ rigid foam in the walls and 4 inches in the floor and ceiling. I heat and cool with a ductless mini-split unit and have a 20-gallon electric water heater. I have an in-wall ERV ventilation unit, as well as a bathroom fan and range fan. The house does have a small storage loft above the closet and washer and dryer but there is no sleeping loft. I have sleep disorders and need easy access to my bed, so I kept the floorplan open. I decided to build a tiny house on a trailer because I’m single and work from home and haven’t really decided where to settle down yet. Though I don’t foresee moving anytime soon, I really don’t know what the future will bring and I like the idea that my home/investment can move with me.
I have been living in my house for about 6 months and have never been happier. My house is designed by me, for me, and I have a place for everything. I am an avid crafter and needed space for my fabric and supplies. I was even able to keep my oversized ironing board. I made a sewing machine storage cabinet with a drop-leaf front, which can also serve as a kitchen table. My countertop is stainless steel with a drop-leaf butcher block bar. I have two counter stools that fold flat and store in my headboard cabinet. I frankensteined a couple of swing-arm monitor mounts into a computer workstation which can be adjusted to sit or stand at. I have drawers built in under my bed for my clothes, with cubbies on either end for other storage. My mattress lifts up and I store seasonal clothes and bedding under it, behind the drawers and cubbies. A narrow cabinet runs the full length of my headboard and I have shelves on top of that to the ceiling. Having a full-size washer AND dryer was important to me and that was one of the biggest challenges but we made it work.
There were quite a few rough days during the build where I lamented ever starting the project but now, every day I wake up, look around, and just feel blessed.
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