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Tiny Dreams on Wheels Tiny House Shell for Sale: $30K

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It’s for sale for $30,000, awaiting your personal touches.

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Tiny Dreams on Wheels Tiny House Shell for Sale: $30K


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  • Completely dried in
  • Exterior is completely finished with quality high end materials and solid craftsmanship
  • 20′ by 8′
  • Built on a purpose built trailer manufactured by Trailer Made, two seven thousand pound axles.
  • Insulated trailer deck
  • House constructed with structurally insulated panels (SIP’s).
  • 9 energy efficient, low-e JELD-WEN premium vinyl windows.
  • 6″ beveled western red cedar siding (stained)
  • Metal roof.
  •  Feather River, Phoenix series high end insulated fiberglass door
  • Factory electrical chases inside of the walls and ceiling
  • $30,000
  • Contact: [email protected]


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.

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  • Avatar Barnie October 31, 2016, 1:06 pm

    I’m afraid we’re now seeing the results of a campaign, intentional or otherwise, that has seen tiny living follow the example of all other commodities in society… Lower the standards of what a dollar can actually buy, and the collective expectations will follow (realistic or not). I say this because unless we’re talking pesos, $30000 for an unfinished tiny house skin borders completely unreasonable, at least imo.

    • Avatar Silver Gypsy October 31, 2016, 3:16 pm

      How right you are, Barnie. But I think the average THOW buyers are also enthusiasts so they are better informed about the cost of things and what a true value looks like. So, as we see here, no engagement or support.

      There is another THOW building company, rather well known, which started off with very reasonable prices, but as the movement gained traction, they upped their prices such that I sincerely believe first time owners will never recoup their investment upon resale when investing in a purchase from them. So, this really doesn’t make this type of a company a good choice for buyers; it’s too much like buying designer clothing; may look good off the rack but down the road there is a very steep devaluation.

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 1, 2016, 8:24 am

        It’s a tricky thing. When tiny houses first became “a thing” there wasn’t much demand for them because not many people knew about tiny houses. Now, however, there is a much bigger demand and as such, prices go up. — Tiny House Talk Team

      • Avatar oxide November 1, 2016, 9:26 am

        The past few houses look like abandoned projects. I think we’re going to see more and more of this as people realize mid-stream that they can’t finish the build. Maybe they realize that a TH isn’t for them. And there is always the land/zoning problem.

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 2, 2016, 7:54 am

          That could be it, but I also think it’s a “preference” thing. If there’s one thing I learn from reading these comments, it’s that everybody has a different idea of what they want/like in a tiny house. They have different personalities and lifestyles. So giving someone a shell gets some of the hardest work finished, and still allows a buyer to create “their” home. I think builders are realizing it’s almost impossible to please everybody, so leaving the inside to the consumer is a smart choice.

        • Avatar Silver Gypsy November 3, 2016, 11:41 pm

          You’re right, some of the projects are abandoned but notice WHERE they are abandoned; when they have finished the shell and they start investigating the cost of the interior. They lose hope and decide to pass it along. What they should do is put a tarp over it and work on it again next summer after they have had the winter to plan, save some money, and decide what part of it to attack next. Too many people go into trying to build a THOW with the notion that it will be finished in a couple of months. The average DIY is 2-3 years. You have to have patients with it and give yourself some relief along the way. It’s a big undertaking. Patients and pacing will get the job done.

      • Avatar Silver Gypsy November 3, 2016, 11:11 pm

        I’m sorry, Natalie, but this shouldn’t be. An item should be valued at a fair price (cost of materials times one or two for labor depending upon how labor intensive something is.) If anything, the popularity should drive the price down, like buying in bulk.
        I can see moderate rises in price, but a lot of the sellers/builders see a “big kill” dancing before their eyes and they have lost all sense of reason, (like wages haven’t stagnated for decades,) or fail to recognize that every other entity out there (electricity, taxes, food, clothing, etc.,) is jacking up their prices like they are the only ones while We, the People, are left to try and deal with all of this on meager earnings and stagnant wages.
        Much and many products are WAY overpriced; WAY overpriced. This is why we see some builders (who are sane) offering their tiny house in the $30-35K range, while others are demanding nearly $100K for approximately the same thing claiming that labor is so expensive; well, yah it is when you are charging four to eight times the amount in labor that others are charging or that is actually necessary to finish a build.
        Just because there is a demand for something doesn’t mean the prices should be jacked up and beyond the actual value of what’s being sold; this is called “an inflated market” and it’s a crock of baloney. Anyone who is smart knows not to play this game. A tiny house can be built for $7.5K if you source recycled , on sale, or Craig’s List materials, then add a reasonable charge for labor still only adds up to $22.5, and then add appliances, tires, etc., and we start to approach the median range that THOW buyers can/want to afford; (otherwise buyers are locked out of this market altogether just like with the McMansions.) Now compare this to a $100K price tag for the same thing. (I have actually seen a well known company build with recycled materials and STILL charge $70-80K for their THOW based on their name alone.) This isn’t right. This is just raw, insensitive, ugly greed.
        Here, have a look at this:
        “Meanwhile, the reality is that wages and compensation have been stagnant for decades, a consequence of rising income inequality, globalization, declining union membership, widening poverty, uneven K-12 education and a host of other often interrelated factors. These tectonic shifts, a number of which date from the late 1970s and even earlier, have created fault lines in the economy. The resulting erosion in economic security for the working poor and middle class, visible, for instance, in most Americans’ grossly inadequate retirement savings, has left them vulnerable to financial shocks.”
        Many people are going into Tiny Houses to get a roof over their heads; not indulge in the latest fad in a robust economy.
        It speaks very poorly about some of the people/leaders/builders involved in this movement.

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 4, 2016, 8:58 am

          I’m not going to argue that you can build a DIY tiny house for much less than homes sell for, but I would recommend reading this: https://tinyhousetalk.com/why-do-tiny-houses-cost-so-much/
          In addition, the “law of supply and demand” is a basic economic principle that states: “Generally, a low supply and a high demand increases price, and in contrast, the greater the supply and the lower the demand, the lower the price tends to fall.”
          In other words, once there are more tiny houses on the market than people interested in tiny houses, the prices will start dropping again, because there is over-supply. (And that might start happening soon!)

  • Avatar Claude October 31, 2016, 1:22 pm

    Too expensive for an empty shell. The trailer must have cost a fortune.

  • Avatar Rhonda October 31, 2016, 1:23 pm

    I completely agree with Barnie.

  • Avatar Janet October 31, 2016, 2:43 pm

    I’m in total agreement. I’m finding that I’m finding better prices in the SHED and Pre-Fab CABIN industry, where everything totals 25-35,000. I’m pretty much skipping the tiny house “exclusive” builders and looking into sheds, barns, cabins and asking them if they are able to finish it out. Even Home Depot can plan your building where you live and have it built at the Home Depot where you want to live (saves delivery fees). You can pick out appliances from the overstock or outlet section, look at reclaimed wood. Use your imagination. But, THINK CHEAP!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 1, 2016, 8:25 am

      Those are great ideas! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Lisa E. October 31, 2016, 3:07 pm

    I have to agree with everybody here so far; the price on this is WAY off the mark. Tiny House-rs are looking for a completely finished product with amenities for this kind of money; and the top to the range for the average THOW buyer is 34K; which builders should know if they plan on building for this market.

    My suggestion is go on and finish it off and THEN offer it for sale. If it doesn’t sell, then you’ve had a wonderful experience building your very own THOW and you can now go on vacation without having to pay for bed and board in some not-so-clean and rather expensive commercial motel.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 1, 2016, 8:26 am

      Although this might be overpriced for what you are getting, I think getting THOWs for under $3oK, completely finished, is becoming rather unlikely. Most DIY builds still clock in around $20K, and that doesn’t include the cost of labor. — Tiny House Talk Team

      • Avatar Janet November 1, 2016, 11:58 am

        I agree Natalie! The days of a finished THOW for $35,000 (200 Sq Ft) is long gone. THOW built for you costs from $45,000 to $75,000 now. These are strictly THOW builders. If you want to spend $30,000 tops, then sheds, cabins and pre-fabs are the only ways left. One way or another, it can be done.

      • Avatar Silver Gypsy November 3, 2016, 11:34 pm

        Nope. I can think of two builders right off the top of my head that deliver a finished THOW for around $34K. One is in Ohio and the other is in North Carolina. Either you aren’t doing the research or you just haven’t dug deep enough.

        “Most DIY builds still clock in around $20K, and that doesn’t include the cost of labor.” Natalie, there is no “cost of labor” with a DIY. DIY means, “Do It Yourself”.

        ” So, giving someone a shell gets most of the hardest work finished…” I agree with your point that a shell allows someone to finish off the inside anyway they want to, but on the other hand, it is a well known fact that the shell is also the cheapest part of the build and the real expense comes with finishing off the inside. So, it seems that many shell builders are tossing together the outsides, charging full fare, and passing on the expensive part of the build to the buyer. So, it’s not the silver lining they are trying to pass it off as. If the shell is well built, (a welded metal frame, or enough studs with hurricane hardware, for example) plus a reasonable price, then it’s a good buy. Otherwise, best to keep on shopping or build your own.

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 4, 2016, 9:02 am

          I said “under $30K.” I have seen a small handful of builds for under $30K, built by a company, fully finished, in months.

          My point with the DIY is that yes, you can build a house for only $20K if you are smart with using recycled materials, but DIYers don’t pay themselves to work the way a company has to pay laborers. So DIY houses are immediately far cheaper because they do not include the cost of labor.

          I’m always a fan of doing it yourself when possible 🙂 It’s smarter and cheaper and you get exactly what you want!

  • Avatar David Remus October 31, 2016, 5:10 pm

    Looks OK outside, but the very serious work of proper wiring and plumbing are definitely not ‘personal touches’. Not well thought out at all, really a very expensive unfinished shed on wheels.

    Imagine the work to finish one of these. Where do you put the wiring? There isn’t even a single light or outlet other than brake lights. Do you just put it in conduit and run it along the wall to boxes? Then do you put in another interior wall to hide it? The plumbing? You don’t have an accurate picture of what is in the panels, either, unlike a home built all at the same time. You get to tear it all up just to finish it. Picture the work putting in the wiring alone, switches and fixtures. No one could ever sell a stick built or manufactured home like this, why a tiny home?

  • Avatar Lisa Lachapelle October 31, 2016, 8:24 pm

    I just love the Tiny House movement and do see it as the viable middle class alternative housing for the future. It is very nice that people are offering T.H. shells for sale because it would help many people who can’t build themselves and I can appreciate someone wanting to get their labour included in the cost but as I plan my Eco house which is actually larger than a t.h. I regularly check prices and include in my budget and I don’t know where anyone is getting even 20,000 cost – so far with mostly all new material, the material alone comes to approximately 12,000 ! Nothing fancy just the basics but that’s the idea isn’t it…

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 2, 2016, 7:51 am

      Yes that’s very true, Lisa. It’ll always cost money to build and I think shells are a great idea! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Maxine October 31, 2016, 11:08 pm

    This price is way out of line! I could buy a completely finished one for that price. All you’re selling is a shell on wheels.

  • Avatar ZACHARY E. MOHRMANN November 2, 2016, 12:07 pm

    $30,000.00 sounds like a lot of money for just a shell…!

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