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Tiny House on the Prairie: From 3,000 to 480 Sq. Ft.

This is the Tiny House on the Prairie owned by widower Gary Martens.

He downsized from his 3,000 sq. ft. house after his wife passed, and loves life in his new 480 sq. ft. home.

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Tiny House on the Prairie: From 3,000 to 480 Sq. Ft.

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Images via Steinbach Online

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Images via Steinbach Online

Video: A Look Inside the “Tiny House on the Prairie”

Highlights:

  • Cost about $100,000 (includes the $25,000 he spent on his septic field, digging a well and connecting hydro)
  • Wants to build a garden and get livestock to live off the land
  • One big area
  • Living room, kitchen, bookshelves, full bath, utility room
  • Murphy bed/desk combo
  • Electric wench ladder lift to loft playroom for grandkids

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Natalie 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 Scotland.
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  • Gigi November 22, 2016, 5:42 pm

    This is really nice. Love all the windows and the clever loft access for grandkids.

    • Natalie Natalie November 23, 2016, 7:35 am

      I thought the loft access was awesome :) — Tiny House Talk Team

  • oxide November 22, 2016, 7:25 pm

    If this man wants to homestead off the land, he’s going to need a much bigger house, or a shed that’s larger than his house. He’ll need a huge kitchen to pots and pans, canning equipment etc, a dedicated freezer, a utility sink, etc. Not to mention tools, soil, hoses, seeds, crop storage, and the like. And that’s before dealing with any livestock. Unlike those Millenial hipster tiny housers who make a living on their smartphones, homesteading is HARD WORK that takes a lot of stuff. Why didn’t this guy buy an existing farm for his $100K?

    And I’m pretty sure that’s a *winch* ladder. Do NOT google “wench ladder.” (seriously, don’t)

    • Natalie Natalie November 23, 2016, 7:42 am

      He might have just wanted to design his own :) And I’m sure he’ll build additional structures as needed for his homesteading. — And sorry about the typo on the winch! I’ll fix that ;) — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Deborah West November 22, 2016, 9:06 pm

    I think Murphy Beds were made for tiny houses! I don’t want to have to climb narrow stairs or, God forbid, a ladder at my age. Very smartly built. If he’s going to get animals he’s going to have to build a barn to keep their food and his supplies (tractor, etc.) if he’s truly going to live off the land. Very nice!

    • Natalie Natalie November 23, 2016, 7:43 am

      I love a Murphy bed and the ones with desks underneath are the coolest :) And yes, a barn will be a must. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • bruce CG Gallagher November 23, 2016, 3:52 am

    Steinbech is in the province of Manitoba….so any readers outside of
    Canada would have to do the dollar conversion….The 100,000 cost
    would be approx. 30% less in the US for example…

    • Natalie Natalie November 23, 2016, 7:43 am

      Bruce thanks so much for that! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • oxide November 23, 2016, 10:38 am

      $100,000 Canadian dollars ==> $74,178 US Dollars as of today.

  • Kim November 23, 2016, 8:38 pm

    Perfect size. Very nice.

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN November 24, 2016, 10:11 am

    I wonder if that price is including the land…?

  • jm November 26, 2016, 1:00 am

    I like it. It’s nice. Where can I get a wench ladder?

  • Carol Perry November 29, 2016, 9:13 am

    Wow! His home is just beautiful! He seems to have thought of everything! I love his kitchen and sitting area! What a clever idea to install a Murphy Bed and have a desk underneath and not have to move anything from it. Hats off to him! His grandchildren must love the playroom in the loft area they can use their imaginations and pretend that they can be anywhere or do anything! He has a lot of great ideas! I’m so sorry that his wife passed away. It would be nice if she could be there to share this beautiful home that he has created!๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒปGood Luck in farming! I’m sure you will enjoy it and come up with a lot of creative ideas to maintain it!๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ“๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒน

    • Natalie Natalie November 29, 2016, 9:32 am

      Yes he did an excellent job :) — and I love your animal emojiis hehe — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Sandi B December 2, 2016, 1:28 am

    This is indeed a very nice little house, well thought out and planned. The Murphy Bed/office is such a great idea — gives one pause on things they can do in their own places. Even if you are living in a larger house, if you do not have room for a den, but always wanted one you can just turn your bedroom into a den that you also just happen to sleep in. Easy-Peasy. Too cool!!

    • Natalie Natalie December 2, 2016, 8:31 am

      Yes the Murphy bed/office is one of my favorite parts of this house. Such a great idea :) — Tiny House Talk Team

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