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Sharing his Tiny House with Roommates

Tragically, Derek lost his mother when he was 18 years old. He got around $40,000 from her life insurance and was able to use that money to purchase his $26,000 home on wheels. Now he feels like his home is an extension of her. Derek immediately painted his home a variety of bold, wonderful colors and changes the paint and styles up frequently.

Just recently, he invited two roommates to move in with him and his dog and cat. Compared to the high cost of living in his former Portland apartment, spending just around $200 per month for his home ad utilities is pretty amazing! What do you think?

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With Roommates, His Rent is Around $200/Month

He used a couple of tapestries in the build to create soft ceilings.

Derek and his roommates.

VIDEO: After losing his mother at 18, he bought an affordable Tiny Home


  • Derek lost his mother at 18 and used the $40,000 life insurance payout to buy a $26,000 tiny home on wheels.
  • He painted his home in bold and vibrant colors, considering it an extension of his mother’s memory.
  • The frequent change of paint and styles adds personality to his tiny home.
  • Derek decided to share his tiny home by inviting two roommates to join him, his dog, and cat.
  • Compared to the high cost of living in his previous Portland apartment, he now spends around $200 per month for home and utilities.
  • Tapestries were used in the build to create soft ceilings and add unique design elements.
  • The story reflects Derek’s journey from tragedy to a vibrant and affordable tiny home lifestyle.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Marsha Cowan
    September 17, 2022, 8:15 pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom, but I’m glad you were able to regroup your life and end up with such an amazing home, and to be able to share your home with such amazing friends. God bless you, son. You did a great job!

  • Kimberly Dross
    September 17, 2022, 9:58 pm

    I love what you did with the house, making it your own with the tapestries. I like tiny houses and wouldn’t mind owning one of my own one day.

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