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We Shelter People Tiny House: A $50k Modern Tiny House (For Sale)


This is the We Shelter People Tiny House.

It’s a modern, 20-foot tiny house on wheels for sale out of Taos, New Mexico for $49,999. Take a look!

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Brand New Modern Tiny House For $50k

The tiny house is brand-new and finished with drywall on the inside.

The large sliding door is how you get in and out.

There’s a space-saving pocket door to the bathroom.

Lots of built in storage throughout the house.

A simple but ample kitchenette.

The bathroom with shower and compact vanity.

This one is outfitted with a Nature’s Head composting toilet.

The upstairs sleeping loft.

Looking down at the rest of the house.

Oversized window views.

Safety railing in the loft.

The instant, tank-less, propane water heater.

It’s a 20-ft. x 8.5-ft. trailer.

Ready for power, or you can set it up to go off-grid with solar.

Water in-let to keep the 40-gallon tank filled.

How do you like the modern look on the outside?

Highlights

  • Built by We Shelter People
  • Built on custom 20-ft. x 8.5-ft. trailer
  • Located in Taos, New Mexico
  • 24-volt, 1.24kW solar system
  • Propane hot water heater
  • Composting toilet
  • Propane heater
  • 209-sq.-ft. interior space
  • 160-sq.-ft. downstairs
  • 49-sq.-ft. loft
  • The cost to build this tiny home was $26,253.08, according to their website
  • Price to buy is $49,999 firm

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  • Kathy
    November 2, 2021, 2:47 pm

    Very nice! I love the layout and the simplicity. The kitchen is perfect, except maybe so e open shelves in yhe far corner for plates and glasses etc. The stairs are beautifully designed. The exterior is suited to the simplicity theme and is very sleek. Its just the right size for one person. 20’ makes great sense. The black color might be an issue with overheating the interior? Is there A/C? I was a little lost in figuring out what the last interior photo was. I recognize the mechanicals, but to the left of that there seemed to be a sink with a spigot. Where is this located in the house? Could a washer-dryer be put there instead of a sink? Love it!!

    • James D.
      November 2, 2021, 4:38 pm

      The last interior photo is the kitchen sink, just showing the water heater inside the stairs storage space…

      While builder’s site states the color doesn’t significantly effect the interior temperature… Basically, pretty well insulated, roof also has a radiant barrier to reflect some of that heat from the sun, etc. However, it doesn’t come with an AC and so one would have to be installed by whoever purchases this but it does have a propane heater for colder climates…

    • November 4, 2021, 3:41 pm

      Hi there, it’s Terence from We Shelter People. I wasn’t aware that Tiny House Talk would be featuring our tiny house, but we’re super happy to see it posted here and we really appreciate the kind words in this comments section about the design and build (the “wack” comment below maybe not quite as much!). Kathy, to answer your question, there is no AC included. Where we’re located in northern New Mexico, even though it can get quite hot in the summertime, evenings are still cool and so AC is definitely a luxury and so we opted not to include it. That said, as you’re pointing out, a lot of folks have asked for it and it’s easy enough to add with one important caveat: if you’re living off-grid, the solar system required to power an AC unit would be quite expensive. If you’re able to connect the tiny house to an electrical source then adding AC would be fairly straightforward for an HVAC professional or, as we’ve told people, we can add it ourselves. The good thing is that though the AC would be an additional cost, we can also easily remove the solar system, which would end up being the same price-wise. We would not feel good about selling this tiny house with AC if you were going to try and live off-grid, though, and would actively recommend against it… Just don’t think the solar would suffice and we wouldn’t dare give someone that false hope unless they planned on having a larger, more expensive solar system.

      Also, re the black exterior, James is right that we researched this beforehand and the black exterior is completely livable even on warm summer days even into the 90s as long as there’s some relief into the lower 70s in the evening. That said if you told us you wanted to buy the tiny house and live in it in Phoenix in the summertime we would not sell it to you unless we added AC to it or you “promised” you would add it yourself. We won’t claim this tiny house defies the laws of thermodynamics! I will say though that it’s well-insulated and very rigorously built. You can read more about the materials we used to build the house, what they cost us and detailed constructions notes on this page of our website: https://www.weshelterpeople.com/materials-and-costs

      Thanks so much again for the kind words about it!

      • Kathy
        November 5, 2021, 6:35 pm

        Terence, I just read your *entire* building materials saga, and I do mean word for word. It was both enlightening and entertaining. : ) Your tongue in cheek attitude certainly made reading about why you believe in a 40 gallon water tank much more interesting. I am curious though: you didn’t mention a grey or black water tank. Are they kinda “buy ‘em if you need ‘em” items?

        • November 5, 2021, 7:58 pm

          Ha, Kathy, appreciate you spending your hard-earned time reading through it all! Regarding the grey/black water tank, yes, it’s a buy it if you need it, but with some commentary (I’m nothing if not a bit overly-verbose!)… Given the number of people who have asked “what do I do with the sink/shower water?” it may have been smarter for us to attach a tank, but the question would still need an answer because a grey water tank can only be so large, especially if you plan on moving the house, and so you still need to frequently empty the tank. And everyone’s circumstance is different. Some people want to connect it to an existing drain pipe, others to a French drain, and, if you’re like where we are, you want to conserve every last drop of water that goes down the drain for landscaping because there are large chunks of the year where there is no water falling from the sky for that purpose. I suppose there are even folks who may want to use the tiny house in an urban area, and so a tank might actually be the only viable option. And so, yes, we decided to leave it up to the buyer, but the question keeps being asked and so we have to be responsive to that… Perhaps there is a one-size-fits-many solution, but we don’t know what that is yet. One final comment because this also can be somewhat of an education issue, but for the existing drain pipe, French drain (assuming it’s not right below the tiny house) and irrigation/landscaping need, the requisite PVC pipe would literally take 5-minutes to connect to the drain pipe on the bottom of the tiny house. Then you decide where that water goes. Connecting to an existing drain pipe would be more involved and may necessitate getting your municipality involved (they would say it’s *essential* you get them involved), but I will admit that we’re of the mindset that if what you’re doing is not going to hurt anyone or the environment around you we’d just have our local plumber, handyman or intrepid homeowner him or herself connect the drain pipe from the tiny house to the main drain pipe on the property (and just to be clear that would take far more than 5 minutes, particularly if you wanted/needed to bury the pipe. But the process of connecting to the tiny house is really only a few minutes and even then “teeing” into an existing drain pipe, whether it be cast iron/PVC/ABS/whatever is a straightforward, low-risk effort). Phew. I guess I should’ve just said “yes” and left it at that, but I think the dialogue helps in case it triggers an answer from the community to some of these outstanding issues people (like us) grapple with.

  • Beckie
    November 2, 2021, 8:22 pm

    Kinda wacked that for $50k there’s no A/C?!?! And I concur with the others about the dark color drawing heat. Great in the winter but definitely not the summer. I realize that different parts of the country costs are Much higher than others, but we seriously bought an Acre of land with a little creek, a brand new, never lived in, cute little log sided cabin of 760sqft along with a nice little(10×50) Moble Home that I use for a Guesthouse/Girl Cave 🥰. After putting in a new Septic System and a 2 1/2 car garage/shop, we have a Total $80k in it. That is including putting in new central h/ac in All 3!
    So I’m just thinking that this is really not such a great deal? And I Know we can’t take it anywhere, yada, yada………But we are set for life since its paid for and we have secondary housing so when we get old and decrepit we will have a place for any caretakers we need….And we downsized from 3500sqft😳
    It’s our happy place 🥰

    • James D.
      November 3, 2021, 1:08 am

      Something to keep in mind is that price range doesn’t guarantee what will be included as it always depends what the priority and preference upon which its design was based, as well as how much is put into it and how it was built.

      Things like off-grid functionality is an additional cost on top of the normal cost of constructing a home, for example, which also highlights that you won’t always be paying for the same things for every one as there’s a very wide range of different ways they can be configured and built, providing up to a wide range of different features, amenities, design aesthetics, and functionality that will effect the final price.

      Even regular houses on foundations are not all going to be built to the same standards or design. Different considerations like differences in climate, weather conditions, number of occupants, material availability, zoning, building codes, etc. will all effect the final product, which can mean things like no AC in areas where it never gets warm enough to warrant it, for example, and can be viewed as a unnecessary cost…

      While factors like dark colors or even black doesn’t automatically mean as much as it used to as there’s many ways to mitigate that effect by reflecting the heat and/or adding enough insulation to negate the effect. Windows also can have special treatments and engineering that can significantly change how they interact with heat and UV, as well as possible additional features like being able to change opacity, etc.

      Basically many things can be done now with technology that can significantly change what’s possible to achieve but it can come with a cost to consider…

      On top of all of that, whether anything is worth the price depends on the specifics of what you want, what you actually need, and what works for you to how it all gets done. So it’ll be situational specific and no one solution will work equally well for everyone, everywhere…

      This unit may work for someone who needs some off-grid functionality, which can still be grid tied when convenient, and needs the ability to be able to move it but it’s just one of many different options to choose from in the market…

      Just like shopping for vehicles, clothing, etc. it’s about finding what’s appropriate…

      Btw, the link you can click above “according to their website”, takes you to the builder’s summary page breaking down what’s included and a breakdown of costs involved to better understand how it added up to the stated price…

      • November 4, 2021, 3:58 pm

        James, I’ll avoid adding a long reply to your comment, but thank you for providing this incredible detail and insight. You’ve crystallized so many things in this post that we try and communicate, but not nearly as eloquently. I’m going to copy and paste it (with your permission) to help us talk to people! Cheers!

        • James D.
          November 5, 2021, 12:14 pm

          Yes, you have my permission.

    • Alison
      November 3, 2021, 1:10 pm

      Beckie, I want to come live at your place!

    • November 4, 2021, 3:53 pm

      Hi Beckie, Terence here from We Shelter People! Your setup sounds amazing and the price almost unimaginable to those of us who are trying to build an affordable shelter. What’s your secret???

      I would love it if you’d check out our website where we’ve listed all the materials we used to build the tiny house, how much those materials cost us and some details about the construction just in case it makes you think we’re a little less wack! And of course if you see anything on there where you’re like “that price makes no sense” I’d love to hear about it because anything we can do to source less expensive, but still quality, materials would be incredibly welcome news.

      Also on the black exterior, as I said in another comment, it’s not like you think it is. You’re very knowledgeable about building obviously, but it is highly reliant on how you insulate/what you use to insulate/if you air seal/etc. and the metal siding performs well even when daytime temps head into the 90s. You can read about it on the materials page of our website: https://www.weshelterpeople.com/materials-and-costs

      All the best to you in your own little slice of heaven!

  • LargeMarge
    November 3, 2021, 6:48 am

    Well, this press-release was entertaining!
    .
    The commercials mimic the portraits of the product.
    After the blurb “…comes with a Nature’s Head”, the following — and much anticipated — next portrait would hopefully include the water-closet.
    .
    But, nay nay!
    The next image is an arm holding a serving-tray offering the viewer a midget cake house.
    Ginger-bread brown.
    Those are something you don’t see in unison every day.
    .
    Thanks to TinyHouseTalk, my ‘double-take’ skills are constantly improving…

  • Kathy
    November 5, 2021, 10:16 pm

    Terence, thank you for taking YOUR valuable time answering a question so thoroughly. I can tell that this is why you build such great tinies — you care!

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