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Woman Building a Tiny Home For Price of a Car


This is the story of a woman building a tiny home for the price of a car!

To keep the costs low, she’s doing just about all of the labor herself.

At first, Melinda Dean thought she couldn’t do it herself. But now, she’s proving herself wrong! Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Avatar Debra Johnson
    March 30, 2016, 9:46 am

    I love what she is doing. It sure looks taller than is allowed. But the whole concept of doing it herself really makes it worthwhile. congratulations on a job well done.

    • Avatar Sgmaps
      March 30, 2016, 1:55 pm

      I don’t know the actual height of the tiny home but I am guessing that it may appear taller because of the different roof line from the traditionally pitched roof.

      • Avatar Melinda Dean
        April 5, 2016, 5:17 pm

        Sitting on the jacks it is at 13′ 6″ when off the jacks it will lower an inch or two maybe.

  • Avatar Bob Billings
    March 30, 2016, 7:33 pm

    Would like to know how high it is, in the photo it appears to be very tall, maybe to tall for transport?

    • Avatar Melinda Dean
      April 5, 2016, 5:17 pm

      Sitting on the jacks it is at 13′ 6″ when off the jacks it will lower an inch or two maybe.

  • Avatar Meta
    March 31, 2016, 5:04 pm

    Thank you Melinda,

    That is the way to overcome your fears, and yes build your own tiny home is a commitment, and takes time. But you went from I can never build a TH, and you are now doing it. Would love to see it completed. Because I too, have been doing my research, my planning and making a list of material. Now the question is should it be a tiny house or a THOWs. That is my question. Thank you for sharing.

  • Avatar Melinda Dean
    April 5, 2016, 11:43 am

    Sitting on the jacks it is at 13′ 6″ when off the jacks it will lower an inch or two maybe. It does look taller because it sits lower. Built on a 8.6 x 20 trailer with and 8.6×8 section over the gooseneck. I will see if there is a way for me to add some additional photos for you to see the inside. Trailer is also rated for 14k. I also drew up the plans myself. I did have a contractor do the framing and had help from my dad on electrical, friends helped with roofing, flooring and some of the sideing.

  • Avatar Sandra Turley
    April 11, 2016, 11:36 am

    Melinda lives in my home town. I was home on vacation recently and emailed her to make an appointment to see her home. She graciously gave us a tour of her tiny house. My kids were worried about my desire to live in a THOW, but when my daughter saw the home she said, “WOW this is great. You could live here!” Thank you, Melinda! I can’t wait to get started building my own home.

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