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Young Lady’s $18k DIY Baluchon Tiny House

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This the story of a young lady’s $18k DIY tiny house on wheels in Europe.

She even built a matching tiny house for her dog!

According to Tiny House Town, Laetitia was tired of spending most of her money on rent, so she spent her savings building her tiny home with the help of her friends.

She’s even started her own website to help others go tiny too!

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Young Lady’s $18k DIY Baluchon Tiny House

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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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  • Saga
    August 12, 2016, 5:27 pm

    The interior reminds me of a boat in how well everything is thought out. Very practical and very beautiful.
    The dog house is the cutest thing ever. I’m not sure it is that useful for the dog with the small door opening, but who cares, it is a miniature tiny house <3

  • Saga
    August 12, 2016, 5:30 pm

    By the way “Europe” ranges from Ukraine to Ireland, and from Sweden to Greece. I’d really rather see the name of her country.

    • bruce CG Gallagher
      August 12, 2016, 6:09 pm

      i would bet on France

    • Eric
      August 12, 2016, 10:16 pm

      She is from France… a quick look on the link pages that Alex provided at the bottom of the photos would have elicited that information for you. It most certainly did for me.

    • James
      August 21, 2016, 1:39 am

      Half of Europe is missing! Russia on the western side of the Ural Mountains! It must represent 1/2 of Europe.

  • Mary
    August 12, 2016, 6:04 pm

    Tres charmant‼️

  • Sharon
    August 12, 2016, 6:11 pm

    From her website, it appears she’s in Nantes, France.

    August 12, 2016, 6:31 pm

    Laetitia: Now aren’t you such a sweet gal to even think of building your four legged friend a tiny house too! You inspire and impress me very much for your kind and generous heart. Good job and well done, not for just the dog house but yours as well, my dear!

    • laetitia dupé
      August 14, 2016, 3:49 pm

      Thank you Rosee ! I’m very happy to read your comment. To be honest, my four legged friend sleeps on the porch of my tiny house and not in his own very small tiny house^^I can’t blame him as his only request is to be as close as possible to me 🙂

      • Lantz
        September 5, 2016, 11:51 pm

        Well since he’s already taking up porch space maybe you could just restructure part of his house into the porch.

  • Grace Purcell
    August 12, 2016, 8:45 pm

    Oh I LOVE this TH and wish I was as talented and brave as she who dared to follow her dream.

  • August 12, 2016, 9:03 pm

    Oh my goodness! This company makes beautiful tiny homes! My 4 Connemara Terriers would love the dog house. 🙂

    • Eric
      August 12, 2016, 10:17 pm

      Do you really think all 4 would fit in the 1 dog house?

      • August 12, 2016, 10:21 pm

        Possibly, they have short legs and average 15 pounds. If not they’d be happy to take turns.

        • Lantz
          September 5, 2016, 11:53 pm

          They’d have to be duplexes.

  • Annette
    August 12, 2016, 10:58 pm

    Terrific design and details — nice work.

  • Emmie
    August 13, 2016, 6:51 am

    Nicely done.

  • Saga
    August 13, 2016, 10:22 am

    I took a look at her site when I first read the post, so I know she is from France.
    But she use of “Europe” is so broad, it is practically useless.
    Using “The Americas” can be compared to it. Life is very different depending on whether you live in inuit Canada, Midwestern USA or Uraguay.

  • Gille Lanthier
    August 13, 2016, 12:52 pm

    Have you ever herd of a work shop comming into Ontario if so I’d be interested in attending

  • Sharon Kay
    August 13, 2016, 4:16 pm

    So inspiring and she did a fantastic job.
    She must have a design background I’m thinking. The artistic touch with the tree branches between the book shelves, the wood designed boxes on the second loft.
    Very talented. When the spirit moves all things awaken together to create the dream.
    On her website, her house is pulled very close to a tree, into its branches to give a forest or shade effect. Benefit of wheels:))

    August 13, 2016, 7:52 pm

    The dog house is a nice touch, or should I say the tiny dog house is a nice touch….!

  • Jane on Whidbey
    August 13, 2016, 9:38 pm

    I’m so happy to see this tiny movement spreading all over the place. This is sweet!

  • laetitia dupé
    August 14, 2016, 3:39 pm

    Hi all, I’m Laetitia, the builder of this house. I want to thank you so much for this article and your kind comments. It means a lot for me as I started to make my research about tiny house on Tiny House Talk before to build my own. Now I’m working with my small team to build tiny houses for other people to live in. Tiny house movement is just beginning here in France but what you explore in US is such a great inspiration. Thank you again, sincerely.

    • Jane on Whidbey
      August 24, 2016, 7:12 pm

      Congratulations, and Bonne Chance! We look forward to more of your excellent houses.

  • Jody
    August 14, 2016, 8:16 pm

    HI! I really love this one! I really love all the detail you put into this! I was thinking about the same floor plan, except with stairs. You made this homey and not cluttered at all. I like your vision. One lucky dog! That dog house is awesome! Thanks for sharing your tiny house 🙂

  • Miguel Rodriguez (Rudyard Keating)
    August 16, 2016, 4:04 pm

    C’est fou de te voir parcourir ce chemin si vite, si bien, c’est très bizarre mais je pense exprimer un sentiment commun à plusieurs lecteurs français de TinyHouseTalk en disant que je ressens beaucoup de fierté, d’admiration aussi.
    J’espère de tout mon coeur que tu passeras dans la super émission de Jenna & Guillaume, Tiny House Giant Journey (que tu connais déjà), ce serait la rencontre des trois personnes que je respecte et aime le plus dans le Tiny mouvement.
    Allez, je continue de regarder les camions à retaper, bravo encore.

  • Kathy
    August 19, 2016, 3:19 pm

    Comme elle est belle!! Votre maison est tres tres charmant!

  • Claude
    August 19, 2016, 5:43 pm

    Salut Laetitia, j’admire les femmes debrouillardes et qui sont habiles de leurs mains. tu as fait du beau boulot.
    Bravo du Quebec.

  • Jody
    August 20, 2016, 12:09 am

    Hi, I have a question for anyone out there. It just occured to me today, not last year or the year before but today duh that all of these tiny houses have the price they bought them for or what it cost to build. BUT I want to know, does that include the trailer too?? I seriously need to reconsider my budget if that’s the case. Please if someone could let me know I’d appreciate it!

    • Peggie
      October 4, 2016, 10:43 pm

      The trailer is the first thing you need and you build the house directly on to it. The cost of the trailer does need to be included in your budget if you’re building a THOW. If it’s on skids or on a foundation, you obviously would save money by not having to buy a trailer.

    August 20, 2016, 8:23 am

    Alright I know I made the comment about the dog house, but after reviewing this house again, I do have to admit I am amazed at how nice this house really is built for only $18,000.00… I wish I could get away with some thing that inexpensive… Every thing I look at or like is at a cost of no less than $38,000.00 and up…! So as I said I like the dog house nice touch, but all in all very impressive at only the cost of $18,000.00….

    • Marce Walter
      October 4, 2016, 6:35 pm

      Just noticing that some of her furnishings are from Ikea,, which is a good cost factor..
      Also?? $18000.00 European cost or North American?
      What ever!!! It’s the best gosh darn one to date and to take care of doggy friend too!!!
      And Alex? I hit a comment button wrong on some one up^ there.. sorry..?

    • Eric
      October 8, 2016, 2:40 am

      Be thankful you’re not in New Zealand or Australia. You can double the $$$ amount easily. Everything here is much more expensive… rapacious material suppliers and manufacturers.

        October 8, 2016, 8:52 am

        I’m not sure if you were replying to me or not, as I fail to see the connection but the reply did find it’s way to my mailbox… If I had lived in New Zealand I’m sure my circumstances would not be the same as they are at the moment or all along… I would suspect I would have originated there and my personal life would more than surly be a different tale indeed, and the cost of living would reflect my person…
        You will find that there are some or maybe more than some unscrupulous persons in the trades, and equal in the supply and manufacture end of the trades where ever you go or live….!

  • Michael L
    August 20, 2016, 11:09 pm

    Remarkable young woman

  • jm
    August 22, 2016, 2:08 pm

    If you do your own labor, and you are using a small amount of materials…then a low price is achievable. Maybe someone can get some place to pre-cut all their materials and ship them out as a kit. How about that? Design your own kit house! Maybe we need those designs and material cut lists! Maybe your local home depot or lowes (or independant local lumber yard) will cut everything for you?

  • August 22, 2016, 11:29 pm

    It’s beautifully done. Good job! But I’d jealously guard the small space by creating an external (covered) entryway, instead of wasting inside space.

  • Tizlub
    August 23, 2016, 11:33 am

    So, where is it parked? Did she buy her own land? Is she on someone else’s land? This is the only real hangup with tiny houses in America.

  • August 30, 2016, 7:49 am

    Laetitia, Hats off to you!! I just love everything about your tiny home, it’s gorgeous!! You just amaze me that you designed and build not only your home but one for your dog!! When you walk into your home it’s very inviting, and homey!! Just love your reading nook it looks so comfy, I love how your kitchen you have a place for everything and everything is in it’s place! I love your cabinets and your wood floor, is gorgeous!! You have an awesome bedroom, you utilized the space well!! Congratulations on a beautiful home!! Good Luck!! Your career I don’t think you need it. Your work is amazing!! Carol???

  • Patty
    October 4, 2016, 6:42 pm

    I love the different wood colors. All very well done. Great dog house!

  • Kathy Handyside
    October 4, 2016, 10:28 pm

    That is such a BEAUTIFUL house! And the dog house is the cutest and most creative thing ever! I’m glad to see that some people are eschewing what seems to be the current fad of plain box-like structures on wheels – like a railroad boxcar. This woman’s house LOOKS like a house! It has character and a lovely design. Very well dobe

  • Mary Rex
    October 5, 2016, 10:54 am

    Very nice design. Looks more livable and practical than many others I’ve seen. And the doghouse! Adorable:)

  • Barnie
    October 20, 2016, 6:03 pm

    Impressive build for $18000… though it may be Euros rather than dollars. A formidable design and execution, regardless. Laetitia seems to have made practical design choices that lend continuity, translating into a deceivingly comfortable space for such a tiny tiny. Well done.

    • Natalie
      October 21, 2016, 2:12 pm

      Isn’t it amazing? — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Sarah
    October 20, 2016, 10:24 pm

    This is fantastic! The best part, of course is the dog house. You are a very creative person with good ideas. I love the wood you used, the loft looks great. I can’t believe you built this whole thing for so little money. Way to go! When are you coming to Minnesota and building mine? LOL. Greetings from the United States.

    • Natalie
      October 21, 2016, 2:12 pm

      The dog house is just too cute! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Marion Greene
    October 27, 2016, 10:11 am

    What a beautiful home with so many storage options! What an amazing and resourceful young woman. Shows that we woman are capable of anything! Rock on!

  • N.D.
    October 27, 2016, 10:48 am

    Well done Laetitia. I hope you have many happy dreams in your very personal tiny home. Bravo.

  • Sheila Plourde
    May 29, 2018, 10:52 am

    Love it. Only thing I do not like. Is the toilet. Would have to be a real toilet. 🙂 Other than that. It is beautiful. Loved everything. Dog house rocked!

  • Michael
    May 29, 2018, 7:15 pm

    I am not sold since both dryer and washing machine is missing. I must have it 🙁

    • Karen Blackburn
      October 14, 2018, 6:26 am

      In lots of European countries using the local launderette is common. I wash only underclothing or delicate items at home and dry them outside on the aired, everything else goes to the local launderette, they collect every Saturday morning and drop off again that afternoon/evening. She has enough clients that Saturdays are for household laundry only, during the week she also does dry cleaning. Many from eastern Europe regularly use the launderette as they did back in their home country, and it beats my friends who seem to come in from work and have to do the days washing before they can settle down to rest. It seems a couple of loads a day is normal now, but my son-in-law works in construction which is a killer on washing machines (know this from past experience). Even the local monastery sends their washing out every week for convenience, it is cheaper, quicker, comes back dried and folded neatly, no worries about drying heavy duvets or eiderdowns. We have decided that even when we get our own house, God willing, the launderette keeps our custom even if I have to drop off and collect myself as it makes life so much easier.

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