Category: Tiny House

DIY Home For Less Than $3500!!

DIY Home For Less Than $3500
DIY Home For Less Than $3500!!
Photo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB-MhZkYVo8

Here’s a short video by Kirsten Dirksen that tells the story of how Jenine Alexander built her own home for under $3500! Nearly all of the materials she used in the project are reclaimed and the base is a trailer so there’s no land cost to pay either! Jenine’s blog about her self-build experience can be found here: http://www.forgeahead.org/Productions/Home.html

In some parts of the world, building a house is seen as a right for everyone but it can be difficult or simply impossible to achieve for many people in the western world – prices of building land remain high, even in recent times of economic hardship and the amount of red tape involved is enough to put off many who can afford it! Thanks to people like Jenine and the growing popularity of self-build on the internet, there are plenty of new ideas, resources and information available that will give more of us the chance to make it happen.

With the recent trend of employment contracts getting shorter, more people are looking to rent property instead of buying, which means that rental prices are higher than ever – after all, who wants to wait for a house to sell before being able to move closer to their new job or to end up paying rent and a mortgage at the same time?

A good way to get round this problem is to have a mobile or “semi-mobile” house! It’s a brilliant way to give yourself the freedom to live a more flexible lifestyle – and the idea seems to be catching on.

Mobile homes don’t have to be tiny – we found this amazing trailer home that folds out like a pop-up book! http://tinyhousetalk.com/tiny-mobile-house-expands-to-420-square-feet/

Don’t forget the building codes and regulations – in most areas, mobile homes need to meet the same building codes as permanent homes – here are a couple of links to help you find out what these codes are and more info about starting a self-build project:
(US) http://ecodes.cyberregs.com/cgi-exe/cpage.dll
http://greenhomeguide.com/
(UK) http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations/
http://www.selfbuildportal.org.uk/interactive-guide-to-self-build

If you’re looking for further inspiration, we found some more tiny homes here: 16 Tiny Houses We Love

Okay, here is the video:

“Shotgun Shack” Family Remodels Tiny Home For $700!

Shotgun shack family remodels tiny home for $700!“Shotgun Shack” Family Remodels Tiny Home For $700!
Photo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i6Y6NB9tLk

It’s great to see the Jordan family finding some peace of mind after downsizing to a smaller property. This ten-minute video by takes us on a tour of their small home and business as well as showing how they remodeled upwards by lifting the roof (by hand!) and raising the walls of the upstairs bedroom – all done with only $700 worth of materials!

The housing issue is a challenge for so many of us – prices are way high for buying or rental and paying for where we live tends to be the biggest cost that we incur every month. If only we could remove that drain on our income, life would be so much less stressful!

Western culture tells us repeatedly that we can only be happy when we’ve dreamed big and made it big. The size of the average new American home has increased by 50 percent since 1970 and a similar trend has been seen in most western countries – this short video is a ray of hope and an inspiration – a simpler way of living that might make for a contented life.

For young people wanting to step on to the housing ladder, it’s as though the first few rungs have been removed – for many it becomes an impossible dream. The dream is brought back to life if more young people find an incentive to work for something that is realistic to achieve – a home is an important basic need that within the last few decades has become a lifetime’s work (and a lot of it to pay interest on borrowed money!) instead of a step along the way.

Related: Tiny Home Tour Living In 89 Square Feet!

For me, the best feature of this house is the creativity that has gone into being super-efficient in the use of available space – it is done so well that everything has a place without looking cluttered. Ok, it wouldn’t suit everyone to be in a house this size but the family’s attitude really does make it work!

More resources:
More people are finding that small properties are the best way forward in difficult economic times. There are now listings dedicated solely to “tiny houses”, here is one in the US to have a look at: http://tinyhouselistings.com/

Some architects are thriving on the idea of the tiny home – this site is full of amazing examples from all over the world: http://www.designboom.com/contemporary/tiny_houses.html

If you’re interested in building one for yourself, the following sites offers loads of useful resources for planning, design and construction:
http://www.countryplans.com/
http://www.livinginsmallhouses.com/

Okay, here is the video: