Self-Reliant Woman Builds Her Own Tiny House with No Experience – FULL TOUR

Carina built this spacious and minimalist tiny house on wheels with no previous building experience. It was a housing solution that fit the gap between renting and buying a full-sized home, and another advantage is that she can move it wherever she wants to live (as long as she can find a parking spot for it!).

The house is 10 feet wide x 24 feet long, so it’s wider than your typical tiny house footprint. It has an open concept living room with minimal furniture so that there’s room to move around and do yoga. She has a coat closet, a built- sofa, a small woodstove for heat, and 2 desk spaces for her and her partner.

The bathroom has a washing machine, a composting toilet, and a stall shower with a sliding glass door. She dries her clothes on the line outside to reduce her energy consumption, and the house will eventually have solar panels.

The is galley style with custom cabinets on the bottom and open shelving up above. It was designed to grow and change, so part of the counter can actually be removed to accommodate a larger fridge if she decides to upgrade down the road.

The main floor bedroom at the far end of the house has built- storage under the bed, and the loft is used for storage only.

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle



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Editing Credits:
Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives

Filming Credits:
Footage provided by Carina from Dirtbag Minimal

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  1. I get excited when people say things like “I built this myself with no experience” and then a few beats later they just casually mention, almost as a throwaway, something like “my dad is a carpenter.”

    Not that I’m not impressed or not inspired. But it definitely puts things in more perspective for me. I would say having a carpenter father is a huuuuuuge privilege and upper hand.

    I guess that’s how privilege works!

    Some, like me, don’t have dads in their lives but I still believe we can somehow find our chosen family who will help us accomplish our dreams.

  2. I really like the simpilcity of this tiny house. Love the layout and especially the bedroom on the main floor.👍👍Thanks Matt and Danielle for sharing her story ❤

  3. To combat your dampness. Put in an air exchanger, one @ one end & the other ß the other end. Put one into your bathroom too. That will help a lot.
    People if your looking for a tiny home, contact Randy Jones @ Incredible Tiny Homes in New Port, Tennessee. He sells them from $20,000.00 & up. With solar & about anything you can dream up. He’s made 4 or 5 Tiny home communities on his property & his lot rent is only $200.00 to $300.00 a month. Check out his YouTube, Facebook, & website. You can find a tiny home right for you. Tell them Chris from Missouri sent you. I’m sticrazychris on YouTube.
    Good luck w/the water dampness. Everyone have a wonderful weekend, God bless,
    Chris from Missouri

  4. Great build. The young lady knows what she likes. The toilet has got to be a giant pain but otherwise it’s a nicely designed/built house! Great job young lady!

  5. The rich stays rich by spending like the poor and investing without stopping then the poor stays poor by spending like the rich yet not investiing like the rich

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