Tiny house for under $5000

construct from Aug. 2012 to Aug 2013, I did this all on my own, even as working part-time. This tiny house only me $5000, I reused plenty of and located stuff from craigslist. We are a household of four, soon to be 5 and reside in a tiny house with young ones. in a tiny house has given economic freedom, and the flexibility to have fun with our children even more. We have lowered our cost of living tremendously, lowered our consumption and uncluttered our lives!

43 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for making this video. It’s really great to see all the
    steps on the way to completion. Very beautiful and inspiring!

  2. awesome job! so how frequently did you work on it? the weekends? and how
    much did it cost in the end, total? i want to build one someday, but i know
    virtually nothing at all about construction. i just don’t want it to take
    me 5 years or something. nice work. looking forward to seeing the final
    product update.

  3. I’m building one right now in my back yard. I’m taking my time with it and
    very much enjoying the process. You did a great job on this home, and it’s
    great to see the family enjoying it. Congrats on a beautiful build.

  4. I’m a bit confused. Why didn’t you just buy a flatbed trailer that has two
    axles? You would have saved a huge amount of work. If you figure your hours
    into the demolition & disposal/recycling time, even at $10/hr for your
    labor/sweat equity, seems like starting with an old travel trailer was
    unnecessary.

  5. I agree. By the time it got to the part where he pulls the roof off and the
    whole thing collapses, I realized the travel trailer was a lose-lose. He
    lost out on a lot of time and hard work, and some person out there that
    wants a vintage travel trailer has one less trailer available to buy.

  6. I asked that too, but no reply. Maybe he is emberassed or has had far too
    many people tell him “I told you so”. Don’t get me wrong, I like the final
    tiny house, but he could have started with a flatbed trailer. There are
    dozens of them on every CL site. I’ve helped build a few gypsy trailers and
    they always start with a regular flatbed that was designed to carry heavy
    cargo.

  7. I asked that too, but no reply. Maybe he is emberassed or has had far too
    many people tell him “I told you so”. Don’t get me wrong, I like the final
    tiny house, but he could have started with a flatbed trailer. There are
    dozens of them on every CL site. I’ve helped build a few gypsy trailers and
    they always start with a regular flatbed that was designed to carry heavy
    cargo.

  8. The reason I started with the travel trailer, is because we were trying to
    build this with as little money as possible. I not only got the trailer but
    also, some electrical parts, plumbing parts and so on. I got a 14,000 lb
    trailer with brakes for 200$ and a few days work, and got my 200$ back when
    I recycled the metal I did not keep,

  9. So the only thing the trailer cost me was my time and work, it took about
    two weeks, but I was a working a full time job also, so it only took about
    20 hours at 10$ an hour that’s only 200$. You would be hard pressed to find
    a 24 foot, 14,000lb flat bed for $200

  10. We were trying to build this for under 5 grand. Buying a 24 foot 14,000lb
    flatbed would have blown the budget, the trailer was basically free, I put
    about 20 hours of work in to tear it down. I was the best cost effective
    method, and I got some extra parts to boot.

  11. This travel trailer was going to the scrap yard, so no one could have used
    it anyway as it would have been destroyed. I recycled it and used what was
    good.

  12. Please do tell, where can you find a 24 foot long, 14,000lb flatbed for
    less than $200??? Not on my local CL site, If you are able to get then all
    the time, what are you waiting for, buy them up and resell because used in
    bad shape they bring around 3 grand by me.

  13. I spend my days off working on it, it took about 1 year, and cost just
    under $5000, I got lots of free and cheep materials. I took my time
    collecting things as I went.

  14. 20 hours of labor, at $10 per hour only come out to $200. I paid 200 for
    the trailer, but got that back when I recycled the metal. So all told I
    have $200 in the Trailer. Yes it would have been easier to start with as
    flat bed but would have cost more. Plus I got, extras, like plumbing,
    electrical parts and others.

  15. What was the weight capacity of your trailer? How much does your tiny house
    weigh? I have a trailer that has a GVWR of 10200lbs. Wondering if my tiny
    house weighs too much,,,that’s why I am asking that question.

  16. Just a thought: With the House-wrap installed between the Framing &
    Sheathing, instead of between the Sheathing & Siding as is most common, you
    are probably going to want to beware of moisture affecting & perhaps even
    rotting the Sheathing if it gets bad. It is a vapor barrier even more than
    an air barrier, so any moisture will stop @ the layer just outside of it.
    Hopefully you do not encounter any issues, though. Looks great, man. Very
    inspiring. I’ve been looking into Tumbleweeds myself.

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