Young Man Builds $24K Tiny House + Winter Living Experience & Tour

Mark singlehandedly this DIY house on a tight , and mostly reclaimed and secondhand materials to furnish the interior.

The entire home cost $30K CAD (~$24K USD) to , and that includes the cost of a new custom trailer, new lumber, and the rent he paid for the building space.

He and his girlfriend lived in the tiny home for a year and a half in Stouffville, Ontario (near Toronto) at an RV park where they legally parked their year round and spent approximately $300/month on rent and $100/month on utilities.

The tiny house on wheels is designed to be on the grid, and is powered with 110 Volts. They do plan to move the tiny house to a piece of land in BC in the near future, and they will connect the house to solar panels at that time.

For water, they can use an insulated hose in the winter where it’s currently parked, but at the RV park they had to store water indoors in a rainwater barrel and water tank.

For heat they use a wood stove (https://cubicminiwoodstoves.com/) and they also have an electric infrared heater with a thermostat that comes on in the night, or when they’re away so that the temperature inside doesn’t drop below freezing.

They did have some issues with humidity in the kitchen (under the fridge) because they built the tiny house directly on the metal frame, which creates spaces where there’s a big temperature difference. To combat moisture they have a fan that runs in the kitchen to circulate the hot air and dehumidify the space.

Mark and his girlfriend also added stairs with a railing to access their sleeping loft which makes it a lot safer to get up and down, and also creates additional storage space under the stairs.

We were really impressed with how much stuff Mark was able to get for cheap by shopping for used stuff on Kijiji. The fridge, stove, sink, kitchen cabinets, cork flooring, and more were all bought used online.

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle

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20 Comments

  1. Hey Everyone! Thanks so much for watching this week’s video 🙂 We’re starting to plan our 2018 filming schedule and we’d love to know what kinds of stories & topics you’d like us to cover. Feel free to share links and ideas below and we’ll check them out in the new year!

  2. Amazing! Im very impressed and inspired to take a class like you did. This is my favorite tiny house yet and I’ve seen 200 videos I bet!

  3. *GREAT JOB, BUT I AM NOT WALKING AROUND WITH DIRTY HIPS.. 2 SHOWERS PER PERSON A WEEK IS NOTTTTTT CLEAN. YOU’D BETTER BE TAKING THOROUGH HEATED WATER, DEEP CLEANING WASH UPS.*

  4. What a great tiny house. I really love that they are using a tiny washer too. I live in a tiny A Frame and use a portable Panda washer which is just a little larger than what he has, but these things tuck away in the smallest of areas.

  5. Pretty cool, but you have to take more than 2 showers a week, especially if you are going to live in a tiny house – with another person, no less.

  6. What’s cool is you realize with €50.000 you can take time off working and just build your own small house. The problem is if you want that land, as I know myself based on my location, you’re looking at €500.000 lmao

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