Five Tiny Homes That Are Amazingly Affordable

  • 01 of 06

    Building a Tiny House at a Tiny Cost

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    Mini Motives

    The tiny house movement is all about downsizing your lifestyle so you can live a more fulfilling life without a lot of debt or a huge mortgage hanging over your head. While you can buy a prefabricated dwelling or a customized small house on wheels, you can save a bundle if you make your tiny house yourself. 

    The average cost spent by a do-it-yourselfer building their own tiny dwelling is around $23,000, according to a recent survey. But you can build one for less--a lot less.

    Have a look at the...MORE following five tiny homes for some examples of how it can be done at prices ranging from an incredible $500 to a little less than $12,000. 

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  • 02 of 06

    This Tiny Home Cost Less Than $12,000

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    Mini Motives

    Macy Miller purchased an old recreational vehicle for $500 and then spent the following two years transforming it into the beautiful 196 square foot home shown above. Most of the home is made of upcycled materials. For instance, the siding incorporates wood from upcycled shipping pallets. The house is also loaded with resource-saving features, such as a composting toilet. For comfort, the tiny abode is tricked out with radiant floor heating.

    During that time, Macy fell in love, got married, gave...MORE birth and adopted a 150-pound Great Dane named Denver. Properly planned and executed, a tiny house can be perfectly comfortable home for a family.  The MIllers, now with two children and the dog, have lived in this home full-time since 2013, 

    How much did her home cost? $11,416.16! 

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  • 03 of 06

    This Tiny House in the Trees Cost $4,000

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    One drunken New Year's Eve, Dave Herrle promised his wife that he would build her a tree house. So he did, and it soon became their second home.  The project cost $4,000 and took six short weeks to construct, though this was possible only because Herrle is a skilled craftsman. Elaborate treehouses for adults are increasingly common as permanent residences for those dedicated to tiny house living. 

    Dave's tiny house is nestled on a wooded hillside. The home features a raised deck overlooking...MORE the woods. Low-maintenance, natural wood siding covers the home, with aluminum roofing completing the cabin-like mood.  Herrle says, “It is the ultimate getaway that fuels our creativity.”

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  • 04 of 06

    A Dome-Shaped Concrete Home for About $3,500

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    Bini Shells

    These tiny dome-shaped homes are called Binishells. They are constructed using a process that is similar to making a papier-mâché balloon base. In this case, concrete is poured over a heavy-duty air pump bladder and a steel rebar framework. Next, the bladder is deflated to reveal a tiny, resilient home that can stand up to extreme conditions such as earthquakes, high winds or even lava flows. 

    Originally used for emergency shelters and temporary structures such as auxiliary school classrooms,...MORE recent years have seen Binishells adopted by the tiny-house crowd. Construction costs start at around $3,500.

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  • 05 of 06

    This Tiny Vacation Home Cost Less Than $3,000

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    Pin Up Houses

    If you’re an urban dweller who fantasizes about building your own tiny vacation home, listen up. Joshua Woodsman is an architect who wants to make your dream become a reality. 

    He’s the founder of Pin Up Houses, a company that creates and sells building plans for tiny homes. The Cheryl Cabin shown above is a 107-square foot vacation retreat with a 47-square foot porch. The estimated construction costs for this beauty is $2,900. The plans cost $29, and they come with a money-back guarantee.

    Related:...MORE What the Heck is a Yurt? 7 Yurt Kits for Modern Nomads

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  • 06 of 06

    A Tiny Home Is Possible for Only $500

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    Finally, here is a fantastic custom tiny home built by Scott Brooks for a mere $500. Although it's only 83 square feet, it is remarkably cozy and comfortable. To slash building costs, he constructed this cozy Pacific Northwest abode out of salvaged materials, such as the large reclaimed picture window looking out on the Northwest forest. Currently, Brooks is working on another residence, a cabin in Shaw, Washington. We cannot wait to see what he builds next.

    Related: How to Convert a School Bus...MORE Into an Affordable Tiny House