“How much does it cost to build a tiny house?”

One of the most asked questions by the curious observer and the excited, gypsy hipster.

There is a wide range of possible ‘real costs’ of building a Tiny House that depend on how much you are willing to salvage, do yourself, how expensive of taste you have, and how much work you want to source out.

As for us, we have decided to design our Tiny ourselves and build it ourselves. In that, we have been blessed with a place to store it while building it. We also have the guidance of a handful of people that are far more skilled in different areas of architecture and construction than us. And we have been able to barrow tools, salvage some material, and have a small circle of friends that have continued to help us on numerous occasions…

*NOTE* We are only about 75% of the way through the build! So this is not a complete list of the TOTAL cost of a finished Tiny House BUT it is our real costs SO FAR. We will share at the end our estimate remaining costs.

With that said, lets get to the list part(the fun part, am I right?)! 

First things first, we obviously needed a starting place, so…

Trailer – $5,134

Google SketchUp Tutorial – $30 

3D model of the interior house plans of the Tiny House

Interior 3D Model – This shows the interior plans of the Tiny House in 3D space using Google Sketch Up.

Subfloor (OSB Plywood, Carriage Bolts) – $168.14 

Lumber (Framing, Sheathing, Plywood) – $2155.77 

Roofing/Metal Siding (Corrugated Metal + other materials) – $1420.54

Other Siding Material – $158.59

Consumables (Screws, Glue, Nails) – $384.09 

The Real Cost to Build a Tiny House On Wheels - Our 75 Percent Mark - Financial Report - Nails Screws and Glue

Can you guess how many of these we’ve went through? A LOT

Door/Windows (almost put an s on door, but we only have one) – $1590.43

Tools – $105.76

Weather Protection – $153.86

Exterior Paint + Painting Accessories – $350.49

The Real Cost to Build a Tiny House On Wheels - Our 75 Percent Mark - Financial Report - Exterior Paint

Our final paint color is called, ‘After Midnight’

Insulation – $133.19

Shower Pan + Installing Materials – $388.4

Bathroom and Kitchen Sinks – $200.87

Flooring (Purchased on Small Business Saturday at a Local Flooring Supplier) – $1240.84

Electrical Supplies (have barely started this!) – $200

The Real Cost to Build a Tiny House On Wheels - Our 75 Percent Mark - Financial Report - Electrical

We’ve only done the VERY basics of electrical so far!

Plumbing – $415.56

Instant Hot Water Heater – $670.69

Faucets and Shower Fixtures (All in an Antique Copper Finish) – $362.93

Stove Range Oven (Vintage off Craigslist) – $200

The vintage oven we drove all the way to Medford Oregon for.

The vintage oven we drove all the way to Medford Oregon for.

Vents – $57.93

Heater/Electric Fireplace – $95.45

Misc – $54.67

TOTAL COST AT 75% COMPLETE – $15,672.20

It blows my mind in so many ways to see that number.

1, good job team because…we worked for ALL of that money.

2, wow, that’s a lot of money and still more to go!

3, its really not that much money, considering we own every square inch of that house.

REMAINING COST ESTIMATES(just gonna pull these numbers out of a hat)

Plumbing – $20

Electrical – $150

Propane Line – $400

Insulation – $400

Lighting – $150

Interior Walls + Paint – $900

Composting Toilet – $900

Stairs – $250

Bathroom & Kitchen Cabinetry –  $800

Fridge – $300

Consumables – $100

TOTAL REMAINING COST : $4370

This would put us barely over our goal budget of $20,000!

A view of the bathroom and front sides of the Tiny House after applying the final coat of exterior paint called After Midnight.

What do you think? Have you considered building your own Tiny House?

20,000 dollars can seem like a lot but that is basically like a down payment for most other houses! While we’ve still got a month or two left of work and a bit more money to spend to get this project done, being able to say we truly own this house will make it all well worth it!

Pin this so other people looking to Go Tiny can know the cost, or lack thereof!

The Real Cost to Build a Tiny House On Wheels - Our 75 Percent Mark - Financial Report

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