$20,000 Tiny Home

If I told you you could build a Tiny Home for just $20,000 you would probably say I was full of crap. Well, time to cut the crap! Canadian Engineering student Tyler Bennett completed his tiny home on wheels, complete with a heating system built into the ceiling and an elevator bed to store away when not in use, for just $20,000CAD ($15,000USD).

Tyler was able to save money by using systems and practices that you wouldn’t normally find in traditional tiny home construction. At a modest 140 square feet, the tiny measures 8.5′ wide by 20′ long by 13.5′ high (exterior measurements). The trailer it’s built on is rated for 10,000 pounds but only weighs 7,800 pounds all in, including future solar panels and batteries.

One of Bennett’s favourite features is the hot water heating system which he ran through the ceiling. Bennett also introduced a heat recovery ventilator which draws moisture from the interior and also circulates fresh air. Basically the unit heats the incoming air before it enters the home, eliminating the cold exterior air mixing with the warm interior air and creating moisture.

Another outstanding feature is the queen size elevator bed which operates on a ‘block and tackle’ pulley system which raises and lowers the bed using just a single hand crank.

To read the full article written by Bridget Borgobello, click HERE!

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The “Superhouse” Completed!

You may or may not recall my post about the “Superhouse” from back in March, but it was about half complete. Well now, it is completed, and has been delivered to site!

Here are some pics from the rest of the build by Finished Right Contracting, the finished product, and a video of the owners seeing it for the first time.

The best part of this may be the reaction from the owners…enjoy!

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Tiny House…Boat?

So there I am, scrolling through my Facebook feed, when I suddenly see something that catches my eye immediately. It’s bright red, and very hard to miss! Then I see that it was posted on one of the many Tiny House groups and pages I follow. A tiny house boat on the water. As it turns out, this little red gem has quite a story as she was converted from an old boring boat, to a bright red star.

It began as an old 1969 Cobia Mini-Yacht, originally bought as just a gutted shell on Craigslist by Katie Trinket Hartwright.

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Katie spend a lot of time and effort to design, and restore her to the bright and beautiful tiny house boat she is now.

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Katie named her ‘Petal’. Sadly, the¬†Emeryville Marina and Safe Harbor called the boat “an eyesore” and Katie was forced to get rid of it by the Harbormaster.

‘Petal’ was purchased from Katie by a woman named Cindy Hanson O’Neil, who now co-owns the boat with her daughter Brittney Vinculado. They have aptly re-named her, and now call her ‘Betty Boop’.

You are sure to find ‘Betty Boop’ in the San Francisco Bay Area near Oakland where she is docked and ready any time Cindy is up for a quick and easy getaway.

The “Superhouse”

Ever since Steve and I have started working together we have been naming the Tiny Houses we work on. This is the “Superhouse” which is the first house we worked on together. It’s not quite finished yet but it’s getting close.

It’s an interesting one for a couple reasons:

  1. It’s for a Family of four that includes Mom & Dad and two kids so we had to make it essentially a three bedroom model (you’ll see how in the photos)
  2. Dad is 6′-7″ tall so we had to raise the lofts an extra six inches than usual.

Once finished, the “Superhouse” will be on display at another Tiny Open House on Steve’s property where he builds them in the next month or so.

For now, just enjoy some photos…

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The blank canvas!
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Framed like a house, not like a trailer!
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Sheeted with plywood, not OSB…T&G Fir plywood on the floors. She’s solid!

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Cedar shake upper, T&G Cedar on lower…she smells beautiful!

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3-1/2″ of spray foam on roof, walls & floor = R22, vapour barrier & fire resistance!

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The sliding barn-style doors are hot right now!
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Kid’s loft divided into 2 ‘Bedrooms’ if you will.
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Mom & Dad’s loft above the Living Room that will have custom built-in bench seating.

Interior Intentions

Ok, I have spent a lot of time looking at tiny houses from the outside and paying attention to a little of the inside if it is eye-catching. But when going tiny, you really have to make the most of space. That doesn’t have to mean going with that hideous two-burner camping stove though.

Let’s take a look at some handy space-saving ideas for your tiny home, and if you have any great ideas or photos of your own, pass them along to me in an email or on Facebook.

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This is a 2-burner stove top, oven and dishwasher.
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This is just awesome, if you can live with a tiny fridge.
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Move over Lazy Susan.
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Freeing up some counter space.
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Didn’t see that coming.
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Great idea for dining.
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From bench…to couch…to dining room table!
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Very handy going from a 2-seater to seating 5.
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Pretty good sleeping up to 4 people in about a 10′ square space…if you like the doctor’s office look.
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Now this is just plain awesomeness.
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Not bad…
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Ahh, the good old Murphy bed.

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