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Looking to build a tiny house over the summer. I want to spend less then $7,000. Is that possible?

I don't want to spend a lot of money. what should I do prior to building it? I want it to look pretty but no more then 7,000, is there a place where I can search for cheaper items? how to get the best deals on wood, and windows.

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These links have info on tiny DIY house kits - but I do not know how much they run


http://www.motherearthnews.com/green-homes/~/media/FF748F543BCD4ABC9B411A0B5A27FE4D.ashx



http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/03/28/home-garden/small-is-beautiful-a-look-at-tiny-homes-and-diy-home-kits/



http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/kit-houses-for-the-ultimate-diyer-171981


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Don't you love tiny (bird) houses?? Lol. 'Course not.. Gotta stretch your wings.. I think I said good answer to that Q that was removed.. Hope you are well :0)
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If you really mean tiny. Yes

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First you have to buy a tiny piece of land to build it on. Yes, it can be done. You need to do a heck of a lot of research but it can be done.

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Random idea; Buy a trailer, and some how turn it into a stationary house.

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That's what I meant... I found a trailer for less then $200... :)
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Figure out how big you wanted to be then going on Home Depot.com or Lows and price out the materials .you can also find a habitat for humanity in your area it's a place that recycles doors heating vents all kinds of stuff from old homes. Just about anything you're looking for is there

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Even if you did ALL the work yourself (framing; plumbing; hvac; electrical) the materials alone would still be more than $7,000. I don't think it's possible unless you can get a lot of the materials donated.

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I can't build a single car garage with a light fixture and receptacles to code for $7,000.00 much less able to build the same 800 square foot garage and install electrical, plumbing for kitchen & bath, and include room dividers, interior and exterior doors, insulation, along with heating, Air, and windows.
Most municipalities have minimum square foot restrictions on residential housing anyway.
You are aware that there are building codes I assume. Each trade that touches that structure in the construction phase is required to purchase and display permits, for which architectual drawings, surveys, landscaping designs must be submitted for approval. before the first shovel of dirt is moved.

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If you are talking about a play house for a child you can buy them and have them delivered and installed for less than $3,000.00. Check out Lowe's and Home Depot in their Tool Shed department.
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No I meant like a microhome... It's usually built in a trailer.... If you google tiny houses you'll see what I mean.
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First step is to ignore all the answers that say you can't do it for under $7,000
Second step is to ignore all the answers that say you need permits, inspections and licensed contractors.
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If you have not already, pick up the book "Tiny Homes" by Lloyd Kahn.
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Many states allow a permanent 20'x20' or smaller structure to be built with no permits or inspections, if not just get a mobile trailer frame and build it on that.
(You don't need any permits to build a mobile unit).
I've built quite a few nice tiny homes out of mostly recycled building materials for next to no money and I'm in the middle of building a house boat in the same sort of way right now (:
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You can look into alternative solutions to waste also. There are several different off the grid toilet systems that can work quite well in a tiny home including incinerating, composting, and bio bagging toilets.

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Thank you so much! Best answer so far :) I did buy the book and I'm in the first few chapters it's been helping me! And I'm so happy to have at least one person knowing about that!
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I still haven't any idea about toilets... But I will most definitely look into it. And good luck with your house boat :)
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Thanks !
I get doors, windows, insulation, sinks, and what not from contractors, garage sales, second hand materials stores and in the newspaper classifieds. My current project is a 10' x 18'. I did all my plumbing for under $300 That includes $200 for the tankless propane hot water heater and $100 for pex, fittings, sink, and rain head shower (:
I get a ton of cedar siding leftovers from various contractors, rip it up into custom interior trim, cost is nearly free. Same with most of the framing materials including some beams.
Lumber stores sell "farm loads" of random odds and ends for really cheap. Sometimes there is enough material to frame a tiny home or two for $500 on one big truckload.
I personally use bio bags for my poo. I use the ones for dogs, they are very cheap at the store. The wag bag system is supposed to be the safest and most environmentally friendly portable toilet system.
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Hey, RoK. So if I quit my job... Can me n my dog bunk with you for a couple days? Just til I get off my feet...
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Remarkable! Iknew you would have a definitive answer...
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Will_ you and the pooch can crash out as long as you want (:
Thanks Virginia (:
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If you want to build a 'livable' house, no, it's impossible to build for $7000. Sewer and water systems would cost more than that.

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Consider a prefab concrete wall house. Cheaper, easier to build. Permits, water, sewer are going to suck most of the money out of your project. Buy a used trailer and fix it as you live in it.

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I do not think that will be enough amount to built a home. Rest I do not know but I think its not possible at all.

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