$489 Tiny House

They had no construction background and no money.But Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Kooten built a house. They came in over their budget of zero. They spent $489, less than some peoples monthly car payment. The Central College seniors built a 260-square-foot dwelling made of old hog feeders, grain bins, demolished buildings and other dusty piles of junk headed for the landfill.” – Desmoines Register

Read the story about How 2 Iowa college students built a home for $489. Photos via Desmoines Register.

8 thoughts on “$489 Tiny House

  1. Linda says:

    You are a very smart couple! Housing is such an expense when you are going to college and first starting out. I am so proud of you both!

  2. Jay says:

    Great job of re-purposing materials! There are those that will scoff and turn their nose up at a project simply because it didn’t cost much. Get the last laugh. Take the money that you would normally have to spend on housing and put it into a retirement account every month. They won’t be scoffing when you get to quit work in your 40’s and start your new life! Congratulations!

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  3. Marsha Cowan says:

    This had got to be truly one of the most amazing tiny house construction stories I have read so far. What a great job for only a few dollars! The house is beautiful and rustic and cozy. Great job, you two! Enjoy!

  4. Janet says:

    Fantastic job Amy & Ethan. Nice way to upcycle materials. I’m not limber enough for the loft and need an indoor loo, but my great-grandma & grandma lived together like this in a slightly larger home in S. MN during my lifetime & it worked! They had electricity, but no running water. I remember when they got a gas cook stove! As you take pride in your handmade home, you now can take time to plan & dream of any changes and/or additions to this real piece of country charm. Congratulations!

  5. Rafael Toledo says:

    To Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Hooten. Very well done. I admire the both of you for your recycling capabilities.There,s so many folks that throw away many things that can be refurbish. One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. Fantastic job.

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