Laura Asks… Does Technology Make the Tiny House Movement Possible?

Do you think today’s technology makes it possible or enhances the tiny house experience? What kind of technology do you have that would be perfect for downsizing your life?” – Laura LaVoie

Read the original story that asks the question, Does Technology Make the Tiny House Movement Possible?

My take… I think technology makes any size lifestyle more comfortable and can change how we connect with other people. As size and consumption go up, so does the cost.

So the more pressing question for technology centers around ROI (return on investment). Many designers like to include high-tech solutions in their design concepts – which is good for creative exploration – but when the rubber hits the road (or bank account) homeowners must often choose between high initial cost and long-term consumption cost.

Tiny homes are going to cost less overall, so may afford the homeowner the opportunity to experiment with more technology. But I don’t think technology makes the tiny house movement possible; technology just makes it easier for folks like Laura to live affordably off the grid while still participating in our technologically connected society.

Homestead Honey Shares How Much it Cost to Build Their Tiny House

We kept detailed records of the cost of materials as we were building, and I’d love to share that information with you today. I’m also very fortunate to have a neighbor who also built her own tiny house, and she has generously shared her records with me as well, as comparison.” – Teri

Read more about How Much Does it Cost to Build a Tiny House?

One Answer to The Question… How Much Does a Tiny House Cost?

Dee Williams built her 84 square foot tiny house back in the summer of 2003 (when things were cheap) for approximately $10,000…

But that was then, and today Dee’s DIY house would cost closer to $15,000. She estimates she spent well over 300 hours building her house over a 3-month period in the summer…while also working full-time. It was a loooong summer!” – Pad Team

Continue reading at Portland Alternative Dwellings…

Breaking Down the Costs at Tiny House Ontario

Laura breaks downs recent costs of Tiny House Ontario.

“So far in 2012 I have (with help) built the in-house with composting toilet, added some (not great) LED battery lighting, put steel on the exterior, added gravel dust for the patio (to allow this to settle for next year’s project), updated (not completed) the kitchen and purchased the items for the off grid solar installation including fixtures.  Below is what I spent on this phase.”

See the details – Exact Cost: Phase 3, Year 2, 2012 « Tiny House Ontario.