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.
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?
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.
The Urban Rancher recently finished the exterior of his cabin, an important milestone, and won a wind turbine through a contest at Jetson Green. He also posted an itemized material list of what he’s spent so far building his cabin. The total so far is $3635.97.
Happy Days for the Urban Rancher
Now that Dan has passed a major milestone in his tiny house construction project he’s begun to share his construction costs.
What is costs to build a tiny house