20-Something Couple DIY Their Own Tiny Home

Nicolette and Michael built their tiny home themselves using steel framing. Now that it’s complete, it’s time for a full tour. You can find more tiny house tours like this on the Tiny House Listings YouTube Channel. If you want to learn more about this house follow Nicolette and Michael on Instagram and on YouTube where they’ve posted lots of building process videos.

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Video and image from Tiny House Listings.

Joe Builds a DIY Travel Trailer – Part 6

Joe at Homesteadonomics has been building a Travel Trailer and sharing each step of the process with how-to videos on his Homesteadonomics YouTube Channel. In this most recent update he works on completing interior seating. There’s a ton of relevant tips in his videos for tiny house construction.

He’s very close to completing this project. You can also follow Homesteadonomics on Facebook and Instagram. For the other parts in this video series visit the Homesteadonomics YouTube Channel. Video and photo by Joe.

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15 Things To Know Before Building A Skoolie

Zac shares 15 things he and Tiffany wished they knew before building their Skoolie School Bus Conversion. Find them at Rolling Vistas. Subscribe to the Rolling Vistas YouTube Channel for updates. Image and video by Zac and Tiffany.

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Here’s the list… but listen to the whole video because there’s a lot of essential details in what Zac shares.

  1. You’ll feel overwhelmed.
  2. You’ll be nickel and dimed.
  3. You’ll watch countless hours of DIY videos on YouTube.
  4. The project will take longer than you imagine.
  5. Make choices for that work for you, not someone else. Trust yourself.
  6. You’ll spend too much time at the hardware store.
  7. Once you start on it, you’ll want to spend time working on the bus all the time.
  8. You’ll build incredible skills.
  9. You’ll become more self reliant.
  10. You’ll meet new people.
  11. You’ll overcome mental and physical obstacles.
  12. Enjoy the thrill of the build.
  13. You’ll learn a lot about yourself… and your partner.
  14. You’ll be proud of your work… no matter how good or bad it is.
  15. You’ll find yourself in a community of kind, intelligent, and fascinating people.

How to Convert a Van in 7 Days

Nate Murphy helps Harriet build a van conversion in just 7 days. Nate is a climber and built his van so he could travel and climb more. On his website Nate provides a ton of info on DIY van conversions.

In this video he works with Harriet to build out her van and shows all the steps. If your considering a van build this can give you a glimpse of the process. Photo credit Nate Murphy.

DIY LED Awning Lights

Derek and Hannah have a large awning/porch that’s about as big as their tiny house, and basically doubles their usable living space when the weather is nice. But until now the lighting out there has been a bit inadequate. In the video below, Derek from DIY Homestead Projects demonstrates in detail how he installed LED lighting in the awning. He worked as an electrician for several years – so he knows his stuff, making his DIY electrical videos awesome.

Derek has been super busy lately – finishing his new tiny house construction book and making more DIY videos. You can check all that out on his DIY Homestead Projects website. He also has tons of free how-to videos on his DIY Homestead Projects YouTube Channel.  Photo above via Derek’s video below.

Do You Dream of Exploring Tiny Living Alternatives?

Do you dream of exploring tiny living alternatives but aren’t ready to take the plunge into a tiny house? Here’s an idea… build a low cost camper van and give tiny temporary living a try.

If you’re a tiny house dreamer you’ve probably seen the videos made by Exploring Alternatives on YouTube. The video below is a tour of the tiny living space they built to travel and meet all the people they interview. Each summer they take to the road in their budget DIY camper van.

Their setup isn’t for everyone but it has several cool DIY features that should be pointed out.

  • Their futon bed is a simple wood platform with a flip-up portion that provides 3 different positions for sitting, relaxing, and sleeping.
  • For convenance they have a sawdust toilet that’s hidden in plain sight.
  • They found that a simple 12VDC vent fan mounted in their roof dropped the interior summer temperature by 10-20 degrees.
  • For storage they simply use plastic containers stored in the space under the bed – instead of complex custom cabinets.

With this budget van they can live, work, and explore all summer. So if you’re considering exploring tiny living alternatives like Exploring Alternatives, consider building a super simple van and start your own adventure.

To learn more about converting your own van check out the website The Vanual. It’s a great resource for DIY camper van conversions.

To see more videos like this subscribe to Exploring Alternatives on YouTube.

Rainwater Tanks are Full!

Derek & Hannah live in a tiny house in the southern Arizona desert – near St. David (Between Benson and Tombstone). It’s super hot and dry there and they don’t have a well on their tiny house homestead. Instead they have an elaborate rainwater collection system.

But you might wonder… how do you live off rainwater in the desert?  Well… they do get a little rain and a bunch of it comes during the monsoon season (right now). After just a little summer rain in recent weeks their rainwater tanks are completely full and they are adding more tanks.

With enough tank capacity they should do just fine. To learn more visit the DIY Homestead Projects YouTube channel. You’ll find all their tiny house construction videos as well as videos showing the construction of their rainwater collection system.

They also have an amazing solar system, and with Derek’s experience as an electrician – he does a great job of explaining how it powers everything from their air conditioner, to their washer/dryer, to their stove.

Go there now… the DIY Homestead Projects YouTube channel.

Build Your Own Tiny House at an Incredible Tiny Homes Workshop

The 8′ x 16′ tiny house on wheels in the video below was recently completed during a hands-on workshop by the owner-builder. If this home were custom built it would have had a base price of $25,000 – but as a workshop build had a base price of $18,440.

That’s right, you can build your own tiny house in a workshop setting and save money. Learn more about Incredible Tiny Homes Workshops.

The video below explains how it works. Sounds like an amazing way to DIY your own tiny house.

By the way… go an subscribe to the Incredible Tiny Homes YouTube Channel. When they reach 100,000 followers they’re going to give away a tiny house to a subscriber. See their YouTube channel for details.

Small Solar System DIY Tutorial

Do-it-yourselfers that want to learn the basics of setting up small solar systems should watch this video by the Tin Hat Ranch. It’s a 47 minute video but worth every minute.

White the Tin Hat Ranch YouTube Channel is geared toward disaster preparedness, a small off-grid systems a tiny house system and a backup system for essentials are not dissimilar. In fact, depending on your power needs and location, the size solar system shown in this tutorial might be the ideal size for a tiny house.

The system shown here uses 4 100 watt solar panels, 4 golf cart batteries, a charge controller, a 1000 watt pure sine wave inverter, and the necessary wiring and hardware. It wouldn’t run a ‘normal’ sized house but for a frugal tiny house owner, it might be perfect.

There’s a ton of information in this video, really too much to absorb in 47 minutes… so be sure to bookmark the full article for reference later. The full Guide to DIY Off Grid Solar Power is a free resource and includes some handy schematics, a worksheet, and videos of course.

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Power It Up! DIY Electrical Wiring DVD Set

The following is a guest post from Kevin Coy.

Hello! Kevin Coy here with Kevin’s Micro Homestead and A Self Reliant Life. Some of you may already know me from videos that Michael has shared from my Youtube channel here on his site.

I have been a contractor and remodeler for the better part of 20 years and a part of the simple, mortgage free, tiny house living movement for many of those years. Early on one of the gaps that I saw in this genre was a lack of instruction or resources to help tiny house enthusiasts learn how to build their homes without relying on the expense of a contractor.

I have become very passionate about showing people how they can truly own their own home without spending the national average in the US for housing of $530,000 per person over their lifetime. in light of the recent economic downturn where families lost their homes to banks and mortgage companies because they could not make a payment I became even more determined than ever to show people how they can take control of the largest expense in their lives and get rid of the 30 year mortgage trap.

Not so long ago when a family wanted a home they built it themselves. Unfortunately in our culture this would be impossible for a lot of people today as we have lost a lot of the skills that would be needed. Let alone having the time. This is where I  believe that the tiny house movement has made us realize we can build our own homes without it being such a daunting task. We just need to get back to teaching those lost skills and becoming more self reliant again.

One of the scary parts for some when building their own tiny house is the electrical system. And it shouldn’t be as it is quite straightforward once you know the basics and what the rules are. It can also be one of the more expensive parts of the project to hire an electrician. Knowing this, I have created a 4-DVD series that teaches you how to Do-It-Yourself in a step by step process. Breaking it down very simply for anyone with zero experience. After watching these DVD’s even a ten year old could wire a house:) One of the keys to ending the mortgage rein over our lives is to invest in ourselves and build our skills as well as our knowledge.

Learn more about what the DVD Series covers and watch the short video explaining the Power It Up DVD and what it will teach you.

I am currently shooting the Plumbing It Yourself DVD set and hope to have it out to you soon. If you would like to connect so you don’t miss out on anything go to www.aselfreliantlife.com.

Also I have created a Youtube Channel with a series on how to build your own tiny house yourself. Our channel has over 20 videos in just this series showing step by step how to frame, build a foundation, install window and doors, roofing, siding, etc. I also go over all the tools and materials you will need and site considerations as well as safety while you build. Also be sure to check out Kevin Coy’s A Self Reliant Life on YouTube.

I hope our site and channel helps you become more independent, self reliant and mortgage free.