Kev & Jan are empty nesters who’ve built their own debt-free tiny life that includes a flipped workweek. They only work weekends now thanks to their own tiny mobile juice & smoothie bar business – which gives them time to travel and spend more time together.
Bryce Langston from Living Big In A Tiny House visited Kev & Jan and got the full tour of their tiny home. They built it themselves for just $54,000 AUD (~39,000 USD). That price included a rain water collection system and a $9,000 AUD (~$6,500 USD) solar system.
It’s a larger tiny home measuring 14 m long and 9 m wide (~45′ by ~10′). In addition to the spacious interior size, the home also has a large folding glass door to capture the view and a large bathroom/dressing room with dual vanities.
Bryce Langston recently visited Dolly in Australia and got a detailed tour of her tiny house on wheels. Dolly’s house was designed to fit her perfectly. She has two lofts; one of which is two-tiered and just the right height for Dolly to stand-up. Below this loft is a walk-in closet that she can stand-up in too! When you’re small, tiny houses can be enormous! For more great videos like this subscribe to Living Big In A Tiny House on YouTube.
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Bryce Langston visits Jesse and tours his affordable tiny house made from mostly reclaimed materials. After living in a van for over two years he had an opportunity to build his own tiny house. It’s totally off grid with plenty of solar power. It has an indoor shower but no toilet. Instead he chose to setup a composting toilet outside the house. The woodwork is incredible and mostly made from reclaimed fence boards.
Bryce Langston visits Paul and Annett in Australia in a remote spot near Byron Bay. Their tiny house is totally off-grid but is like a case study or showcase of a variety of off-grid technologies including:
The essential 1.86 kW photovoltaic electric power system with a 20 kWh battery system
A biogas system that makes methane for cooking. It converts 1 to 6 liters of table scraps and clippings into methane.
An evacuated tube solar hot water heater is their only source of hot water
Rain water collection and 10,000 liters of storage
Humanure composting toilet
Before the tiny house they lived in Sydney in an apartment, but they wanted to had a strong desire to live off-grid in a rural area. Inspired by Bryce’s videos online, they decided to build their own 8 meter (~26′) long tiny house.
In Australia the total maximum weight of the house is limited to 4.5 tonnes (~9,900 pounds), so they used all lightweight materials like steel for the home’s framing. It gives the house a slightly industrial look. The exterior is cypress and cedar. Pine is used for the windows and doors. The interior is lightweight plywood.
Through frugal choices and by doing a lot of the work themselves they kept the cost down. The total cost with all the high-tech off-grid features was just 65,000 Australian (~$50,000 USD).
Bryce Langston from Living Big In A Tiny House visits with Bradley in Jacksonville, Florida. Bradley been living in his tiny home for three months. It took about a year and a half for to build the house himself. Before he began construction he saved up all the money needed to build the home.
The house’s nickname is Rolling Quarters, which is inspired by the fact that it is literally rolling living quarters and it was funded by scrimping and saving – also literally rolling Quarters. He also saved a lot of money on the build by using reclaimed materials.
For example his kitchen cabinets were made from some recycled cabinet doors and scrap wood. Up in the loft and under his sofa he uses old gym lockers turned other sides for storage.
Shortly after installing the home at it’s current location, hurricane Irma hit Jacksonville. Bradley decided to attempt to weather the storm, but the flood waters caused the creek behind his house to rise above the home’s floors.
In the following days he had to quickly fix the water damage became permanent. He replaced insulation, the floors, and removed all the cabinets to ensure the house was dry. The reassembly went quicker than expected, but was very stressful. Today the house is fine.
He studies accounting at a nearby college and his tiny home replaces the cost of renting an apartment. He saved all his receipts too, and the house cost him exactly $15,246 and 82 cents!
One of the benefits of designing and building your own tiny home is that you can customize it to fit you perfectly. In this case Dylan & Julie – who are both tall – build their home to work best for them. Higher countertops, ceilings, and benches are sized just right. In the video below Bryce Langston from Living Big In A Tiny House gets a personal tour of this tiny tall home.
Bryce Langston visits Karissa and her adorable tiny home. It cost her about $20,000 to build with the help of her family and friends. Her dad played a big role in it’s construction and to kick the project off they had an Amish Tiny House Raising where the walls were built in a day!
In this latest video from Living Big In A Tiny House, Bryce Langston interviews Liz & Mike who live in a school bus conversion with their son Bryce. They have a mobile business, Finny Hill Photography, and specialize in wedding photography.
Their photography work took them on the road often; so instead of fighting the trend they built a bus-based tiny home and chose to live differently. Downsizing has also allowed them to live more intentionally and purposeful – not to mention eliminate living expenses. Road schooling for their son is also giving him an adventure oriented education and experience.
Choosing to live differently isn’t easy. We often fall into the typical mortgage/rent trap without much thought because it appears normal. Bucking the system and cultural norm also seems risky; but success stories like this give us a peek into some alternatives. Do the unexpected – you might surprise yourself.
Yes… this is real. Bryce from Living Big in a Tiny House interviews the homeowner and gets a tour of this amazing 500 square foot house. It’s located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia and built from locally sourced natural materials. On the inside it has all the expected comforts of a contemporary home. Read more at Living Big in a Tiny House. Photo by Living Big in a Tiny House.