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  • Writer's pictureCris Edwards

The Dollars and Sense of Building Your Dream Tiny House: A Fun-sized Financial Guide

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

Ever fantasised about chucking your clutter and embracing a compact, eco-friendly lifestyle? The tiny house movement is the super-cool, minimalist trend capturing hearts and shrinking footprints worldwide. However, before you go swapping your multi-bedroom home for a bite-sized bungalow, let's give your wallet a reality check. Let's dig into the tiny-but-mighty costs of building your dream tiny house!

Tiny House, Big Spend?

First up, the star of the show, the tiny house itself! If you think smaller means cheaper, hold onto your tiny coffee cups. The building process, including the trailer, might range from $100,000 to $180,000 depending on the size and design. Sure, it’s no chump change, but remember, big dreams come in small packages.

Off-Grid and Offbeat

The tiny house living often goes hand-in-hand with a sustainable lifestyle. Considering the one-two punch of solar panels and off-grid toilets? Prepare to shell out an additional $20,000 to $30,000 and $2,000 to $9,000 respectively. The upfront costs might seem steep, but it's a small price to pay for kissing those utility bills goodbye. Oh, and don't forget the potential cost of a water tank – your tiny plants need to drink too!

Roll up Your Sleeves for Earthworks

The plot of land for your tiny house might need a bit of TLC before move-in day. Earthworks may involve anything from a game of "spot the rock" to a tree-removal bonanza. Expect to budget around $100 per hour to get your site prepped and primed for its new tiny resident.

Deck the Halls...or Just the House

The addition of a deck and stairs can turn your tiny house into a fabulous indoor-outdoor retreat. Costs can range from $400 to $700 per square meter for a deck, and don't forget to double it if you fancy a roof over your alfresco dinner parties.

Remember, gutters and wastewater management are part of the package too! Factor in a few hours of a roofer’s and plumber’s time - they're the superheroes your tiny house deserves.

Delivery: Special Cargo Coming Through

Finally, once your dream tiny house is ready, it's time for the big move (or should we say the "tiny" move?). Delivery costs usually hover around $4 per kilometre, but remember, this isn’t your average pizza delivery. We recommend getting a quote for your specific destination.

There you have it, a fun-sized financial guide to your dream tiny house. Remember, living the tiny house life is more about embracing a philosophy of minimalism and sustainability than just about living in a small space. It's a bit of an investment, but for the right mindset, it’s worth every penny. So, tighten those budgeting belts and let's make your tiny house dream a reality!

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