Couple Lives Debt-Free In Their $7k DIY Offgrid Homestead

If the tiny house in the photos below looks a little more cluttered than most, that’s because it’s been a home longer than most. Reddit user hulahulagirl and her husband built it back in 2008 and have been there ever since. How’s that for sustainable living? It’s been an incredibly economical venture; they already owned the land and spent less than $7,000 total thanks to extensive use of reclaimed materials including old barn wood and corrugated sheet metal. Another benefit of having done it all themselves is that they’ve been able to redo it whenever the mood strikes or necessity dictates. A sale at a home improvement store gave them a chance to put in better flooring; a plate glass window that kept cracking became a wall; and heating has gone from wood to propane to electric. They even added a six-foot extension to hold a separate bathroom and a small porch.

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PreciousRoy | h/t Tiny House Talk, Reddit

 

We often see brand new tiny homes that seem barely lived in, so it’s nice to see an example of a couple who downsized to a simpler life and then stuck with it. With that kind of can-do approach, we imagine seven years is just the beginning for this well-loved, low-cost tiny house.

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