I received this Question in my inbox Yesterday:
"I don't own any land but I just wanted to ask how it is living in a lil cabin? Does it cost a lot just to have it hooked up gas sewer or water and cost for renting land? I'm looking to live cheaply, did it cost a lot to but that cabin? Thanks :)"
By Not renting an apartment, and only renting a piece of land for $200 a month, we save $9,300 per year. But that savings doesn't start until you have a dry structure to move into. To build your structure plan to save about $4,000. Then your first step should be finding a suitable Tandem Axel trailer, if you can keep the cost of the trailer down, It makes starting a whole lot easier.
If you know a friend or relative that will let you store your big finds as you collect them, you can cut prices by shopping around and waiting for the best deals.
$1200 labor for the shell to be put up.
$800 supplies. [wood bought new, windows and original door were craigslist steals]
Minimum needed to be Winter ready:
Before winter it is essential to have power to your house, at least some insulation [but you should aim to have your house insulated completely for comfort and cost effectiveness], and a good reliable heat source. our first year we bit off more than we could chew and ended up having to insulate with cardboard. Yikes!
$1800 for Electric [The contractors never returned to finish the DC installation, price should be less for just Electric]
$65 for our barrel
$35 estimated in other parts and fixing leaks.
I cannot tell you how amazing it will be when we have a toilet. So many of the discomforts of the tinyhouse come from not having one.
We still use the whores bath routine for showering, and go to a place up the road when we need the feeling of a real shower. When we first started living in the Tinyhouse, we hadn't anticipated how long it would actually take to get some of these pretty basic things.
We anticipate being finished with total spend $25,000.
Design your structure with simple dimensions. The gable roofs in some fancy tinyhouses are awesome, but expensive. If you are trying to build your home on a budget, simplicity is your Friend. Every detail costs you.
We pay $18 a month for Electric, which is much less than our apartment [even with me being an energy Nazi]
My advice to you, is save what you can. Take your time preparing for the transition. Build up a supply of tools and friends that can assist you. Start simple, and once you have a livable space improve upon it.
Explore your options. Look at tiny homes that other people live in, and decide what you like and don't like. How are you going to heat? Maybe you have access to wood and wood burning is a better option for you. There are many ways to go about it. Just be realistic with yourself, but be daring! Sometimes you just need a little push.
Here are some helpful links to more of my blogs on this topic:
Washing Dishes without Running water
Electricity use in our Tinyhouse
Are Tiny-homes Affordable?