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DIY tiny house can be built for around $10,000

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The Magenta is very small, even for a tiny house, measuring just 11.2 ft (3.4 m)-long and 6.2 ft (1.8 m)-wide
The Magenta is very small, even for a tiny house, measuring just 11.2 ft (3.4 m)-long and 6.2 ft (1.8 m)-wide
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The Magenta offers a no-frills tiny house 
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The Magenta offers a no-frills tiny house 
The Magenta is very small, even for a tiny house, measuring just 11.2 ft (3.4 m)-long and 6.2 ft (1.8 m)-wide
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The Magenta is very small, even for a tiny house, measuring just 11.2 ft (3.4 m)-long and 6.2 ft (1.8 m)-wide
The Magenta tiny house includes a sofa bed
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The Magenta tiny house includes a sofa bed
The Magenta tiny house has a small table and chairs
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The Magenta tiny house has a small table and chairs
The Magenta is based on a small single axle trailer
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The Magenta is based on a small single axle trailer
The Magenta is finished in waterproof plywood
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The Magenta is finished in waterproof plywood
The far-end of the Magenta features a small kitchenette
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The far-end of the Magenta features a small kitchenette
Pin-Up Houses sells tiny house build plans, not the finished tiny house
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Pin-Up Houses sells tiny house build plans, not the finished tiny house
Pin-Up Houses told us that the materials for the Magenta shown cost $2,100, with the labor costing around $7,900
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Pin-Up Houses told us that the materials for the Magenta shown cost $2,100, with the labor costing around $7,900
The Magenta is warmed by a wood or pellet burning stove
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The Magenta is warmed by a wood or pellet burning stove
The Magenta is designed to be inexpensive and the towable dwelling sports a utilitarian design
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The Magenta is designed to be inexpensive and the towable dwelling sports a utilitarian design
The Magenta tiny house is very small, even for a tiny house, measuring just 11.2 ft (3.4 m)-long and 6.2 ft (1.8 m)-wide
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The Magenta tiny house is very small, even for a tiny house, measuring just 11.2 ft (3.4 m)-long and 6.2 ft (1.8 m)-wide
The Magenta's under-seat storage
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The Magenta's under-seat storage
The Magenta is based on a small single axle trailer
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The Magenta is based on a small single axle trailer
The Magenta is finished in waterproof plywood
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The Magenta is finished in waterproof plywood
Tbhe Magenta gets its power from a standard RV-style hookup, if you can find one
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Tbhe Magenta gets its power from a standard RV-style hookup, if you can find one
The Magenta is small and light enough to be towed by a standard car
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The Magenta is small and light enough to be towed by a standard car
The Magenta is designed by Czech firm Pin-Up Houses
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The Magenta is designed by Czech firm Pin-Up Houses
The Magenta tiny house is very small, even for a tiny house, measuring just 11.2 ft (3.4 m)-long and 6.2 ft (1.8 m)-wide
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The Magenta tiny house is very small, even for a tiny house, measuring just 11.2 ft (3.4 m)-long and 6.2 ft (1.8 m)-wide
The Magenta is finished in waterproof plywood
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The Magenta is finished in waterproof plywood
Pin-Up Houses sells tiny house build plans, not the Magenta itself
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Pin-Up Houses sells tiny house build plans, not the Magenta itself
Pin-Up Houses told us that the materials for the Magenta shown cost $2,100, with the labor costing around $7,900
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Pin-Up Houses told us that the materials for the Magenta shown cost $2,100, with the labor costing around $7,900
The Magenta is very small, even for a tiny house
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The Magenta is very small, even for a tiny house
To put the Magenta's size into perspective, the pint-sized French models like La Tête dans les étoiles are around double the length and wider, while a US tiny house is often significantly larger still
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To put the Magenta's size into perspective, the pint-sized French models like La Tête dans les étoiles are around double the length and wider, while a US tiny house is often significantly larger still

Luxury tiny houses are all well and good, but a tiny house seems best suited as a low cost option that lets people forgo mortgages. With this in mind, the Czech Republic's Pin-Up Houses is selling plans for a no-frills tiny house that can be built for approximately US$10,000.

The aptly-named Magenta is very small, even for a tiny house, and measures just 11.2 ft (3.4 m)-long and 6.2 ft (1.8 m)-wide. To put that into perspective, the pint-sized French models like La Tête dans les étoiles are around double the length and wider, while a US tiny house is often significantly larger still.

Pin-Up Houses told us that the materials for the model shown cost around $2,100, with the labor costing another $7,900, though both figures could obviously vary quite a lot depending on where you live. You'll need to source all that yourself too, as Pin-Up Houses only sells build plans, which fetch $129 for the Magenta. There is at least one advantage here though, it does mean that you don't necessarily have to opt for the shocking color of the demo model.

As you'd expect, some corners need to be cut with such a low cost model and it's very utilitarian, with a waterproof plywood exterior, spruce beams, and polystyrene insulation. We've no word on R-values or the like, but we'd guess that it's not suited to extreme weather.

The Magenta tiny house includes a sofa bed
The Magenta tiny house includes a sofa bed

Inside, the dwelling is very snug, with a total floorspace of 6.5 sq m (70 sq ft) and most of that is taken up by the living area, which is simple and includes a wood-burning stove, storage-integrated sofa bed, and a small table and chairs. At the far end is a unit that contains a kitchenette with a sink and water tank hooked up, plus a simple camping stove and some storage space (there's also netting on the walls and ceiling).

A door leads into the bathroom which has a toilet but no shower, so this one seems best suited as a guest cabin or weekender rather than full-time home. The tiny house gets its power from a standard RV-style hookup.

Check out the video below for more information on the Magenta.

Source: Pin-Up Houses

Magenta Tiny House - Pin-Up Houses

8 comments
MerlinGuy
Or you could just buy a pre-made camping trailer for the same money and get more room, features, and better quality. And it won't look like you're there to hand out samples of pepto-bismol in the middle of the national park.
Fairly Reasoner
Doesn't buy what it used to, but if it comes with the pin-up posters, well, OK.
martinkopplow
I am all in favor of tiny houses. Still, below what size does a tiny house become a mere trailer? In my opinion, a tiny house should provide features a trailer does not have, such as multple levels, storage, more space and all-season capabilities. Else, it may be tiny, but not a house.
Nik
$10,000 for a ''Wendy House'' on wheels? That seems more than a little like over-spend.
Nobody
My 19 foot camping trailer costs the same with heat/airconditioning, water and waste tanks. It has a nice bathroom with shower and tub along with a nice cooking and dinette area. It also has lots of storage and can sleep seven. It even has a full length awning and is comfortable for long term living. It puts every tiny house I have ever seen to shame. They should change the name from tiny house to tiny cabin.
IntelDev
I can make it for 500 euro's and with much more features and looks.
ljaques
OK, $2,100 sounds much more like it. He has good taste in women, but in design or paint, not so much.
Leonard Foster Jr
That area could have been a wet bath, Rv's fall apart when you live in them full time, Most tiny homes are built like a house not an Rv.