Tiny Houses

Young couple goes Dutch with $28k tiny house build

Young couple goes Dutch with $...
The tiny home measures 6.7 x 2.55 x 3.95 m (22 x 8.3 x 13 ft) and comprises a total floorspace of 15 sq m (161 sq ft)
The tiny home measures 6.7 x 2.55 x 3.95 m (22 x 8.3 x 13 ft) and comprises a total floorspace of 15 sq m (161 sq ft)
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The total costs for the tiny house added up to a very reasonable €25,000 (about US$28,270)
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The total costs for the tiny house added up to a very reasonable €25,000 (about US$28,270)
The couple worked on the home seven days a week for four months
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The couple worked on the home seven days a week for four months
Building the tiny house
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Building the tiny house
The bathroom includes a composting toilet, sink, and small shower
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The bathroom includes a composting toilet, sink, and small shower
Stairs with integrated storage lead to the sleeping loft
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Stairs with integrated storage lead to the sleeping loft
The off-grid solar setup runs the fridge
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The off-grid solar setup runs the fridge
The solar panel array is connected to batteries
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The solar panel array is connected to batteries
The solar panel array
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The solar panel array
Building the tiny house
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Building the tiny house
The tiny house operates totally off-grid with propane, a roof-based solar array connected to batteries and a water storage tank
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The tiny house operates totally off-grid with propane, a roof-based solar array connected to batteries and a water storage tank
The tiny home measures 6.7 x 2.55 x 3.95 m (22 x 8.3 x 13 ft) and comprises a total floorspace of 15 sq m (161 sq ft)
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The tiny home measures 6.7 x 2.55 x 3.95 m (22 x 8.3 x 13 ft) and comprises a total floorspace of 15 sq m (161 sq ft)
The tiny home sits on a trailer for easy towing
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The tiny home sits on a trailer for easy towing
Towing the tiny house
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Towing the tiny house
The couple are also exploring the possibility of making a tiny house village for the future, but for now just plan to live in their tiny house, travel and enjoy it
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The couple are also exploring the possibility of making a tiny house village for the future, but for now just plan to live in their tiny house, travel and enjoy it
The home is clad in red cedar, with a traditional but easy on the eyes tiny house design
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The home is clad in red cedar, with a traditional but easy on the eyes tiny house design
Building the tiny house
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Building the tiny house
On entering the tiny house, visitors are greeted with a decently-proportioned living space with couch (with storage space), table and kitchenette
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On entering the tiny house, visitors are greeted with a decently-proportioned living space with couch (with storage space), table and kitchenette
The upstairs sleeping area
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The upstairs sleeping area
The tiny home measures 6.7 x 2.55 x 3.95 m (22 x 8.3 x 13 ft) and comprises a total floorspace of 15 sq m (161 sq ft)
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The tiny home measures 6.7 x 2.55 x 3.95 m (22 x 8.3 x 13 ft) and comprises a total floorspace of 15 sq m (161 sq ft)
Martijn and Irene only moved in a couple of weeks ago
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Martijn and Irene only moved in a couple of weeks ago
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Deciding that standard domestic life and its trappings wasn't for them, Dutch couple Martijn and Irene ditched their careers for seasonal work that left them more time to travel the world. Next, with the wanderlust bug well and truly caught, the pair set upon building an off-grid towable tiny house from scratch over their winter break for just €25,000 (about US$28,270).

Perhaps the most exciting thing about the tiny house movement is that anyone who's able-bodied and has some savings and spare time can jump in, as evidenced by Martijn and Irene's story.

The pair lived in a caravan but were inspired by an article on tiny houses and decided to make their own last winter (northern hemisphere), building it with help from friends. Though the total cost of building it seems very reasonable indeed, Irene told us that they didn't buy everything new and spent four months working seven days a week on the project.

The home measures 6.7 x 2.55 x 3.95 m (22 x 8.3 x 13 ft) and comprises a total floorspace of 15 sq m (161 sq ft). It's clad in red cedar, with a traditional but easy on the eyes tiny house design that provides a primary living space downstairs and smaller sleeping loft upstairs.

The upstairs sleeping area
The upstairs sleeping area

On entering the tiny house, visitors are greeted with a decently-proportioned living space with couch, table and kitchenette. The kitchenette includes a small sink, fridge, and propane burner. The tiny home also includes a small bathroom with shower, sink and composting toilet downstairs. Storage stairs lead to a small sleeping loft area with a double bed.

The tiny house operates off-the-grid with a roof-based solar array connected to batteries and a water storage tank.

Martijn and Irene moved into their tiny house just a few weeks ago so are still settling in and looking forward to traveling and enjoying their new tiny digs. However, the couple are also exploring the possibility of developing a tiny house village in the future.

You can check out videos and more information on the construction process via the source link below, though it's in Dutch only.

Source: Tiny House Project

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