Can you build a home for $11k?

    Woman Builds Tiny House That’s Small In Size But Big In Creativity – See It Happen!

    Tiny House
    Macy Miller was an architectural intern with a childhood dream of having her own self-contained home; her own little fort, if you will.

    One night, in adulthood, she had a dream that dovetailed with her childhood fantasy: a practical living space with everything she needed and nothing she didn’t (smart cookie that she is, she sketched out notes based on her dream).

    Out on her own and tired of paying someone else’s mortgage via rent/lease, Macy decided it was time to turn that dream into a plan of action. In December of 2011, she began to put that plan into action, creating what’s called a Tiny House (there is a full-on movement, apparently).

    It is important to keep in mind that, while Macy has a background in architecture, she had no practical experience in construction prior to taking on this project. With that in mind, the transformation you’re about to see may be too awesome for some, reader discretion is advised.

    Using her notes from the dream, Macy refined the design for this minimalist, 196 sq. foot abode. Then Miller began building on a 24′ x 8′ flatbed trailer, allowing her to skirt the requirements of permits and codes. Fortunately she comes from a family that has an abundance of tools.

    Things start easily enough (in the most relative sense of the word) with the trailer.

     

    Trailer

    It’s time to start putting down some flooring on that trailer (after removing the original wood, of course. 

    Attaching Floor

    Next on the list? Everyone’s favorite: insulation!

    Floor Insulation

    Here’s the framing for her bed loft.

    Loft

    Slap some plywood down…

    Plywood Flooring

    … And that’s that, base complete. Time for some framing.

    Framing

    BAM. Walls.

    Walls

    With some help from her awesome crew, that is.

    crew

    With walls framed, it’s time for some sheathing.

    Sheathing

    Then some insulation.

    Wall Insulation

    And a very tight fit when moving it all outside.

    Tight Fit

    Hey look, roof trusses, lean-to style.

    Roof

    A little radiant barrier for the exterior walls.

    Radiant Barrier

    Some window flashing.

    Window Flashing

    Porch overhang!

    Porch

    Roof time.

    Roof Added

    BAM. Wires (she says “BAM” a lot).

    Electrical

    Here’s some plumbing too.

    Plumbing

    Fully roofed.

    Roofed

    Macy took a tumble and broke her foot and back in two places (“BAM”?). Just a little work place safety PSA.

    Hospital

    Back to work, painting the trim.

    Painted Trim

    It wouldn’t be much of a roof without insulation.

    Ceiling Insulation

    And then rock some sheet rock to hide all the insulation.

    Sheetrocked

    Here’s the welded frame for her loft stairs.

    Loft Stairs

    Shower, complete with rock flooring.

    Shower Floor

    It’s tile time (hooray!).

    Tile Time

    Almost done tiling.

    Tiled

    And now some exterior siding, made from recycled pallets.

    Siding

    Which looks pretty awesome when finished and stained.

    Siding Stained

    This tiny house is MOBILE! (Bane voice, anyone?)

    Mobile

    Here’s a look from the finished kitchen.

    Kitchen

    That’s a comfy and cozy looking bedroom area.

    Loft

    Not sure how else to describe that door color other than “spunky,” which is awesome.

    Finished Porch

    A view from the other end.

    Other End

    Tiny House living area, complete with resident!

    Resident

    How awesome is Macy Miller’s tiny house? As of December, 2013, she has been living in it for six months, just over two years since implementing her project. All told, her tiny house cost $11,416.16, according to her budget.

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