If you want complete control over the cost and type of materials you use, consider buying a tiny house plan. Some of the leading tiny house builders, who sell finished homes for $60,000 and more, sell the complete plans for those homes for $500 and less. If you don’t have construction experience, you’ll have a lot to learn as you go, but these plans are designed for DIYers. Some are available—from reputable builders—for as little as $79.
Also important is having a plan to heat and cool the building, so you can live in it year round. Electricity is an obvious choice, but can be difficult to tap into in remote areas. Solar power is an option, but can often be as expensive as the cost of the house for adequate power. All of these factors should be budgeted in addition to the cost of the tiny house kit.
Vermont company Jamaica Cottage Shop has a unique solution for new builders: they offer pre-designed, pre-cut kits. Building from a kit cuts down not only on costs and time, but also on stress for the tiny house buyer. These kits streamline the process, by having all of the design choices, material procurement, and delivery prepared for you before the kit arrives at your door, ready for assembly. Jamaica Cottage Shop founder Domenic Mangano explains,
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