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$10K tiny house

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#1 eds



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Posted 11 December 2016 - 01:20 PM

"Plugin House,"
. . . 300 square feet,
. . . consists of a series of prefab panels,
. . . that were assembled on-site,
. . . is so simple to assemble,
. . . that the work can be done by a relatively unskilled team,
. . . with a single hex key,
. . . in less than 24 hours.

12-11-2016 Source:  $10K tiny house

#2 Krystof Huang

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 10:50 AM

The best idea here is the rooftop space. Otherwise, in most US situations, what has many advantages to this mini-house is a very large, used 2-door camper:
  • Can be bought for about $10,000--sometimes half that if you wait for sales.
  • Often can evade property taxes and zoning laws, simply by not "installing" it. Water and electricity can be supplied from a nearby house by placing cables and garden hoses under a row of patio blocks. Add an extra hose for thawing the others by running hot water in case of freeze-ups.
  • Can surround with lean-to greenhouses. Can be made very simply of 2x2's (ripped from pressure-treated 2x4's) and multi-layered poly sheeting. (Best is the "US-made" at greenhousemegastore.) In addition to a space that is warm in summer, that will add to heating and insulation in winter climates. Just be careful about propane fumes. Best to insulate so well that you can use electric heating. And with or without propane, always crack a window and otherwise leave adequate ventilation.
  • Pillows of vermiculite over the roof can be fire-proof and help with insulation.
  • Septic tank can be emptied regularly  by any porta-potty contractor.
  • Moved easily if you find another job somewhere else.
  • Some people seasonally go south, get a job and park in an inexpensive camping spot during the winter.
  • Even if you don't need extra space, a camper is great for storage--and if you need to relocate, much easier to move that than to clean out a basement, attic or storage facility. Just don't fill it up with junk, only the important stuff. And no food or you attract rats. And leave moth balls when not in use.
  • Also for emergencies for a friend or family or young person to visit and have their own space. Or if times get really tough, for a homeowner to move into the camper and rent out rooms with airb&B. (Not legal to rent out the camper, but the homeowner can use it while renting out the home.)
  • Make it big or you'll regret it. Also, 2-doors is important for emergency escape in case of fire.

#3 Krystof Huang

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 11:27 AM

PS I mean a tow-behind camper.

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