Affordable Tiny Home Tour

Tiny House Expedition
by Tiny House Expedition

Nobody ever gave me the idea to live in a tiny home. It was really a series of events, like living in small spaces, making them work, and understanding that you only need a few possessions in life, that led me to buy my affordable tiny home.


Nowadays, I share how to afford a tiny home with others in the hopes that my story will inspire you.

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I've been living in my affordable DIY tiny home for almost 10 years now, and it is 28 ft long by 8 ft wide. My lot at River Edge is $400 a month, and my water bill runs about $17 a month. My electricity runs about $40 a month on average.


Outdoor footprint

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The beautiful space outside my home is my garden. This garden is basically 8 months old.

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I have the best tree that anyone could ever want in it, which is a Bubba desert willow.

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Eventually, I will be putting a brick patio near this tree because I want more shade.


Indoor footprint

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Now that you've seen the outside of the house, let's go in and see my magnificent Stella.

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Stella is approximately 220 square feet on the main-level of the home and 320 square feet if you count both of the lofts.

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As with all things, this house is exactly what I wanted, but I was very instrumental in the design of this house. I am almost 70, and I purposefully asked for a bedroom on the ground floor.

There comes a time when old people should not be climbing ladders, and I intend to live in this house for a very long time.


Kitchen

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Let's look at my kitchen. This beautiful kitchen cabinet provides extra storage.

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I have an apartment-sized refrigerator, so it saves on space.

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These granite countertops were near and dear to me because they come from the earth, and I wanted things in the house that reminded me of nature.

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Next, I have the double sink. These are farm sink depths, so you can see that these are a lot deeper than a normal kitchen's sinks would be.

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The cabinets below the sink are standard-size cabinets, as is the granite countertop.

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Then, there is a propane-driven summit stove. Off of one outdoor grill-size propane tank, I can run my stove for 5 months at the price of only $21 per tank.

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I am basically spending less than $100 a year to cook on the stove, and I also have a microwave.

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The cabinet box below the microwave is where the cat box is. This curtain helps her not be interrupted, and I don't have to look at her cat box.


Dining room

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This is my dining area. These are rescued chairs and a rescued table I use for eating and working on occasion.

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My dining room is also the location for my picture wall, which reminds me of places I’ve been.


5. Bathroom

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The next place we're going to is my bathroom.

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The noise you hear is from the incinerating toilet. I know many people, if they're on a sewer pipe, choose to go to flush toilets.

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In the desert, it's important that we conserve as much water as we can.

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This guy uses absolutely no water. There is a burn chamber. Everything gets burned up in there and the by-product is fly-away ash, so you can put that in your garbage.

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I used to have a cupboard here. It was very cute, but it lacked a lot of space. So I took that down, and I put these shelving units up because this has given me a lot more space than I had before.

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This is a very small cabinet under the sink, and you can see that you can get storage from here to here, but your actual bowl size is standard.

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This is my shower. It is a size where a large man, a large woman, or two small people could also use this shower. This was a very inexpensive three-panel shower that you put together. This works great.


6. Work station

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This is my standing workstation. This was another thing that was very important for me to have in my house.

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I do work at my kitchen table sometimes, but I like to alternate that with the standing workstation for comfort's sake.


7. Bedroom

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Now, we're moving toward my bedroom. The bed is on the bottom floor so I don't have to climb ladders and there's no potential for me to fall far if I roll out of bed, although these two bookcases pretty much hold me in.

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But here in this bookcase, this is another area of things that remind me of where I've been and who I am.

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So this bedroom has a full-size bed, which is just big enough for me and, perchance, one tiny other person, which is probably my cat Juno.

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Then, I have a long shelf here that has a lot more books. Books are my thing.

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If you look down here at the end of my bed, this is where we have once again more storage.

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Everything under this bed is also storage.

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Up on the wall, the cupboard you see, this is my seasonal clothing cupboard. I take out my winter clothes and the summer clothes go underneath the bed and vice versa.


8. Lofts

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I also have storage up in my lofts. This one is for an extra sleeping loft, but it's also my den and my library.

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The other loft at the other end is the garage.


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Thanks to my affordable tiny home, I can live on my social security check and not have the stress of wondering if I’ll ever need to get a job again.


Eventually, I want to go back to part-time work, but for right now, I'm just living the high life and having a heck of a good time.


Share your thoughts on my affordable DIY tiny home down below.

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  • Pat Marsh Pat Marsh on Dec 11, 2023
    I have 480sf next to my daughter and son in laws home. I love tiny house living. Though hard to pare my belongings to fit my little house I’ve adjusted and it is a bit freeing. I had far too much “stuff” that I thought I could not live without -and then discovered I could! Your place is very well done and looks great.
  • Vicki Edwards Vicki Edwards on Dec 12, 2023
    I really want a tiny home and have done a lot of research. The problem is finding a place to put it that is affordable. Can you recommend any places?
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