I am a 38-year-old woman from Maine. My tiny house took 9 months and just under $20k to build. I did the majority of the work myself with help from my dad on his days off. My mom did a lot of the painting and helped out when I needed an extra hand. I also hired an electrician. It is built on a 24′ utility trailer and parked on a cement slab in my parent’s backyard. I am connected to their well and septic but have my own electrical service. I insulated with 3″ rigid foam in the walls and 4 inches in the floor and ceiling. I heat and cool with a ductless mini-split unit and have a 20-gallon electric water heater. I have an in-wall ERV ventilation unit, as well as a bathroom fan and range fan. The house does have a small storage loft above the closet and washer and dryer but there is no sleeping loft. I have sleep disorders and need easy access to my bed, so I kept the floorplan open. I decided to build a tiny house on a trailer because I’m single and work from home and haven’t really decided where to settle down yet. Though I don’t foresee moving anytime soon, I really don’t know what the future will bring and I like the idea that my home/investment can move with me.
I have been living in my house for about 6 months and have never been happier. My house is designed by me, for me, and I have a place for everything. I am an avid crafter and needed space for my fabric and supplies. I was even able to keep my oversized ironing board. I made a sewing machine storage cabinet with a drop-leaf front, which can also serve as a kitchen table. My countertop is stainless steel with a drop-leaf butcher block bar. I have two counter stools that fold flat and store in my headboard cabinet. I frankensteined a couple of swing-arm monitor mounts into a computer workstation which can be adjusted to sit or stand at. I have drawers built in under my bed for my clothes, with cubbies on either end for other storage. My mattress lifts up and I store seasonal clothes and bedding under it, behind the drawers and cubbies. A narrow cabinet runs the full length of my headboard and I have shelves on top of that to the ceiling. Having a full-size washer AND dryer was important to me and that was one of the biggest challenges but we made it work.
There were quite a few rough days during the build where I lamented ever starting the project but now, every day I wake up, look around, and just feel blessed.