19 Truly Tiny Houses for $20,000 or Less
Could you live tiny? The tiny house movement is taking the country by storm, with more and more Americans becoming intrigued by the idea of downsizing to the extreme. Just turn on the TV and watch "Tiny House Hunters" or "Tiny House Nation" to see how living with less has become a big fascination in the past decade.
The average size of the American house is about 2,600 square feet, according to The Tiny Life. Tiny homes, as the name suggests, are a fraction of that size -- about 100 to 400 square feet. Two in five owners of tiny homes are over age 50, research from The Tiny Life shows, suggesting that retirees and empty nesters are taking downsizing seriously. But perhaps the biggest draw for some may be the mortgage factor: 68 percent of tiny homeowners have no mortgage, compared with 29.3 percent of all U.S. homeowners.
No doubt about it, tiny homes cost less. Here are 19 intriguing tiny houses across the country selling for $20,000 or less. Take a peek and start dreaming small.
A charming pine cabin is just what an outdoorsy person needs for a getaway. At 240 square feet, the price tag for this one is $10,000, which includes plumbing and electrical, but the bathroom and kitchen still need to be installed. The price doesn't include relocation, which requires a trailer or moving company, but there is a woodstove to take the chill off on cool nights.
This yurt offers 483 square feet of living space for $10,000 and is built to withstand wind and snow loads. An alternative to a more traditional tiny house, the yurt features a dome opener at the roof's peak to allow air to flow out and aid circulation. There's also a standard-size door (no stooping), two windows, and a woodstove to keep inhabitants warm and cozy.
Don't underestimate the appeal of outdoor space built onto a tiny house. This home available in Kissimmee, Florida, is suited for a lot with an ocean view. For $20,000, the 170-square-foot house features a rooftop deck and big windows, plus a trailer hitch and wheels to move the home to a desirable location.
Strange as it sounds, entire communities are using shipping containers as housing. A 40-foot container selling for $20,000 in Parkin, Arkansas, was converted to a two-bedroom home in 2013, and offers a kitchen, bathroom, water heater, and even a washing machine. The previous occupants were a family of three who parked the container on property where a permanent home was being built, so it needs to be moved from its current location.
For $20,000, this roughly 100-square-foot cabin on wheels is 6-feet-2 inches wide by 18 feet long. It has a bedroom that fits a full-size bed, plus an upstairs sleeping loft. The house, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, is designed for use at campgrounds, so there is a kitchen but no bathroom.
Live in a "house" comprising three yurts connected by doorway to add up to a whopping 1,100 square feet of living space. The $18,000 listing has a master bedroom with a bathroom including a tub and laundry machine. It also features plywood interior walls on the inside instead of the usual lattice walls of a yurt. The price includes the walls and roof, but the buyer would need to build a platform and floor.
This 8-by-24-square-foot tiny house shell is listed for $12,900 and built on an 18,000-pound capacity trailer, which means home can be anywhere. It features two lofts, which boost the living space to 312 square feet, along with a covered patio. The floor features unique eco-friendly denim insulation, and the exterior is wrapped in gorgeous ponderosa pine lap siding.
There are numerous tiny house builders to choose from these days. One unique option is Arched Cabins, which creates cabins for virtually any purpose, from full family homes to hunting lodges to animal shelters. Plans range in size, with the largest being 24 by 40 feet and going for just under $15,000 with every upgrade. This size can hold up to four bedrooms and three bathrooms, making it one of the largest options for a custom-built tiny home.