It is fairly easy
To get tired of the rat race and pursuing the American dream. Once you reach that stage you begin looking for downsizing alternatives. Shedding the traditional home and its high mortgage is not that hard to do and one way to do it is to build your own tiny house.
The steps to building your own tiny house
There are several steps you need to take and a lot of decisions you have to make in order to build your own tiny house. Here are some of those steps:
#1. How much do you want to spend
A rough estimate on the cost of building your own little home runs between $15,000 and $50,000 ($45,000 to $125,000 hiring a professional). Your actual costs will depend on the quality of the materials, the size, and if you want to put the home on a trailer or a traditional foundation.
#2. Do some research
This work is needed as you have to know building codes, certification regulations, and all the rules governing your tiny home construction. Then you will need to find a place to do the actual build if the home is going to be on wheels.
#3. Create your floor plan
Or if you prefer, draw up a blueprint to follow. A good plan to follow is vital and helps you stay on track and on budget.
#4. Find the best source for materials & supplies
One way to cut down on the overall expense is to shop around to get the best deal. Make sure to create a list of materials you will need to build this new home. Budget at least 10% extra just in case.
#5. Begin construction
One good thing about building a tiny home, even on a trailer, is that the construction method is the same as building a traditional home. Construction and installation can take longer than expected so plan lots of time for the building part.
#6. Learn to ask for help
Being a DIY person doesn’t mean you go it alone. There will be tasks that need more than 2 hands to complete. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from qualified friends and family members
#7. Delays will happen
This is par for the course when it comes to home construction. Plan for them and budget in enough time to get the work done right
#8. Double-check everything
Once you are almost done or done building, double-check to make sure doors work right, the lights work correctly, the plumbing won’t fail on you, and so on.
Some final words
Building your own tiny home is still helping you achieve that American dream. It is just a little bit smaller now and more economical. One key to a successful build is to make sure you have the money to do it right at the start of the project.
A tiny home is a great way for some people to live. and building your own provides you with a sense of achievement.