Designing your tiny house takes some effort, but once you got started nobody will be able to hold you back. The beauty is that designing and redesign is a continues process and will only really end once your build is finished. For us it’s just the same, and our current design will probably keep changing for the better for a while. In the end, it’s all down to your basic choices, and your final design should embody those in the most effective way. Read more about our basic key points here.
We will build our tiny house ourselves. This simply means that the design should be fitted to my level off skills (or what I can realistically learn) and the amount of time I have at hand.
We aim to build our tiny house for no more then 20.000 euro, and hopefully a little less. Most tiny houses have cost about 25.000 at least and up to 100.000 euro. Low fixed monthly cost (mortgage) are for us however a key point and we also want to show others that a small budget is still enough for a proper tiny house.
We choose to build our tiny house in a thermo swap body.
During a journey in our tiny campervan which took about a year, we planned out our build. From the first moment considering living in a tiny house, to the start of the build, took 10 months. For the build, we only gave ourselves 5. Once again, for the reason to push ourselves to come up with a simple design and reduce our time investment in it. From experience we can tell you that projects like these will take up all the time you have, unless you decide otherwise.
We want our tiny house to be sustainable. From material use, which we wil try to attain all second hand. The materials needs to have a low as possible impact, and be resilient for many years to come. One requirement: it needs to be within budget.
Making a tiny house off-grid is very expensive and not the most sustainable choice necessarily. We want our tiny house to be flexible, so that we can fit our systems to the spot we will get. We also want our systems to be build within the house, so that moving it won’t take up to much effort. And also to make the house winter proof.
Who will live in it?
Quite obviously, it is the two of us and our dog Tobi and cat Finn who will live in the tiny house. The reason for mentioning this, is that a tiny house design is in many ways a tough battle for every square cm. Hence, our home will be fitted to our specifics needs. Disregarding standard assumptions about what a house should have to offer.
All of these choices result in our tiny house design. Got curious? Find out more about our design below on this page or check our Instagram .
Do you have any questions about our choices? Let us know in the comments down below.