Economical tiny house

Hello and happy Thursday!  Yes, if your reading this on Thursday then you discovered that I’m off on my posting schedule this week. =)  I’m switching it up a bit and just getting in some posts as my schedule allows.

One of the things that’s really surprising with tiny houses – at least to me – is that they are thought of as an economical housing option and only “poor” people would live in them, however, that’s quite the contrary in that tiny house prices are – at least to me – outrageous! Some tiny houses with all the bells and whistles come in OVER $100,000 which, depending on where you live in the US, could buy you a small 3 bed, 1 bath house with a foundation that meets all local zoning codes and you can purchase with a mortgage.

Example from the Tiny House Jamboree of a tiny over $100,000

As I’ve mentioned previously on here, one of my goal in going tiny was to have financial freedom (and I can say I’m half-way there!) so purchasing a tiny house IN my budget was extremely important to me.  That’s part of the reason I went with the builder I did since he was willing to work with my floorplan in his shell to meet my budget.  Not EXACTLY what I wanted but also not the end of the world and it worked out well for me.

I came across another tiny house builder who has reasonably priced tiny houses that are also aesthetically pleasing. Meet the Escape. The Vista OC comes in at under $30,000!  Which is pretty much unheard of. However, that is just the shell.  With the add-ons from the manufactures such as kitchen and bathroom it could come in around $38,000, which still isn’t that bad.  Not as good as my deal but not bad and I really like the exterior although this doesn’t have a loft.

no loft but REALLY like the exterior with

As this manufacture is RVIA certified it means they also offer financing through an RV loan or an individual would be able to get an RV loan independently.  that makes purchasing the tiny house more attainable for more individuals.  I had to take out a personal loan (really good interest rate though due to my high credit score..woohoo!) since the tiny house builder that I went with does not build RVIA tiny houses.

As I like this builder and style of tiny house and it’s reasonably priced, I don’t think this would work for me.  I am not a fan of the floorplan, need a bike/outdoor storage option, and, while I REALLY like those windows, I don’t think they are very efficient.  Those windows would not provide much insulation during the winter months!

so many windows = higher heating costs

So, while this builder has a economical tiny house option, check out their website for additional models and pricing on those guys.  Those prices are typical for tiny house builders but it is promising that someone is coming out with a lower price point option.

What do you think of this tiny house builder and this option?

One thought on “Economical tiny house

  1. I had to bookmark that link. The down payment is less than my readjustment allowance from Peace Corps. I’m not sure I would choose to finance, but it is nice to have the option.

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