In 2013 there was a lot more manual labour that went into the house than actual money. Even so I did not escape my duty as a consumer. Just kidding really. When you see what I purchased for the house you will see how laughable that statement really is.
$530. Stone, gas and insurance contribution for borrowed truck (breakdown of details)
$500. Solar Furnace (this is approximate due to the fact that I was injured in the middle of the build
and lost my initial receipts)
$227. Custom fitted window blinds for four windows
$1017. Mini 12 from Grey Stove Works. ***
$145. Misc. including tarps, a few bits for closing the base of the in-house, and tiny hardware
2013 Phase 4 $2419
2012 Phase 3 $5,124
2011 Phase 2 $8,839
2010-11 Phase 1 $11,740
Total, To Date (on building, driveway, homesteading and home improvement) – $28,122
Land – $67,000
Investment in THO and Property $95,122 —–
These expenses are in keeping with my assumption that building a tiny house is not a cheap thing to do. I am nearing on having spent $30,000 on her and I have not yet installed the chimney/wood stove heat system for her. I have not finished the kitchen and have no stove, fridge nor sink. I also have not yet put in a well or a place where I can shower year around. Frankly, rain water showers from the roof are fine in the warm weather but they are no hell from mid September to early May. In short, there is still a lot of work to be done and a lot of money to be spent before I would consider THO to be fully inhabitable.
***Breakdown for Mini 12: I did not pay all of this until early 2014 when I picked up the stove at the border; however, I don’t want to miss the costs in my accounting so is the breakdown: $799 for the wood stove: $71.66 for the shipping: $20 for Kinek (a cross border shipping service): $126.18 for Customs: Canada Border Services Agency. Rounded to the nearest dollar the stove cost me $1017.