Exact Cost: Phase 4, Year 3, 2013

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.

2013 Expenses

$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.  Please be aware that I am unhappy with and cannot endorse this stove***

$145.            Misc. including tarps, a few bits for closing the base of the in-house, and tiny hardware

$2419.    TOTAL


2013 Phase 4 $2419

2012 Phase 3 $5,124

2011 Phase 2 $9,239

2010-11 Phase 1 $11,740

Total, To Date (on building, driveway, homesteading and home improvement) – $26,103

 Land – $67,000

Investment in THO and Property $95,522  —–

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.

Now with the land THO is a nearly 100,000 investment and this is not including the years of labour that have gone into it.

Now with the land THO is a nearly 100,000 investment and this is not including the years of labour that have gone into it.

***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.

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  4. water well. look at a borzit. then google and youtube “how to drill your own well” or some variation.

    peaceup raz

    • Hi Raz, Thanks for the info, I would give it a whirl, but the BorZit is only good for shallow well drilling. I have to go down about 85 feet, so it is a heavier job then one of these rigs can handle. Thanks for the tip though, I had never heard of it.

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    • Hi Lois,
      Thank you for including me and my tiny house in this list. It was a really nice way to wake up this morning. As you may know, I have not been feeling well for the last few months. While I will soon be a heading for an operation which I am hopeful will fix me up, the months of sickness have left me flat. This really perked me up and made me fool good about myself.
      Thank you for being so kind and timely!

  6. I came across this blog because of the article you wrote for the Little tiny house site and I myself like you am an artist and love everything you wrote about in the blog. Looking forward to following along on the journey. 🙂

  7. Hazel

    If your mill rate is the same as ours, the building hasn’t changed the value of your place. What a bonus!

    Our tax bill in PEC is $2800 for 14 acres and a small house, a workshop, and 2 tiny outbuildings; it went up after an MPAC reassessment after we added a screened room and a barn for our MicroFit solar project (retirement investment). I wish we could do it all over with a smaller house and fewer outbuildings; 400-500 sq ft would suit us so we could still have family visit.

    By the way, we have relatives who live on the Bay of Quinte in what used to be a summer cottage but is now a totally rebuilt house. They are still taxed as if it’s a summer home and all they have to do is be away for 1 night a year! That’s easy to do!

  8. How much property do you have? It is so beautiful! I am Envious!


    • I have 10 acres Shirley. It is on family land that was lost to us in the Great Depression. I bought it back about 75 years after it was lost.
      I will still be working on the house little by little bit. As a writer and that paints I never have much money to spend at at a time so there is no fear of my suddenly having a huge windfall and finishing it up in one fell swoop.
      Thank you so much for your comments and for looking in on me. It means so much to me.
      xoxo Laura

  9. I’m tired, just reading your list……!! I’m envious of your energy….. Seriously, WELL DONE…!!

  10. That is a lot of money. The land cost is the bulk of it however and a good investment. Its lovely and its yours, a few more baby steps and its done. There is a way to heat hot water off the wood stove and plumb it back to a hot water tank, not an expensive project but needs certin skills. I saw one last week, very impressive!

    • Yes this is a lot of money all together. What I meant is that in 2013 alone, the costs are small when compared to how much improvement I got.
      The stone work makes the house look so beautiful and now that I have purchased heat, I can see myself spending cozy winter weekends there with Hj and the dogs. But I am putting the horse in front of the cart a little… It will be a lot of work to get that heat installed!

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