Finally, the post you’ve all been waiting for. I know! It feels like May all over again. Get the party snacks ready and settle yourselves in for: The Budget.
This post has been a while in the making but I’ve finally condensed a summary of my costs and what I bought during the build of my tiny. There are a few things missing and still more costs to come, but I’ve tried to be specific where possible. I remember desperately wondering what fridges/pumps/products other tiny housers have built and I hope these details of my budget help you out.
Anything with an asterisk* next to it was purchased using a trade discount, just as something to keep in mind.
Titan trailers, Seaford VIC
Triple axle 4.5 tonne. 6.5m long by 2.8m wide
|Windows and Doors|
|Double French door||$1,000||
Bought new second hand from Gumtree
Double glazed, timber frame
Gumtree, Buy/Swap/Sell sites
2 second hand, single glazed timber awning windows
3 new, double glazed timber awning windows
|Timber for framing*||$633||Hardware store|
|Extras*||$317||Hardware store (including screws, sisolation, misc. goods, silicone, liquid nails, etc.)|
|Fascia*||$91||Treated pine, paint, brackets|
|Shadow Clad*||$2,220||Hardware store|
|Roofing tin, colourbond*||$1,180||Including gutters, flashing, ridges, etc.
(Excluding costs for roofing plumber)
|Ply lining for interior||$722||Bunnings|
|Corrugated iron for exterior skirt||$100||Scrap metal yard|
|Yellow tongue flooring*||$525||Hardware store
(and required extras) for base and sleeping loft
|Floating floorboards||$339||Bunnings (Laminate boards, with underlay)|
|Rust guard for tin, silicone||$50||Bunnings|
|Bathroom cabinet, sink and tap||$250|
|Shower and kitchen taps||$278||
Local plumbing shop
|Mirror & fittings||$65||Bunnings (toilet roll holder, towel rail, etc.)|
Recovered from my childhood farm, before my parents renovated the kitchen
|Restoring benchtop||$95||Laminex paint and extras from local paint shop|
|Plumbing pipe||$370||Bunnings (kitchen bench frame)|
|Fridge (with extended warranty)||$423|
|Nectre Baker’s Oven||$1,650||
Bought 2nd hand from Ebay
Local fireplace shop – with elbow bend and roof boot
|Hearth||$55||Bunnings (cement sheeting, tile glue and grout)|
|Storage racks and trolleys, etc.||$175||Kmart|
600L Colourbond, custom dimensions
|Water tank stand||$400||Family (Welded detachable powder coated steel stand)|
Including pressure tank and accessories
|LPG Hot water system||$750|
|Wiring and materials||$970|
|Batteries||$540||6×2 volt lead acid, 2nd hand|
Panels, electrics and installation
|Interior stairs||$275||Bunnings (ply, brackets, screws)|
|Home office set up||$273|
|Fold out couch with mattresses||$500|
|Design consultation and construction labour||$3,750||Tom Coupe, Blue Leaf Designs|
All up at the moment, my total spend is probably sitting somewhere around the $42,000 mark. This includes extras like the landscaping that was required to get my trailer in, petrol for picking up second hand purchases and thank you gifts for unpaid labour.
Keep in mind, there are always going to be other/cheaper ways to build a tiny house. I originally planned to spend no more than $20,000 on this project and even that seemed like a lot. Mind you, I was anticipating I’d be doing it all myself and I wasn’t convinced I would end up with anything more than a ramshackle cubby house. Once I had some skilled help on board with Blue Leaf, the tiny began coming together as a beautiful home I could see myself living in for years. I extended the budget to invest in quality goods and I have no regrets about doing so.
Choosing to cut corners on costs with second hand goods or salvaged materials requires more time, skill and effort than is sometimes available. Find a balance that works for you. I didn’t have a strict budget to start with, but keeping track of my costs along the way was a helpful way to keep things in line.
So. Start a spreadsheet, keep your receipts and most of all, happy building!