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How Much Does A Tiny House Cost?

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Tiny Home Cost

The average tiny home costs $45,000 with most people paying between $30,000 and $60,000. A mini house with hardly any amenities could cost as low as $8,000 but a highly customized home could cost up to $150,000 or more.

The size of your tiny house is the biggest price factor, among several other considerations:

  • Building on wheels or on a foundation
  • Types of materials
  • Building permit costs per area
  • Utility access (hooking up to city access or providing your own)

Average Cost of a Tiny House

Average Cost$45,000
High Cost$150,000+
Low Cost$8,000

Cost to Build a Tiny House on Foundation

On average, building a tiny house on foundation costs between $51,000 and $53,000 but costs could range from $35,000 to $68,000 or more. Building a foundation costs between $4 and $7 per square foot and for tiny homes, typically adds $5,000 to $8,000 onto the project price.

One thing to keep in mind is that if you’re planning to lay foundation for a permanent tiny house, you’ll need land to build on. It might be in your best interests to work with someone who can inspect the land you’re looking at first. Hiring a land surveyor costs$510 on average.

Small Homes Prices

A small home that’s around 1,000 square feet will cost around $100,000 to $200,000 to build but could cost upwards of $300,000 in cities with high costs of living. Tiny houses are usually between 60 and 400 square feet but there’s no rule for how “tiny” a home has to be.

If you’re looking for a little more space, a small house might be a better option (versus a tiny one). No matter the size you’re planning on, keep in mind that the cost to build a house averages between $100 and $200 per square foot.

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Tiny House Prices

Prefab tiny houses can cost anywhere from around $4,000 to $180,000 or more. The more expensive models are typically all-inclusive whereas less costly options are often a DIY kit and/or shell that don’t have basics included in the price. Adding things like a bathroom, windows or doors costs extra.

Tiny House BrandCostDesign
New Frontier Tiny Homes$75,000 - $180,000+Luxury, high end, sleeps anywhere from 2 - 6 people.
84 Lumber$6,900 - $50,000Semi-DIY and DIY kits available, shells that come with a trailer and wheels.
Shelter in a Day$5,000Waterproof, resistant to rust and termites but needs a foundation.
Jamaica Cottage Shop$4,000 - $46,250Cabins and cottages, DIY kits are made to order.

Cost of Tiny House on Wheels

The median cost for a tiny house on wheels usually ranges from $60,000 to $80,000. This might seem more expensive than building on a foundation but keep in mind that tiny home prices don’t include the price of land.

Build a Tiny Trailer House

The cost of a trailer is comparable to the cost of laying foundation (anywhere from $4,500 to $9,000). However, if you plan on toting your tiny house around, you’ll also need a vehicle that can properly tow it.

Tiny House Cost Per Square Foot

Tiny house costs per square foot vary but the average build is $150 per square foot. You could easily pay up to $300 or $400 per square foot, depending on the size, materials and floor plan. Custom layouts will cost more per square foot but so will very small homes (based on economies of scale).

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Cost to Build Your Own Tiny House

Most tiny home builders spend between $14,050 to $54,800 for just the materials. If building on land you’ll have to factor in those costs, plus the cost to get a building permit that averages about $1,350 nationally. Larger floor plans and more custom materials or designs will raise the price.

DIY Tiny House Cost vs. Hire a Professional

One thing that many tiny home builders (particularly those with no construction experience) don’t account for is mistakes. When it comes to building your own house, mistakes are costly. Unless you have advanced electrical, plumbing and engineering experience, you could end up with a house that’s full of issues and doesn’t last.

The other thing that DIY construction doesn’t account for is the cost of your time. While a professional builder can build a tiny house in about 120 hours, it takes most DIYers at least 480 hours. When you’re paying a professional, you’re paying for years of experience that results in craftsmanship and efficiency.

FAQs

How much do tiny homes sell for?

Selling prices for tiny homes depend on a lot of factors (such as size, location, condition, and whether it’s on wheels or not) but they usually don’t appreciate in value like a traditional house. Part of this is because they’re often highly custom, part is because there’s a smaller buying market (no pun intended). Tiny homes on wheels can actually depreciate in the same way that a car or an RV does.

Your best chances for the best ROI are to work with a professional. Find a home builder near you to get started.

What is considered a tiny house?

While there’s no set rule as to the size of a mini or tiny house, most are less than 400 square feet.

Can I build a tiny house?

DIY tiny house building is possible but it’s a ton of work. If the area you’re hoping to build in doesn’t have zoning laws that permit a tiny house, then you’ll need to consider other options. Check with a residential architect near you for insight and an estimate.

Do tiny homes depreciate in value?

Tiny homes can depreciate in value for several reasons:

  1. Highly custom homes (instead of homes that appeal to a broad demographic) can turn buyers away.
  2. Homes on wheels often depreciate in the same way that cars do once leaving the lot.
  3. Poorly constructed homes will lower the resale value.

How much are utilities for a tiny house?

Utility costs depend on the type of tiny home. Some units prioritize maximum energy efficiency (and self-sufficiency) and could pay little to no money in utilities. Heating and cooling costs will definitely be lower since there’s less space.

How much does it cost to build a tiny house in California?

The average tiny house in California costs between $40,000 and $100,000 to build.

How much is it to build a tiny trailer house?

The median price to build a tiny house on wheels is around $60,000.

How much does it cost to build a Tumbleweed house?

Tumbleweed houses range in price, depending on the model and design you go with. The Cypress® is 220 square feet (including a loft) and starts at about $69,000 and the Roanoke™ starts at $57,000 with 174 square feet. For other models you’ll have to speak to a Tumbleweed representative.

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