Madeleine Wedesweiler| Domain| March 13 2015
There’s a new home you can buy for just $9400, if you’re willing to build it yourself.
Construction company 84 Lumber have a new range of tiny houses for those who want to break into the housing market without breaking the bank.
There are four models available in various stages of construction, with prices starting at $US6884 ($9400) for the DIY package.
At just four metres high and 14.3 square metres of floor space, the tiny houses use far less energy and resources than conventional houses and can be set up anywhere as they are built on a steel trailer.
The “Roving” model is the first to hit the market, and like the others it comes in DIY mode, semi DIY mode, or move-in ready.
The “Shonsie”, “Degsy” and a reported fourth style are currently still in prototype stage.
Roving’s sophisticated move-in ready option comes fully furnished with a composting toilet, cork flooring, Energy Star-certified appliances, and LED lighting, while the DIY Package simply includes architectural blueprints, a materials list, and a trailer.
Beyond the miniature porch is the slim front door to the slim living room/ kitchen, that sits below the loft “bedroom”.
There’s also a separate bathroom with a barn-style sliding door.
The designers believe that just because you’re in a tiny house doesn’t mean you can’t have a proper kitchen and they’ve kitted it out with walnut butcher block tops, a stainless steel sink, an electric cook-top, designer taps and a built-in kitchen table.
The tiny houses will be available in 84 Lumber’s 200 stores across America, a sign that the movement may be more than just a fad and instead an attractive solution to rising house prices.
Manufacturing the non-DIY packages is a custom process that takes approximately 8-10 weeks.
The company have not announced whether they will be shipping the tiny houses internationally, however they do send other pre-fabricated homes to Australia.