My Tiny House Story (The Wanderlust)

My Tiny House is built on an 20ft by 8ft flatbed trailer that I purchased brand new for about $3,500 from Trailers Plus in Fresno. The trailer was my highest purchase because I wanted to make sure I had a solid foundation.  The wood materials cost about $700 to complete the shell of the house and most of that I purchased from Home Depot and Lowes. I worked on the house only Saturdays and Sundays because I worked during the week.

My best friend and I had the shell built within just 3 months working only on weekends. The additional materials I found on Craigslist for free or at a low price. For example my double pane windows were only $10 each. My front door was $50. My sliding glass doors I found on the side or the road so they were free.

It took practically a year to build and that’s only because of time and money. My Tiny House experience taught me a lot about DIY projects and how to survive off-grid. To me the point of a tiny house was to have my own personal space and save money in the long run. I see people buying Tiny Houses for $60,000 – $100,000 which to me defeats the purpose.


I’m just a 27 year old girl from Miami who moved to California to experience a different way of living and had no resources. All it took was hard work, dedication, a little money, and a friend who has some building experience. During the beginning process I posted on about my Tiny House Build and people came out just to help me and be a part of the experience.

If I ever build a second house, It would probably run a lot smoother knowing all the things Learned the first time around.


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Sharon - March 14, 2017 Reply

What a gorgeous home.

Love your aesthetic,it has a lovely peaceful vibe to it.
Those hanging doors are gorgeous especially the metal inserts.

Fabulous job, congrat’s.

Cathy - March 14, 2017 Reply

Beautiful design! May I ask where did you “park” it? Did you buy land? Thanks for sharing

Stephanie - March 15, 2017 Reply

GREAT JOB and very nice design… I plan on this next year when I get my inheritance (am retired from the local fire dept…. watch your flammables around that little heater…) Very impressed tho!!!

Shelly - March 19, 2017 Reply

Love it! You did a wonderful job. I’m also curious where you park it since I’m also in CA and wondered like to know. Thank you!

Cindy Wines - March 19, 2017 Reply

Nice house! I love your devorating! We are building one this dummrr next to our tiny cabin. We are living in a 5th wheel now.

Alexis - April 4, 2017 Reply

Hi All, thanks for the wonderful comments. I rent a parcel of vacant land in Fremont. I found on Craigslist, wasn’t easy. Not too many places to park at Tiny House.

Tracy - May 28, 2017 Reply

Wow its beautiful! Love the funky cozy design! Good job!

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