If you are willing to put in the time, sweat, and blood, you can still build yourself a $10,000 tiny house. If you are not willing or don’t have the skills, a professional can build one for you—but for a much higher cost.
Dee Williams’s famous $10,000 house is still available as a plan, but check out the under $25,000 options below.
If you are on a tight budget and need a small living space, there are a few options still out there. These five homes are all under $25,000 and include everything you need for full-time living. For the van setup, you may need to add your own camp toilet or shower setup, but in the meantime they are ready to be moved into.
1. The 16-foot Freedom by Incredible Tiny Homes
Randy Jones of Incredible Tiny Homes may have done the impossible. He has created a beautiful, fully-functional tiny house on wheels for $25,000. The prices go up if the size of the trailer and options go up, but the basic version of the Freedom has everything one or two people need to live comfortably. The 16-foot home has a kitchen, bathroom, surprisingly spacious living area, and a sleeping loft. Storage is available under the built-in sofa/bed combination.
2. Ram Promaster/Wayfarer Van Camper Kit
Wayfarer Vans has expanded their Dodge Ram Promaster City conversion kit to now include the larger Promaster 1500 or 2500 van. For only $8,795, the complete “Walter” kit comes with flooring, integrated cargo management tracks, wall and ceiling paneling, natural wool insulation, perimeter shelving, a kitchen galley with five-gallon fresh and grey water tanks, sink and hand pump, bed platform with cushions, boot box and privacy paneling for the sliding and rear door window areas. If you happen to find a pre-owned Promaster for around $16,000, you are under the $25,000 mark.
3. Emperor Cottage by Jamaica Cottage Shop
Jamaica Cottage Shop has been building tiny structures for years and their Bunkie, Queen and Emperor Cottages are their newest designs. The larger Emperor Cottage is 12×16 feet and includes a fully assembled 4-season package for $23,700. The cottage also includes a bathroom with Laveo DryFlush toilet, kitchenette with sink, cabinets, and live edge countertops.
4. CUBIT Unit by RenuFoundation
The RenuFoundation is a non-profit that supports veterans, homeless, and at-risk individuals by offering job and life skills in the construction industry. They build several types of affordable homes and shipping container buildings. Their smallest is the Single CUBIT Unit which starts at $12,000. Each steel-frame unit (built on or off wheels) contains a sofa/bed, standard electrical, plumbing, cabinetry, vinyl plank flooring, lighting, mini refrigerator, microwave and a tiny bathroom. Options such as solar panels and a porch addition are also available.
5. 13-foot Deluxe Scamp with Front Bathroom
Anyone interested in fiberglass camping trailers knows about the Scamp. This popular trailer comes in several sizes and layout plans, but the 13-foot Deluxe version with the front bathroom is ready for full-time (albeit very tiny) living. A new version of the trailer hovers around $16,000, but the price can go up with additions such as AC, electric brakes, and extra plugs.