Young Man Builds $24K Tiny House + Winter Living Experience & Tour

Mark singlehandedly built this DIY tiny house on a tight budget, and used mostly reclaimed and secondhand materials to furnish the interior.

The entire home cost $30K CAD (~$24K USD) to build, and that includes the cost of a new custom trailer, new lumber, and the rent he paid for the building space.

He and his girlfriend lived in the tiny home for a year and a half in Stouffville, Ontario (near Toronto) at an RV park where they legally parked their tiny house year round and spent approximately $300/month on rent and $100/month on utilities.

The tiny house on wheels is designed to be on the grid, and is powered with 110 Volts. They do plan to move the tiny house to a piece of land in BC in the near future, and they will connect the house to solar panels at that time.

For water, they can use an insulated hose in the winter where it’s currently parked, but at the RV park they had to store water indoors in a rainwater barrel and water tank.

For heat they use a Cubic Mini wood stove ( and they also have an electric infrared heater with a thermostat that comes on in the night, or when they’re away so that the temperature inside doesn’t drop below freezing.

They did have some issues with humidity in the kitchen (under the fridge) because they built the tiny house directly on the metal frame, which creates spaces where there’s a big temperature difference. To combat moisture they have a fan that runs in the kitchen to circulate the hot air and dehumidify the space.

Mark and his girlfriend also added stairs with a railing to access their sleeping loft which makes it a lot safer to get up and down, and also creates additional storage space under the stairs.

We were really impressed with how much stuff Mark was able to get for cheap by shopping for used stuff on Kijiji. The fridge, stove, sink, kitchen cabinets, cork flooring, and more were all bought used online.

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Mat & Danielle


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41 Replies to “Young Man Builds $24K Tiny House + Winter Living Experience & Tour”

  1. Exploring Alternatives

    Hey Everyone! Thanks so much for watching this week's video 🙂 We're starting to plan our 2018 filming schedule and we'd love to know what kinds of stories & topics you'd like us to cover. Feel free to share links and ideas below and we'll check them out in the new year!

  2. raboox9

    It's so, so inspiring to see young people try something new and come up with great work. This house is amazing.

  3. JoJo Ber

    Very nice Mark, I love how spacious it is and I congratulate you on building that yourself! Good luck to you when you move it on your own property off grid

  4. mass

    I despise almost every tiny house I have seen BUT this one is perfect. I would love to see the dimensions and basic drawings of this house.

  5. Mary S. Walker

    𝐁𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠gg 𝐀 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐒𝐇𝐎𝐔𝐋𝐃 𝐁𝐞 𝐅𝐮𝐧 &𝐄𝐧𝐣𝐨𝐲𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞, 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐅𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠gg. >> 3264

  6. sarah holde

    𝗚𝘂𝘆𝘀 𝗜 𝗮𝗺 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴gg 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀 𝘁𝗼 > 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝟭𝟮𝟬𝟬𝟬 𝘄𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴gg 𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝘀ss. 6188

  7. Маса Руони

    за эти деньги можно купить комфортабельную квартиру в обычном российском городе и обставить мебелью из ИКЕА.

  8. Mark Eugene Lee

    Its cool,,wsh him gud luk n all,,,,,but 30 k,,,,hmmmm,,,,,,in Pakistan ul get a real big house double story 7-8 rooms,,proper concrete brick structure,,,the works fr 30 k,,,,

  9. Jeanne Shirley

    Amazing! Im very impressed and inspired to take a class like you did. This is my favorite tiny house yet and I've seen 200 videos I bet!

  10. Russell Hantz

    Beautiful house man. My son and I are working on our first tiny home. Hope to travel the nation in this thing.

  11. caduceus33

    Good information and video, though it would be much better to leave out the music, which is not needed and is unpleasant.

  12. HRD 77

    it would be nice to do a tour of the whole house, to see the bathroom and the bedroom any storage closets, kitchen etc.

  13. DiamondRubyJewel


  14. Juanita Sullivan

    What a great tiny house. I really love that they are using a tiny washer too. I live in a tiny A Frame and use a portable Panda washer which is just a little larger than what he has, but these things tuck away in the smallest of areas.

  15. B. Robertson

    Pretty cool, but you have to take more than 2 showers a week, especially if you are going to live in a tiny house – with another person, no less.

  16. Alfred Rieder

    What's cool is you realize with €50.000 you can take time off working and just build your own small house. The problem is if you want that land, as I know myself based on my location, you're looking at €500.000 lmao

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