Young Man Builds Super Cheap Tiny House with Clever Elevator Bed

Tyler is an engineering grad who built a budget-friendly DIY tiny house to give himself the gift of a debt-free home, and because he enjoyed the challenge of bringing a project like this to life.

You can follow Tyler’s tiny house journey on Instagram here:

When we first heard about Tyler’s tiny house, we didn’t have many details about his build, so it was a complete surprise when we walked in and learned about the really innovative designs he used for his elevator bed and for his radiant heated-ceiling heat system.

We were also impressed with home much of his build was done with reclaimed materials, resulting in a budget and eco-friendly project that came in at $20,000 CAD (~$15,000 USD).

We hope you enjoy touring his home on wheels and finding out more about the motivation behind Tyler’s project.

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37 Replies to “Young Man Builds Super Cheap Tiny House with Clever Elevator Bed”

  1. Spaghetti Monster

    "I by no means consider myself an expert in any category, but i plumed the water system"… you considered yourself enough of an expert to ignore facts and put your radiant heat instead of the floor. "feet get to hot" and "I can heat it to a higher temperature so it radiates better". 1. That is 100% incorrect, the cold air pushing up will be far more powerful than expect hot air to push down, the hot air level reside well above your head while the floor is frozen in the winter. You will be using 3x the resources to heat your water to obtain half the amount of heat plus you will be freezing from the neck down all winter. The frozen floor every morning when you first wake up novelty will wear off quickly. I dont know why nobody talked you out of the ceiling idea, or maybe they tried and you didnt listen? Either way you were correct though when you said something to the effect of "I'm doing this for the learning experience". I bet when you build your next tiny house you will put the radiant heating in the floor.

  2. G. Reilly

    I live in a 1600 sq ft house coming from 3500sq ft in the bay coz I thought tiny house living was the cool hipster lifestyle, but I was wrong. Fck all of you 22 year old life coaches, coz you're fckn DOING IT WRONG!!!

  3. yako0000

    It's a nice house. It's too bad he put the heater in the ceiling. He's going to be a sad panda the first cold day when the plumbing under the bathroom freezes up and the snow melts on the roof and runs in around the rubber washers on the tin screws and drips on the floor.

  4. Joyful

    Very impressive for a young man. Well done! I like the idea of the elevator bed for anyone with disability issues but it would need more tweaking since getting on a chair wouldn't be safe.

  5. Marilyn Calvert

    He would have been better off with an electric fire place than running plumbing through the ceiling. On his bed the Manuel hand crank is better if it was electric and the bed look really short. A comfortable bed would be s queen and a tv that could be seen below as well as above the bed for those days you have the flu or just get to relax.

  6. Sonny Darvishzadeh

    having lived in Germany for over a year, I find ventilation and floor heating a crucial part of a tiny house. Now summers are getting really hot in here and there is no tiny AC that I know of that consumes less energy. If attached to grid, it's definitely worth using an AC in mid-day too.

  7. lunacyworks

    An Engineer will tell you the heated ceiling won't work for most people. The fact your bed is higher it is a good option for when you sleep. The energy efficiency will not be very good without lot's (R-30+) insulation on the roof. The good thing is you could use it too cool the unit in the summertime, you would still be better installing in the floor in addition to the ceiling. If you were going to do the ceiling IR would be better. Your radiant heat with the metal behind the tubes is correct but you need a radiant barrier (foil) since the insulation etc won't reflect the heat.

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