ONE influencer shows that you don’t have to live in a mansion to have a great life — you can actually live in a tiny house for just $5,000 and have everything you need in it.
The tiny house is available thanks to a shed for sale at your local Home Depot.
Most 12×16 sheds retail around $5,000, making it possible to have the entire house for less than $10,000.
With a creative vision and a little courage, you can completely transform the humble shed into a luxurious tiny home.
TikToker @MiniHomeMonster has featured various tiny homes at bargain prices as the trend is gaining popularity in the United States.
While a traditional house can cost you over $300,000, tiny houses can be bought and built for anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000.
In a recent video, @MiniHomeMonster showed a home likely to sell at Home Depot for around $5,000.
“It’s really nice to spend a small part of the year,” says the resident in the video.
TOUR OF THE HOUSE
Inside the Tiny House, the resident presents a completely wood-panelled living room with a couch and television.
The space is 12 feet by 16 feet and the original shed has been converted into a house with full living space and appliances.
“It’s quite small, but it has everything you need,” he said in the video.
On the other side of the living room is a wardrobe with a full clothes rack.
“First of all, we didn’t really know what to do with it,” said the tiny home enthusiast. “We threw away my suitcase and stack of clothes and ended up putting a bench in there.”
After the man’s wife came up with the idea of putting the wardrobe in place, it turned into a real closet room.
“It’s really very functional,” he said.
Further in the room you will discover a kitchen area with a fully equipped oven, sink, microwave and refrigerator.
The bathroom is also smaller than average but has everything you would expect.
Although the occupant said the room was only four feet by six feet, it still fits a full toilet and shower.
In addition to a mirror that the residents use when preparing, there are also a few shelves for bathroom utensils.
“I don’t like a small shower,” the homeowner said. “I didn’t get a large size, but I took the medium size so it doesn’t feel very constricted.”
The resident said he had a tiny house, but he didn’t like small beds.
That’s why the loft area features a California king bed in the 8×12 area.
“Lots of space, everything you need up here,” he shared with viewers.
From a small bedside table to a small fan to a loft TV, you’ll quickly forget you’re living in a tiny home while relaxing in the luxurious California King.
“I love sharing our house with other people in the summer,” said the tiny home resident.
“As long as the market is good, we’ll probably live tiny every summer.”
TINY LIVING IS GROWING IN MOMENT
If you prefer not to bother with converting a Home Depot shed into a tiny home yourself, you can purchase one ready built and habitable at several Tiny Home Villages across the country.
Real estate developers are building more tiny homes, recognizing the demand for affordable, minimalist housing.
Tiny Estates is offering 58 tiny homes in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and rents start at just $650.
Initially, the space functioned more like a hotel, but owner Abby Shank said over time it’s evolved into the community it is today, which looks very different from its past as an RV park.
“Everyone has a different lifestyle and reason for their tiny home, but it created this beautiful, inclusive sense of community,” Abby said.
The space includes a communal garden, fire pit, mailbox space and laundry facilities.
Meanwhile, Eden Village in Wilmington, North Carolina, offers a solution to homelessness, providing a small, 32-unit residential community for those who meet the criteria of being chronically homeless.
In addition, to be able to live in the village, you must suffer from a physical or mental illness, which is a high cost burden to the public.
Once approved, you only pay a small portion of your monthly income.
Orlando, Florida also built a tiny condominium with a rent of just $350.
The Orlando Lakefront at College Park community was officially incorporated in 2015 when the 1950’s RV park was transformed into an upscale small residential village.
“We offer vacant lots to tiny homeowners who want to park legally, live on the shores of a beautiful lake and take advantage of everything a nearby metro area has to offer,” said Adam Money, owner of Orlando Lakefront.
So far there are 27 RVs and 23 tiny homes on the property, but many more are interested in joining the tiny home district.
TIPS FOR HOMEBUILDING
Tiny houses typically save you money on the upfront costs and rent, but you must invest in finding and building your unit.
The most common type of unit is either a shed or an RV, and both have their advantages.
While RVs give you the flexibility to travel wherever you want, they are sometimes banned from the property as the law only allows them to be parked in designated lots for temporary periods.
For sheds, too, you need to know your state and county zoning laws, as you generally cannot live entirely in a shed on someone else’s property.
Before you venture into the tiny home, consider where you would like to buy one or if you would rather build it yourself.
Even when these types of sheds are for sale at Home Depot, you are generally responsible for installing all the necessary plumbing and electrical work to make your new home livable.
You also need to make sure you have space for your tiny home.
This means you will likely need to look for properties to rent out.
Space is regularly auctioned off on sites like Facebook Marketplace, or you can apply for a plot in an established tiny home community.
Peek inside a tiny Florida apartment community where monthly payments might be as little as $1200.
Maine is also building a small apartment community, and rent starts at $700.