I spent less than $30,000 building my dream tiny home – it took us less than a month & has the best off-the-grid setting

A tiny homeowner has showcased her luxurious mansion that was hand built for less than $30,000.

TikToker Deborah McDonald used an abandoned garden shed to furnish a dream home perfect for hosting guests.

TikToker Deborah McDonald says she built her massive tiny house for less than $30,000


TikToker Deborah McDonald says she built her massive tiny house for less than $30,000Credit: bvintagestyle/TikTok
She and her husband built it themselves to save on costs


She and her husband built it themselves to save on costsCredit: bvintagestyle/TikTok
They said it was the best money they've ever spent


They said it was the best money they’ve ever spentCredit: bvintagestyle/TikTok

In a recent video, McDonald (@bvintagestyle) shared clips of her and her husband building their tiny house together.

It all started when they discovered a 12 by 32 foot garden shed for sale.

They bought the spacious building and gutted it before moving the future cabin onto their property.

Time-lapse video clips show McDonald assembling insulation and stuffing it between the refurbished wooden planks they placed themselves.

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“It took us just over a month to finish the interior,” the smart lady wrote in the video.

After protecting the interior from the elements, they were able to line it with beautiful wooden planks for a gorgeous natural effect.

They then painted the entire interior white to add a modern twist to the classic designs.

The tiny property has a stovetop, kitchen sink and center island for preparing meals.

After saving a manageable $30,000 on all the improvements, McDonald said it was the best money she’s ever spent.


As more and more Americans are turning to tiny homes to save money in the face of high inflation, there are a few things you should know before you start building your own home.

For one, you have to decide whether you want to buy one or rather build one yourself.

Home Depot and Lowes regularly sell pre-built tiny homes as sheds or RVs.

With easy assembly, you don’t have to worry about making specific design decisions for your new home.

However, even if you choose a prefabricated shed, you are still responsible for installing all the plumbing and electrical work needed to make your new home livable.

You also need to make sure you have space for your tiny home.

That means you’ll likely need to look for land for rent – the community of Lake Fairview would be the perfect place to park your new home.

But space is also regularly auctioned off on websites such as Facebook Marketplace.


Whether you choose a tiny house, cabin, RV, or shed, you need to make sure you comply with all legal requirements for your specific state and region.

Depending on where you live and zoning laws, your state may prohibit building a small home on the lot of another home.

And even if you own an RV tiny home, you might not be able to keep it in one place for more than a certain amount of time.

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Lowe’s is selling a tiny house for $12,369 that ships right to your door, and delivery is free.

Also, check out a tiny shared apartment where residents only have to pay part of their income.

Aila Slisco

Aila Slisco is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Aila Slisco joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ailaslisco@dailynationtoday.com.

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