Mike Lives Virtually Free in His Tiny House

Mike has been living in his house for about 2 months and is still working-out the best place to store his stuff. There’s storage in the loft above the bathroom, under the living room seating, and his clothes are in a small shelving area he built into the loft with the queen sized bed.

He found an amazing location to live. He caretakes a 53 acre property for an elderly man that had to move in with his daughter. There’s a house and a barn on the land and Mike plugs his tiny house into the barn for electricity. He lives on the land rent-free in trade for care-taking services.

He has a rain collection system on the roof of his tiny house and uses a composting toilet. The greywater from the sink and shower is filtered and waters the woods, away from the house.

In the kitchen he has a propane oven/cooktop, a propane on-demand hot water heater, and a thermostat controlled propane cast iron fireplace. So the only recurring cost for the house at this point is his propane! Mike lives there virtually free!

He did all the work on the house himself, which took almost 9 months to complete. The winter months slowed him down, so it took longer than he expected.

He made all the cabinets and the countertop from 1×10 cherry boards glued together. The flooring is 1/4″ hardwood that he installed in a herringbone design down the middle of the floor.

Mike… thanks for sharing your house with us. What you’ve created is a great example of what the tiny house movement is all about. I know it must have been a challenge to make everything come together the way you did, but now that its done, you can enjoy the rewards. Thanks again!

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