Bill Kastrinos’s tiny Tortoise Shell Homes have my vote for the best tiny house value. Bill builds a solid tiny house on wheels from wood or steel. The design is a simple pitched or flat roof with a bathroom, kitchen, and sleeping loft. You can order a complete house or if you’re a do-it-yourselfer you can get the framed house on trailer ready for your finishing touch.
Pictured here is the Naked Galapagos which costs about $7,500. A complete Galapagos costs just over $20,000. In all my looking I can’t find anything that offers so much value for so little money. You could build a simple tiny house on a permanent foundation with lumber for less but if you want your tiny house to be mobile Bill’s Tortoise Shell Homes are a great deal.
The steel framing option reduces weight significantly and improves strength. Bill’s is also a professional builder turned tiny house builder so the quality of his work is top notch. His shop is in Rohnert Park, California just north of the San Francisco Bay Area in Sonoma County. Photo credit Tortoise Shell Homes.