How I built my tiny house for under $1,500 with 100% repurposed materials and near zero waste

How I built my tiny house for under $1,500 using nearly 100% repurposed materials while creating only 30 pounds of trash.

The tiny house movement has caught on like a wildfire over the last decade, and there’s a lot of positivity coming out if it. I’m very excited about tiny houses and see them as a very useful tool in working towards a more sustainable and just world. I lived in a 50 sq. ft. tiny house in San Diego in 2015-2016. I’ve produced videos about tiny houses to spread the movement through my social media. I’ve visited tiny houses around the United States and in a few countries, and I have even been to a tiny house festival. I’ve made friends with the creators of some of the biggest tiny house pages. Now, I’ve built my first tiny house. Needless to say, I really love tiny houses and am very excited about them. And I’ve become fairly knowledgeable on them.

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Chris Scott’s Brilliant I-Wood Tiny Houses

This is Chris Scott, a humble man with a big plan. In 1975, Chris brought the first Ikea to North America. Now he’s taken the Ikea idea to tiny houses! To house the houseless and provide affordable housing options. With his genius I-Wood design, he’s created a system that allows people with minimal building experience to build simple tiny houses, in as little as one day! His I-Wood fits together, sort of like Lego’s or Ikea furniture, making it easy to assemble and extremely stable and strong. The kits include instructions on how to build the tiny house.

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Chris Scott’s Brilliant I-Wood Tiny Homes

I-Wood International has developed a super sustainable way of milling lumber that could save up to a third of the trees used for housing. Ideal for shipping as flat-pack tiny home kits anyone can assemble themselves, along the lines of Ikea furniture. A licensing association is being developed for people and organizations around the world to produce these types of kits with small portable or industrial size machines. See details at www.IWoodInternational.com and sign up for their newsletter on the contact page there. If you are interested in bringing these tiny homes to your community contact Chris Scott at [email protected]

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Follow this Woman’s Journey of Going Moneyless!

One year ago, I shared a story titled “This woman is dumpster diving her way through her PhD” She was living completely off food from dumpsters while earning her PhD and also started up a food rescue program to donate food to people in need.

Lisolette Dumpster Diving PHD cover

She struck me as a really noteworthy person doing wonderful things for her community and the earth. We’ve stayed in touch during that time and I’ve seen her continuing her path of simplifying her life and dedicating more of her time to others and the betterment of society. Today I am happy to bring to you a guest blog written by Liselotte on what she has been up to for the last year!

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All My Possessions at my Off the Grid Tiny House

I’ve been downsizing my life for more than 5 years and it’s been a very transitional process. For awhile, I went back and forth between getting rid of stuff and accumulating more stuff, but for at least the last 4 years I’ve been pretty much on the path of decreasing the amount of stuff that I have. Many times I would go through everything in my house and get rid of all the stuff I wasn’t using. My criteria would typically be if I hadn’t used something in 6 months or a year then I’d find a better home for it. A lot of the time that would result in me getting rid of as much as half of my stuff!

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How and Where to Sleep for Free

When traveling without money I hear a few basic questions every day and one of them is, “where do you sleep?” Traveling without money is certainly not for everyone but this blog is simply a guide on how you can travel your country or the world without spending a penny on lodging. Or if not to that extreme than at least drastically reducing the amount of money you spend on lodging. All of my suggestions in this blog come from a fair amount of experience. I’ve embarked on four long distance adventures without a penny and traveled on a shoestring budget over the last decade through six continents and 35 countries. Some of these suggestions may be for you, others may not, so my advice is to take what you’d like from this guide and turn it into action, whether it be in your own city or in a far off land.

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