Since we are now living in the house, it is a good time to publish our ‘final’ spending list. There are a few minor items outstanding but the bulk of the purchasing is done.
|Arched Cabin Related|
|Floor & Joist||$2,400.00|
[Note that certain categories, like ‘outdoor’ and ‘fencing’ include objects like the shed and fence materials. Considering these are essential for us to be able to live on this property with our dogs and stuff, they were included in the total.]
If you tally the total cost without considering the labor and town-related expenses (listed below), the cost per square foot is $86.32. I read on Fixr that the national average for a single family home is $125/sq ft. I’ve seen that number go up to ~$170/sq ft for tiny homes with a lot of custom work.
When we first started out, we heard that the price/sq ft was often higher for tiny houses because the expensive items are all still in it (i.e. appliances, electrical components, etc) plus special design items (i.e. stairs that double as shelves that can also babysit your cat) but the divisor is now much smaller. Thus, the resulting cost per square foot is higher. However, even with labor included, we didn’t find that to be the case with our home.
|Labor & Other Expenses|
|Driveway Excavation & Building Pad||$1,063.65|
|Plumbing Excavation & Extension||$1,278.00|
|French Drain Excavation & Material||$1,010.00|
|Tile (labor only)||$1,650.00|
|Survey for electrical and driveway easement||$400.00|
|Insulation (estimating at half the total price of $1028)||$514.00|
|Mini-split line service||$120.00|
Impact fee & water extension from neighbor ($4,265)
Sewer extension from Cheyenne St, cost share ($2,942)
Including the cost of labor and town-related expenses, our living space total is $54,826.85 or $114.22/sq ft. We paid $16,000 for our 4.669 acres. Total paid for this project – $70,826.85.
We expect to spend a few hundred on the gate and probably ~$150 on more fence-related stuff (barbed wire, fence stays, etc). We still need more trim ($80), shelves ($50) and some home goods ($50).
We funded this project by selling our previous home, selling lots of stuff and by saving for 3 years (and living frugally). After next month, our credit card will be paid off and we will truly own our home outright. Could we have done this if we hired someone else to do all the work? Sure – but to do it without a great deal of debt, we would have had to save up for a longer period of time. Or perhaps work more jobs.
The exterior footprint of the house is 480 square feet (inside is ~450). The 8×10 shed allows us to store outdoor objects in a safe place and we don’t have to reduce our living space for bike storage. The high ceilings and big windows create a spaciousness that I think will make this a perfect long-term living space.
As Fred would say, it’s “a good'”.