If this were a traditional house without all the insulation details it would be a lot less work and money. I want the place to be off grid which means that all the effort into the insulating will pay off in the form of less hauled firewood, and less power consumption to run the AC unit in the summer.
In doing research on this project I visited a man who had a super insulated house and he tells me that there is no need to run the wood stove all night to keep warm. Once warm or cold the place stays that way. I'm hoping in such a small place will work even better!
My framing lumber delivery was $7000 which included framing lumber and outside layer of insulation. I have about $3K into misc stuff for the shell. The foundation was about $2500 with cement, fill, insulation, etc. Plumbing work less fixtures is $3K. I expect to spend another $6-10K on plumbing fixtures, cellulose insulation, electrical parts, windows, doors, siding, T&G wall covering, countertop. Thats about $26K total. I think this house can be built for less than $22.5K in a warmer climate and without all my fancy insulation I can see $22.5 being just about right.
I'm an engineer so I build things for fun. I build the tumbleweed XS house as a prototype to this house. It let me test the power system I am using, and helped me to figure out what I really want in a tiny house. I'm also living in it while I build....so it worked out pretty well.
I am building this with 100% cash....screw the bankers!
Wow, just finished reading all 5 pages worth on your blog. I knew there was a lot of work that goes into building a house, even a tiny one, but man ...
What is your previous experience working on houses / framing / whatever you have used to help you on this project?
Are you keeping a running expense list and did you budget out the cost of the completed project? The tumbleweedhouses site says this unit would cost $22,500 in materials and fees (read taxes).
I assume given the comments on your blog you are buying this house 100% outright with saved cash?