Understanding how a home comes together is important when it comes to saving time and money, but really knowing how it all comes together means won’t just save you a few bucks, but thousands. Here are 3 ways I save major cash during my build.
1. Buying materials in larger chunks
If you know how it all goes together, you can plan ahead in your material purchases. Most big box stores will actually give sizeable discounts. For me, I was able to save 15% on everything just because I knew how my house was going to go together. That meant I saved $4,500!
2. Knowing how design choices impact your build
When I totaled up my total house weight, I realized that if I could shave off 100 lbs it would allow me to get a smaller trailer that was $997 cheaper. I decided to go with a fiberglass shower pan instead of tile and save almost $1,000!
3. Design for efficient material usage
When you build a tiny house things are best done in 4 or 8 foot spans. This is because most materials come in these dimensions. Plywood comes in 4 x 8 foot sheets, walls are framed at 16 inch intervals, 3 x 16 = 48 (or 4 feet), etc etc. If you work with these dimensions in mind, you can save time with less cuts and money with better material management.
Here’s the point: A greater understanding of building saves thousands of dollars.
That understanding is exactly why I wrote my new book: How To Build A Tiny House. I designed this book to give you step by step instructions on how to build your own tiny house using any set of plans or your own design. I give you the background knowledge to expertly navigate the building process with confidence, avoid common mistakes, and answer your questions at every step.This guide is for the absolute beginner.
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