A young couple turned rejection on their first home loan into an opportunity to custom build their Plan B — a stunning $65,000 tiny house.
Angie Wallace “certainly wasn’t going back to renting” when a bank refused to give them credit, so she and her partner turned to an innovative solution, a tiny house that would let someone taller than six feet be comfortable.
Described as “not a caravan, but not quite a cabin either”, the couple turned it into “a sustainable, off grid, bill free life”.
They sunk their life savings into the custom built project, which has solar power and lighting, a 5KW battery and solar panels with “plug in” power outlet, a 6.5kg Bosch frontloader washing machine, 340L inverter fridge/freezer, an LPG stove and oven, a gas powered hot water shower, a Nature’s Head compost toilet, rainwater tank and pump.
Add to that a custom built trailer and the home was perfect.
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“We’ve put a lot of our own personal touches in here.” she said of the six metre long, 2.5m wide, 4m high tiny house.
“We currently pay $30 a month for a gas bottle … that’s it for our expenses.”
When it comes to transportation costs, “we put her on the back of a low loader truck at $800 for 160km”.
Named Tabitha, the tiny home also generates its own income during holidays.
“Myself and my partner double in it full time but rent it out for weekends (holidays) on Airbnb,” Ms Wallace told The Courier-Mail.
The AirBnb listing shows Tabitha The Tiny House was rented out at $130 a night, for two guests. It has one bedroom, one bath and all recent guests have given it a five star rating.
“Tabitha is located on my Mum and Dad’s 60 acre hobby farm. The main house is 20 metres away from Tabitha, so there’s plenty of privacy. You can also have as much or as little to do with the locals (animals) as you like.”
One guest said: “We love Tabitha the tiny house. Perfect for a weekend away from the city … Angie and her family were very welcoming. We will definitely be back.”
The beauty was when the Gatton-based couple travel, like their current trip to Tasmania for a break, the tiny house pays for itself.
“(It’s) very liberating having less ‘things’ … and virtually no bills lets us travel much more.”
“(We) have a guest in now for two weeks as there’s not much in terms of accommodation in the (Gatton) area”.
Now with plans to expand their work and eventually start a family, the couple have decided to hand over the tiny home to someone else, offering it up for a slashed price of $65,000.
“I’m trying to convince my partner to let us get a bigger one haha,” Ms Wallace said.
“(The) only reason we’re looking to upgrade is an expanding family in the next few years, and I work from home and need the office sadly.”
She said it could be “an Airbnb. Or a teenage retreat. Or a parent retreat. Whatever you want.”
The couple was hoping to sell the property “in the next three to six months” but Ms Wallace was quick to put down any talk of the pitter patter of little feet in the small town.
“For those curious few who have already enquired — no, I’m not pregnant — I just want an office/studio. Just putting out the feelers at this stage to see if anyone would be interested in our humble abode, as we will soon have to upgrade in size in the coming months.”
Current tiny homes on the market retail fully kitted in the $70,000 plus range with costs piling on with extras.
“Even stripped back she’s still a knockout. We see a lot of shells, but wouldn’t it be grand to be able to stroll right in?” Just about everything but the king size mattress for the loft was included in the sale price — “plus BYO land of course”.
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