Off The Grid

Super Affordable Off-Grid Tiny House Built With Old Fence Palings

This incredible tiny house has been built for a remarkable price. Builder Jesse has taken a whole bunch of salvaged materials (mostly lots of old fence palings) and constructed a fully featured and whimsically beautiful tiny home all for less that $20,000.

While a tiny house may be small, there’s nothing tiny about the amount of labour that goes into constructing one. If you’re choosing to use reclaimed or salvaged materials that work load is dramatically increased as there is a lot of labour involved in reconditioning old materials and preparing them for a new project. If you’re willing to put in the work though, you can construct an affordable and beautiful home for a remarkably low figure.

Jesse’s home sits on an amazing property where he lives and works full time as a tiny house builder. While his boss was away on holiday and there was a break of work in the shop, Jessie turned his attention to constructing his own home on wheels. Ever resourceful, he had managed to find a whole bunch of old windows which he salvaged and designed his tiny house around. Except for the framing, old fence palings which he saved from landfill and thus got for free were used for both interior and exterior cladding as well as much of the cabinetry in the house.

Thanks to Jesse’s labour and skill as a craftsman, these old materials salvaged from the tip have been transformed into a functional and artistically beautiful home. There are beautiful stained glass windows which cast warm light into the home, high quality and wonderfully reconditioned old timber windows and the fence palings have been transformed into shingles which give the tiny home a unique storybook quality.

Inside, there is a shower, kitchen, living room and sleeping loft. The design of the home has been kept open to give a wonderful sense of space and and the windows beautifully frame the exterior world and the beautiful country views outside. Heating in the winter comes from a small wood stove which has been raised up on a platform to provide storage from the firewood below. Jessie chose to keep the toilet outside in this home and has constructed an additional portable composting toilet which is situated next to the house.

The parking spot for this home is nothing short of remarkable. Located on a 400 acre organic farm, where he also works as a tiny house builder for a company which is located on site, he has found an incredible and idilic parking spot down by the river. There, he is able to park largely thanks to the help of his off-the-grid features, including his solar array which give him freedom from the need to plug in and connect to services. Currently, he is also working on adding rain-water collection to his house.

This tiny home is a fantastic example of what’s possible when you put your mind to a project. Despite his limited resources, Jesse has been able to construct a wonderful place to call home. Be sure to check out the full video tour (above) to find out more about this project.