We are getting so close to finishing the house! Since my last post, we trimmed out the interior doorways, finished the quarter round on the floor, and installed shelves in the closets. The doorway trim was really the last major use of my pallet pieces…it’s kind of sad actually. But they look great and I’m very glad to not have purchased new wood for them. I had some extra stain left so I threw it on the solar panel stand just to pretty it up a bit. Next I put two coats of polyurethane on the stair treads (and added some tile…I just couldn’t help it!). Dad and I also finished putting the quarter round down on the floor and then installed shelving in the closets. The shelves are made from scrap materials we had from previous tiny house tasks. Even the rod is leftover from another project! This is exactly why you should think carefully before just getting rid of construction scraps.
On a slightly different note, I’m now nailing down a sales price for the house because we’ll probably finish everything this weekend or a few days into next week. I’m not at a number yet, but I will let you see why many tiny houses are as pricey as they are…here’s the break down of just the labor involved:
Let’s say I worked on the house an average of 2 hours each day since the beginning (I think it’s more, but for argument’s sake…). Started in April, so that’s 8 months at 30 days each = 480 hours for me. Add that for dad as well and we’re at 960 man/woman hours. The average construction worker’s hourly wage is a little over $15. So 960 x $15 = $14,400! Add in the cost of materials which for most folks is $15k – $25k, and you’ll see why these are priced the way they are. Of course, there are exceptions out there (so don’t jump on me if you’re building a tiny house and don’t fall into this cost range).
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Really nice job Sarah. A beautiful tiny house…and your very real accomplishment!
I love it!!!!!! I’m very interested moving down south from Ohio late summer n this is what we want to live in!!!!