09/22 – How to save money building a tiny house

Bruce Damer's 110-square-foot Vision Hut in California's Bay Area has a wraparound deck and circular window. Photo by Bruce Damer of Ancient Oaks Farm from the book "Microshelters."

Bruce Damer’s 110-square-foot Vision Hut in California’s Bay Area has a wraparound deck and circular window. Photo by Bruce Damer of Ancient Oaks Farm from the book “Microshelters.”

You would think that building a tiny house would take sweat equity, savvy and a small budget. But costs can balloon, even when the goal is to live in a compact home.

Knowing which pricey materials can be substituted and how to find low-cost, sometimes second-hand wood, hardware and metal can reduce expenses without compromising quality, says budget-minded builder Derek “Deek” Diedricksen.

Diedricksen is the author of “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts” and the most recently, “Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures” ($18.95, Storey).

He will talk about ways to cut cost using salvaged materials at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne in Southeast Portland at 7:30 pm on Monday, Oct. 12, Grass Roots Books & Music in Corvallis at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and The Book Bin East in Salem at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Read more http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2015/09/microshelters_treehouse_tiny_h.html

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Elaine Walker