Single mum builds her own tiny home for only $13,000

Well, that's one way to skirt the property market.

Victorian woman, Charlotte Sapwell, has defied property and rental costs by building her very own home for less than $13,000.

After a divorce left stay-at-home mum Charlotte, 27, broke and with two kids, her grandfather suggested she build a tiny home for her family in his backyard in Ballarat.

While she was concerned about privacy and money, she ultimately agreed in order to avoid ongoing rental payments or a $400,000 mortgage. 

Using their bare hands, Charlotte and her grandfather - a more experienced handyman - built the entire home from scratch in five months.


By avoiding labour costs and using materials from the local Bunnings, they also managed to keep it all under Charlotte's $13,000 budget.

The three-by-six metre home has a bathroom, a bedroom for her boys, aged two and six, while Charlotte sleeps in her combined bedroom, living and kitchen area. 


"I went from living in a massive home with my husband and kids, to a tiny rented unit to this small space, and out of all the places I've lived this is my favourite," Charlotte told MailOnline.

"It is all mine. The kids are right there all the time and we are so close. Yes it means we have virtually zero privacy from each other but I love it."

MailOnline also reports she furnished the home with items from IKEA and Kmart.

Charlotte now aims to one day start her own business constructing tiny homes for other people. 

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Posted by Merrilyn15Report
Not sure why this is even a story! It wasn't only her that built it (her grandfather had experience & 'helped') Not all of us has skilled help available. Also not a story because it wasn't built from scratch from what I understand -there was an existing building/transportable to begin with (not everyone has that so tje cost would be more than $13,000) & lastly -the block was not even bought by her! Nothing mentioned about council regs etc either, so this is not really so amazing & is not really a $13,000 dwelling! It's not possible/accessable for the average single mum or just anybody so who wants to know about it. But happy for her & glad she is not homeless at least!