So it would seem $4,750 was the price. Ebay confirmed it twice.
The last hour saw 5 bids from two folks that bumped up the price $500.
The deposit has already been paid and now we’re arranging delivery to California.
During the week it was listed, three people retracted their bids stating they’d entered the wrong amount. The bids were specific numbers, not that there was an extra zero or something. I guess there’s not an option to put that you just changed your mind.
Since I spent over $6,000 building it, you might be wondering how this turned out for me. I think I should recoup the loss as a capital gains loss on next year’s taxes. Plus, I’ve started looking at this as the price of my education in architecture.
This was a much better experience (and cheaper) than any year in college could have been. And I’m still anticipating that this project will have been the main factor to have gotten me into graduate school for architecture next fall. I’m waiting to hear back next month.
In talking to various interested parties, I’m now of the opinion that the market for tiny houses is in offering plans to do-it-yourselfers. It just seems there are way more people interested in building their own tiny house than in buying an already built one. I figure that’s also how you end up with 200 watchers and 2 bidders in the last full hour of an auction.
Or perhaps I just missed the market on the low side of affordability. I really started to question the overall market once I learned that Tumbleweed only builds one house per year but makes a good income selling plans and books.
If you’d followed the Tumbleweed newsletters, you would have noticed that last year they weren’t able to sell the one they built. There were a number of announcements regarding hosting it as a vacation rental which is also a great idea.
So for now I’m nearing completion of the book that will focus on the nuts and bolts of designing and building a tiny house for DIY folks. Shafer’s book is the gold standard on tiny houses but there’s a lot of stuff that could have been included and I’ll do my best to cover that.