Can a MGTOW or John Galt Build a Tiny House for $10,000?

In this age of awakened men returning to our nomadic roots since society decided to throw us overboard, an important question comes up. What kind of pad does a man need in The Matrix while he cyclically works long enough to save up enough geld to go live the expat life? Or to be a MGTOW? Paying sky high prices for rent doesn’t cut it. Neither does buying a McMansion in a subdivision and enduring 15-30 years of debt slavery.

How does the part-time expat secure a Walt Whitman-style, minimalist residence here in the States, without getting sucked into the trap endless monthly payments? How does the MGTOW who decides to stay in Anglo America afford a place to stay while participating mercenarily in the pyramid scheme economy?

There’s a novel and viable solution for the minimalist man. Enter tiny houses. McMansions are for Anglobitches. Tiny houses are for men who want to go from working and slaving all throughout their lives to enjoying a life with some work interspersed here and there.

TNMM has discussed the virtues of tiny houses before. But Yours Truly has taken a new fascination with building a tiny house for those times I’m not either on the road or living abroad. Especially, a ready-made solution for those men who aren’t carpenters, plumbers, or interested in doing all the footwork necessary to make tiny house living a reality. I’d also like to undertake this challenge to make a point for those men who might want to follow in my footsteps, but find that the trucking lifestyle just isn’t for them.

Could a modern and very livable tiny house be built for say $10,000? Or at the very least, no more than $20,000? And could it be an off the grid house? Could it be easy to assemble? Could it be a bona fide residence? The idea is complete freedom from the system.

My experience living abroad (first in Mexico for 6 months on a trial basis, then a year in the Dominican Republic – a place I’m returning to soon) as well as my experience living on the road (in the sleeper of a semi) has given me a unique perspective on tackling this task. Here’s how I believe it could be done:

  • Find a tract of land in a rural area free of the overregulation that plagues most of America; or, alternatively build the tiny house on a travel trailer and find a used pickup to haul it around. (This option negates the possibility of purchasing a prefab shed. But, books have been written on the subject.)
  • Purchase an well-made shed (like the one pictured above) for around $5,000 to $6,000. This is the shell of the house – and far from being poorly made these sheds are designed to withstand winds of 90 mph to 140 mph depending on the model. They’re also attractive on the outside. The Riverside model above comes in sizes up to 12′ x 24′ or around 288 square feet.
  • Build the inside to suit the needs and desires of the minimalistic man.
  • Customize the exterior to taste.

Here’s where my experience on the road and abroad comes into play. Here are a few quick thoughts:

  • Install solar panels and an APU so the home is off the grid. I’ve been living on a semi-tractor trailer APU unit for a year and have found I need much less electricity than I ever imagined.
  • Utilize a thermoelectric refrigerator to cut down on energy consumption.
  • Install a propane-fed cooking stove. (Commonly used throughout Latin America.)
  • Use kerosene or propane heat in cold climates.
  • Use fans in hot climates. (In a few years, solar-powered air conditioning units will a viable option.) Another option is to find a salvage (or even new) ParkSmart unit from an 18-wheeler and design the “bedroom” area of the home to be small enough to take advantage of this battery-powered A/C unit.
  • Utilize a composting toilet and self contained shower unit (RV-type) to eliminate the need for plumbing OR install minimal plumbing.
  • Make the interior very livable and modern (like the above photo).
  • Buy a MiFi box for those times when communication is necessary.

This idea isn’t a pie in the sky fantasy, countless people are already living in tiny homes all around the United States. In fact, the documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things features tiny housers discussing the hows and whys of their homes. There are scores of people who have made their tiny house dream a reality for much less than $10,000. But, I figure $10,000 to $20,000 is a nice range for men who want to live in a very nice, modern place with a minimum investment.

The determined minimalist could easily save up that chunk of change in only a year or year and a half of full-time trucking. Or working at many other Joe jobs while living frugally.

Voila – a residence. Debt-free. Minimalist. The newly minted homeowner is now free to pursue whatever adventures might come his way. A MGTOW or John Galt could put the cherry on top by purchasing a sport motorcycle for basic transportation. The rest of his time could be spent pursuing his own interests when he’s not working a few months a year to support his lifestyle.

Who needs a chick around running up the cost of living? Domestically, a man can polish his PUA skills, and internationally he only needs utilize the incredible power of hypergamy to be swimming in bishes. Trust me as someone who knows, a Red Pill man can quickly be up to his knees in ass, so much so that women begin to bore him. What’s more, chicks dig IDGAF rebels. What’s more rebellious than living a debt-free life of adventures completely off the grid?

Making my idea a reality is an idea that’s in the pipeline. But it will take a few years for me to get to that point. For now, I’m focused on fine-tuning and polishing my cyclical work-enjoy life abroad lifestyle. But, these ideas, once realized could be a revolution in the making for modern men and our relationship with the exploitative matrix.

For that reason alone, it’s worth dreaming about.

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  • How about buying an attractive premade shed or better still, garage. Then spend 5 minutes installing the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom.

    Wait, 5 minutes? Not possible, you say?

    Simply park an RV inside. Viola, a 5 minute installation of the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

    At this price, it might be possible to have several plots of land with a building on it to park your RV and stay a while before relocating.

    An RV is a lot like a tiny home, just easier to move.


  • I loved this article. It really captures old America’s pioneering spirit – something America urgently needs to recapture, in my view. In Europe, many people sick of the Matrix live on boats and barges; cheap, mobile dwellings perfect for Minimalist living. Boats are just as viable as tiny houses for the Enlightened single man.


    • I have lived also on a boat and in an old factory. Those were nice “pads” for a bachelor. If someone is on a really small budget, there is also this German Engineer who sells his blueprints for 99,–EUR on how to build a tiny house from a used sea container (20 ft & 40 ft versions) on
      This site is in German but I think there are also American companies who sell blueprints – or even completely built container pads. If I start today with a tiny house, this would be my choice #1.


  • Ive always felt pointless to maintain this hamster wheel matrix exsistance so at 22 I converted a dodge van into a mobile pad once. Road trip to the west coast. To be honest it sucked ballz. Relying on public restrooms for hygene was horrid. Hobo using a toilet as wash basin next stall over. Parking tickets. Boredom. Lonliness. Clostraphobia. Etc. What am I doing with my life I kept thinking. Running outta money quick. Life was now worst than before. Plus i like to stay busy working. Lessons learned. A full sized rv class c would prob be way better. More space, lil bathroom inside. But if you want a stationary or mobile dwelling youll have to pay to park it one way or another right? No free rides i can think of. Walmart parking lot? That shit gets old.


  • My biggest question is where to live in the US that has a warm climate, within 1-2 hour drive from beach, no natural disasters that would destroy a wooden tiny house, close to an international airport and a decently sized metro area with affordable land? ANY IDEAS? Austin doesn’t have direct flights to Brazil, Houston just got hit by a hurricane, Dallas gets snow and ice occasionally (bad for motorcycles), and Florida is flat and hurricane prone. Los Angeles is very expensive.


    • Southeast Alabama .. or South Ga. Eastern seaboard of the USofA.

      Lots of choices in there to explore.

      But .. Fl has no state tax .. though they make up for it in other ways.

      I settled on SE Alabama.


  • I had an 800sf cabin on AK that was about 25k to build. On grid electric and Propane/Natural has heat. I also spent $20K converting a bus into an RV, lived in it for a year is so touring around N America. I like to move around so it would be some kinda customized RV for me. You can strip them out, put new flooring in, solor, compost toilet, they already have Propane/electric heaters, genies….good to go and not tied to one place.

    Another cheaper and more robust option for a tiny home is a shipping container although you’ll need to know how to weld or have access to someone who can. Very cost effective and sturdy.


    • Thought about doing a Schoolie .. still might.

      I picked a sub 900 sqft floorplan .. and a shop.

      It is my hope to build a few tiny houses .. I’ve been researchinh tiny houses for over 10 years.

      I hate cleaning 😊


  • While this may be popular now, some thought should be applied to selling it in the future. Will this be marketable?


  • Rel,

    You and Erik are an INSPIRATION! For my house, it’s a small, 2BR row house in an old, inner suburb; it’s about 750 sq. ft., which is plenty. Since I’m in the airline business, I have a crash pad now. I rent out a room, and that’s enough for me. Men don’t need much at all… 🙂

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  • Am doing this in Colorado. County code requires 600 sq feet, so it will be a small house, not a tiny house. I’m building it on 13 acres of rural land (purchase price $9,000) in the shadow of a 14,000 ft mountain. The small yard will be xeriscaped as the area is full of natural beauty. The house will be about 18 miles from a town where I’ve established a small business and will continue to work part-time to sustain a debt-free lifestyle.

    Was inspired by Relampago’s writings on minimalism about 12 months ago.

    The hardest part has been getting rid of a lifetime of useless consumerist crap. Ebay has been particularly useful. It takes time to cull out the chaff.

    Five years ago I was living in a 2,600 square foot house in an upscale urban neighborhood. Was a VP level corporate guy, “living the dream.” Then I took advantage of a job change and downsized to a 1,500 square foot house in the mountains. Still more space than a man actually needs. So I sold that house, pocketed the equity, and will build my 600 sq ft house without a mortgage.

    I’m breaking ground in the spring, and am already reaping some of the rewards. Don’t have to mow a lawn anymore. Don’t have to keep up with neighbors. Actually work about 20-25 hours a week. Don’t fight traffic. Have plenty of time to lift weights, run, hike, etc.

    I think there’s a reason Marcus Aurelius talked about living simply a couple thousand years ago. Still a good idea.

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