Californian couple built their own tiny dream house on a $35,000 budget

Tony and Charlie Perez have been in the luxury home construction industry for two decades. So, you might think they, too, have a luxury home spanning several hundred feet. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, the pair live in a 290-square-foot tiny house on the outskirts of Sacramento, California, that they lovingly built by themselves for $35,000.

Their journey began four years ago when they had contemplated moving back from Africa to California. They had spent several years traveling across 60 countries where they carried out both paid and volunteer work.

Not wanting to pay someone else’s mortgage, they knew they wanted to own their own home, but quite liked the idea of a tiny house on wheels. After all, having lived in several small places throughout the world, it wouldn’t be all that much of a culture shock.

In 2019, they finished the construction of their beautiful tiny home for $30,000. They then spent an additional $5,000 afterward, adding a deck and awning. The final results were inspiring, and now Tony and Charlie own a tiny house company, Tinyhomiez, where they offer to build your tiny home for you or tiny house plans, if you want do it yourself.

tiny house homiez 19 - Californian couple built their own tiny dream house on a $35,000 budgetMetal siding for a tiny home can seem cold. Still, Tony and Charlie managed to inject so much warmth into their home’s exterior. Alongside metal, they also added cedar and shiplap pre-primed materials painted white. The clean lines are contemporary yet homely.

tiny homiez - Californian couple built their own tiny dream house on a $35,000 budgetUsing wood in a tiny home can unintentionally darken a space, but Charlie and Tony got around this problem. They painted the wood a light grey, which complimented the white walls beautifully. The small kitchen is also kitted out with everything they need to cook up a storm.

tiny house homiez 11 - Californian couple built their own tiny dream house on a $35,000 budgetThe tiny home’s ceiling features shiplap partnered with three wooden beams that add a beautiful rustic charm.

tiny house homiez 13 - Californian couple built their own tiny dream house on a $35,000 budgetIf the dynamic duo ever needs any more space in the kitchen, such as when friends visit, they can pull down the wood-framed chalkboard, which is both counter space and a dining area.

tiny house homiez 44 - Californian couple built their own tiny dream house on a $35,000 budgetThe beautiful wood sliding door acts as a barrier between the kitchen and bathroom. Adjacent is three taps, two of which produce carbonated water and beer.

tiny house homiez 12 - Californian couple built their own tiny dream house on a $35,000 budget

Because Tony and Charlie have traveled around the world, their tiny home is filled with worldly knick-knacks. For example, the desk in the heart of their home is handmade in Nigeria, and they brought it all the way home.

tiny house homiez 32 - Californian couple built their own tiny dream house on a $35,000 budgetTony and Charlie spent several hours contemplating the pros and cons of tiny home living. Storage is usually a massive consideration, but they combatted that with under-stair storage. There is even a unique pull-out step for their vacuum cleaner to live.

tiny house homiez 6 - Californian couple built their own tiny dream house on a $35,000 budgetThe flooring might look a million dollars, but it’s more practical and cost-effective than you think. It’s a waterproof vinyl plank flooring called Smartcore Pro. Accidental spills need never be a problem in this space.

tiny house homiez 14 - Californian couple built their own tiny dream house on a $35,000 budgetThe tiny home features a single loft-style bedroom, which is more than enough space for the well-traveled couple. They have made creative use of materials to highlight the multiple textures and patterns in the area.

tiny house homiez 28 - Californian couple built their own tiny dream house on a $35,000 budgetCharlie and Tony ticked all the boxes for storage and privacy by placing storage cubbies at the entrance to the loft bedroom.

tiny house homiez 49 - Californian couple built their own tiny dream house on a $35,000 budgetSimplicity and practicality were the aims of the game with this tiny home’s bathroom. It features a washer and dryer, a changing area, a toilet, and a shower. There is also a pull-out wall to separate the laundry from the toilet. This lovely space carries on the same theme that’s present in the rest of the home.

tiny house homiez 26 - Californian couple built their own tiny dream house on a $35,000 budgetSmartcore Pro waterproof flooring is not only present in the main parts of the home, but in the bathroom, as well. It’s still holding strong as the back wall of the shower.

tiny house homiez 24 - Californian couple built their own tiny dream house on a $35,000 budgetPracticality is quite essential in a tiny home. Tony and Charlie thought of everything – right down to how easy it would be to get changed in the morning. Within their bathroom area, they installed a full-length mirror, full-size closet, and space for drawers.