Budget: Tiny Home Framing Materials(Quotes Included)

May 19, 2020

The budget for building our tiny home was based on a $20,000 dollar build we saw on the mainland. We knew we definitely couldn’t build what we wanted for $20K but we hoped we could finish under $50K. Spoiler ALert> But I’m happy to report that the total cost of our home was $45K! That number includes our solar panels, battery storage, and water catchment system. woot woot! If you’re curious about the total budget breakdown, head over to Dwell Magazine to see the details.


This is our base material list. We bought additional material as needed.

  • 13ea. ¾ x 4 x 8 T&G sub floor
  • 40ea. 2 x 4 x 20 Plates
  • 100ea. 2 x 4 x 12 Stubs
  • 8ea. 4 x 6 x 10 Open beam select
  • 2ea. 4 x 6 x 18 Header
  • 1ea. 4 x 6 x 8 Header
  • 7ea. 4 x 4 x 8 Floor joist
  • 10ea. 5/8 x 4 x 8 Techshield
  • 20ea. 1/2 x 4 x 8 Shear wall cdx plywood
  • 1 Roll house wrap
  • 2ea. Large sub-floor adhesive
  • 2 boxes 1 x 5/8 Senco quickdrive screws

The lowest lumber quote that came in for the above materials was this —-> $3,123.35

We ordered our lumber from Pacific Source, based on the West Coast. The estimated arrival to Hawaii is 6-8 weeks! If you live in a remote location keep that time frame in mind to reduce the number of holdups during your build.