Dee Williams used to live in a 2,000-square-foot, 3-bedroom home. Then she traveled to Guatemala (to help build a schoolhouse) and when she came home her house felt too big so… she built herself a home that fit. That turned out to be a 84-square-foot foot home on wheels that cost her $10,000: $5000 for the materials (mostly salvaged) and the other half for the solar panels and low-E (low thermals emissivity) windows.
Brian Schulz wanted to see "how small of a house I could make feel big". Inspired by the traditional Japanese minka homes that rely on local materials and steeply sloped roofs to create affordable, open structures, Schulz created a home using materials salvaged or sourced from within 10 miles of his home. The result is a 14-by-16-foot home in tune with its surroundings that cost only 11,000 dollars - mostly for concrete, shakes and insulation, along with about a year and half of Schulz's spare time.