A SAVVY homeowner has stunned her followers with her tiny home remodeling project that reportedly cost her just $20,000.
The young woman (@mariah_shabinlife) has used her TikTok platform to document her experience of transforming a humble shed into a cozy cabin.
Mariah, who lives in North Carolina, has posted a handful of videos showing the construction project taking place in the woods behind her mother’s backyard.
She has previously explained that her decision to move into a tiny house was to help pay off her debts so she could one day travel the world.
Mariah recently decided to correct some of the assumptions people make about their life situation post.
In the short clip, the young woman in the background showed off the interior of her spacious living room and kitchen cabinets.
She wrote of the video, “When I tell people that for $20,000 you can live in a cabin-style shed that’s the same size as a standard house.”
She opted for the popular TikTok audio: “Shut up it is not!” followed by “Yes, that’s it,” which is the typical reaction she gets when telling people about the size of the room.
In the comments section, Mariah offered to offer advice to anyone who wants to follow in her footsteps.
“If you want to know how I did it and what we paid and approved, just let me know! It was such a simple process! And I have no regrets!” she wrote.
Many of her followers asked questions about the funding, construction, and permitting process.
“How much would land normally cost? If you had to buy that too?” asked one person.
“Some places you can rent to own land. Or for a property fee. Where I live they’re only $20,000, but that’s an acre,” she replied.
Another TikToker claimed her “standard house” is much larger than her tiny home.
“But your shed is the size of my living room with two bedrooms and one bath that I rent for $500,” they pointed out.
Mariah then suggested that she own the house, which might make up for its small size.
“Will it be yours someday though?” She asked. “It’s all paid for. I know not everyone wants to live like that, but I’m happy.”
Others pointed out that living outside of a tiny home still comes with additional costs.
“Plus insulation, roofing, electric well, heating. I did that. Quite expensive. Cheaper than a new house but still expensive,” another person noted.
While tiny house living isn’t for everyone, Mariah has made the best of it and continues to encourage others to consider downsizing their spaces.