Originally Posted by bdubble
would it actually be around 20k?
If you wanted something nice, it would at least be $10K, if you scrounged for deals, went with the cheapest bus, did EVERYTHING yourselves and took over a year to do it. If you want something very nice yeah, $20k is probable. The less you do yourselves the more it will cost.
A bar napkin breakdown.
bus min $2k max $10k avg $3k
solar min $2k max $40k avg $4k
insulation min $0 max $6k avg $1.3k
heating min$0 max $6k avg $1k
electrical (just wiring and boxes).5-1.5k Depending on complexity
kitchen min $.3k(you won't cook much with this one) and you can spend as much as you could imagine on this one I am guessing most will spend either 1k or 3k depending on your tastes and appliances.
Plumbing probably at least another 1k and could spend as much as you can set on fire.
What kind of walls and floor and ceiling you want that will probably cost .5-2k
You see why Nat said $20k
If you want to live well on the cheap get a used prebuilt RV if you want to live in YOUR OWN RV then build a skoolie. It may not be cheap but in the long run it is worth it.
All that said $20k isn't a lot for a cool tiny house that moves itself.