Budget Breakdown: How a Couple Built a 480-Square-Foot Home for $68K in Cash

Two cozy living pods, one incredible oak-covered deck—and no bank loan.
Photos by
Ann Madden Photography

"Small" is all about the context. Sure, living in 480 square feet could feel cramped—but if you’re coming from a 160-square-foot Airstream, that kind of footprint is downright palatial.

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Stacey McLachlan
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Stacey McLachlan is an award-winning writer and magazine editor living and working in British Columbia, Canada.


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