Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Single Mom Of Two Builds10x20 Home For $10K.

Making It Work With Few Things

Making It Work With Few Things

Charlotte Sapwell- little explorers / Facebook

Charlotte's grandfather loaned her $13,000 AUD (about $10,000 USD.). This was enough to help her start constructing a house of 10x20 ft or 3x6 meter-space. She also sold a lot of her personal stuff online, which was great because she had to downsize anyway to fit into her new, tiny home once it was built. This experience would alter the lifestyles of her kids and hers as well.

Using The Funds Responsibly

Using The Funds Responsibly

Charlotte Sapwell- little explorers / Facebook

With her grandfather's help, Charlotte went to Bunnings Warehouse and bought all the building materials and the wood. Most of the money went on decoration, which she got from IKEA and Kmart, as well as furnishings, insulation, and construction. Despite buying inexpensive stuff, she splurged on the luxury linoleum flooring for the home's interior. And before she realized it, she had finished.

She Was Finished

She Was Finished

Charlotte Sapwell- little explorers / Facebook

Charlotte's tiny home was finished five months after she started the project. The home contained two main rooms: One bedroom was for her, and the other was for her boys. Her room also shared the same space as the lounge, the kitchen, and dining room. It was a tough decision, but it was the only one to ensure that everything fit in such a tight space.

Getting Used To The Home

Getting Used To The Home

Charlotte Sapwell- little explorers / Facebook

Charlotte had a king-sized bed with a large bed head, which wouldn't work in her tiny house. On her Facebook, she wrote: "At first I was so against a ‘double’ bed but like everything else I was forced to downsize…I made it high enough to fit storage boxes underneath.” Of course, there were other things in their lives that Charlotte and the children had to get used to.

Overrated Privacy

Overrated Privacy

Charlotte Sapwell- little explorers / Facebook

With only a 10x20 ft space, everyone had to surrender some of their personal space. “The kids are right there all the time and we are so close. Yes it means we have virtually zero privacy from each other but I love it,” explained Charlotte. These tiny sacrifices ensured she didn't have debt and that she could actually own her own home.

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