So you found a beautiful piece of land to park your tiny house, but does it have power and water access? No available power means you need to create your own or pay to bring it to your property. Costs will vary depending on location. The further you are from utility connections, the pricier it will be to connect your property. In some areas, if you are close enough, there may be minimal. Same goes for water. If city water isn’t available, you will need to truck it in, as Alan does. Or you can also drill a well, which can cost anywhere from $1,500 to as much $10,000, plus permitting fees.
In most cases, to hook up both water and power, it will cost $10,000-$30,000. The most affordable route is to find undeveloped land that already has utility connections. Weigh the costs of all options to make the best decision for you. It’s also important to keep in mind the upfront costs and required maintenance for off-grid power options, like a wind turbine and solar power generator.
Don’t forget sewage! A new septic system can cost upwards of $5,000. Smaller houses require smaller systems and the good news is that translates to significant cost savings. Another popular option for tiny houses is a composting toilet. The byproduct can become actual humanure compost. To learn the ins and outs of how to properly execute this kind of composting system, read the Humanure Handbook. For household water and urine management, you can create a greywater filtration system. Be aware: your municipality or county may not allow this kind of water and waste management. Check your local regulations to know for sure.