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24-Year-Old Australian Woman Transforms Old Caravan Into Cozy Home With Just $6,000


If you’re a student who wants to own a home but can barely afford to rent, what do you do to make your real estate dreams come true?

For one thrifty 24-year-old Australian woman, the answer came in the form of an old caravan. Maggie Butler from Richmond, Tasmania has managed to create her own tiny dream home for just $6,000.

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The inventive Aussie is a student who works part-time. When she needed a place to live, her parents offered to let her move back home with them, but she had a better idea.

[Maggie Butler]

“I came across a caravan on Gumtree,”  she said in an interview with Daily Mail. “It was 24 foot and just a shell when we bought it. It only cost $2,000.”

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She took the gutted old beast and started the slow process of transforming the entire thing.

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Her parents said she could keep it on their property, so that took care of any trailer park expenses. She then proceeded to have friends rewire and fix the inner workings of the caravan. With a little help, she got the electric-powered home up and running, complete with a kitchenette, shower, bathroom, living area, and bedroom.

[Maggie Butler]

“My whole idea was to use all recycled materials,” she explained. “I hate the mass production of everything, we have a replacement type attitude.”

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The savvy woman also used a lot of tricks she picked up online, teaching herself how to make good use of salvaged items.

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For example, she bought the shower base online for just $10, reused from a previous owner.

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The most expensive item bought for the pint-sized palace was $100 for a vintage lounge chair.

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“The queen bed nice and high with storage underneath, it’s in a little nook so it’s romantic,” she said.

[Maggie Butler]

In the end, the project cost her a total of $6,000. Her parents said she could keep her caravan on their property, so she has all the expenses and perks of living at home without actually living at home.

[Maggie Butler]

We commend this creative Aussie for her killer resources. If you found this story inspiring, please SHARE with friends and family.

[Featured Image: Maggie Butler]

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