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This Vacation Home in Hawaii Cost Only $23,000 to Build

This tiny vacation home in Hawaii was built by designer and dressmaker Kristie Wolfe, and showcases her versatility and prowess in the small living design movement. Wolfe previously built a small home for herself in Boise, Idaho, which turned out so well that she decided to embark on another similar project in Kona, Hawaii. This off-grid treehouse took three months to build, and cost only $23,000 -- including travel costs, land purchase, materials and all other expenses.

This treehouse vacation home in Hawaii is built from wood and clad in bamboo and plywood. The temperature stays at a consistent 25 degrees Celsius, meaning no insulation, heating or air conditioning is necessary. A roof top solar array takes care of energy needs.

With the tiny home movement potentially holding the key to solve our sustainability problems in the 21st century, projects like Wolfe's have taken on great importance. When they succeed as this one has, they inspire other similar projects that as a group could have a significant impact.