Family Of 4 Lives In 168 Sq. Ft. House And Seems Pretty Happy

[youtube width=”425″ height=”239″][/youtube]Anderson Cooper profiled a family that lives in a home with a 168 sq. ft. footprint. After closing their restaurant in 2008, Carl and Hari needed to downsize their lives. They moved from a 1500 sq. ft. home into their current “tiny” house that only cost them $12,000 to build. Thanks to their home’s small size, their expenses have also dropped (average power bill is around $40/month) and this allows Hari to bank her paycheck each month. Their goal is to save enough to make their next home mortgage free.

I’d be all in to go this “tiny” house route and I’m sure my wife would encourage me to build it. When it was completed, she wouldn’t move in but she would strongly encourage me to. [MNN]


Home Built From Junkyard Car Parts And Poplar Tree Bark.

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Thanks again for posting another Macgyver inspired video. This one is about a couple in Berkeley that built a house out of old cart parts and furniture factory waste tree bark. The builders/designers, Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger, spent months searching their local junkyards for the right parts including the side windows of Dodge Caravans which became the awnings for their home. Car roof sections and Poplar tree bark was used as siding in this shining example of junkyard Jubbling.

Cate Leger and Karl Wanaselja designed their home in their backyard office that was built out of an old shipping container. Their goal was to use precycled material before it went through the energy intensive recycling process of getting melted down.

Watching the video of their completed house reminded me of a local home [pictured below] that had Cate and Karl duplicated, might’ve saved them quite a bit of time.

Boat House Washington