Meet Alek and Anjali and their self-built mortgage-free Tiny House. They built their home while they were still living in Iowa and then relocated to northern California. They now live quite comfortably in the large back garden of a conventional home in exchange for maintaining the landscape. Anjali was determined to attend graduate school and live in a part of the country that had a strong emotional pull for her, but she had no desire to live pay check to pay check or take on massive student loans. Alek is a designer and he now has the freedom to work as hard as he wants knowing that his income can go directly to savings rather than rent. Alek and Anjali lived with family for a period of time in order to pull together the required $30,000 to build the Tiny House. The median home price in the town they now live in is $649,000. The median rent is $1,600 a month – if you can even find a vacancy.
It’s important to understand that no one expects this to be Alek and Anjali’s home forever. It’s a stepping stone that may eventually be pressed into service in other ways as they age. Sooner or later they will likely own a traditional home and the Tiny House can be used as a guest room, rental unit, home office, caretaker cottage… there’s a lot of flexibility here.
These Tiny Homes aren’t for everyone and they won’t be tolerated in every community. But they are extraordinarily good for a wide range of situations at roughly the same price as a car. To view more photos of this home see here. And please check out Alek’s web site: Alek Lisefski http://tiny-project.com If you’d like to purchase building plans from Alek and build your own Tiny House visit his site http://tiny-project.com/product/tiny-project-construction-plans/.