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Squeezed in the Middle

Web designer builds his very own mortgage-free home for just $30,000.  But it's only 8ft by 20ft.  Certainly a tight fit!

Alek Lisefski was tired of paying rent.  So he took his attention away from cyber space and turned it to developing a solution.  He built a trailer home that limited space but maximized his abilities. 

Alek even named his creation The Tiny Project.  He built it in Iowa and then towed it all the way to California, where he now lives with his girlfriend. 

"I think tiny houses are one way in which the next generation will be able to overcome our country's current economic disparity and ever-rising housing and land costs," Alek says. 

Inside the home you will find a living area, kitchen, bathroom and loft-style bedroom. 

Alek says living in such a small space forces him to live in a simpler and more organized way.  He built fold-away cupboards above windows and doors, and he installed a compact combo washer and dryer unit. 

Without a mortgage, Alek says he can now focus his money on his health, leisure and travel. 

Tiny homes are popping up all over the place these days.  It is one of the latest movements to help the environment and save money and space. It's the latest in affordable living. 

Many are built on a foundation, but not Alek's.  He says he built his on a flatbed trailer to make the house mobile.  He says this also avoids maximum square footage requirements that most municipalities have in place for permanent structures. 

All the house needs to operate is an extension cord and a water hose from the main house on the property where it's parked. 

Alek says once the house is in a permanent spot, he wants to add solar panels and a water collection station. 

(sources:  thetinyhouseproject.com, tiny home blog, Huffington Post, NBC News)










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