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A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside

Most grown children have heard this question from their parents at some point in their lives: “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?”

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

It's a question that pushes us to think for ourselves. That question doesn't inspire me, but this man in California does. Alek Lisefski is a web designer who decided to take everything we know about building a house and flip it on its head.

Instead of going in debt for hundreds of thousands of dollars, he built his own home for the low, low price of $30,000. It's only 8x20ft, but that's what makes it awesome. It's a tiny house, it's mobile and it looks so cool I would give anything to live in it for a day.

Alek wanted to change his focus in life, so he built this small house. “Inhabiting such a small space will force me to live in a simpler, more organized and efficient way.” He, his girlfriend Anjali and their dog Anya moved into the tiny house that he built.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

The home was built on top of a trailer while he was still in Iowa.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.


Upon completion, he towed the house all the way to California, where the small family now resides.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

Instead of focusing on paying off debt, they can instead spend their money on leisure and travel.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

Not only that, but the small space won't distract Alek from his work.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

Plus, it is adorable.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

All of the natural light makes the tiny house seem bigger than it is.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

The little nooks and design of the house doesn't make it seem cramped.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

Every space in this house is functional.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

There is even room for a full (but tiny) kitchen.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

Slide-out drawers hide pantry shelves and spices.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

While the walls are lined with shelves to help with kitchen storage.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

The bathroom is small but functional. The tiny sink doesn't take up much space, nor does the shower.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

On the second floor of the house is a loft.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

It's used as their bedroom with a full mattress.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

The small space isn't oppressive, in fact, it's snug and comfortable.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.

There's even room for closet space along the wall.

A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent & High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.
Image credits: Alek Lisefski

Tiny houses may not be right for everyone, but the tiny house movement is growing more popular. More people are realizing that you cannot measure your happiness by the square footage of your house. Instead of going deep into debt to afford a huge house, the people who build tiny houses are freeing up their money and building their dream homes at the same time.

Even if this isn't right for you, we think you should share Alek's cool house. It's tiny, but we love it.


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