Family of Three Live in 320 sq ft Custom-Built House, Cost $20,000, No Mortgage

I dig the video embedded above. It is about a family of three living in their 320 square foot, custom-built house. Their floor plan, furniture placement, and appliance arrangement seems elegantly designed to maximize the available space. Also, they paid $20,000 cash for the house, which means that they don’t have a mortgage payment. The idea of paying cash for a home definitely appeals to me. My Mom and Dad did this in the early 1970s before I was born when they purchased their single-wide trailer for $10,000. Today, trailers are substantially more expensive than they were in the 1970s. I am honestly surprised that the tiny house in the Youtube video above only cost $20,000. It certainly wouldn’t be difficult to build a house of that size or larger on your own, but it might be difficult to get everything approved for local codes. I suppose you could call out professionals to review your work and sign off on it, but I do not know if all professionals would do this and if they would, I do not know how much they would charge. Interesting inspirational ideas for the future, and certainly something to look into further when Y and I know where we will live when we complete our degrees at Kent.

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Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I direct the B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing Program and coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.