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Man Tired of Paying High Rent Builds Tiny House From Scratch

In the current world scenario, one has to pay an exorbitantly high rent to live. And with the rate of inflation increasing, it can get pretty difficult for everyone to pay that. In response, a man from Michigan has constructed a home for himself from scratch. The house cost him $23,000, but he doesn’t have to pay rent anymore! The man, Nick Soave, had the idea to create this 180-square-foot trailer using just a combination of upcycled as well as new materials. Also, one has to admire the dedication of this individual- as he went through several tutorials online regarding tiny homes before he decided to create one for himself. 

Nick Soave showing his bathroom in his tiny house
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The musician as well as a home inspector stated, “I was renting a small space in Denver and rent was going up drastically every year. I kept having the thought that the apartment wouldn’t feel so small if it were only designed better. I wanted the materials to be as high quality as possible, from as close by as I could find them, and upcycled/salvaged where possible. Fifty percent are brand new materials from local companies, 40% are local salvage and upcycled materials, and 10 percent came from big box stores.

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Nick Soave giving a tour of his tiny house
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Michigan Man Builds Tiny Home To Save Himself From High Rent

It can be easily understood that high rent had been the deciding factor behind this project. “I spent a couple of months watching tiny house videos online with a notepad before I started my design. I had a basic idea that music and food are important to me, so I prioritized the music studio and kitchen space. Once I had all of those parameters figured out, the design fell into place”. It also definitely helped that he works as a building inspector. His father, an experienced builder himself, helped him out on the project. “I had a decent amount of building knowledge previously, but had never completed something start to finish on my own.

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Nick Soave giving a tour of his tiny house
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The musician went on to spend around six months creating his home, and it cost him around $23,000. He had saved this money by working as a house inspector for a large part of the year. “I was lucky to have my dad in the process. It was the most time I’d spent with my dad since leaving the house after high school.

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The outside of Nick Soave's tiny house
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Soave is quite happy with what he has created- due to the high rent he doesn’t have to pay anymore. “I was spending $1,000 a month to rent in Denver, which is actually on the cheap side. I pay $250 a month here, electricity and water included”. The total savings that Soave accrues every year has come to about $9,600. And interestingly, this sum has been simply taken off from the rent he would have had to pay. 

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The house inspector, speaking in an interview with Newsweek stated, “I don’t come from money. I worked hard and saved to own everything outright. I have finally been able to save so much money and time that I’m spending significant parts of every day being creative. It allowed me to take the leap of faith into pursuing my own visions, with minimizing my expenses and time spent surviving”.

As it turns out, Soave isn’t alone in this idea. With the high rent that most have to pay, around 688,500 new tiny homes have already been sold.

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