Here is one woman that makes paying rent look like child’s play. McKean Maston, a 24-year-old production manager from Texas, says she’s saving $10,000 a year in rent after she converted her childhood playhouse into a tiny home. McKean started the playhouse with her dad, “When I was in fifth or sixth grade,” she said. “I said, ‘Let’s go build a fort!’ My dad was like, ‘No, you’ve got to build a house because when you get big, you can go and play in it or whatever,” she recalled. “It was probably a six-month project whenever I was younger. All we did then was create the core and the outer shell. We protected it with tar paper for water resistance,” she said. “That’s kind of how it stayed until right before I went to college,” she added. McKean had the idea to convert the post mounted fort when she was a college student and didn’t want to fork out $850 a month for housing her freshman year. She said the project, which she began with her dad James Matson, 53, took about six months. Her inflation buster features a bedroom, kitchen, living space, a bathroom and a front porch. It is connected to the family’s solar energy and water supply.
McKean’s mother, “Somare” who helped her daughter’s design dreams for the home come true and she spent 6 months implementing the interiors with her daughter. “You have this dream as a kid and you don’t necessarily think it’s going to come true, but it eventually does — and it’s like totally better than what you could have thought!” said Somare.
McKean and her Mom are not alone. Rent these days is constantly increasing and many people have a rough time making those payments. This has caused a surge in people finding creative ways to find a place to live. 21-year-old Aniah Warne, of Boisie, Idaho, was one of those people, as it was revealed that she transformed a shed into a house in her parents’ backyard, and she doesn’t have to pay a penny in rent! Only a couple steps away from her parents’ house.
She said, “I do live in a shed. This is my shed.” The backyard features stone walkways and plenty of lush greenery. There are two ways to access the renovated shed. Walking up to her home, Aniah explained, “So I have this step right here that is like a little porch, and this wall opens up.” There is also an entryway door on the side of the shed turned into a house that can access the room. She shared, “So I have my desk, a TV, my bed, and then this is the view sitting in my bed. And then I have my nightstand with essentials, a cute little chair, plant, shelves, fridge. I have this mirror to look at outfits and then this is my closet.” The space looks like a dorm room, just right for a college student like Aniah. The small walk-in closet is enough for one person and has shelves and bars to hang her clothes and accessories. “I can walk like 10 feet inside the main house and there’s the bathroom [and] there’s the kitchen,” she said. “When it’s hot, I have an AC. When it’s cold, I have a heater, and when it’s temperate, I just leave the door open,” she said. The shed turned into a house set up is quite impressive, and one viewer remarked, “I don’t get how people can see this and not want to do the same thing.”
If you do not feel constructive or crafty, Home Depot and other improvement stores will sell you prefab tiny houses and some will even put them together for you.
Cheap apartment jokes
I’m coming out of retirement to build tiny houses.
I just need a little structure.
I live in an apartment complex, so I have neighbors left to right and below me. One day I asked my neighbor if he was interested in splitting the cost of my Wi-Fi 50/50 so he could also use it. He agreed. I went on to my other neighbor downstairs and asked him the same thing. Now both my neighbors are paying for my Wi-Fi.
So I was browsing my local classifieds for an apartment when…
…I found one which said that the apartment had a “View to the future.”
Obviously, I called the guy, and apparently, you could see the cemetery through the front window.
Nan: How do you like your new studio apartment?
Dan: I have no room for complaint.
October 2nd Birthdays
1987 – Camilla Belle, 1988 – Hina Khan, 1991 – Samantha Barks, 1971 – Kelly Ripa
1869 – Mahatma Ghandi, 1951 – “Sting” 1896 – Bud Abbott, 1890 – Groucho Marx