A University of Michigan computer science junior has moved into a 170-square-foot home he built himself.
Christopher Cerk, a 21-year-old from Traverse City decided to build his own home after finding student housing to be too expensive. Cerk, who spent his first year at the university in one of its biggest dormitories, decided he would build a tiny house to save money. And as he moves back to Ann Arbor for his junior year, he is taking it with him.
"Less stuff makes life a lot easier, I think," Cerk said. "It frees you." But his real issue was cost so he decided to find an alternative.
“Everyone else in the beginning was like, ‘you’re crazy man, what are you doing?’" Cerk said. Even his own mother was a skeptic until he convinced her moving into a tiny house would lead to big savings.
"I was roaming the internet for solutions," he said. "My mom shut down the VW van solution. I just kind of stumbled upon tiny houses and it was a pretty good fit." It took him more than 700 hours to build the structure over the last two summers, costing around $13,000.
“Rents pretty expense in Ann Arbor. It's like 800 a month, even on north campus, and so this is saving a lot of money and I'll be able to keep it after and live in it after college as well,” he added.