With rent prices continuously skyrocketing, many have resorted to transforming buses, shipping containers, pickup trucks, and other unconventional spaces into their homes.
One of these resourceful people is YouTube user 007craft who built an entire “apartment” out of a small storage unit.
In an eight minute and 49 second video, 007craft gives a grand tour of his humble abode, complete with a kitchen, closet, and bar.
According to Uproxx, the man found himself homeless upon returning from a hiking trip, which led to his clever idea to live in a storage unit. He wrote in his video’s description that he lived in the space for approximately two months, paying $205 monthly for rent.
“I managed to build shelves and organize it in a way where everything is accessible,” he wrote. “But why stop there! I decided to build shelves and a water system and setup my actual apartment so I could live there. I was moving in! I ended up living in the unit for around two months. I only spent around $100 making the space as efficient as I did, mostly because I already owned so much hardware. The cost of rent on my unit was $205 a month (which included insurance). A bargain, considering an apartment in the area was $1000+ a month.”
While it is quite impressive that he was able to access power, create a water system, and fit all of his belongings in this space, many commenters questioned how he showered or used the bathroom.
One commenter, who had seen the story on Reddit, compiled a “frequently asked questions” list based on the responses 007craft shared with fellow Redditors.
“The building I was in had two customer bathrooms. They were single stall too, so private,” 007craft said.
As for showering, he made excellent use of his gym membership and bathed there.
“I workout (sic) every day so Im (sic) always clean. I did have plans to build a pop-up shower that attached to the bathroom sink with a hose (hot water) and trickle down through a popup stall. This would have worked because the bathroom was large and had a floor drain. Ultimately, I did not stay long enough to actually make it.”
In the video, 007craft shows when he finally moves into an actual apartment. At the time of filming, he was still working on moving all of his stuff into his new home.
Although he has much more space and doesn’t have to build amenities anymore, he noted that he plans to construct a rock climbing wall — for funsies.
For a single person in a financial bind, who doesn’t mind being cramped and is in need of a space to call home, this seems like a brilliant idea. But, families and claustrophobes may want to consider a different route.
Banner Photo Credit: Flickr, Mike Mozart