The impossible dream: Having a place to call your own, but not being tied down by a massive mortgage or monthly rent. Most people already pay truckloads for just-bigger-than-a-box homes -- so why not upgrade to an actual truck? That's what California-based Alek Lisefski did, building his own tiny, moveable house for $30,000, where he's been living rent-free with his girlfriend and dog since last November.
Lisefski built the bulk of the house himself over the course of a year, to create a better living arrangement that would see him outdoors more frequently.
Effectively a studio apartment on wheels, Lisefski's home is technically deemed an RV, given that it sits atop a trailer measuring 8 feet by 20 feet. Right now, Lisefski lives in a backyard somewhere in California, where, aside from small onsite work that pays for the turf, he lives without the burden of rent. The small home has set off a larger venture of its own, which its proud owner calls The Tiny Project -- where users can download guides on building their own private palace, as well as find blog posts that endorse a sustainable lifestyle.