With today’s building codes how can you get away with building a garage so that you can convert it into a studio to live in instead of having to construct an entire 1500 square foot plus house on your land?
Is that even possible? Here’s the story of how one guy did it in Hawaii.
Johnny purchased a plot of land with $3000 cash about ten years ago.
He had always wanted a tiny house, but couldn’t get that passed by the city.
So Johnny came up with a great idea. He presented plans for a large house with a separated 400 square foot two car garage and got it approved.
Then he went ahead and built the garage first and got it all inspected and approved legally.
Each 18.5′ by 6′ houseboat fits up to three bunks and is propelled by a combination of pedal and solar power.
The solar drive isn’t strong enough to allow for direct solar power propulsion and the best way to move about is to pedal.
At a pedaling rate of 50 rotations per minute, Thiel’s design can puff along at four miles an hour.
Keep in mind that the average cyclist pedals at around 60 rotations per minutes and professionals can do nearly twice that!
A cute and cozy Escargot canal cruiser
Thiel, now 91 years old, is a naval architect who started enthusing about and building human-powered boats when he was a teenager. Born in Brooklyn and now relocated to Seattle, Thiel has only driven an automobile twice in his life. Houseboats, though, he’s steered plenty of times.