Since I am spending some time in Detroit, Michigan for the winter I decided to reach out to my cousin, Charlie Zink, who blogs about his adventures biking around the streets of Detroit and taking photos of the interesting things he finds there.
Charlie comes across quite a few amazing gems on his adventures so I asked if he had ever seen tiny or small houses in the city.
His search for tiny spaces yielded some pretty neat results. I thought I would share two of them with you today.
One appears to be a crudely made shelter and the other a small abandoned building that may have some use in the future. Scroll down to see more.
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On his ride Charlie found this interesting shelter, and as he says, “The small place appears to be built by a homeless person from scrap found in the area. It is tucked in between two abandoned factories on Erskine Street and looks to be well made. I didn’t get too close though.”
When you look closely at the photograph it appears as though the little space might be made out of thick rigid foam to appear like an igloo, but the design is superb. I even admire the splash of embellishment on the gable above the door and the tiny window frame on the front. Makes me wonder if similar spaces could be made as movable homeless shelters in cities where people are struggling, such as Detroit.
Not far from this little shelter stands a teeny, graffiti covered, 2 story blockhouse. Apparently it was built a couple of years ago. It is very close to the historic Eastern Market and was recently purchased after being abandoned. I love the design with the incredible windows and have to wonder what purpose of the nearly windowless first floor was. Because of its “factory-chic” aesthetic, the little building doesn’t seem to blend in much with the neighborhood which is one of the things I love about it. Perhaps next year I can find out what the new owners did with the small building.
Charlie tells me there are more places, even historic neighborhoods, with very small spaces. Before the holidays are over I hope to see more. At one time small homes, not McMansions, were the norm. In many cities, these homes may be small enough to go undetected if they are tucked behind larger buildings. Have you ever gone on a tiny house scavenger hunt in your own town?
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