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.
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How to live legally mortgage-free in a garage converted studio
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Once he was done, Johnny sent a letter explaining that he’s done and will only be building the garage.
He sort of tricked them, didn’t he? But so far, it’s worked. And I wonder… Can this method be used in more areas?
Johnny collects all of his water from the roof and has his own garden because of the great year round weather.
He’s been able to build his own house mortgage-free and has never made more than $20,000 a year.
It did take him around ten years to do it, but hey, that’s better than 20-40 years with a mortgage.
Read the original article over at Faircompanies: Mortgage-free tiny home on a housekeeper’s salary.
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