Johnny works as a housekeeper and makes less than $20,000 each year.
For years he’s lived in a tiny apartment behind a (big) house in San Francisco, CA.
Ten years ago he decided that he’d had enough with the high living expenses that were eating away at his modest income.
His search for another place to live led him to the Big Island of Hawaii, where he bought an empty lot in a failed 1970s subdivision for only $3,000!
With no mortgage and a meager income (by his own choosing) Johnny set to work building his new tiny dream home.
Tiny House and Tiny Budget
Johnny didn’t have a lot of cash, and he knew the banks wouldn’t give him a mortgage.
Not only was his income low, but he house he wanted to build, about 400 square feet, wouldn’t be approved for a mortgage anyways.
After all, no one wants to buy a 400 square foot house…right?
So faced with no loan and a zoning commission that didn’t like the idea either, Johnny thought of a way forward.
He got around the zoning issues by telling the inspectors that he was building a two-story home with a detached garage. He had plans drawn up and approved.
He started with just the garage and it took him 10 years, but eventually he finished. He never did build the house! (Nor did he ever intend to…shhh)
- 480 square feet (20′ x 24′
- grows most of his own food
- no water or sewer bill (has a septic system and collects rain water)
- reclaimed a lot of material. The only thing new was the mattress and box spring
The first thing that hit me about Johnny is his insane patience. This man can wait for YEARS and still keep the faith. Such an inspirational story.
For more information you can visit Johnny’s website here.