Peter Simon isn’t your typical young, mortgage-burdened college grad.
He’s content with 300 square feet.
Already married with a son, Peter opted for the small life when he realized he was old enough to start making a difference in the world.
What’s fascinating about Peter’s story is that he’s not an engineering or architecture grad. He studied film and theater at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
But after partnering with Moraine Park Technical College students, he made his tiny house dream come alive.
Peter and his wife used to live in a 3 bedroom 2 story house – the way many Americans do. But he increasingly felt something lacking.
It’s about doing more with less. It’s about enjoying people and not things. It is some people’s response to the wasteful ‘McMansion’ trend.
Peter works as an audio / visual technology specialist at Moraine Park Technical College. He sought out the assistance of a fellow instructor and his students.
The students had to create a project for their semester-long class, and chose to build Peter’s tiny house for course credit.
About the construction Peter said that,
We sort of did it as we went along. It’s just like building a regular house, the size of the walls are the same, the materials are the same. It’s nice to be able to build a whole house in a few weeks.
Cities and states have varying regulations and zoning requirements for tiny houses. Most are treated like RVs, and hook up to electricity and water services in similar ways.
The total cost for Peter’s house was under $15,000. Sounds like a great deal to me, what do you think?
Learn more about Peter’s decision to join the tiny house movement in the video below: