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Living in a box: One man’s unusual way to cut rental costs

by • April 3, 2016 • No Comments

When Illustrator Peter Berkowitz discovered which house rental costs in San Francisco were too expensive for his budget, he did a bit of outside the box considering (well, technically within it) and enlisted the assist of a few handy friends. Together they created a small wooden pod for US$1,300, with Berkowitz and so installing the Living Pod in the living room of a pal’s house and paying $400 per month in rent.

  • The interior of the Living Pod comes with a fold-down desk, a cushioned backboard, and a light
  • The Living Pod is created of wood
  • The Living Pod measures only 8 x 3.5 x 4.5 ft (2.4 x 1 x 1.4 ...
  • Notwithstanding the lack of privacy and room to stretch, the Living Pod appears to suit Berkowitz's ...

While we’ve covered a lot of small homes on Gizmag, this is the initially small home withinaliving room which we’ve seen. But “home” is maybe a stretch and oversized cabin bed maybe additional applicable. According to the Washington Post, Berkowitz himself derives inspiration of the Japanese Capsule Hotels.

The Living Pod is created of wood and measures only 8 x 3.5 x 4.5 ft (2.4 x 1 x 1.4 m), so it is quite snug within. Berkowitz created a few effort to ensure the interior layout is as effortless as possible, yet, and it comes with a bed, fold-down desk, a cushioned backboard, and a light.

We have no word on whether the $400 rent comes with the use of storage space and the bathroom in the host’s house, but may expect so. There are a few other obvious concerns too, such as the relative lack of privacy and the awkwardness when delivering home a guest, but the arrangement appears to suit Berkowitz.

“Yes, living in a pod is silly,” says Berkowitz. “But the silliness is endemic to San Francisco’s absurdly high housing prices – the pod is only a solution which works for me. Many individuals have apartments with the space/capacity to house another man but select not to for the reason there isn’t an beautiful way to do so.

Temporary partitions contribute poor privacy, especially in terms of sound. They in addition tend to ruin whatever room they’re in – you are less most likely to use your living room if it doubles as a bedroom.”

Berkowitz thinks the Living Pod may fill a gap in the market for individuals like him who require an low-priced place to rest their head, or those wanting to rent out a few space for a little extra cash. With this in mind, he asks those interested in owning a Living Pod to get in touch with him (via the source link below).

Source: Peter Berkowitz

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