In an interview with the New York Times, Mercer explained that it was the frustrating difficulty of buying a home in New York City that inspired her to take matters into her own hands. “In New York, if you want to buy, you have to couple off, unless you have an inheritance,” Ms. Mercer said. “This is a conceivable way to do it with a single income.”
Mercer estimates that her DIY tiny home, designed by herself on a program called Sketchup, will end up costing around $30,000. Once she had her building plan set, she ordered a trailer bed for $2,650 and started to build the structure on top of the wheeled base in a leased warehouse space in Crown Heights.
A complete novice at construction, Mercer initially sought assistance from her furniture maker former boyfriend to begin the building process. Although she purchased new wood for the frame and walls, her building plan includes a zero waste creed and she tries to repurpose leftover wood scraps whenever possible. Additionally, she has been able to use various reclaimed materials in the construction such as recycled denim insulation and windows from an old farmhouse.
In springtime, Mercer has plans to complete the roof of her ambitious abode and install everything needed on the interior. Once the last details are complete, she’ll just need to figure out where to put her handmade home. Her dream is to move somewhere surrounded by nature. “That’s the idea,” she told the NY Times. “I want to live in it and have it be in nature and not in a concrete warehouse.”
Via NY Times
Images via Miko Mercer’s Instagram