09/12 University of Michigan junior joins growing tiny house movement

Chris Cerk talks with his mother, Cheryl Cerk who helps him move into the "Tiny House" he built to live in for his junior year at the University of Michigan. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)

Chris Cerk talks with his mother, Cheryl Cerk who helps him move into the “Tiny House” he built to live in for his junior year at the University of Michigan. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)


Cerk is taking the money he would normally spend in Ann Arbor — where a studio apartment can run up to $750/month in rent — and putting it toward his tiny house… He’s planning to make the house his home for the next couple of years as he finishes up his computer science degree.

“I’ll save a little bit of money as compared to paying rent,” he said, “but I’ll have it when I’m done with school and can take it where ever I go.”

The house was actually plan B. Cerk originally wanted to live in a Volkswagen bus, but his mom wasn’t buying in.

“I wasn’t so keen on that, especially with Michigan winters,” Cheryl Cerk of Traverse City said. “He convinced me. I thought he was crazy, but he was determined.”

With the bus idea shut down, Cerk began looking for another option. He soon focused on the burgeoning tiny house movement….

Read more at http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/09/12/university-michigan-student-builds-tiny-house/71776656/

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Elaine Walker