A man from San Francisco is living in a plywood box in his friend’s living room—for $400 a month.
Peter Berkowitz, 25, built an 8-by-3.5-by 4.5 “bedroom pod” that took him nearly three weeks to complete.
At first, the San Francisco-based illustrator wanted to split a two bedroom apartment with a friend, but, as the rent was still too high, he figured a bedroom pod would have to do saying, “The pod is just a solution that works for me.”
Berkowitz has a bed, a fold down desk, pillows to act as a couch, and a window to let in natural light so he can read “comfortably” from anywhere on his bed—it’s “the coziest bedroom” he’s ever had, he said.
“People are typically surprised that I would want to live in a pod, but I think they tend to underestimate how pleasant a pod can be if it’s designed smartly,” Berkowitz wrote on his blog post.
The pod cost Berkowitz $1300 in total, “$550 excluding upfront capital costs,” he wrote.
Berkowitz offered his services on his blog for those who are interested in a suitable pod with a “very reasonable price.”
“I’m more interested in getting good at building pods than in making money at this point,” he wrote.
The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $3,460 a month, according to Zumper, a real-estate marketplace.