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Traverse City man trades apartment for tiny house

Chapman said now the plan is to drive his tiny home across the country so he can live in Oregon.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mi (WPBN/WGTU) -- You've probably seen tiny homes on TV and online, but a Traverse City man has spent the last year building his very own.

Briggs Chapman said he spent nearly $20,000 and countless hours, realizing his dream of owning his very own tiny home.

Chapman got the idea when he was living in a studio apartment and noticed all the 'wasted space.'

Chapman said now the plan is to drive his tiny home across the country so he can live in Oregon.

"So I finished college about a year ago and I decided I wanted to build myself a tiny house to work as my portfolio because I studied product design and just because I needed some place to live and I'd like to have a portable house," said Briggs Chapman, of Traverse City. "So I designed and built the entire thing from the trailer construction, to the window trim, to the furniture inside of it. It's all designed and built by me, by hand."

Chapman said he is starting a tiny home interior design company and plans on using his own home to show people what he can do.


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