Looking to downsize? You can own 'Sparty's Cabin,' a tiny house with all the hookups

Are you looking to downsize? If so, then this tiny house might be for you.

October 19, 2016

By: Brandon Champion, bchampio@mlive.com, MLive

EAST LANSING, MI – Are you looking to downsize? If so, then this tiny house might be for you.

Dubbed "Sparty's Cabin," the tiny house is up for auction through the Michigan State University Surplus Store. It's a project hand-built by students in the MSU Shadows Program. [and the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction]

Among the key features of the little house are the hand-crafted wood counter top, shelves and sliding door.

Bidding on the structure is open until 1 p.m. on Nov. 19. The minimum bid that will be accepted is $35,000. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for this style tiny house is $61,000

The structure was built on a trailer, allowing it to be easily transported from place to place. Sparty's Cabin includes traditional hook ups for sewer, water and electricity. However, it can be retrofitted in the future to go off the grid.

This can be accomplished by capturing rainwater, using 100 percent solar power energy and adding a composting toilet.

Once constructed, the tiny house is 177 square feet of space that sleeps three, and features both an upstairs with a sleeping loft and storage and a downstairs with a great room/kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.

All proceeds will benefit the School of Planning, Design and Construction, including programmatic and student support for the Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, and Urban Planning departments.

Bids can be made online. The winning bidder will be responsible for payment of all applicable taxes on the full purchase price.

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