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Published: Mar 29, 2016
VIDEO: Man Rents Wooden 'Pod' In Friends Living Room For $500 A Month In San Francisco
by Tashi Singh

See some dude in San Francisco who built a wooden "pod" in his friend's living room in order to save on rent money.

25-year-old illustrator Peter Berkowitz shared a post to his blog that explains how building and living in the wooden box came to pass.

"Three weeks ago, with the help of friends who had touched power tools before, I started building a pod for me to live out of in my friend's living room," he wrote.

Berkowitz forks over $508 a month to live in the pod in the 3br apartment. $400 goes towards his rent and the additional $108 is for the $13k cost of constructing the pod.

Berkowitz is well aware of the perceived silliness of his living situation, but argues that "silliness is endemic to San Francisco's absurdly high housing prices - the pod is just a solution that works for me."

Besides saving him money on rent, Berkowitz describes the pod as "the coziest bedroom I've ever had." There is a fold down desk and slanted headboard to make activities such as reading and working on a laptop comfortable.

"You can definitely hang out in there," he told ABC News. "It's an intimate space. The reason I thought I could make something I would like as much as any other bedroom is because the only things I do [in there] are read and use my computer."

Berkowitz has offered to provide advice to anyone interested in constructing their own pod.

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