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Treehouses can be really cool, but most of us wouldn’t want to live in them.

But for Geoff de Ruiter, his tiny, elevated home is pretty much a dream come true. The British Columbia resident had searched for years for a piece of land that he both loved and could afford. However, because of the sky-high property values in parts of the province (namely, Vancouver), he was beginning to think it was a lost cause.

But that’s when he found it. Tucked away on Pender Island was a half acre of land he was able to aquire through a court-ordered sale for $35,000. With the help of some friends, and with almost no building experience, de Ruiter immediately got to work building his future dream home.

“Yeah, it’s a functional space,” he says in the video above.

Now, one year and $8,000 later, his 165 square-foot home features running water, electricity, a kitchen, bathroom and even a bedroom!

The only major downside? He has to make a 15-minute walk to the local marina for showers.

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