Video: Family Lives in 320-Square-Foot 'Shotgun Shack'

Having trouble qualifying for a home loan? Then consider what this inventive family of three did and buy yourself a Mississippi-style "shotgun shack."

Sick of working two jobs apiece to pay the mortgage on their 2,000-square-foot home, Debra and her husband Gary decided to give it all up and start over – by purchasing a 320-square-foot shack for $15,000 cash.

The video below, first submitted to the blog on an open call for videos of tiny homes, shows the couple and their teenage son living mortgage-free in their surprisingly spacious abode.

The home includes a walk-in closet, conventional-sized appliances and even a lofted bedroom for their son that, the family boasts, is big enough to host sleepovers. Watch the video below to see just how far a little ingenuity can take you, even in today's prohibitive mortgage market.

Would you live in a 320-square-foot home?
Sure, why not? Nothing beats living mortgage-free!1 (50.0%)
No way! Where would my 50" plasma fit?1 (50.0%)

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It is a cute home, but I wonder why they bought a 2000 sq foot house originally if they only have the one son? And then to have to work 2 jobs to pay the mortgage? Why didn't they just go to a court property auction and buy a place like some of my neighbors have done here. 1500 sq. ft. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, jacuzzi, community pool, nice townhouse, double garage and for less than these people paid for their 320 sq. ft. Save money, retain space and comfort. It might be nice as a cottage or weekend summer place I just hope that they don't consume a lot of beans or cabbage!

August 05 2011 at 4:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That is FAMTASTIC! Would love to be that frugal while providing for my family, perhaps 2 on a lot, one for the aging parents.

August 01 2011 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hi we might be interested in this down the road. does anybody know how i can get ahold of her and or her husband to ask questions and where can i buy the plans to make a replica ? thank you

July 11 2011 at 12:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sama taylor

That is just the cutest little house i've seen on aol, :)

July 09 2011 at 2:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Macy Moore

If it was just me and the hubby living here, and we spent more time at work than at home, I'd say this would be great. But this family consists not only of a husband and wife, but an older child as well, and they're all home, all the time. Very, very, strange.

July 09 2011 at 1:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Why is it strange for 3 who are there and not when it would be 2 who work?

August 01 2011 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

sounds like a quiet peaceful life

July 08 2011 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


July 08 2011 at 2:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I like the concept. In these economic times, I should start a business building small houses, who's in?

July 08 2011 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

if more people would take these peoples examples we wouldnt have a fallen through housing market. we wouldnt have communities with 50%+ foreclosed homes. who cares about a fire exit bet the kid can punch through the roof. who cares about space the house is beautiful and its paids off. how many of you commenting talking crap about them can say you own your home scot free. Prolly only one of you and i bet mommy and daddy money paid it off not your hard work.

July 08 2011 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Iam just concerned that if there is a fire the son only has one exit for his bedroom, they would make me nervous as a parent.

July 08 2011 at 10:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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