Harrison Marshall, CEO of CAUKIN Studio, created a livable space out of a dumpster in London to tackle the city's high living costs. The unconventional dwelling serves as an art piece reflecting the housing crisis, but Harrison plans to move out in the near future.
28-Year-Old Pays $62 A Month To Live In A Dumpster He Built For $5,000
An individual has described what it's like to live in a dumpster in London.
While dumpster diving may be a familiar activity, what about dumpster living?
London has maintained its ranking as the fourth most expensive city to live in the world, according to ECA, despite the cost of living crisis, which has seen inflation in the UK reach a 30-year high.
Even though it wouldn't be at the top of most people's lists when looking for a flat, one man decided to get inventive after spotting trash near where he wanted to reside in the city.
Harrison Marshall arrived in London after working abroad in Southeast Asia and Central America with the intention of settling down. He soon realized, though, that he might not even be able to afford the cost of a shed.
Harrison began researching into dumpsters, or what we Brits refer to as skips, in search of the next best thing and housing that wouldn't use almost all of his $1,850 monthly wage and risk his potential to save up to buy a property of his own in the future.
I'm not sure what else will scream "cost of living crisis" if it doesn't.
Harrison, though, had a plan in place.
As you can see, Harrison is the CEO of CAUKIN Studio, a small architectural firm.
So, equipped with his knowledge, a Southwark dumpster base that cost $62 a month (£49 per month), and experience working with up-and-coming artists on a project to make art out of dumpsters, Harrison set out to spruce up the dumpster and make it into a livable house.
Above the ladder Harrison takes to enter his property, the video shows the fenced-off area where the dumpster is kept, with its front hatch even featuring a Ring doorbell camera.
Harrison's dumpster has a mezzanine-style bed on "four built-in wooden boxes" for clothes, making it feel almost like the Tardis on the inside.
A small sink, an induction cooktop, and an eight-can portable mini fridge are all that Harrison has in the kitchen on the opposite side of the trash can.
The Londoner uses the restrooms at his gym, a laundromat, and his own shower to clean his clothes.
In addition, it cost Harrison less than he would probably spend for approximately five months' worth of rent in a standard London apartment, coming to "about $5,000 (£4,000)"; Massey later discovered that a one-bed apartment on the same street costs £1,700 per month ($2,100).
The architect clarified it in a piece for CNBC: "Building supplies including timber, insulation, and fixings [cost] $4,620 (£3,660) [and] interior furnishing, including storage and foam mattress [cost] $380 (£300)."
Harrison stated that his water supply "consists of a hose pipe that runs from a neighbor's property" and that his energy cost is "so small it's included in [his] land sponsorship" to make you cry even harder.
He's smiling because his wifi costs $20 per month (£16 per month).
Harrison resolves: "With its ups and downs, I’ve turned my living situation into an art piece.”
"It shines a light on the absurdity of London’s housing crisis in a way that makes people smile and think.”
"[...] I don’t recommend replicating it. I hope that I can move out soon, but I certainly won’t be swapping it for no savings and a small, damp room."