Guy lives in dumpster he renovated himself for $5,000

But this isn't your average dumpster, it's got just about everything you need - a bed, a fridge, and even a Ring Doorbell camera.

by | Published on 14th Jun 2023

This guy lives in a dumpster he built and renovated for £4,000 (USD $5,000). 

Meet Harrison Marshall, a 28-year-old designer living in London. 

When Marshall returned from a couple of years working abroad in Central America and Southeast Asia, he realized he’d been priced out of London rentals.

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So, to avoid spending his $1,850 monthly salary on a dingy rental apartment, Marshall looked for alternatives. 

And that’s how he ended up calling a dumpster home. 

This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill dumpster though, Marshall turned it into a legit home with a real bed and everything. 

Marshall invested about $5,000 and dedicated three weeks to building the tiny home.

Using the dumpster as the base, Marshall constructed a timber frame on top, clad with cedar shingles to make it watertight. 

Meanwhile, the interior is clad in plywood sheets and the roofing is made from recycled plastic and aluminum. 

Inside, Marshall has a tiny fridge, a tap and sink, an induction cooktop, and a bed. 

The bed is up a small ladder, with a window for ventilation and enough room to sit up. 

The 28-year-old admits “it’s a bit awkward to climb up” to the bed and the “fridge is tiny, almost pointless” but he makes it work.

While he doesn’t have a bathroom inside the skip house, he has a portaloo on site and uses the showers at his gym or work (which is just a 10-minute bike ride away). 

Marshall told there were “of course some inconveniences” especially now it was getting warmer, “but overall it’s pretty nice”. 

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Oh, and to prevent any thefts, Marshall also has a Ring Doorbell Camera set up at the front of the dumpster. 

So, dumpster divers beware. 



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