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Welcome - my name is Kevin Klinkenberg, and this site "The Messy City" is my blog and company website. I started blogging on urban planning and design issues in 2007, and began working in the field in 1993. Please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media sites listed here. Thanks for reading.

A House Hacking Catalog

A House Hacking Catalog


About a year ago, I wrote a long post on how house hacking can combine with a car-lite lifestyle to hack the American dream. That post inspired a partnership with the Project for Lean Urbanism to produce a House Hacking Catalog.

Here’s what Brian Falk, Director of the Project for Lean Urbanism has to say about this catalog:

House hacking offers a low-barrier path to building wealth, entering the small-scale development field, and improving neighborhoods. We’d seen many articles recommending it, and a few how-tos, but nothing that laid out the various options for building types, rental types, construction and financing. So we worked with Kevin Klinkenberg, a three-time house hacker and member of the Incremental Developer group, to create a House Hacking Catalog. We think it will be a valuable tool in the Lean Urbanism toolkit.

I’m excited to share this product with readers of this site, and it’s been graciously allowed by the team to be free of charge.

The catalog dives deep with specific examples of building types, rental types and explores renovation versus new construction. It includes case studies from several people who’ve done it successfully. And, it gives an overview of common questions related to financing and regulatory issues.

I’d very much like to thank the Project for Lean Urbanism, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Brian Falk in particular. I’d also like to thank all the people who contributed their individual stories.

You can download the catalog by clicking here or at the Project for Lean Urbanism’s website.

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