Michigan Couple Gets a Grant to Build an Airbnb Out of Used Tires
A West Michigan couple is about to build a house but it's not like any house you've ever seen before. This home will be built completely out of old, used tires.
Clayton Brown and Kimberly Sullivan bought about 23 acres of land in Southwest Michigan and soon discovered that there was a "gigantic mountain" of used tires on the property because part of it used to be a junkyard.
Searching for a Solution
Knowing that they needed to somehow get rid of the old tires, the couple began looking for solutions. Clayton tells WXMI-TV that recycling them wasn't an option because they could only get rid of four tires per year. Kimberly noted that the cost to have all the tires removed would be astronomical.
Couple Almost Missed a Golden Opportunity
Clayton and Kimberly say they almost dismissed an email from Airbnb as junk mail. The company sent out a mass mailing for a contest to build an original design home, completely funded by Airbnb through what it calls an 'OMG Fund.'
Kimberly tells the TV station it took a while for the idea to hit her.
"Oh, this is how we can use these tires," she said to herself. "We can built a giant tire-shaped house using the tires."
Clayton notes that using tires to build homes is a common practice in the desert.
The couple is one of 10 recipients of $100,000 which will be used to build the unique homes.