Fort Wayne woman appears on HGTV’s House Hunters

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Last week on WANE 15, we told you about three area residents appearing on national TV shows. Two of those people were on game shows, and now we’re hearing about a Fort Wayne woman’s experience on HGTV’s House Hunters.

The episode aired Tuesday, January 22nd.

Kati Todd’s episode of House Hunters is special for a couple reasons:

  1. It’s in Fort Wayne
  2. It’s tiny house themed
  3. It includes thousands of dollars in renovations.

If you don’t want to know how the episode ends, we suggest you don’t read any further.

Kati did manage to find her tiny fixer upper house within her $50,000 budget.

“I don’t know exactly how impossible the task was. I’m pretty much left it up to realtor, Charity Middleton,” says Kati.

Fort Wayne doesn’t have a big tiny house presence, and that’s one of the reasons Kati wanted to be on the show.

“I was excited to just bring some national recognition to Fort Wayne. I am pretty passionate about the tiny house movement,” she says.

Kati says Fort Wayne currently has a code where you can only build houses 900-sq. feet or larger. Tiny homes start in the 600-sq. foot range.

After touring 3 houses, just like the show portrays, she made her choice.

Kati picked a $10,000 fixer upper that has just under 400-sq. feet.

“When I saw this one and I knew it was still very close in proximity to the neighborhood that I kind of fell in love with when I first moved down here, I knew it was the one I wanted.”

After months of renovations costing around $45,000, her tiny house came alive.

She gutted the entire home, ripped out a few walls, and moved her kitchen from one end to the other. She added her loft bed and a fire place.

She completed the look with a modern industrial feel, featuring copper in the kitchen.

“With the help of a lot of people, I had a lot of friends jump in to help, and a lot of family members. I knew I was going to try and tackle as much as I could on my own. So, I really felt like having that $45,000 there to spend left quite a bit to make sure I was able to get what I wanted out of that.”

Kati is very thankful for help she received. This includes Turf Care Land Management who took care of her landscaping.

Kati says it is her mission to spread the word of how great tiny living is, and try to steer the stigma of affordable housing away from the negative.

If you want to watch the full episode, click here and sign in with your TV provider.

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