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How A 13-Year-Old Boy Built His Own Tiny House With Just $1,500

Owning a home can be a daunting and expensive decision for anyone. People usually plan and save for years before going on such a venture. Well, that's certainly not the case for this gifted 13-year-old!


1. A Bold Idea Came To His Mind In Summer

According to Luke, he "wanted something to do during summer." While browsing the video-sharing site, he came across several videos about "Tiny Houses" as well as instructional videos. "Tiny House" is a kind of home that can meet all the needs of a regular-sized house. Luke instantly decided to build his own tiny house.


2. How Can He Build It?

School summer is the best time of the year for schoolboys. They get to kick back, relax, and hang out with friends. Taking on a project like building a house didn't sound like what Luke could handle. Knowing that he would need to pull all resources to get the project started, he did what most kids never do - he asked his parents, who gave him guidance but left the rest to him.


3. He Did All The Chores To Raise Money

Word of his big project soon spread throughout the neighborhood, and everyone was impressed with Luke's decision. To save up money to get the project started, he did odd jobs for the neighborhood, such as mowing lawns, cleaning out garages, and doing other chores. Luke raised $1,500 at last!


4. Recycled and Reused

"Tiny House" philosophy not only advocates small houses and simple living, it also promotes using recycled items to build the house. While working for his neighbors, Luke also collected loads of materials he could use.


5. Asking Neighbors For Help

Although there are many things that you can learn from a DIY video, sometimes, you still need an expert to help, for example, wiring a house for electricity. Luke not only worked for money, but also for exchanging expert services. You see it’s important to have some warm-hearted neighbors.


6. Starting A Youtube Channel

Hearing that a young boy was going to build a house, Luke’s friends and people around the neighborhood were all very excited and curious. They kept asking Luke about his progress. Luke took the chance to start a Youtube channel so that people could be updated. Guess what happened next?


7. Media Attention

When one day Luke was called into the principal’s office, he was nervous and stressed. That usually only happens when a student had done something wrong. But that day turned out to be a good day for Luke because a local media outlet wanted to interview him and write a story. Luke was going to be famous!


8. Get Down To Business

Attention from neighborhoods and the media served as a great encouragement for Luke. The boy made up his mind to get the project completed. He did not have too much to worry with the $1500, necessary materials and extensive research.


9. A Small Setback

Luke wanted his tiny house to be different through a series of creative ideas. He first decided to make a DIY countertop using broken piece of colored glasses and glaze. But unfortunately the result was a disaster: the liquids leaked through the mold he used and it was difficult to clean up. For Luke, it was still a nice try though!


10. TinyFest

As his tiny home came into form, more and more people became interested in his project, and he became popular across the country. A representative at TinyFest even invited him to deliver a speech at the TinyFest Festival. Honour came one after another. But how about his house?


11. Is The House Livable

So far, Luke was near completing his project. This 87-square foot house has two floors and is almost fully furnished. But plumbing remained a problem because plumbing infrastructure proved too great a task. He finally decided to use the restroom in his family house.


12. First Night In The Tiny House

Luke couldn’t wait to spend one night in the house to check whether it was habitable or not. In a cold winter night, he slept in his new bed for the first time. The next morning, this hard-working boy happily announced that the house was warm enough to live in!


13. Completion!

Luke made a video tour of his completed house and uploaded it to his Youtube channel. The video got 7.5 million views and helped increased the channel’s subscribers to 16,000! Many viewers commented that Luke’s house had given them the inspiration to start their own project. Others shared what they do at Luke’s age.


14. A Place To Call His Own

The tiny house looked decent and beautiful outside, but like us you must be curious about its inside. Well, you’ll be impressed once you see it! The tiny home includes a kitchen, living area, dining area, and a separate bedroom, which is located upstairs.


15. Look Closer

If you step into the house, you’ll never believe your eyes. The kitchen is equipped with a small fridge, an electric stove top, and bottled water; the living room is decked out with a couch and a TV. Although Luke was not prepared to live in it, what happened next shocked him…


16. He Made The Front Page

Word of the completed tiny house spread like wildfire across the country. Luke made the front page of Des Moines Register and the Telegraph Herald! ABC’s show Good Morning America even reported him. People flow to Iowa to get a private tour of the house.


17. Inspiration And Admiration

People wondered why Luke decided to build the tiny house, Luke’s answer was very un-teenager-like. He stated that he “wanted to have a house without a huge mortgage.” Wow!


18. Tiny T-Shirt

After the success of his tiny house, Luke headed into the online selling field. With a large group of fans and supporters rooting for him, Luke decided to release his own line of merchandise, with sweatshirts and T-shirts he designed himself.


19. Mistakes And Regrets

When asked about his overall experience of building the house, Luke said there were some regrets and mistakes. If he had the second chance, he would have done some things differently.

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