Austin´s house is only 130 square feet, but it makes him a homeowner without a mortgage before he´s even finished high school.
Austin always thought it would be cool to build a tree house, but once he found out you could build homes on a trailer to make them mobile, he quickly changed his mind. Basing his house on the popular Fencl Tumbleweed House model, Austin began construction in July of 2010. He bought a trailer for $2,000 at a used car dealership in Oregon just a few hours from his home in Sonoma County, California. Over the past year, Austin has slowly built up the tiny home with help from his father and friends. He’s gotten materials out of scrap yards and recycling centers as well as donations from family and friends. All of the doors and windows are salvaged and the wiring was scrap from an electrician friend.
The video gives a guided tour of the tiny house and shows it in various stages of completion. It includes reactions and interviews with his friends and family as well. Austin’s sense of pride and joy at accomplishing the home is well earned, and shared by his grandfather, whose interview in the clip is especially touching. Check it out!
When other kids of his age spend numerous hours surfing the internet, he on the other hand has gained a lot of knowledge about construction, materials and building in general...not to mention he has completed a goal that many adults haven't achieved yet!
Credits: Kirsten Dirksen
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