13-Year-Old Boy Builds Incredible Tiny Home

If you've always dreamed of building your own tiny house but felt it was too daunting a challenge, here is some inspiration for you. A 13-year-old boy has built his own tiny home in his family's backyard. It took him 1 1/2 years and about $1,500.

Luke says when he was younger he stumbled onto tiny houses on YouTube and became fascinated by them. The family owns four acres of land, so his parents gave him permission to take on the challenge.

“We told him he had to have the financial responsibility of it, raise the money and choose the materials and stay in the budget,” Luke's dad, Greg Thill, told ABC News.

Luke raised money for his project by mowing lawns and an online fundraiser. He scavenged for recycled materials. He also bartered a lot. "I have a neighbor who is a professional electrician, so I cleaned his garage out and he taught me how to wire the house," Luke said. "And in Cub Scouts, I knew a guy who was a carpet layer and I mowed at his apartment buildings and he helped me install the carpet."

Construction began in 2016 and Luke is now the proud owner of an 84-square-foot, furnished tiny home. He has a mini fridge and hot plate if he feels like cooking. He has a drop-down table if he feels like doing homework. There's a loft bed if he feels like kicking back and relaxing. If he wants to entertain, he's got some cozy seats and a flat-screen TV.

At first, he was looking for another kid who built a tiny home so he could follow that lead, but when he couldn't find one, he decided to be that kid. He hopes to inspire others.

"I thought if no one is out there, I might as well do it so I started documenting the whole process and putting it on YouTube," he says. "Now lots of kids have messaged me and showed pictures of their tiny houses that they're building and they're even younger than me."

Source: Colorful Planet, Country Living
Photos: Greg Thill

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