At Just 16, This Teenager Became A Homeowner By Building His Very Own Tiny Home
Based on plans that were donated to him by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company's Jay Shafer, Austin Hay decided to begin building his own tiny home. The most fascinating thing about Austin's story may not be that he decided to build a tiny home, but that he was still in high school when he made the decision.
One of the things Austin liked most about the idea of building and owning his own tiny home was that he could avoid a mortgage yet still be a homeowner. Many people find the idea of owning a mortgage-free tiny house rather appealing, as having a mortgage on a home can be incredibly costly. Watch as Austin introduces us to his very own tiny home in the works.
How did Austin decide to take this on? As he told Inhabitat magazine, "My parents' house burnt down 5 years ago and my dad took over as main contractor to save money, so I learned as he went along and picked it up fast … I love to learn how things work and architecture is going to be part of my studies in college." The cool thing is, Austin wasn't even aware he was part of a movement as he began this project, saying, "I have heard of the tiny house movement and a lot of people say I'm part of it. And I'm glad to be part of it and show that it's easy to build one of these and anyone can do it."
It's awesome to see his progress.