Most middle school students are just focused on trying to pass their algebra finals … but not Luke Thill of Dubuque Iowa. Actually, Luke didn’t know what to do with himself over summer break, so he decided to embark on a very ambitious project.
As you can see, he built his very own tiny house in his parents’ backyard! The entire structure was constructed on just $1,500—money that Luke raised himself by mowing lawns and doing other chores for his neighbors. He also was able to raise additional funds through donations online.
Not only did Luke do an amazing job, but he took a green approach. About three quarters of the supplies used in the home’s construction was recycled or upcycled in some way.
Did he build everything himself? No—in fact, he even bartered for some of the technical work needed. But he did do the majority of the construction with his own two hands.
The abode measures just 89 square feet. It still has no plumbing, but it does have electricity. Commenting on the size, Luke shows off his dry sense of humor, commenting, “I liked the minimalism. And I wanted to have a house without a huge mortgage.”
Luke does his homework inside his own tiny house now, and sometimes even sleeps out there. Considering his initiative, I would say he’s earned that bit of independence.
Want to find out what the house is like inside? Take a tour in the video below:
Way to go, Luke—your house is amazing, and your can-do attitude is an inspiration for building enthusiasts of all ages!