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18-Year-Old Student Builds 172 Sq. Ft. DIY Tiny Home for $17k

This is the story of how an 18-year-old student built her own 172 sq. ft. DIY tiny home on a trailer for only $17,000 USD.

From the outside, you’ll see it has a deck that takes you to the entrance with french doors.

When you go inside, you’ll find an open layout with a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and an upstairs sleeping loft. Enjoy the full video tour below to learn more and then re-share it below. Thank you!

18-Year-Old Student Builds 172 Sq. Ft. DIY Tiny Home

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Students DIY 172 sq ft Tiny House Loft

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Learn more: http://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com/18-year-old-builds-tiny-house/


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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • Deadrock December 21, 2015, 3:52 pm

    Good for her! Long may she be able to stay in her lovely location. Don’t know what she was studying in school, but I wonder if she is inspired to turn her experience toward the tiny house movement in some way – building, designing, working for changes in the restrictive housing laws, helping the homeless, etc. She doesn’t have to worry about getting a really well-paying job, since she has shelter taken care of, and she’s not (judging by the minuscule shoe collection) suffering from affluenza, so something socially minded or simply something she enjoys that at least covers the bills would be real possibilities.

  • Mike December 21, 2015, 7:38 pm

    Isn’t it funny how you can always tell which tiny house was built with love and consideration and personal style and which is a business proposition built with profit the only consideration?

  • robert eddins December 22, 2015, 3:45 pm

    Congratulations! You did a wonderful job. Wish we had more 18 yr olds like you.

  • Dominick Bundy February 4, 2016, 2:51 pm

    Very nice, But is there any closets ? Where does she store her pots, pans, dishes, food.. and where does she hang her clothes?

  • Theo February 4, 2016, 6:38 pm

    The interior woodwork is great. However, yet another sleeping loft. The outside is either unfinished, or just plain crappy looking.

  • Varenikje February 4, 2016, 11:57 pm

    Great looking place! I would agree with whoever said they wished they had spent their youth so constructively.

    Just one question: is there a bathroom in there anywhere? Maybe I missed it.

  • JM February 8, 2016, 4:30 pm

    It’s pretty inexpensive housing–and that counts for a lot. The sleeping loft height is dictated by the fact that these have to go under bridges. Exterior may still get siding…Good job. Can’t see for sure but maybe the siding would have a clear space of 1″ or more. Perfect to allow the underside of siding to dry, and able to allow walls to breathe. To allow this space to function I would have continuos screen at bottom of siding (keep insects out), and a covered ridge vent at top where siding meets roof. I also think that I would prefer a quick-exit window (or skylight) at the loft . Maybe something you can just push out or push open. A second means of exit from up there would be good for any house.

  • LIONEL February 13, 2016, 11:40 am

    i like th placed on diagonal. lot seems bigger. smart choice

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