Update 8/30/2011: Video interview with 16 year old tiny house builder, Austin Hay

On July 21, 2011 Austin Hay was featured in the Press Democrat.

He has been building his own Fencl tiny house in the backyard of his parents house.

He plans on using it to live in now, during college and after college.

Austin currently resides in Santa Rosa and attends Analy High School, where he has two years left to go before he’s off to college.

He says he has no plans on sharing a dorm with roommates. :)

For the last year Austin has been putting all of his time, money and energy towards building this 130 square foot home.

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Photo Credit Austin Hay

He is proud to tell you that the scraps created from this project have only added up to two garbage cans.

Besides being an environmentalist he’s also motivated by wood working and the challenges the project is giving him.

Austin’s parents have been very supportive throughout the process.

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He has earned his own money to fund the project by working as a summer camp counselor and helping his father with his landscaping business.

They have estimated the project to cost just $12,000. Not bad for a fully featured tiny house! Especially considering it would normally cost about $20,000 to build yourself.

How To Get Your Own Fencl Tiny House Plans

tumbleweed fencl tiny house design 150x150   Update on Austin Hay, the 16 Year Old Tiny House BuilderMaterial costs to build yourself: $23,000

Build on a 7′x 18′ trailer or regular foundation

Costs to buy plans: $859

Costs to have it built for you: $53,997

[+] Tumbleweed’s Fencl Design And How To Get Building Plans

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