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11 Year Old Buys & Renovates Her Own Tiny Home For $800!


11-Year-Old Lauren thought this summer might be a drag because of COVID-19, but she made her own adventure when she spent the $400 she had saved up to buy an old camper! With the help of friends and family, she renovated the space into the ultimate pre-teen clubhouse for a total of just $800.

The adorable tiny house has four bunks in the back for sleepovers, and a bathroom and full kitchen! I’m sure if she decides to sell it someday, she could even make a profit. For now, she’s enjoying the fruit of her labor. Watch the local news coverage video below to hear from Lauren — she’s quite the inspiration.

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Images via WKBW TV | Buffalo, NY

Here’s the outside of her new tiny house!

A couple of before pictures!

Here are the bunks in the back of the camper.

There’s a bathroom on the left and fridge on the right.

Dinette area that turns into another sleeping area.

It’s been so cutely decorated!

What do you think of her renovation?

VIDEO: 11-year-old Attica girl buys and renovates her own tiny home

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Marsha Cowan
    August 25, 2020, 5:42 pm

    Amazing story! Beautiful little home/hangout. I’m impressed!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 26, 2020, 12:59 pm

      The ultimate compliment from someone with your experience, Marsha!

  • Sheila
    August 25, 2020, 6:00 pm

    Love the story. I beautiful. Am impressed.

  • Karen
    August 25, 2020, 6:13 pm

    Good for her! It looks awesome!

  • Linda Baker
    August 25, 2020, 7:18 pm

    Lauren and her family should be very proud – this was a big job and it turned out great – interested to know how she dumps her black water (bathroom toilet) tank though

  • Melissa Robinson
    August 25, 2020, 8:05 pm

    Wow! Lauren truly is a very special young lady, that’s for sure!! Not only is this young lady business savvy, she’s also got a very artistic eye too! I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing more from Ms. Lauren in the future! Great job kiddo!!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 26, 2020, 12:58 pm

      She will be the next face of the tiny house movement!

  • Kat
    August 25, 2020, 10:24 pm

    WOW! Very impressive! You, GO, girl!

  • Arlene McCormick
    August 26, 2020, 12:19 am

    WOW!!!! Great Job. If this is what she’s doing at 11, I can’t wait to see what shes doing by 25. You go girl!!

  • Jan
    August 26, 2020, 12:42 am

    Way to go! So creative! You did a wonderful job and you budgeted
    and did everything on a shoe string😊

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 26, 2020, 12:56 pm

      I love that she haggled for $400 “because that’s what I had in the bank.” If only we all were so frugal!

  • John Page Jr.
    August 26, 2020, 12:58 am

    Wow What a amazing job. I am very impressed. Lauren keep showing us adults how it done.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 26, 2020, 12:56 pm

      Exactly! She rocked it.

  • Maria Kentala
    August 26, 2020, 7:14 am

    Great Job! Love it! I could live in one like this full time.

  • Linda
    August 26, 2020, 3:35 pm

    Great job,
    Wow

  • Sandra Hanks
    August 26, 2020, 3:49 pm

    How does she have running water and how can the toilet be used? How did she obtain water for this and elctricity? Other than that. It is wonderful and amazing. Great job..

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 27, 2020, 9:38 am

      It’s likely hooked up to her family’s house/water. In order to dump the black water, though, she will likely have to take it to a nearby campground where they have dumping facilities.

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