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18-year-old’s Mortgage-Free Tiny House

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This is Josh’s mortgage-free tiny house he started building when he was 18 years old.

It’s now almost complete and you can watch his video tour of his new home. Josh has also started a tiny house company called Red Door Tiny Homes.

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18-year-old Builds Mortgage-Free Tiny House

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Video: Teenager Started Building a Mortgage-free Tiny House at Just 18


  • Started the build at 18
  • 18 ft. long
  • Metal roof
  • 13 windows
  • Exterior storage shed
  • Cedar siding
  • Working on it for 3 years
  • Didn’t go into debt to build it
  • Spent $30,000 CAD so far


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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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{ 23 comments… add one }
    October 21, 2016, 5:48 pm

    Good for you Josh…! Show those big builders up with your beautiful home… And it did not cost you a fortune to build it either…

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 8:56 am

      He did a great job! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Barnie
    October 21, 2016, 6:17 pm

    Big kudos to Josh for an impressive job. Canada needs more tiny!

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 8:56 am

      Glad you liked it, Barnie! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Dick
    October 21, 2016, 6:53 pm

    Josh, did you design this completely by yourself or did you use available plans? I ask because your house looks a lot like a Tumbleweed Elm, at least on the outside.

    Good interior, especially the his-and-hers work areas. I’d need computer space and my wife would need space for crochet and cross-stitch stuff–I think the yarn she has now might *fill* a standard THOW! And if she sees this, I’m dead meat…lol.

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 8:57 am

      Hahhaaha Dick, this made me laugh 🙂 I do think it’s a Tumbleweed design, but he doesn’t say. — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Silver Gypsy
      October 26, 2016, 6:03 pm

      Ha ha ha, Dick! You’ve got us all laughing out here! 😀

      Josh has done a stellar job. The outside looks beautiful with the porch done out so nicely, and the master bedloft is spacious and inviting; and, it was all accomplished with a budget-conscious plan! Kudos to both you and your lady for a job very well done!!!

  • Beth Grant DeRoos
    October 21, 2016, 10:59 pm

    BRAVO!! I so love seeing young people building tiny homes and wanting to be debt free.

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 8:58 am

      Me too! It inspires me 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Silver Gypsy
      October 26, 2016, 6:05 pm

      That’s right, BGDR! Living debt free is the best and sweetest revenge against crummy government! 😉

      • Natalie
        October 27, 2016, 8:45 am

        Hahah, yes! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • sherry
    October 22, 2016, 12:36 am

    Very refreshing to see a young man so savvy. Great looking tiny home !

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 8:58 am

      It’s pretty amazing! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • October 22, 2016, 7:00 am

    Josh, You and your girlfriend did a wonderful job building your tiny home!! Just love all the woodwork throughout your place! What’s nice you have a place for everything and everything is in it’s place! It looks like it’s going to be a very cozy when you finish adding all your personal touches. I love the fact that your roof and door match it looks really nice! Josh, you should be very proud of yourself, what an accomplishment you created this beautiful home for the two of you, and now you can help and create other homes for upcoming clients and make their dreams come true! Awesome name for your business! What’s best about this your only twenty one and you have your whole life ahead of you and your debt free. Enjoy building your tiny homes you have a lot of good ideas, and your very creative and it looks like you will have lots of success ahead of you!! Enjoy your new business and lots of happiness to both of you!! Carol????

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 8:59 am

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this, Carol. Josh did a great job. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Susanne
    October 22, 2016, 10:08 am

    30,000 and still not complete… That concerns me… After he finishes and has a total, it will equal the total of so many we have seen that can be built for you… The benefit is he’s not borrowing.

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 8:59 am

      I think it’s amazing he is doing it debt-free! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Nanny M
    October 23, 2016, 3:47 am

    Such a beautiful, professionally built home by a wonderful, intelligent young man. May you both enjoy many delightful years in it.

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 9:00 am

      Happy you enjoyed this one! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Gord.
    December 21, 2016, 12:06 am

    Nice job,and well done a 18 year old.But where is the place to park and how much lot rent ETC.
    Everywhere you go someone wants a peice of your pay check.Oh well, Good-luck.

    • Natalie
      December 21, 2016, 9:34 am

      I think it’s almost impossible to permanently dwell anywhere and not owe something 🙁 Even if you own land outright, you have to pay property taxes. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • jm
    December 21, 2016, 11:31 am

    Thows only can have so many interpretations. They are limited by the trailer size–hence the floor plan. I doubt anyone can copyright a thow design. They are bound to be copied.

    • Natalie
      December 22, 2016, 7:43 am

      I’m sure you CAN copyright a design, but I don’t know how many do. — Tiny House Talk Team

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