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Interview with 16 year old Building his own Tiny House

Kirsten Dirksen of Faircompanies.com has published her interview with Austin Hay. He’s a 16 year old who has been building his own tiny house on a trailer for the last year.

Austin takes you through his parents house and into his little house in the backyard. Yes, he’s still in the process of finishing it up.

Why go Smaller?

Austin likes the idea of his little house for a few good reasons, which are…

  • Fewer bills
  • Fewer chores
  • No mortgage

Cost to Build this Tiny House

So far he is projecting to spend about $12,000 to build his house because he’s using recycled materials whenever possible.

Otherwise, the estimated costs for his house would be approximately $22,000. Austin bought a double pane glass door for $30, a stainless steel sink for $25, and hardwood flooring for $25.

Fourteen months worth of trash because of the construction of his house equates to less than two modest sized garbage cans.

Austin Hay is a 16 year old who is building his own tiny house on a trailer
YouTube screenshot thanks to Faircompanies.com

Video Interview and Walk Through with 16 year old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

Video length: 10:10

Austin Hay is a 16 year old who has been building his own tiny house on a trailer

Via Faircompanies

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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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  • Lil
    September 1, 2011, 8:51 pm

    Amazing kid. Thanks for sharing this story with us….if he can do it maybe I can too.

  • September 8, 2011, 12:03 pm

    Thanks Lil. Glad that he inspired you!

  • Ruth Koson
    March 12, 2012, 11:09 am

    My son, who will be 16 in June has taken over his Mother’s Hobbit House! I let him! I told him that he can use it, but what would even better is if he would take these ideas and make his own! Still no restrictions where I planted my tiny house! Thanks for sharing!

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