High School Student Builds Own Tiny Home
Few things will make you feel less industrious and patient than watching this video of high schooler Austin Hay and his hand-built tiny house. The Fair Companies video shows two segments: The first when he was a high school junior with his partially complete Tumbleweed Tiny House-designed home; the second segment shows Hay, now a high school senior, giving a tour of the completed home.
Hay matter-of-factly describes how he built the house out of mostly salvaged materials (he shows off the three trash cans of waste generated during the build), how he scrimped and saved to put the place together (he says it cost him $12K), how he did it all without the aid of a shop class, how he built his own day bed, shelving and many other built in features. The place features a composting toilet, on-demand hot water and propane appliances.
One of the more poignent moments is an interview with Hay’s grandfather, who had given Hay a propane stove as a Christmas gift. The grandfather’s tears of pride show that building your own home not only cultivates a deeper connection with your own home, but for all those involved in making it. Kinda makes you want to build stuff.
via Fair Companies