High School Student Builds His Own Tiny House in Parent’s Backyard

Inspired by a school project, high school student Austin Hay of Santa Rosa, California began building his own tiny house in his parent’s backyard. Using the Fencl house building plans from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, he has been able to build this tiny but fully livable 130-square foot house with some help from family and friends. TV producer and blogger Kirsten Dirksen talked with Austin and his small house in a *faircompanies video.

Hay…at first thought he’s only build a tree house. But…he opted instead to build a fully, self sufficient home for himself. In this case, the home isn’t totally finished yet: he still needs to insulate, install the kitchen and the bath (complete with compost toilet). But he’s already been sleeping in his tiny home for a few months now and doesn’t feel cramped. He constructed the ceiling so the vaulted beams would give him room to move around freely. That’s all he needs. “Living small means less bills; living big means more bills,” he explained from the tiny stoop of his new home.

via SFGate On the Block