16 year old builds tiny home to guarantee mortgage-free future

Austin Hay is still in high school, but he’s building his own house. It’s only 130 square feet, but it makes him a homeowner without a mortgage at just 16 years old. Right now, it’s parked in his parents’ backyard, but he’s built it on wheels so he plans to take it to college and then wherever he goes after he graduates. 

He’s been sleeping in his tiny home for a few months now and he’s already decided not to return to big (his parents’ home is 1800 square feet). “Living small means less bills, living big means more bills,” he explained from the tiny stoop of his new home. “I don’t want to pay big bills”. 

Hay’s 130-square-foot home may make him the youngest member of the growing Small House Movement.

Hay expects to spend about $12,000 building his home (the used trailer cost him $2000) and he’s paying for it working two summer jobs (at a camp and at a park snack bar). He’s cut his costs in half (the home’s estimated DIY price is $23,000) because Hay has scavenged everything from doors, windows and flooring to the kitchen sink (the hardwood floors were $25 at a salvage yard and so was the stainless steel sink).

A follow-up video with Austin Hay with his finished home:

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34 thoughts on “16 year old builds tiny home to guarantee mortgage-free future

  1. Alex Sherman

    It's weird, I'm 14 and have the exact same dream. I want a small house that goes on wheels. I want to get married and move into one with my wife. We would have such amazing adventures and it would be so cool. Mortgage free is not to bad!

  2. I don't care tbh

    Am I alone in thinking this looks great? Besides the comments complaining that he's just a rich white kid, I don't see anything to be mad about. I think this is cool, not being a slave to taxes just because "we're obligated to".

  3. Ryan Thomas

    hey bud you did a hell of a job you can already tell this kid is goin do big things this is how kids should be even tho every body sayin mommy and daddys money he went out there an sweated and busted his ass so whats that have to do with anything just bc his parents love him enough to pay for something that is productive unlike parents i know tht give there kids money for drugs or just the drugs there self …fuck the bullshit you did hell of a job for bein 16 keep it up head high your on the right track in life kid


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