Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

13-Yr-Old Boy Builds Own Home For $1,500.

The Youngest Homebuilder

Owning a home is easy once your mortgage or bank loan is approved. But building a home from scratch can be incredibly rewarding. It's why so many people love taking on those do-it-yourself projects. Now some folks might choose to build a tool shed, while others will build a home from the ground up. Fortunately, the internet offers several how-to-videos to help us figure out how to take on such a challenge. In fact, it's so easy that even a 13-year-old can do it.

The Youngest Homebuilder

Des Moines Register

Just ask Luke Thill, a 13-year-old teen from Dubuque, Iowa. Luke's at that awkward stage where he's got plenty of energy, but not a lot of things to do. So, one summer, he decided to overcome that boredom by building a house in his family's backyard. But as any builder will tell you, the end result will leave you speechless.

His Own Two Hands

His Own Two Hands

Facebook/Luke Thill

Building a house required lots of materials, which meant Luke needed cash, so he asked his parents, and they said yes! His dad, Greg, was excited for his son, who chose to do something other than sit on the couch and play video games all day. But he decided to let Luke do most of the work himself to teach him a valuable life lesson. However, Luke still needed more help.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Des Moines Register

Everyone in the neighborhood learned what Luke was up to, and that was a good thing. He needed their help to earn more money. So, he cut their lawns, raised cash online, and ran errands for people. In some cases, he offered to clean a family friend's garage in exchange for his help to install wiring in his new home. Luke managed to raise the money to buy his materials, but it took him longer than he expected to start building.

One Man's Trash

One Man's Trash

Facebook/Luke Thill

It took a whole year before he raised $1,500 and gathered enough material to start building. He also used recycled materials for 75% of his home. He even helped his neighbors, friends, and loved ones get rid of things they didn't want, like a family friend's front door. He also found some stuff that was usual in his grandmother's garage. Now he was ready to build, and he wanted everyone to watch.

Word Of Mouth

Word Of Mouth

YouTube/Luke Thill

Before long, everyone around town had learned what Luke was up to. Since people kept asking him, the teenager decided to keep them updated by creating a YouTube Channel. That way, people he knew, and even those he didn't would be able to monitor his progress. But his dedication to the project also attracted the attention of the media, which he learned when he got called to the office.

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