Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

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

The Principal's Office

The Principal's Office

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Luke explained in his videos that he's rarely been to the principal's office because he's always been a good kid. But he wasn't in trouble. The principal, who was BFF with the reporter that interviewed Luke, was brought up to speed on the teen's project. But while Luke was humbled by the attention, he had a project to finish and obstacles to overcome.

Hit And Miss

Hit And Miss

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Luke has had a few setbacks, like when he tried using stained glass and liquid glaze to create his own countertop. It seemed like a good idea at the time. He did all of his research and studied the process on YouTube videos. But when he put what he learned into practice, the glaze leaked through the mold. But while most teens would have just given up, Luke didn't, and his dedication opened the door to an unexpected surprise.

Time For A Speech

Time For A Speech

Des Moines Register

A TinyFest Midwest rep reached out to Luke and invited him to attend a festival that celebrated small living and tiny homes. TinyFest also asked the teen to prepare a speech that talked about all the trials and tribulations of building a tiny home. Fortunately, Luke had just earned a merit badge for public speaking, so he wasn't nervous at all. Besides, the house was nearing completion, which had everything he needed except for one thing.

Where's The Plumbing?

Where's The Plumbing?

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Construction on Luke's home was finished, and it had just about everything he'd need to eat, sleep, and relax. But there was one the house was missing; a toilet! Unfortunately, adding plumbing to his home was more than he could handle. But that was okay because the house was still awesome. So, once the house was all set up, Luke did a video tour and shared it on YouTube.

Luke's Castle

Luke's Castle

Des Moines Register

It took a year to finish, but Luke now had his very own 89-square-foot house. And you know that they say about a man's home... it's also his castle. But this place had plenty of wow factor like a living room with a couch and TV, a kitchen with an electric griddle, and a lofted bed. It was so cool that his parents let him sleep there a couple of nights a week, and does his homework there too. But his fame was far from over.

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