Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

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

Front Page News

Front Page News

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Luke's story made the front page of the Des Moines Register and the Telegraph Herald, two major newspapers in Iowa. Eventually, local TV stations and media outlets across the country started sharing his story. Even Good Morning America was interested, so they went to Luke's tiny house to get a tour and interview him. The teenager' mind was blown by all the fame he had gotten, but he was stunned when he was contacted by one designer.

Luke's Designer Idol

Luke's Designer Idol

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Derek Diedricksen, an author that talks about designing and building tiny homes, reached out to Luke. This excited the teen because Diedricksen was his main inspiration when he took on this project. Being able to speak to him and getting messages of encouragement from him meant a lot to Luke. Eventually, the two became online buddies. But like Diedriksen, Luke became a role model for someone else.

Keeping It In The Family

Keeping It In The Family

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Luke shared that his brother Cole had decided to come up with his own DIY project to build a teardrop camper. Cole would follow the same footsteps as his brother by using recycled and reclaimed materials. Like Luke, he was also on a budget and would share his progress on YouTube. But he had one thing that Luke didn't have, a brother with the knowledge and experience to guide him through the project.

Showcasing New Projects

Showcasing New Projects

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With over 9,000 YouTube Subscribers, Luke and Cole's YouTube channel is growing by leaps and bounds. But the channel does more than focus on their building projects. Luke is also branching out and showcasing other people's DIY projects too. Some of those projects include his mom's renovation project of a 1972 camper and a sheep herder's wagon. In less than no time, Luke has become a building sensation.

Perfect Role Model

Perfect Role Model

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Luke had no idea that he'd become so famous when he first came up with the idea of building a tiny house. Originally, he just thought of making a shed-like home, but as his ambition grew, so did the project. For now, he's focusing on school because he wants to go to college. But he also wants to inspire other kids, so that they can discover their true building potential regardless of their age.

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