Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

13-Yr-Old Boy Builds Own Tiny House For Only $1,500.

Working Hard

Working Hard

Des Moines Register

Luke wasted no time and he quickly gathered enough money and materials to start building. To do so, he mowed neighbor's laws, ran errands for people who were willing to exchange work or supplies, and even raised funds online. Everyone seemed to want to pitch in, including a dear family friend, who worked as an electrician. In exchange for cleaning out his garage, he took care of the daunting task of installing the electrical wiring in the house. But his project took longer than he expected.

Unexpected Surprise

Unexpected Surprise

Luke Thill / Facebook

After a long year, Luke had finally raised $1,500. Best of all? He boasted an impressive stash of materials that'd allow him to start building his tiny home! 75% of the house was mostly made out of recycled or reclaimed materials, which ended up being a total win-win situation for everyone. Neighbors and friends were able to declutter their homes and get rid of leftover objects, like his friend's front door and some random items that were stashed away in his grandma's garage. But right when his project was finally coming to life, he stumbled into something that took him by surprise.

Word Of Mouth

Word Of Mouth

Luke Thill / Facebook

As you can imagine, neighbors and family members were gushing about the young boy with and his ambitious idea, and soon enough, everybody around town wanted to know how his project was coming along. The attention got so intense, they urged him to create a YouTube channel where he could answer questions and keep everyone updated. Soon enough, he became the talk of town — and school! But at that time, that was probably not in his best interest.

Mad Skills

Mad Skills

Luke Thill / Facebook

Clearly, Luke was quite a talented and skillful young man, and everybody could see that. He became so popular, he was turning heads everywhere he went, and that included his own school. One day, the principal asked him to step into his office. “I don’t go there very often,” Luke said in one of his YouTube videos. “I’ve never gone there for anything bad.”

Obstacles

Obstacles

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He was already getting a ton of attention, but things were about to get a bit more interesting for Luke. The principal knew a newspaper reporter from Indianapolis who was interested in working on a story about the teen's project. But Luke had a ton of work ahead of him still, and he was facing more and more obstacles as time went by.

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