Austin Hay, an high school student from Santa Rosa, California, wants to be a home-owner without a mortgage and is doing so by building his own tiny house in his parents' backyard. Austin, who is building his home with the help of friends and family, wants to make his 130-square foot house fully liveable and comfortable.
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) though this is a considerable discount from the home's estimated price of $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).
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