While most teenagers would prefer spending their time playing and having fun with friends, 13-year-old Luke Thill chose to build a small house in their backyard during his free time.
Instead of keeping himself busy with gadgets such as iPads and iPhones, or with online games, or even sports, Luke decided to build a mini-home out of sheer boredom — something that most kids would not even consider doing.
To acquire the money and materials he needed to build the house, Luke Thill mowed lawns, set up a fund-raising campaign online, and ran errands for anyone in the neighborhood. Eventually, the resourceful teenager was able to gather what he needed for his undertaking.
Luke Thill didn’t do it alone. An electrician helped Luke install the electricity in his mini-home. In exchange, Luke helped clean up the electrician’s garage.
The teenager also received assistance from his parents, both financially and when it came to building it. However, Luke’s dad, Greg, made sure that Luke did most of the work. “It was a chance for a kid to do something more than play video games or sports. It teaches life lessons,” Greg said.
Almost all of the materials Luke Thill used were left-over stuff from his grandmother’s house. The front door was given to him by his uncle’s friend. His mini-house is now almost finished. All it needs is plumbing, a water supply, and a bathroom. “I liked the minimalism. And I wanted to have a house without a huge mortgage,” Luke told The Des Moines Register.
The teenager’s house caught the attention of people online after he posted several video clips that feature his impressive project. Luke’s house is, in many ways, a teenage dream come true. It has an oasis, a microwave, a television, and a loft with a bed. A barbeque grill and flowers are located behind the mini-house.
These days, Luke spends most of his time in his house doing his homework, sleeping, or just chilling. He aspires to one day build another house – a bigger one – once he reaches college. “I want to show kids it’s possible to build at this age,” he said.
Watch the video below to learn more about Luke Thill and his tiny house.
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