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Date: 11/13/11 03:51 PM

54 Responses to 16-Year-Old Kid Builds A Tiny Home

  1. Profile photo of Fancys_Asst
    Fancys_Asst Female 18-29
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    November 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    Link: 16-Year-Old Kid Builds A Tiny Home - guarantee mortgage-free future. Living small sounds smart. The wave of the future?
  2. Profile photo of Justin9325
    Justin9325 Male 18-29
    260 posts
    November 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    thet kid is a bich
  3. Profile photo of Discobiscuit
    Discobiscuit Male 18-29
    542 posts
    November 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    ... I wish I did something like this.
  4. Profile photo of ledgehead
    ledgehead Male 40-49
    633 posts
    November 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    It`s the FAP mobile!
  5. Profile photo of MightyPeanut
    MightyPeanut Male 30-39
    411 posts
    November 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm
    maybe he just got sick of hearing his parents playin` hide the sausage..
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    ilurk Female 18-29
    220 posts
    November 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm
    Smart actually...
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I hope it`s ready in time for Prom Night!
  8. Profile photo of Corydoras87
    Corydoras87 Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm
    well in germany you can get real houses for around 50.000$ which isn`t such a horrendous multiplication of what he paid, plus you have a house that actually survives a storm
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    mal_BB Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm
    This looks great; problem is buying land to keep it on. Otherwise you`d just be a gypsey...
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    mal_BB Male 18-29
    1231 posts
    November 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm
    @Corydoras87; so what would you get for $50,000 (£31,000) in Germany? In the UK thats the average deposit on a house worth £120,000...
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    pfkdxius Male 18-29
    314 posts
    November 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm
    I hope he gets it done soon, I want to see it completed.
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    KnitGnosis Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm
    What kid didn`t want to own a Van when they were in high school. This kid just never heard of a van
  13. Profile photo of iceblack
    iceblack Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm
    He`ll probably burn it down
    smoking pot or something

    If he just used his time on getting a job
    or studying, instead of building a 1/2 room
    house, he could buy a nice house and pay
    the bills

    Just saying
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    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
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    November 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm
    Oooh I want one!
  15. Profile photo of timebored
    timebored Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm
    i don`t see why everyone is hating on the guy. he`s building himself a house. yeah it`s not a full sized house but it`s still really impressive.

    and to those saying he should study so he can get a good job to buy a house, he already would make a good construction worker if he really wanted to.
  16. Profile photo of kittehdee29
    kittehdee29 Female 18-29
    803 posts
    November 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm
    So... he could buy a trailer and not have a mortgage payment.
  17. Profile photo of SilverThread
    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    November 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm
    Congrats Kid, you`ve got your own trailer home. Here`s to the death of your future.

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    techgeek07 Male 30-39
    2593 posts
    November 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm
    Why didn`t they show more of the reporter in the short skirt?
  19. Profile photo of Inter237
    Inter237 Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm
    Cool [project!
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    msieg007 Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2011 at 7:47 pm
    What happens when a severe storm comes?

    Also, I`m enjoying iceblack`s free-form poetry.
  21. Profile photo of PinkHomicide
    PinkHomicide Female 18-29
    355 posts
    November 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm
    The living space really can`t be much worse then staying in a resident hotel.
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    hot4teachey Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm
    You judgemental drats. He just built himself a physical resume. He could be the head of a construction company easily.
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    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
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    November 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm
    Implying that this is some sort of new idea...

    There have been schematics on the internet for this ever since the internet began.
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    MrTwidget Male 30-39
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    November 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm
    Cool video but did it really need to be 10mins long?
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    SephirothA83 Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm
    cool, but nothing new.
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    GRadde Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm
    The major stuff for me would be taking care of the waste, getting water to the place, and possibly power.

    But that`s just me. Props to the kid!
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    I-IS-BORED Male 18-29
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    November 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm
    Uh... heat, electrical, septic, moisture barriers, kitchen?

    And not even his own designs, all he did was frame some walls...

    because the requirements to head a construction company are being able to use a miter saw and a nail gun?

    To every1 who wants to see the finished product, it`s right here because this is not his own idea. The people who want to help you live more affordably want to charge you $859 to download the PDF of the plans lol...

    The thing that`s supposed to be impressive is that his estimated cost is something like half of what the designer estimated. To me that means he`s either REALLY cheap and his is going to be a really pooty version or he`s about as qualified as the people who made the cost estimations for the Concorde.
  28. Profile photo of Draculya
    Draculya Male 40-49
    14652 posts
    November 13, 2011 at 9:38 pm
    This is the American dream version 2.0. Living the life without the debt.

    The government would hate it. Less spending means less jobs, less debt (less money), less tax. It`s hard to track and police people with no fixed abode. Hard to draft people that they can`t find.

    The Romany gypsies and travellers, the Bedouin and Inuit and all the other nomadic peoples have been settled for this reason.

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    danagamer Male 30-39
    701 posts
    November 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm
    $12,000 ? I see used Airstream trailers on Craigslist for half that.
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    ryan99 Male 13-17
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    November 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm
    Or hey, get this- a motor home.
  31. Profile photo of C_Frost
    C_Frost Male 30-39
    130 posts
    November 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm
    must be nice to have a house that is big enough to build ANOTHER house on
  32. Profile photo of jkfld
    jkfld Male 30-39
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    November 14, 2011 at 1:57 am
    If I`m going to build a tiny house with no amenities, it`s going to be a hobbit hole.
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
    4916 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 2:10 am
    The only problem i see are the tires. Leaving tires on the same place for long time is not a good idea. Since he still need 2 years before to move that house a good idea could be to put some block of wood under the trailer and taking out tires until the house is finish.
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    BexyWexy Female 30-39
    63 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 2:25 am
    This is awesome! His own work, skills learnt from looking it up, or getting help from other workers in the industry, a hell of a lot, less college (uni right, not the uk colleges?) loan/debt from accomodation.

    Why can`t centres be set up for the unemployed to go and build these things for the homeless. No they`re not like having a normal house, but it`s a house no less, and I`m guessing it`s a caravan base that he used, and wood makes the house better than the plastic from caravans.
    I see only good coming from this! (and I love him for recycling, and minimising waste too!)
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
    1106 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 4:09 am
    jkfld, I`d love to live in one!

    Anywy, I`m sure he got a good experience out of it, but I doubt there are a great many colleges where you can simply camp on site in your tiny trailer house ...
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    Mysterycat00 Male 30-39
    75 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 5:30 am
    This is REALLY awesome and I totally commend this kid for it, but his layout puzzles me. There doesn`t seem to be a lot of space between the shower/toilet and then the kitchen area. It seems like the "bathroom" will be literally on to of the kitchen...and will there be WALLS separating the bathroom from the kitchen?? It didn`t look like it. Also, how is he taking this house to college??? What campus would allow you to bring a mini home on wheels. A college wants to make money, they WANT you to pay for living in a dorm. They aren`t going to let this kid park his own tiny house on campus for free. And if he parks it OFF campus it wont be free either. Where is he going to find a spot that has a water and electrical hook up???
  37. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    33083 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 5:37 am
    Good for him! Better than being bored or playing mindless games, eh?
  38. Profile photo of Thdot
    Thdot Male 30-39
    658 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 6:14 am
    2x4 rafter and joists=no good.
    Plus he framed it like a stationary house. his framing will never stand up to the type of forces that towing it will subject it to. Looks like a death trap to me.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 6:23 am
    Is he powering his entire house from an extention cord?? Hope he dosen`t want to run much electronics or I forsee a fire.
  40. Profile photo of AvatarJohn
    AvatarJohn Male 30-39
    1059 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 7:14 am
    Nothing new. It`s called a TRAILER. They have these big parks where people live in them, called trailer parks. Generally reserved for the not-so-successful of us (to be kind). Neither cool, nor original, but at least he built it himself. Have fun, kid!
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    Grendel Male 40-49
    6239 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 7:48 am
    Over all, a decent design and a great idea. I commend him for the project. He`s accomplished quite a lot.

    Just a few observations:

    $2,000 for that trailer? He got screwed.

    $12,000 to complete? Not exactly a business man.

    Needs more diagonal support if he`s going to tow it faster than 35mph.

    Draculya-"The government would hate it."

    Don`t worry, the government will get its taxes. It will require a tag (taxes). He pays taxes on the building material. He will pay taxes if he rents at a trailer park. He (or someone) will pay taxes on water, sewer and power. (not to mention, if they got pissed I doubt this construction would pass inspection as per Federal National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards.)
  42. Profile photo of Hoofer
    Hoofer Male 18-29
    132 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 8:13 am
    Welll....for one it`s nice that he has a`s a really expensive crappy trailer is what it is.
  43. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36829 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 8:32 am

    He should have researched light weigh framing materials.
    It`s going to be really heavy to pull.

    But on the other hand, it`s better than what I was doing at his age in my spare time.
  44. Profile photo of Essersmith
    Essersmith Male 18-29
    275 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 9:24 am
    Anyone here know where to read up on american construction law?
    Because hes above the leagal limit for construction size here in scandinavia. And by above the legal limit i mean his 134 ft^2 (12.5 m^2) house/trailer is 26ft^2 (2.5 m^2) "too big" and he would need a construction permit from the goverment. Im guessing making it a trailer circumvents that issue.

    Otherwise pretty cool use of his time.
  45. Profile photo of mcfudge
    mcfudge Male 18-29
    537 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 10:27 am

    This is America, where you can pretty much build whatever the hell you want.
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    jteachey1 Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2011 at 11:04 am
    Mcfudge: MURICA
  47. Profile photo of Kiete5
    Kiete5 Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm
    @Gerry1of1 if you use too much light-weight materials on a building that small, there won`t be anything holding it down during a big storm... Especially since it`s on wheels.
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    boNeymiZz Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    @mcfudge I`m a project manager for a Contracting company, and you wouldn`t BELIEVE the amount of restrictions and permits that are required to build ANYTHING. Even on your own property. Yes I`m Canadian, but we`ve been building across North America for 40+ years.
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    furrything Male 50-59
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    November 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    The lad`s got his head screwed on.
  50. Profile photo of Nhurdi
    Nhurdi Male 30-39
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    November 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I plan on one day having a tiny house too. Imagine buying a plot of land that has 4 or 5 of these on it. You could maybe rent them out to students or something.
  51. Profile photo of Pandabee
    Pandabee Female 40-49
    857 posts
    November 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm
    Yep, that`s about the size of my first works, until you have Kids.
  52. Profile photo of i-am-evil
    i-am-evil Male 18-29
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    November 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm
    He says he wants to live in that THING after college? Yeah, plan on living alone because no girl with any drating brains is going to want to move in there. Buy a car like a normal kid!
  53. Profile photo of crudson
    crudson Male 18-29
    589 posts
    November 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm
    needs solar panels and dc appliances.
  54. Profile photo of cyborg
    cyborg Male 13-17
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    November 15, 2011 at 6:15 pm
    a year to build that? hahaha *harty laugh*

    and that`s the wrong job for a jigsaw

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