Thill’s family members were, of course, highly inspired by his epic project. His brother Cole was so inspired that he decided to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and ended up building his own DIY teardrop camper. The design was very close to Luke’s tiny house, except it was built with wheels. The Thills also documented this whole project on YouTube.
It was clear that these boys were ready to travel. Their mom also got involved and purchased an already-built 1972 Forester Kayot camper van, which needed some upkeep. The Thill brothers planned to give the house on wheels a complete makeover, and not surprisingly, they documented the whole process to upload onto their YouTube channel.
Tiny House Party
While the concept of throwing a party in a tiny house seemed great, a lot of Luke's followers wondered if it was even possible to entertain and have people over in such a small space. Having a tiny house, however, does not mean that you can't have your loved ones over. Luke added that he loved to host his friends and family at his tiny, humble abode.
Admittingly, he said that cooking was a tad tricky in his little kitchen since smoke quickly filled the small kitchen space. Nevertheless, he did learn how to cook "camper stew burritos" and often hosted his loved ones so that they could get a taste. Of course, he couldn't invite a whole boatload of people over at once, but when the weather was nice, it was easy to have all his guests sit outside.
While the 13-year-old certainly made a big impression with his tiny house, it was the first time that he had ever built something of this kind. Understandably, he had some regrets about a few choices he made along the way of building his own tiny house, but he regarded all of them as lessons to learn from.
For instance, the glaze spill and the lack of a bathroom. He also admitted that one of the light fixtures that he installed was too large and, therefore, easy for people to knock their heads on. He also added that the paneling was done too fast, and that resulted in a scruffy end result. Nonetheless, he was still super proud and chuffed of his overall project.
As time passed by, the Thill family worked on so many DIY projects together that they made their very own DIY empire. By this point, Luke claimed that his first tiny home project was just a practice round, and now that he knew everything there was to know, he could go one step further and build something even better.
This time around, though, Luke claimed that he wanted to build something a bit more permanent. The hard-working teen planned to build an even bigger tiny house that he could kit out with furniture and live in. This meant that he needed a fully functioning bathroom and to rectify all the setbacks from his first project.
Thill's Newfound Fame
Every year, the little city of Dubuque in Iowa hosts an event called "Movers, Shakers & Newsmakers," in which they award extraordinary people for their exceptional projects. To Luke's surprise, he was chosen as one of the top 10 most fascinating people. His achievements were raved about by many of his followers.
Seeing as Luke was only around 12 and 13 years old when he started to build his own tiny home, he received a lot of media attention and praise for this outstanding feat. The little celebrity was all the "talk of the town" and even landed himself an invite to a fancy dinner party. He was probably the youngest one to attend the event, but certainly one of the most awe-inspiring.