As much as it was a tiny home, it was far from a tiny project. Thill was going to require a lot of special equipment and supplies to get started on this project, so he turned to his parents. He made sure that his parents were on board with, firstly, letting him embark on this summer project and, secondly, helping him out with things in whatever ways were needed.
The 12-year-old at the time pitched a concept to them that was pretty tough to refuse. He made a deal with his parents that instead of spending his summer days like a couch potato playing video games, he would instead be proactively working on his tiny house project. His parents agreed to the deal and maintained that they would assist with certain parts of the project, but he would still need to work in order to fund the project.
Not Just Any Kid
For most youngsters, the summer vacation is usually the best part of the year since they get to fill their time with anything that does not include schoolwork. Luke Thill was no ordinary youngster, though, and found that he could get a lot out of his summer vacation than most of the kids around his age.
In any case, after a few days of summer vacation, the whole hype of waking up late and continuously playing video games wears off, and the boredom starts to kick in. That was not the case with little Luke, though, who took to YouTube to get some inspo for something to fill his time with proactively.
DIY Project for a Tiny Home
As the tween scrolled through YouTube in search of a summer vacation project, he was almost instantly drawn to all the content that he stumbled upon of all the tutorials on "Tiny House DIY (Do It Yourself)." He saw what felt like hundreds of video tutorials of crafty people building their own tiny homes, which seemingly supported all the demands of ordinary or large-sized houses.
While the concept of building his own tiny house seemed impossible and intimidating at first, the more he saw it, the more he realized that it was something that he could get himself into. Thanks to the help of all these YouTube tutorials, Luke was determined to build his own very tiny home all by himself.
Financing the Project
Thill was excited to get started on his new project, but building a tiny home costs money, and money doesn't grow on trees. How was a 12-year-old going to find the funds to build his own little DIY house? The tween started working odd jobs here and there in his local neighborhood to get some funds for his project. Between mowing lawns, washing cars, and taking out the trash, Luke took on as many odd jobs as he could.
News soon spread about the youngster's project, and most of his neighbors were impressed and curious about the project. As he learned from all the tutorials online, being environmentally friendly was also part of the DIY tiny home lifestyle. So not only was Luke going to need to be a hard-working little kid, but he was also going to need a savvy side to use as many recycled items as possible.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The more Luke immersed himself in the idea of building his own tiny home, the more he fell in love with the concept. Another thing he learned in his tutorials was that the main purpose of a tiny home lifestyle is to practice minimalism and simple living, using only essential items to get by. Furthermore, a little house had a much smaller carbon footprint on the environment, considering that most of the building materials were recycled.
He realized how much junk and unnecessary clutter one collects when living in a big house. This became even more clear to him since he was cleaning out other people's garbage on the side. Along with the many things he found that he could repurpose, he even found an old front door lying in a heap of trash, which was in a perfectly good condition.