College Student Builds $15,000 Tiny Home


Before enrolling at University of Texas at Austin, design major Joel Weber took one look at the rising cost of living for a struggling college student and knew dorm life wasn’t for him. A room in one of the school’s residence halls costs roughly $1,135 per month. Off-campus is no less forgiving. The median rent for a one-bedroom in a nearby downtown district jumps to $1,913, according to real estate site Zumper.

So Weber tried down-sizing. He constructed a 145-square-foot tiny house in a friend’s backyard. It cost less than $15,000 to build, thanks to generous donations and a bit of resourcefulness…


2 Responses to College Student Builds $15,000 Tiny Home

  1. Anon says:

    nice finishings inside.

    good idea too, but I think the problems for a student to do this are
    finding someone to allow you to park it in their yard
    being legally allowed to by the municipal authorities.

    • Evan Kahn says:

      I agree that is probably the hardest part about tiny homes on wheels, finding a place for it. Most cases the students find a relative or friend with some room for the house. Unfortunately until the laws change that is the only option.

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