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INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16 Year Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

by , 04/16/14

16 Yr Old, Tiny House, Austin Hay, tiny house builder, tiny house movement, small space living, tumbleweed homes

Inhabitat: What made you decide to build a tiny house in the first place?

Austin Hay: Well, I always liked building, but I found Tumbleweed Houses, fell in love and decided lets do it.

Inhabitat: Did you know very much about building and construction before you started?

Austin Hay: My parents’ house burnt down 5 years ago and my dad took over as main contractor to save money, so I learned as he went along and picked it up fast.

Inhabitat: What amenities do you have inside?

Austin Hay:I have the same amenities as a any house would have, just more condensed.

16 Yr Old, Tiny House, Austin Hay, tiny house builder, tiny house movement, small space living, tumbleweed homes

Inhabitat: What is it built out of? And how much of it is built from found or recycled materials?

Austin Hay: The house is made out of mostly wood and a metal trailer. I used a lot of recycled material like the flooring, sink and front door found at a resale store.

Inhabitat: How much do you estimate it to have cost so far?

Austin Hay: I have spent about $7,000 so far and it will cost around $12,000. Most people would have to pay between $20,000-$25,000.

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