He made a house of only 89 squares, but wait until you see the inside

Luke Thiull, a thirteen-year-old student from Iowa, was unlike any other school-age child you have ever seen. Most kids his age are preoccupied with activities other than building houses.

This gifted young man deliberately created his own little haven in his backyard, which is located in his parents’ backyard. The project cost him about $1,500 USD, but it’s his ideal small home—come have a peek!

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It is amazing that this fearless teenager is taking on this challenge, particularly in an era when kids have access to cutting-edge gaming computers and systems, iPads, and smart phones. He made the choice to bust himself in a more “conventional” manner.


On his YouTube channel, he goes into great detail about his motivation for building a modest house, which stemmed from his boredom.

Following much deliberation and much investigation, Luke had a clear notion of how his imagined strategy would be carried out!

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In order to gather the funds and supplies needed to complete the work on the house, he raised money by doing fund raisers online, cutting lawns, hiring people for odd jobs, and doing whatever else he could think of. In all, it took him approximately a year to get everything together.


Luke had a friend who was an electrician, and in return for Luke emptying out his entire garage, the electrician helped Luke install all the electrics—a kind of trade-for-trade.

Luke used a lot of items from his grandmother’s house that were left behind for his project, and his uncle’s buddy gave him the front door! About 75% of the materials Luke used were recycled!

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The tiny home is roughly 89 square feet in size, measuring a full 10 feet in length and 5 ½ feet in width. It has electricity, but it lacks plumbing, so there isn’t a shower or toilet yet!

Luke stated:

“I enjoyed the simplicity”

“And I desired a home free of a sizable mortgage.”


Luke has created numerous brief videos to upload on YouTube in which he tells us about his project, the many individuals who are interested in it, and his inspiration for doing it.

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Although Luke’s parents provided him with a lot of financial and building support, dad Greg made sure that Luke was responsible for covering the majority of the costs.

Greg stated:

“It gave a child an opportunity to engage in activities other than playing video games or sports.”

“It imparts lessons for life.”

The house is an adolescent’s dream come true—it’s a small haven where he can unwind and have his own area, replete with a TV, microwave, and bed in the loft—and it even has a barbecue grill out back!

Luke carefully completes his studies in his small home after school, and he occasionally spends the night there as well!

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When Luke decides to go to college, he already has plans to build a somewhat larger house because he wants to serve as an inspiration to others!

Says he:

“I want to show children that building is possible even at this age.”

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Luke’s story serves as an example of what a young person with a clear vision, a strong work ethic, and, of course, a little help from his parents, can accomplish!

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