Student Built Tiny House On Wheels

This UT student didn’t want to pay rent in a city known for it’s high cost of living…so he built his own tiny house on wheels as a solution!

Joel Webber, a junior, says: “It’s never become OK with me to be able to buy something that I can’t actually afford,” said Weber. “I saved thousands because I used reclaimed materials, talked to businesses and told them what I was doing and they helped me out.”  He estimates his tiny home, which is on wheels so it can be mobile, cost around $20,000 to build.

Inside his abode there is a kitchen complete with a sink, oven and work space for preparing food and a mini refrigerator.  The bathroom has a sink, toilet and shower.  The tub was a unique recycle:  “I repurposed a horse trough because I wanted a certain shape and it’s cool because I can wash my laundry if I need to,” Weber said.

The stairs up to the loft double as extra seating, a desk and storage. There are a total of two loft spaces for beds and the couch on the main level can be turned into a third bed.

“I love when my friends can hang out,” said Weber. “I want to make them feel comfortable and not like they’re in a coffin or something like that.”

Weber bartered with an Austin homeowner to park his home in their backyard in exchange for being what he calls a “manny,” or professional nanny. It’s another way to save on rent while he finishes his degree.

According to federal data, the average student who attends a public or nonprofit university will graduate close to $30,000 in debt.

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