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Teenager Started Building a Mortgage-Free Tiny House at Just 18! 2019

In this video, we meet Josh and Lindsay, a couple from Ontario, Canada who plan to move into their very own custom-made, hand-built tiny house this summer. Josh was inspired to start building this tiny house at just 18 years old after he watched a YouTube video about a teenager who was building a tiny house in the US. Josh got himself a summer job and saved up enough money to buy a car-hauler trailer at the end of the season, and he’s been working on the tiny house ever since (going on 3 years now!). He has single-handedly built and financed every aspect of the tiny house – aside from the spray foam insulation that he had installed – and he says he took this long to build the house because he didn’t want to go into debt with the project.

Josh’s girlfriend Lindsay found out about his plans to live in a tiny house on their first date, and he quickly managed to convince her that living in a small space, with no mortgage, was the key to starting a life together on the right foot.

The pair, who are just 21 years old now, have plans to certify the tiny house as an RV so they can park it year-round at an RV park, or to find land in a municipality that allows tiny homes. They hope that the freedom of having a rent-free and mortgage-free lifestyle will allow them to travel more, and spend time doing things they love.

The tiny house is built on an 18-foot trailer, and has a 3 foot deck on the back. The THOW (tiny house on wheels) has 2 lofts: one with 2 shed dormers and extra windows to make the bedroom area bright and airy, and another loft at the other end of the house for storage, and/or a second sleeping area.

The kitchen cabinets, the custom storage bench, the closets, and the “his and hers” desk, were also custom built by Josh.

The roof is covered with standing seam metal, and the house itself is sided with cedar to give it a warm, cozy look.

Josh has been passionate about building from a young age, and this tiny house project convinced him that he’d like to help others build a tiny house to help them live their ideal debt-free lifestyle too, which is why he started the Red Door Tiny Homes company. He can sell plans, or assist with building a tiny house.

For more information, or to contact Josh, please visit his website:

You can also follow his tiny house journey on Instagram here:

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle


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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.


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