Student Builds Lovely Tiny Home For $20,000 to Reduce His School Debt

Written by on July 16, 2015 in Economy, Tiny Homes & Frugal Living with 0 Comments

[spacer height=”10px”]University of Texas design student, Joel Webber had a desire many college students have — to reduce the debt of his college education. But unlike many of us, he used that desire to motivate himself to create a beautiful 145 tiny home.

Rather than spend $800/month for housing, Webber invested $20,000 into his own tiny house. It’s very cleverly designed — the steps up to his loft double as storage cubbies — which means it feels much bigger than 145 feet (which is on the smaller side for a tiny house).

Main room + cubby steps that lead to sleeping loft © Joel Webber

Main room + cubby steps that lead to sleeping loft © Joel Webber

Joel used the skills he learned in school to create the floor plan for his extremely humble abode. According to Today, the house has a main bed loft, a reading area, desk, and mini pantry. There’s also a shower, plus a kitchen that has a mini fridge, stainless steel workstation, water heater, and propane-powered stove and oven.

Is there anything his lovely little abode doesn’t have? Yep, a toilet. Joel plans on eventually installing a lavatory as well as solar panels and a rainwater collector. For now, he parks where there is a bathroom he can use.

Kitchen, Shower, Loft © Joel Webber

Kitchen, Shower, Loft © Joel Webber

Webber says, the tiny house has turned into something bigger than just a way to avoid his student debt. He loves living simple., and claims he’d now like to make his tiny house his “forever home.”

The house is built on a trailer, so it is portable, as are most tiny homes. This allows the home to be mobile and it also means it doesn’t have to adhere to the standard building codes of most states (again, the norm for tiny homes).


While this living space may have cost Webber $20,000 to build, it was an investment, versus the money he would have spent on rent that would not have created any equity.

Students and professionals alike are turning to creating tiny homes, so they can live simply, be more financially free, and have a lighter footprint on this beautiful planet of ours.

You can visit Webber’s tiny house Facebook page here.

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