I’m questioning my manhood after reading this story…
Meet Joel Weber, a junior at the University of Texas in Austin. He told ABC News that the cost of living in the Austin area is upwards of $800 a month. So, instead of coughing up the money like the rest of us lemmings, the dude built a 145-square-foot home (I can hear my wife now, yelling at me to change a light bulb and I can’t find the one that fits, but this dude built a f-ing house!).
The tiny dwelling took one year to complete and he estimated it ran him $20,000. If you’re keeping score at home, that is over two years of rent payments at the $800 average Austin rate. Not sure if he’s a numbers guy.
“I saved up quite a bit and what I didn’t have, family, friends, and the community around me donated materials. I designed it and worked with a carpenter and electrician who both volunteered their time.
“I do landscaping, I house sit, I nanny for someone in the area, and when I have extra money, I can charge people a little less to help them out. It’s about being able to give back to these people in my community.”
Joel built the home on the back of an 18-foot flatbed trailer and the finished product consists of two lofts, working plumbing, electric, a shower, a propane-powered stove and a sink Weber crafted from a mango bowl.
With all that impressive carpentry and constructive know-how, all I’m thinking is how sweet it would be to hot box that bad boy. That line of thinking may be why I’m 28-years-old and can’t even use a fucking power drill correctly. And no, my father is not proud of me.
Anyways, enough of how pathetic my power tool skills are, check out the sweet digs.
[H/T ABC News]