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A teenager who was determined to get his home saved a fortune because he built a log cabin in the yard of his parents’ house.
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Thomas Lear, who works as a carpenter, started working on the project at just 17 years old and within two years completed his rustic home, for which he pays no rent.
The now 21-year-old has used recycled timber to build a house on his family’s land in Bristol, which features an open-plan kitchen and living room complete with a pull-out bed for four.
It is insulated, but requires wood heating, because there is no central heating, the shower drains rainwater and has a chemical toilet – all of which is included in the total price of only 6,000 pounds.
“I built it all without funds. I just wanted to live a simple, stress-free life.”
“It’s wonderful to be 21 and not have to spend all my money on rent. I own everything and it’s a relief.”
“The only thing I miss in a normal house is space because I have a lot of things that just couldn’t fit in my new home.”
“We couldn’t even put it in the bathroom door, so I use a shower curtain. My shower goes out of the rainwater collection system that stores 50 liters of water.”
“I’m able to take a warm shower for five minutes before it gets cold. It takes 30 minutes to warm up again.”
Every inch of space in the tiny home was used, with Thomas having to lower a wooden ladder from the ceiling to be able to climb up to his bed.
He did most of the work himself, using videos on YouTube or asking his family for advice.
“I have very little plumbing experience, which is why my bathroom is basic, but it is related to a rustic and rural theme,” he added.
“My grandfather, who is 82 years old, worked my electricity, and a friend helped here and there.”
“My father Tim helped set up the plumbing.”
“But I did everything else myself – I used to dedicate every weekend to the building.”
“While I was an intern, I had no choice but to use old material.”
“The most challenging part was the roof, because I had to make sure it was right to avoid leaking.”
The construction gave Thomas an opportunity to save money, and in the future he hopes to start his own business based on experience.
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