A few years ago, Austin Hay thought it would be cool to build himself a tree house. But then he got to thinking: Why put all that work into something he couldn't take with him when he went off to college?
Then he heard about a guy in Graton building fully functional miniature houses, and the answer became clear.
Instead of building a house in a tree, he'd build one on a trailer, and when it was time to move out of his parent's Larkfield home, he'd take his tiny house with him as a kind of mobile dorm room.
So began a three-year project that has changed the life of the Analy High senior.
"It's made me a better person in general," says Hay, 18.