TEEN FACE: A (tiny) house to call his own

  • Austin Hay, 18, a senior at Analy High School started building his small house in his freshman year of high school. Hay is now a senior and completed the house project Oct. 2012. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

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.

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