I still find myself thinking about Austin Hay, the 16-year-old high school student who built a tiny house because he wanted a mortgage-free future. While some (my dear wife included) may balk at the idea of a miniscule home, for others it is about as close to freedom as they can imagine.
From a tiny house that nurtures inner peace to a Hollywood refugee living on a Bay-area houseboat, Fair Companies have already brought us wonderful tales of folks who find freedom in living with less.
This latest story is one more inspiring example. Johnny Sanphillippo is a university-graduate working as a housekeeper and painter, who earns less than $20,000 a year. And yet over time he has built himself a tiny home on the shores of Hawaii, using cash only to pay for construction as he goes. Covering both the advantages of taking your time and working with your limitations—and the drawbacks of trying to build small when the world wants big—this is yet another insightful exploration of a different kind of American Dream. Although it will be interesting to know what happens to Johnny's dream if aviation fuel gets more expensive again.