Paying for collage is steep enough, factor in room and board and the financial repercussions often seem insurmountable -- but not for Joel Weber. He took it upon himself to design and build his own home in order to avoid such a headache. A student at the University of Texas, Joel Weber built an eco-friendly loft that measures only 145 square feet. Considering the sizes of dorms, it's quite a comfortable space.
Although limited in area, Joel Weber's home boasts all the amenities of a full-sized house including working plumbing and electricity, a shower, a propane-powered stove and more. He says, "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."