Grandpa builds an entire house after learning necessary skills online

Anthony Launer built his dream house in two years just by watching YouTube tutorials to learn the necessary skills – and his house even has a 50s-themed retro room

Anthony Launer built his house during the pandemic

A grandfather managed to build his dream house himself just by watching how-to videos on YouTube that taught him the skills he needed to complete the job.

Anthony Launer, from Yorketown, South Australia, began construction on the mammoth project in Krabi, Thailand in January 2020 – as the COVID-19 pandemic prevented him from returning to Australia.

The 54-year-old photographer then spent almost two years working on the house before finishing it in December 2021, with nothing but online DIY guides to help him navigate the task.

He said: “When COVID happened we couldn’t get back to Australia because all the flights were cancelled. So I decided to use the time and build my own house with my own hands, without any help, except YouTube.







The grandfather of four even built himself a bathhouse
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“Sweat and tears of blood were definitely the case here. Working in the Thai heat isn’t easy. I was overwhelmed many times, especially when I was planning and building at the same time.

“There are a million challenges but it’s rewarding to complete each challenge. I couldn’t watch the finish line, only the next task ahead.

“Honestly, I find it hard to believe I did it. Many wouldn’t believe it. I’m sitting here, even now, thinking ‘but how?’ It’s amazing what your mind and abilities can do if you let them.







Anthony also worked on a retro tool shop and bar
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“We hold ourselves back in life, all too happy in our comfort zone. You really can do anything if you just apply your mind. I’m very proud.”

The father-of-three and grandfather-of-four has even dedicated a room in his new home to his collection of retro memorabilia, as he has a 1950s milk bar he installed using some of the items he and his wife, Amornrat Amy Launer, recovered while still at home in Australia.

He added: “In Australia our whole house was retro vintage because we fell in love with the ‘vibe’ of advertising history and how they could claim whatever they wanted on their products. We started bringing some of our collection to Thailand before the pandemic as it was our plan to eventually live here, so glad we did.







The bar is complete with memorabilia from the 50s
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“After building my house, I decided to dedicate a room that connects to the garage in the classic convenience store, combining it with the 1950s restaurant theme and your favorite convenience store that you loved as a kid.

“It took a month to build everything and put everything in place. I only officially finished it last week. I was very happy with the results.”

Now that his project is complete, Anthony says he’s “a bit sad” that he has nothing left to work on – especially as he now has a completed house, but still has a shipping container filled with vintage items he has yet to display.

He said: “I’m a bit sad that it’s over, and I don’t have any more space to display, as I still have a shipping container in Australia with lots of beautiful vintage items.

“It was the weirdest feeling when I finished the piece as I was like ‘wow I did all this’, it was an extremely gratifying feeling.

“I didn’t want to build a room with four empty walls, I wanted them to be a feature themselves.

“Thailand is a bit chaotic with its buildings and landscaping, so I wanted a place where I could come home and feel relaxed and sorted while loving Thailand for what it is.”

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