Tiny House: Day 3

Today marked the third day of our build. I can honestly say that we have accomplished a lot. We put our subfloor over two layers of insulation and broke down dozens of pallets to repurpose for the exterior and interior of the house. We have slowly broken into different groups and really gotten into the grove of working together.Groups


In the picture above, you can see the three groups that we worked in today. The top group worked on installing the subfloor of the house, the middle group worked on breaking apart the pallets and the bottom group (my group) worked on planing the wood from the pallets so that they can be used in the house. Later in the day, we broke into three different groups, interior, exterior and wood dying. The interior group met in the Design and Engineering Lab to discuss different materials we will need to fully furnish the inside of the house so people can actually live in it. The exterior group worked with an adult on brainstorming how to build the first wall, but then it started to rain and we had to cover the house up with a tarpL. The last group, the dye group, made dyes with natural ingredients such as coffee grounds and beets that they then used to paint the wooden planks. Watching this happen brought me so much joy because they were painting the planks that my group planed that we got from the group who was breaking up the pallets. The amount of teamwork that goes into a project like this is just incredible and I am so lucky that I get to spend another 8 days with this group!


Everyone has been taking turns filming and taking pictures to make sure that we document our progress. We are also making a time lapse video of our entire project so we can show people how we actually built the house. I have way too many pictures to post, but I will be sure to share them with everyone at the end of the project.


Tiny House

The other day, someone asked me if I was doing the “Little House Project” as my Senior Project. My initial reaction was to giggle and correct them but it later occurred to me that a lot of people aren’t familiar with the new fad of tiny houses. Tiny houses emerged from the “Small House Movement” that started in Washington and first became popular when the founder of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, Jay Shafer built and lived in a 96 square foot house. An average American home is about 3,000 square feet. To be defined as a tiny house, a home has to be less than 1,000 square feet. Ours is going to be about 120 square feet!

Our tiny house is going to be built on a trailer so it can be transported to any location on campus. It is going to be completely off the grid, which means it will not be dependent on public services such as electricity and water. We want to make it as unique and comfortable as we can possibly can so that future guests who visit the school can stay in it. It is the first time this is being offered as a senior project and the 13 seniors, 3 juniors and 1 sophomore who are participating in it are so excited to show it to the school!

Tiny House Group

After weeks and weeks of planning, our project finally started today! For almost two months now, the group has been meeting on Sunday evenings to plan and prepare for our two week build. To be the most efficient as possible, we split into different groups which were in charge of researching different important components of the house. After exploring our different options, we reconvened as a group and shared our ideas. Now, with our 3D model and our trailer, we are ready to start! Our first task was to clear the snow from the cabin parking lot so we could move our trailer. It didn’t take too long since there was 17 of us! Stay tuned for pictures of our progress.