02/20 Students building tiny house for Operation Freedom Paws

Santa Clara University’s tiny house crew works on a design prototype.

Santa Clara University’s tiny house crew works on a design prototype.


This year a group of SCU students from all majors and minors have been working hard on designing and building a fully functional, off-grid, tiny house as part of the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) Tiny House Competition that’ll take place in October of this year.

Our goal is to create a sustainable and comfortable living space containing all the amenities of typical housing with a footprint a fraction of the “traditional” size.

In addition to being a part of the competition, our house is going to serve a greater purpose and will make a local impact.

After the competition, our team’s tiny house called “rEvolve House” will be used in the real-world by Operation Freedom Paws (OFP), a non-profit organization that empowers disabled veterans and others with disabilities to re-establish independence by teaching them to train their own service dogs obtained from shelters and rescue groups.

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Elaine Walker