02/22 The ultimate tailgate location: MSU tiny house

Forestry senior Tammy Wright, right, consults with mentor wood recovery specialist Dan Brown on how to use the plane machine on Feb. 12, 2016 at the forestry lab located within the Natural Resources building.

Forestry senior Tammy Wright, right, consults with mentor wood recovery specialist Dan Brown on how to use the plane machine on Feb. 12, 2016 at the forestry lab located within the Natural Resources building.


The “ultimate tailgate location” will be coming to MSU at the beginning of the next fall semester in the form of a 180 square feet home.

The home will fit on a 8-foot-by-20-foot trailer. It will take only 12 days, at most, to construct. Even in its small size, this tiny home will still be a fully functional home.

It will include a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, office and living room that is perfect for the most minimalist of people.

The project, which is primarily being conducted by MSU’s chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, is better known as Sparty’s Cabin.

Interior design senior Tiffany Pupa is the president of the USGBC student organization at MSU. She is the original organizer and the one who proposed the idea.

“It is more than just a house, it’s about a lifestyle,” Pupa said. “We are students from the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction. We thought, what better way to learn about this movement that is so relevant to our generation than to build a tiny home?”

Construction on Sparty’s Cabin will start on March 1 and will conclude, fittingly, on Earth Day.

“We’re doing this so that students can learn hands-on skills for building, and become more conscious and aware of their consumption and their lifestyle to hopefully become more environmentally friendly,” Pupa said.

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Elaine Walker