03/04 Santa Clara University students participate in tiny house building competition

students discussing tiny building projects

The team of students at Santa Clara University decided that their client would be a local nonprofit called Operation Freedom Paws (OFP). The students have had to make sure its design accommodates OFP clients.

Building a tiny house is no tiny project. By the time students at Santa Clara University finish building their house for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Tiny House Competition, it will be almost two years in the making.

In order to be considered “tiny,” houses must be within 100 to 400 square feet and have a width of less than eight-and-a-half feet. These dimensions allow the houses to be legally towed on the trailers used to bring them to the competition, said George Giannos, a junior environmental studies major at SCU. In order to be considered “tiny,” houses must be within 100 to 400 square feet and have a width of less than eight-and-a-half feet. These dimensions allow the houses to be legally towed on the trailers used to bring them to the competition, said George Giannos, a junior environmental studies major at SCU.

The final presentation will occur Oct. 12-15. Each team gets a lot on a small mock street, which they have to decorate to look like the environment that their house will be in after the completion is completed, said Suzette Bienvenue, creator of the Tiny House Project. The final presentation will occur Oct. 12-15. Each team gets a lot on a small mock street, which they have to decorate to look like the environment that their house will be in after the completion is completed, said Suzette Bienvenue, creator of the Tiny House Project.

The teams will be judged on architecture, energy efficiency, livability of the house and how well they communicate their designs during the public presentations, Bienvenue said. The teams will be judged on architecture, energy efficiency, livability of the house and how well they communicate their designs during the public presentations, Bienvenue said.

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Elaine Walker