10/17 Tiny House project: students learn big construction skills

tiny house design by Brian Crabb, the lead designer on Tiny House Nation

tiny house design by Brian Crabb, the lead designer on Tiny House Nation

Canyon-Owyhee School Service Agency students will turn a tiny house into a big project this year.

The students, who are a part of the school’s residential construction program, will build a tiny house designed by the lead designer on the nationally syndicated reality TV show “Tiny House Nation.”

Drawn to the prospect of financial freedom, a simpler lifestyle and limiting one’s environmental footprint, more buyers are opting to downsize — in some cases, to spaces no larger than 300 square feet, according to the TV show.

The school’s tiny house project started with a connection that Metro Community Services, a Caldwell-based nonprofit, forged with the TV show while it was filming construction of a tiny house in Marsing.

Metro Community Services provided insulation for the Marsing tiny house, said Tyson Willden, who oversees weatherization at the organization. Afterward, he kept in touch with the program’s lead designer.

Willden, who knows the principal at COSSA, asked “Tiny House Nation” designer Brian Crabb to come up with a tiny house design that could teach students energy conservation — a central tenet at Metro Community Services.

After Willden saw the initial blueprint plans Crabb produced, Willden came to a realization.

This is no small shed on wheels.

“He basically told me, ‘you need to push ‘em,’” Willden said. “‘I’m going to design the house how I’m going to design it, and they’re going to be put on the map if they finish this house.’”

The design is modern and could include solar panels and special lighting, which Willden will talk about with the class early on in the construction process. After that, the instructor will take over.

While it is complex, Willden said the project could built within in a school year. COSSA Principal Greg Hale agrees.

Read more – http://www.idahopress.com/nampa/tiny-house-project-students-learn-big-construction-skills/article_375e56b9-79f4-5c44-8de7-af528490ef54.html

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Elaine Walker

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