Retired University of Georgia professor Peter Hartel built a house in his backyard with a complete kitchen, bathroom, storage area and breakfast nook. And it’s one-tenth the size of the average American household, at 204 square feet and 6.5-feet-high ceilings.
These “tiny houses,” Hartel said, are the perfect size for a modern graduate student or young couple, looking to spend only about $50,000 for a space.
Students at UGA this semester are taking a course focused on building tiny houses, taught by David Berle, an associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.
“The class is learning about green building concepts and how a green house is built,” Berle said.
The construction of the house is the hands-on portion of the class. Tiny houses tend to vary in how they are constructed, but in using less materials overall, they can be considered fairly green.