My pastor friend Walt Groff in California first shared this story with me. Today I received an email from Derek Peters sending me some beautiful photos he and Levon Kotanko had taken of this beautiful home. So I decided to jump on this story and share it with you. Both my niece and nephew attend school here and my nephew plans on attending the School of Architecture.
Andrews University students a Seventh-day Adventist University located in Michigan decided to skip an international mission trip for a project that will help people closer to home. Rather than their usual mission trip to South America a professor challenged them to build a fully functional home in just 148 square feet. Their goal to build it for underprivileged people in the community.
“We launched it not really knowing how it was going to turn out, but the students really liked it … and it was eye-opening for them,” said Carey Carscallen, dean of the School of Architecture, Art & Design, who built the house with the five graduate students of his Design/Build class.
The key to building a tiny house is planning and research, Carscallen said. The students had free rein on the project, proposing different designs and making most building decisions themselves. They had to learn all of the skills that one would for a regular house, including wall construction, siding, paneling, insulation, plumbing and wiring, all while working to use space efficiently and ingeniously.
The result is a structure with large windows and a sloping roof that resembles a strange hybrid of truck, motor home, and shed. But the space manages to feel airy and filled with light, not cramped or claustrophobic. The “main floor” features a table for two; a kitchen area with a full sink, 10-cubic-foot (0.28-cubic-meter) refrigerator, small stove top, and ample counter space; a hollow staircase with built-in storage cubbyholes; and a full-sized bathroom with a flush toilet, pedestal sink and shower.
The plan is to continue with this type of project every year and the home is for sale to make this possible.
All Photos are By Derek Peters & Levon Kotanko and used with their permission.