By now, I’m sure everyone here has heard about the Tiny House phenomenon. Just enough space, ingeniously designed, possibly even portable – what’s not to love?
Well, it gets even better. In a town just outside Atlanta, a 12 year old student has taken her love of tiny houses to the next level: Sicily Kolbeck has taken on building her own Tiny House as her school project for the year. She’s also upped the Eco Friendly ante by building her tiny house completely from from recycled and reclaimed materials, AND with crowdsourced funding. WHy? As she says:
“I am building a tiny house to wake up in a place that I have built with my own two hands; I am also trying to be more independent and live on my own, and to show others that we can live more simply,” says Sicily. Her tiny house will be built on a trailer and will be 128 square feet with a 30 square foot loft, full bathroom, solar panels and full kitchen. “I thought about what I needed, and I don’t need a lot of space. Mostly I need a place to bake cupcakes, to read, and to hang out with friends,”
In an era where education has too often become about the test, not the application of skills, Sicily is learning math, physics and engineering all in one spectacular group project, as she and her fellow students build their own Tiny village.
The collaborative nature of the school sees the students asking thoughtful questions about design, materials and use of space. To get used to the tools needed for their projects, each student has designed their own small living space and will be building it entirely from salvaged materials, creating a tinier tiny house village; this process prompts many discussions on the nature of “stuff,” how our society works as a group, and what really matters to people.
What a fantastic way to spend a year.
You can follow her progress here: