CSU Tiny House Project Sparks Affordable Housing Conversations
Tiny Homes are a thing. A small house on a trailer, that is full of unique detail and everything you need. In this world of excess, there is something beautiful about having a small home that is well planned and moveable. Even IKEA is selling tiny homes.
Tiny homes are inexpensive, but provide a sense of comfort that only a house can. Colorado State University students are hoping they may be one of the answers to affordable housing that is much needed across our country and world.
CSU students of several different majors teamed up to plan and construct a tiny house on the CSU campus. They worked with the startling number on their minds, that "roughly 580,000 people in the U.S. experienced homelessness on a given night" according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report.
According to the CSU Public Relations press release:
The project is part of IDEA 450 Design Thinking Collaborative, an interdisciplinary, student-led capstone course for graduate and undergraduate students to engage industry and community partners to address and solve real-world problems.
Since February, the class has been working in rotating shifts to complete the build before the end of the spring semester. The group intends to auction off the finished piece to support future tiny house projects on campus.
The class is working with the National Organization of Alternative Housing to receive the organization’s certification, ensuring the structure’s integrity and compliance with national and international safety, construction and energy efficiency standards for tiny houses on wheels.
The course’s other co-instructor and Adjunct Professor Mitch Holmes designs and builds custom tiny houses for customers nationwide through his company MitchCraft Tiny Homes.