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Students at IDEA Public Charter School Build a Tiny House: $55K

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These are students at IDEA Public Charter School who built this awesome tiny house.

They are selling the home for $55,000 and be sure to click on the virtual tour!

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Students at IDEA Public Charter School Build a Tiny House: $55K

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From the school

High school career and technical education students in our Academy of Construction and Design learned about construction planning, how to measure, cut and frame exterior walls, and how to install insulation as they worked under the guidance of craft instructors and industry volunteers to build a tiny house. Their lessons and efforts are a success!

The 160 square-foot house is built on a trailer and features solid wood construction with HardiePlank siding, vinyl windows, and fully insulated roof and walls. Interior finishes include bamboo flooring and an Energy Star compact stainless steel kitchen.

The tiny house that introduced students to skilled trades is finished and up for sale at the market price of $55,000. Proceeds will be reinvested in the Academy’s industry-accredited classes and annual home building program for high school students in the District of Columbia. For more information and to purchase the tiny house, email our programs director Beth Moore or call her directly at 202.642.0806.


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Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Janet
    November 18, 2016, 7:49 pm

    Good for these kids! I hope someone buys this tiny house and they build more and more. We need programs like these in schools. They learn engineering, architecture, construction and group participation. All these skills has an emphasis on MATH and critical thinking – sorely lacking in the US schools these days. What a sense of pride these kids have when the tiny house is finished. MORE!

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:36 am

      I totally agree 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Kathy
    November 18, 2016, 8:54 pm

    Nice job guys!! It looks very professional!

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:36 am

      That it does! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Dennis Sordahl
    November 19, 2016, 1:35 am

    I really enjoy all of the Tiny Houses shown in these news emails. I totally love everything about tiny hoas uses and what they stand for. I own my home and have my parents living with me. But down the road I can definitely see myself living in a tiny house! I find them to be very cozy and simple living. I keep looking for my favorite tiny house but everyone I tend to see I find something about each one I love! I tend to like 380Ft to 500ft of living space with full size frig and stove! I love Tiny Houses!

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:37 am

      I love them too 🙂 I am so glad you are getting inspiration from Tiny House Talk! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • November 19, 2016, 12:17 pm

    Bravo to the teacher who thought up this idea! I’ve seen school yards where a full-sized house is being built over several school years, so students seldom get to enjoy finishing the project. A tiny house seems like the perfect solution, and the end result is really livable.

    • oxide
      November 21, 2016, 8:43 am

      The only issue is that this house has an incinerating toilet. I think it would be more instructive for the students to plumb the house for a flushing toilet. That said, you’re right that a tiny home is an ideal project compared to a full-size house.

      • Natalie
        November 21, 2016, 9:37 am

        Yes I think tiny homes offer that awesome sense of completion 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Barnie
    November 23, 2016, 6:37 pm

    Great project for these students, they should feel proud. Whoever’s overseeing the sale of it, however, should feel a little ashamed of themselves… Are they trying to sell a legit THOW, or garner a charitable donation for the school/program? I’m afraid there is not nearly enough hear to justify $55,000. If you want to go with that price-point, you’d better bring the high-end goods (at $350/sqft, with no appliances and barely a kitchen, unfinished lofts and more).

    I’m sorry to be so critical, but I see a distinct trend in tiny homes where prices are increasing by the exponent, while the quality standards are not following suit. Otherwise it’s a fair build and I commend these young people for a job well done.

    • Natalie
      November 24, 2016, 11:03 am

      The price, in this case, is definitely based on a charitable donation. They are looking not to just recoup costs, but to further the school and this program in particular. I agree it’s overpriced, but I believe they are looking for someone with deep pockets to support the effort, rather than make an affordable house, necessarily. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • wiz
    March 16, 2017, 5:11 pm

    I love the tiny stove/sink combo. Is that a dishwasher drawer under it? Anyone know what brand or where we could find one?

    Thanks in advance!

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