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This is Callie’s Coop, a solar-powered tiny house homeless shelter designed by a 5th grader — that cost a whole $10 to build.

Callie designed this micro pod for a school project, and I’ve never seen a 5th grader with so much poise describing her brilliant creation. It includes everything from a solar oven to a rainwater catchment system to a composting toilet. And by using reclaimed materials, she kept the cost down to a meager $10 bill. Now that’s impressive!

She’s just proof that you’re never too young to start changing the world. Go Callie! (And big thanks to RelaxShacks for this video).

Related: Student-Built Housing Pods for the Homeless

Callie’s Coop: A 5th Graders Solar-Powered Tiny Shelter

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This formerly homeless man built a micro shelter for his homeless friend.

Peter Gould now lives in an apartment, and spent 40 hours and $600 creating this micro structure.

Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below.

Formerly Homeless Man Builds Micro Shelter for Homeless Friend


Image via Adrian Lam, Times Colonist

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The filmmakers behind “TINY: A Story About Living Small” just visited Derek “DEEK ” Diedricksen, author of “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks“.

Derek has built several micro houses in his backyard out of reclaimed materials. In this video interview, Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith give you a glimpse into Deek’s world.

Micro Houses & Backyard Forts

What I like the most about small structures is all of the different ways that people can benefit from them. Many of the micro homes that Deek creates cost less than $200 to build.

If you’re willing to look around with an open mind, you can find lots of your materials for free as long as you have the time and willingness to look around and talk to people.

9 Ways To Use a $200 Micro Shelter

  • Backyard office
  • Children’s playhouse
  • Micro storage unitDeek's RelaxShacks Micro Cabins
  • Chicken coop
  • Micro Cabin
  • $100 Homeless Hut
  • Occupy Wall Street Shelter
  • Tree house
  • Micro camper

What are some other cool ways that people can use these micro houses? Share your ideas in the comments after you watch the video.

Photo Credit: Me

Video Interview with Derek “DEEK” Diedricksen

Length: 4:31

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Derek “DEEK” Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com just released a new video episode on his $200 micro vacation cabin.

This is one of the two structures that were built at his 2011 micro building workshop.

It’s a very simple dwelling that’s easy to build.

$200 Micro Vacation Cabin or Backyard Kids Fort

It’s 4′ by 8′ with plastic corrugated roofing with ideas from Deek’s book Humble Homes, Simple Shacks.

The windows and door knobs are made out of recycled trash, like an old stove top for a window.

And a 5-gallon water jug that doubles as a window and storage.

Little Blue Bump Micro Cabin by Deek of Relaxshacks

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