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This is the story of how students at the University of Colorado Denver designed this community of 14 micro cabins that now serve as dormitories.

The school is run by Outward Bound which is a nonprofit that promotes learning using outdoor experiences.

Each of the tiny cabins are between 140 and 200 square feet. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

Students Design/Build Micro Cabins in Colorado

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Images © Jesse Kuroiwa

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This is the Scupper tiny house on wheels designed and built by Marblehead High School students in Massachusetts.

On the outside you’ll notice the gable-roof house has been primed with grey paint so the new owner’s can pick their favorite color.

The interior is unfinished, but the students assembled the framing, walls, windows, doors and the paneling. The house is 116 sq. ft. and has two lofts inside. It’s available for purchase by bid, and the official bidding starts today. See below for more details.

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The Scupper Tiny House Built by Teens (For Sale)


Images © Marblehead High School

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This is a 345 sq. ft. tiny house built in 2012 by college students Ashley Haugstatter and Michael J. Zella in Endicott, New York.

The two built the house together. It cost them about $35,000.

Ashley just shared an update in the comments about where they are now, and I thought you’d be interested:

Hi everyone! I’m the girl in the video, this is our beloved tiny house 🙂

Our original hope was to have a tiny house on a trailer to take with us, but due to the zoning laws, we found this to be our best option. $35,000 includes the land, the home, all of our landscaping, retaining wall, driveway paved, etc. We didn’t skimp on finishes, but we didn’t go super pricey either.

We did indeed build it just the 2 of us, which is why it took a while. We worked 10-12 hour days for about 2 1/2 months. It was grueling, but so worth it! It was actually costing the 2 of us ~$12,000 EACH for room and board at Binghamton, per year. So with my having 3 years left and Michael having 2, it didn’t make sense to stay on campus. Plus the accommodations at school are less than stellar. And we couldn’t have our puppy at school 🙂 We also saw renting as a waste of money — the cheap rentals are in the downtown area that we wanted to stay away from, and the newer nice rentals were way overpriced. We did end up selling the house and got all of our money back. We have re-invested and now have built another lakefront home on Oneida Lake in Syracuse where we moved following graduation. I’m a nurse in a Pediatric ICU here and Mike is a Mechanical Engineer at Carrier. We would have stayed, we both had good paying jobs offered to us, but I wanted to work in a PICU, and there are none in Binghamton.

The desk did go underneath the loft, across from the clothes. It was a perfect set up! It really couldn’t have fit our needs any better. The outdoor area was also great for having people over. I do miss it, but our new house by the lake is also beautiful! I am so happy that we had the experience though. It was an amazing place to live for 4 years.

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How These College Students Built a $35k Tiny Home!

Psychology major Ashley L. Haugstatter and mechanical engineering major Michael J. Zella, pictured Tuesday, December 4, 2012, built a 400-square-foot home off campus in Endicott during the 2012 summer. Image JONATHAN COHEN

Image © Jonathan Cohen via BU

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Do you think creating a tiny home on wheels should be affordable and accomplishable for the average person, and even the average high school student? That’s what the creators of The Collaborative Tiny House Project believe, and they’ve put together a Kickstarter campaign to make it happen.

Jesse Anselm, one of the Collaborative members, was a student at Riverside High School in Chattaroy, Washington who took part in an integrated curriculum that taught students to build a tiny house during the school year, and then sell it at cost to pay for materials for the following year’s class to build a new house.  The course taught Riverside Students teamwork and skills in the trades, in addition to earning them academic credit in math, science and English.  Architect Saul Hansen volunteered with the class, helped brainstorm the Collaborative with Anselm, and together they brought on additional team members with specialties in the construction trades, and with video and photography.

Group Teaching Schools How to Build Tiny Houses

Tiny House Collaborative Kickstarter

Their prior work. Photo by the Tiny House Collaborative

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Rancho Cotage High School students have built an amazing solar-powered off-grid tiny house on wheels. It’s the 98 sq. ft. off grid mobile micro cabin on wheels appropriately named The Independence. (Update: Now SOLD)

You can use it as a backyard micro guest house, an office space, or as temporary housing while you build a larger cabin on your land. In fact, if you did own it, what would you use it for? Full-time living? Vacation cabin? Just curious… Let us know in the comments. I’ll tell you what I’d do with it below.

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Students Build Off-Grid Solar Tiny House


See the rest of this student-built off-grid micro home and see how you might still be able to own it (it might still be available for sale) below:

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