Two College Students Built This Tiny House for Under $500

Two College Students Built This Tiny House for Under $500

Dabney Frake
Feb 9, 2015

File this under inspirational undertakings. It took two college students about 500 hours to build this small, sustainable home in Iowa. They used whatever found materials they could put their hands on, enlisted the help of one handy father, and bought as little as possible in the process.

Environmental Studies majors Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Kooten originally proposed the idea as a senior project. They wanted to show that it was possible to build an environmentally sound home for very little money. When no grant money came through for their proposal, they realized just how little. They turned to salvaging and scavenging everything they needed, starting with a 52-year-old granary shed built by Van Kooten's great-grandpa. This structure formed the basis for the house.

While the tiny home does have electricity and a wood burning stove for heat, the two couldn't afford the composting toilet they wanted, or a solar water heater. Still, they plan to add rain barrels to provide filtered water for the kitchen.

Read more about these two students and their tiny house project over on the Central College website.

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