Discussions about building a Tiny House began in earnest nearly two years ago. Today, that dream is taking shape as The School of Technology, Art, and Design’s Construction Managers, Project Managers and Designers work toward the completion of BSU’s first Tiny House. Once the initial design concept was approved, students and faculty quickly moved into the construction phase of the project. Dr. Brockman’s Construction Materials and Methods class is currently providing most of the labor, while donations from industry supply much of the building material and tools.
This past week students installed donated energy efficient Integrity windows and doors by Marvin. Energy-efficient windows help reduce utility bills while making the tiny house more comfortable. Extreme Panel’s donation of energy efficient Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) provides further energy efficiency. These panels, used in the floor, walls, and ceilings, regularly saving owners 50-60% on heating and cooling costs. Not to mention the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re helping the planet by minimizing environmental impact. These donations help achieve one of the goals of the Tiny House, which is to build an energy efficient, environmentally friendly home while featuring newer technologies.
Other tools, material and cash donations have come from Northwoods Lumber, Potlatch, Kraus Anderson Construction, Milwaukee Tools, Acme Tools, Sterling Carpet One, Sherwin Williams, and the Minnesota State Advanced Center of Manufacturing Excellence.
Besides the donations of building materials, numerous industry partners have donated their time and expertise in the design and building of the Tiny House. Three-Dimensional renderings were provided by Simonson Design allowing students the opportunity to complete a virtual walk-through of the design prior to driving the first nail. Frontier Electric recently completed all of the rough-in wiring for a traditional 120-volt AC systems as well as a 12-volt DC system. This allows the Tiny House to accept on-the-grid power, and it will be ready for off-the -grid living using future solar
or wind generated power systems. Shortly Dick’s Plumbing and Heating will begin work on the plumbing. Throughout this process students gain valuable experience while learning to work with sub-contractors.
With the completion date for the Tiny House nearing, students will continue working long hours as they strive to stay on schedule.