Yesterday a student named Ben from Embrun, Canada shared with me this tiny house design that he made with Google SketchUp. He and his school gave me permission to show it to you and share a little background on this school project.
Ben is taking a construction class at École secondaire catholique Embrun. This drawing is his contribution to a class assignment. Three houses including one student design will be built by the class. One of the houses will be sold to raise money for the school and the other two will be recycled for future projects. I really admire Ben’s design for it’s simplicity and the novel second story deck. I also suspect his design would be fairly easy to build.
This project seems like a great idea for a class of new designer/builders. Designing smaller spaces can be a good place to start because they are easier to manage but tiny houses also push them to consider every detail because there is little room for error.
Ben’s teacher and school also deserve a round of kudos for making this project happen. I’m certain this kind of hands-on design/build project will really help these students take a major leap forward in their drafting and construction skills. I bet they learn a lot about math, engineering, and physics too!
I’m hoping that other educators around the world will be inspired by this kind of experiential learning. I’ve been a big believer in learning by doing for a long time and it’s nice to see more people embrace this effective philosophy.
Thanks for telling me about your project Ben! Love the design and I’m looking forward to hearing how the project progresses.