Students Off-Grid House Project on Display
The rain was relentless and the project was way behind. July was coming to an end and the students were nervous with no time to finish the house. The students left camp with the project unfinished and behind schedule.
The project was a 210 sq. ft. tiny house built at a summer camp at the Key School in Annapolis, MD.
During the three weeks of construction the student crew worked beside construction professionals. The structure is a one room, multipurpose house with six solar panels.
The configuration was designed for “off the grid” use of electrical and water.
Even though the student crew was unable to complete the house due to inclement weather conditions, the structure has been completed and sports many unique features.
There is a table which is able to be raised or lowered to three different heights – coffee table, desk, or dining table. This is an ingenious solution to limited space.
Russian nesting dolls have nothing on the sleek metal stools that will stack into a single cube.
The home’s water filtration system is hidden beneath the couch.
The double bed is tucked under the floor of the desk and is ready to pull out at any time.
The cooktop is under the sink and ready to pull out.
For TV enthusiast a mere tug brings down a screen that is used as a window shade and also a 97” TV projection screen. Dual purpose is another great idea.
No one can say tiny houses do not have most of the creature comforts. They are just available in unique ways.
Their hard work paid off in ways they could never have imaged. The tiny house that the middle school students helped build will be taken on tour to schools, festivals and events in the Annapolis area. The home will showcase sustainable shelter and the creativity of the students.
One of the first locations for the Key School tiny house will be the SustainaFest Film Festival that will be held on October 25, 2014, from noon to 10 p.m. at the Indian Creek Upper School in Crownsville, MD.
The tiny house will have a starring role and is waiting for viewers. If you are in the area stop by and see what middle school students can accomplish with a little help.