Oakland college class shows how to build your own tiny house

In Carpentry 221, students build a tiny house in two semesters. The Digital Fabrication class first designs and CNC cuts as much as possible. Then the 20 to 30 students in ’s “Advanced Elements of Construction” begin to build from the trailer up.

Once completed, the tiny homes are used as housing for housing-insecure students who, thanks to a grant from the City of , are able to live in them for free. Wolpe sees this city-college Tiny House Partnership as one of the solutions for what he sees as a . A recent study found that 19% of California community college are homeless.

The builds are also an opportunity for students, many of whom plan to build their own tiny homes, to gain hands-on experience building one of two models. Costing about $30,000 in materials, Model S is built on a 16-foot trailer and houses a bed, desk, closet, full bathroom and kitchen. Model M sits on a 12-foot-trailer; costing $20,000, it includes a desk, bed and closet. Their award-winning Wedge house (2016) included roof-mounted solar panels, 2 sleeping lofts, fly ash composite siding and custom built furniture.

Laney College carpentry https://laney.edu/carpentry/
Matthew Wolpe https://practicedesign.org

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22 Comments

  1. It is a good thing for homeless to get houses, but they need to play a part in building and furnishing them. That way they have a part of themselves in the building of the home and will have an attachment to it and be more likely to keep it a functional place to live.

  2. GREAT VIDEO KIRSTEN,,I LOVE LANEY COLLAGE AND WAS ON A JOB SITE THAT REBUILT THE BRIDGE ON 9TH ST AND 4TH ST,,,WE DID THE SIDE WALKS AND HANDY CAP RAMPS ON ALL OF THE STREET CORNERS AT LANEY,,IM GLAD YOU SHOWED THIS VIDEO..THX

  3. Excellent… All they were missing was a grand finale song and dance… Looks like a Broadway Stage and actually a great subject for a production… Thank you.

  4. Is it allowed to put such a house anywhere without having to pay a rent? if no, where do the homeless get the money for the rent from? 😀

  5. Wonderful strategy of letting these people talk about their goals with the leader showing the way of construction. FC silent presence!

  6. You can tell that most of these people have just got into the trade, they don’t seem confident with themselves, not even the teacher.

  7. Yes. This is why we exist, to help each other (at least in my silly opinion). I’m glad The Survival Podcast brought me to you, your channel is interesting and sometimes uplifting.

  8. These are really stylish designs. It would be great to have communities of these. The biggest challenge is getting the real estate in California. Which is already unaffordable.

  9. Sadly by the time Tiny Homes go mainstream… It will be $300 a sf to build.. Unless they build it themselves of course.

  10. how about people stop procreating like rabbits and all moving to the city expecting good paying jobs but ending up in huge debt.. maybe then we wouldnt have a housing crisis

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