You may have seen around the web that the Yestermorrow Design School http://www.yestermorrow.org/workshops/detail/tiny-house-design-build?StartDate=2012-07-30&SortColumn=StartDate&SortDir=ASC is building a tiny structure this September in their class. I’m very excited to report that my Textile Studio project has been selected for this year’s class.
Here’s the deal: this school is known to many in the natural and sustainable community because of its coursework and community involvement. For some of their classes, they build specific projects. In this case, they want to teach the students construction techniques during the day, and students will design their own tiny structures in the evening. The course is short and the plans and materials need to be in place from the beginning, so that the students will not lose valuable time.
It was on the basis of time considerations that my project was selected, I was told. I’m responsible to supply plans, a trailer, and money for materials. They will supply student labor, supervised by the teachers, a place to build, and insurance for their students while it’s built. After the class is over, I am responsible to take the project off of the Yestermorrow site so that they can build other things there. It’s understood that the students will not be able to finish the whole structure during the class. Minus the roof (the clients added it later), this is how far the class got last year:
So far, I can see that this partnership is beneficial for more reasons than the obvious. In order for the students to build the house, their professors need to be very aware of the particulars of the plan. In reading the plan, Paul Hanke had a lot of suggestions and a few changes. This is going to improve the overall build. Their team of experienced instructors are far, far ahead of me in their ability to foresee potential problems with the design. They also have many information resources that they’re open about sharing.
Further, the professor in charge of the class itself, Patti Garbeck, has been a working carpenter for 30 years. She has supervised many classes and construction projects, and I have no doubt that her students will do better work than they think themselves capable of. Really, I wish I could take the class, too, but I will already be back at work.
There are still a few logistical questions to work out:
1. With whom and when will I take all of my reclaimed materials and my trailer from Michigan to Vermont?
2. Who will bring the partially-completed studio back from Vermont when the class is finished with it, and where should the trailer be parked until I get back?
3. How will I get a roof on it before the winter (the class does not get involved with standing seam roofing)?
I’m very excited about working with the Yestermorrow school. If you’re signed up to take the course, look for me to make a Skype appearance or two!