Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Kooten, environmental studies students at Central College in Iowa, managed to take a derelict storehouse and convert it into a tiny home. The pair showed great resourcefulness to make the conversion happen for only $489.
In order to make the conversion a reality, the students used unwanted lumber, insulation and furniture from local buildings set for demolition. They also acquired some materials free of charge, while four windows were donated.
They say necessity is the mother of invention and that certainly was the case with this tiny home, as Andrews and Van Kooten originally intended to build one from scratch but couldn't raise enough money to do so. This forced them to improvise, and their resulting conversion of a 52-year-old storehouse into a viable tiny home is pretty impressive.
This Tiny Home is Actually a Converted Storehouse
1. Upcycled Architecture - The trend of converting old or unused structures into functional living spaces presents opportunities for creativity and sustainable living.
2. Resourcefulness in Design - The ability to create innovative solutions by utilizing readily available or repurposed materials opens up possibilities for cost-effective and environmentally friendly projects.
3. Affordable Housing Solutions - The concept of tiny homes, especially those converted from existing structures, offers an alternative approach to address the growing demand for affordable housing.
1. Construction and Renovation - The construction and renovation industry can explore opportunities in repurposing existing structures and innovative designs to meet the evolving demand for sustainable and affordable living spaces.
2. Sustainable Materials - Companies in the sustainable materials industry can collaborate with architects and builders to provide eco-friendly and upcycled materials for conversion projects, contributing to the circular economy.
3. Real Estate Development - Real estate developers can tap into the market for affordable housing by exploring the conversion of underutilized buildings into tiny homes or other creative residential solutions.