The future of Movable Tiny Homes lies in the hands of our youth who understand the dire need for affordable housing as the number of students faced with housing insecurity continues to increase. 1st year architect students at Southwestern College were tasked with designing homes the size of a parking space for 2 students. Units would be built and placed on campus as a part of a Tiny Home Village legislated by AB 302, a bill authored as a solution to youth homelessness. The bill did not pass.
Southwestern Community College students entered their creative designs in a Tiny Home virtual contest sponsored by Rebuilding Green. The San Diego American Tiny Home Association, (ATHASD.com) selected the top 3 designs found below; Duo, The Hive, and Pacific Ever Blue.
The audience had a difficult time choosing the winner. Enjoy the 1-minute video's below and decide which unit is your favorite.
The Duo is designed for two people to live in, primarily focusing on instances when one has to live with someone they do not know. To help promote a sense of privacy a gooseneck trailer is used to divide the home, each occupant has their own section as the trailer provides a change in elevation. The exterior of the structure is rectangular in form that tapers out toward the roof. The exterior pine wood siding is made of engineered wood in order to be environmentally friendly with the benefits of less upkeep, and it is cheaper to purchase compared to real wood. Four solar panels are installed on top of the aluminum roof that feeds the collected solar power to stackable saltwater batteries. The walls are made of structural insulated panels (SIPs) to reduce the weight of the home. To assist in keeping the home cool, double glazed thermally broken windows are installed throughout. To help reduce the use of electrical energy a Dickinson Propane Fireplace is installed in the center of the home. With the use of a compost toilet called the Cinderella Incineration Toilet, this home is able to be used in remote locations with ease. In addition to green living, a grey water system is used to recycle sink water for gardening.
The Hive 20 is an energy-efficient tiny home, designed to house two students on Parking Lot F at Southwestern College. The house is towable and consists of all the comforts of a regular home. The exterior is a combination of corrugated steel and wood, giving it a simple, industrial and modern look. The entryway features a small deck. Entering the home through a sliding door in the living room and kitchen area including essential appliances. There is a couch for lounging, a movable table for dining, or studying with two bar stools for extra seating. The kitchen is modern and has a 5 pane sliding window, that can be opened for extra airflow and view. Near the kitchen is a spacious bathroom with a composting toilet, stand up shower, vanity, and a washer and dryer. There are two separate ladders to access the loft area where there are two bedrooms blocked off by a pony wall for some privacy. Both lofts have added storage for personal belongings. The Hive 20 is intended to fit the basic needs every student needs to thrive!
Pacific Everblue is a tiny home meant to house two college students on Parking Lot C at Southwestern College. Designed to reduce the residents' carbon footprint, this tiny home has eco-friendly features such as the composting toilet, kitchen compost pail, a small garden, and solar panels. The idea behind the exterior design of this tiny home was to transmit the emotionally calming impact the color teal often has to the residents upon arrival and it was livened up by the plants and the vertical plant wall. In contrast to the dark exterior, the interior is bright and designed to make the space feel larger than it truly is. It includes a living space, kitchen, bathroom, and two separate sleeping lofts, with storage hidden throughout the space.
The audience who attended the online virtual contest had a difficult time deciphering their favorite tiny home design. Although it was challenging, Angelica Avalos, the creator of The Hive took the prize. Share her excitement in her acceptance speech.
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