Tiny Tuesday: Callie’s Coop

Callie is a fifth grader from Atlanta who designed and built a homeless shelter for a school project. As described in this inhabitat article, she conceived the shelter to demonstrate the power of solar energy.

Made from inexpensive, weather-resistant materials like corrugated metal and Tuftex (much of it salvaged), the shelter cost Callie about $10 to build. It’s small and light enough for a person to tow like a wagon, yet encompasses a sleeping area, a sun-powered oven for cooking, a composting toilet, and ample storage. A small solar panel powers a lightbulb, and a rainwater-collecting roof enables the shelter to operate off-grid. Callie showed her prototype at the Georgia Tiny House Festival last week – let’s hope it’s her first of many creative housing projects.

Thanks to Deek Diedrickson, who posted a video about Callie’s house here.

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Callie shows off the doors of the shelter she built.

About the Author Scott

When I decided as a teenager that I would become an engineer, what I really wanted to do was build houses. But then I went to college and got tricked into thinking I should work for a big company, design big structures, and make lots of money. With a professional license in my pocket, it's time to get back to following my dreams, and I hope my perspective can teach you something new.

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