A 12 year-old designed and built her own tiny home

Sicily Kolbeck
12-year-old, Sicily Kolbeck, built a tiny house as a school project, joining a revolution in housing that believes smaller is better.

GEORGIA, UNITED STATES – Sicily Kolbeck, a 12-year-old student at HoneyFern School in Marietta, Georgia, built a tiny house as a school project, joining a revolution in housing that believes smaller is better.

Sicily decided to build her tiny house after discovering Deek Diedrickson’s Tiny Yellow House and Relaxshacks YouTube channel, as well as Kirsten Dirksen’s We, the Tiny House People documentary. These videos inspired her to look more deeply at the tiny house movement and eventually led her to use the tiny house as her entire school curriculum in the fall of 2012.

I am building a tiny house to wake up in a place that I have built with my own two hands; I am also trying to be more independent and live on my own, and to show others that we can live more simply. – Sicily Kolbeck

Her tiny house of 128 square feet with a 30 square foot loft, full bathroom, solar panels and full kitchen was built on a trailer.

Sicily was one of six students attending HoneyFern, a private, non-profit school where each student works intensively with their teacher to identify their interests and design a project that capitalized on their strengths and remediated their weaknesses. Every part of their curriculum is designed around their project.

Sicily learned physics, design, engineering, and math—all related to her tiny house. Additionally, she kept a blog on her process and has written guest blogs for several websites. However, after losing her father in a tragic car accident not long into the project, Sicily’s journey to complete the project brought with it greater lesson’s life as capture in this CNN report.

Sicily presented her tiny home project at TED Youth in 2013 and wrote for Huffington Post in 2014.

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