Thomas Haney team builds tiny house

January 24, 2019

By Colleen Flanagan, The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows News

The blue wooden structure sits atop a trailer in the workshop at Thomas Haney secondary.

It was affectionately named ‘Rhonda’ by the six students who designed and built the tiny house. They have been working on it for the past year and a half.

When you walk through the front entrance – the doors yet to be installed – you are stepping right into the living room. To the left of the basic wooden structure is the kitchen and bathroom, which will eventually include a stand-up shower, toilet and sink.

All the plumbing and electrical have been roughed in. Above are two lofts. On one side, the loft can fit a king-sized bed, and the other, a bit smaller, can be used as another sleeping area or for storage.

In all, the tiny house is 270 square feet.

Philip Brekkaas, shop teacher at Thomas Haney, started the project in September 2017. He got to know his tiny house team, a group of girls he first had for rotation in Grade 8, who came back for junior woodwork in Grade 9 and 10.

“They were really good about finishing projects, they were always on time, and they were really good on the tools,” he said.

The group talked about how great it would be to build a tiny home.

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