Texas A&M students build tiny houses to help the homeless

Published: Nov. 15, 2016 at 2:40 PM CST
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Two tiny homes. One big project. It's quite the undertaking, but Texas A&M construction science students were up for the challenge.

Rudder Plaza was a popular place Tuesday morning. People came from all parts of campus to check out the tiny homes on display.

Tiny House Project Leader Carson Kieschnick says, "A lot of students have talked about how they watch the show on HGTV and they're amazed. They don't actually think the students from this school built it. They just think we're showing it off, but once we tell them we built it, it blows their mind."

Tiny House Project Leader Clint Keith says, "Having ten people work inside a 180 square foot house. It kind of makes you wonder how it's ever done."

20 construction science students made it happen. It took nine weeks, about $40,000 and a lot of creativity. They made use of every square inch.

Kieschnick says, "We have a stair step with storage under it to go up to the loft and then we have a bay window that sits on the back that acts as a seating couch."

Keith says, "We have a fold up storage area that when you open it up, it's a table. We have a couch that has storage underneath it."

The houses also have solar panels on the roof to help reduce electricity costs.

Since there are not communities in the Brazos Valley set up to accommodate these tiny houses, they will be sent out of the area. One will be sent to the Community First neighborhood in Austin. It provides affordable, permanent housing for the homeless.

The other is being sent to help homeless veterans in Kansas City.

Keith says, "It's really designed to get people back on their feet, so they have a place to stay while they're looking for a job. They have a place to shower, eat, cook, and just do all the basic necessities of life."

The students were given $10,000 for each house from the school, and they found sponsors to help pay for the rest.