Three Years Later: What’s Going on With the Tiny House?


Credit: Lily Kline

Since construction on a second tiny house halted with a arrival of the pandemic, the partially finished home has sat, abandoned, outside of the A Wing.

Will DeSimone, Editor-in-Chief

In 2019, Mr. Matheny and his shop class started an ambitious project from scratch, working together on the construction of a tiny house.”

The students and I wanted to build a tiny house, we got six thousand dollars in donations and the county matched it,” Mr. Matheny said. After a lengthy construction process and eventually finding a buyer, they successfully sold their first tiny house. “We had the first tiny house sold for thirty-five thousand dollars.” 

The students got first-hand experience building the tiny house and working as a team. “It was an amazing educational opportunity for the students,” said Mrs. Bertrand, who helped the students while the tiny house was being constructed.

“The students had to learn about things they knew nothing about, and they divided up the class into groups to work on the tiny house. Each group would analyze a portion, like the roof. How big it was, the kind of materials it needed, and how much it was going to cost were all discovered by the students.”

 A few months after finishing the first, Mr. Matheny and his class started construction on another. “We started building the second tiny house about four months after the first, late into the year,” said Mr. Matheny.

“The next year, the kids that were working on the second tiny house the year prior had all graduated. No one wants to fix or finish what someone else started, the new students wanted to build their own tiny house- and that’s when COVID hit.”

A lack of experience in tiny house construction with the newer students meant they were prone to failure. This coupled with water damage caused by the weather has put a temporary halt on any progress being made on the second tiny house.

“My contractor buddy came in and said it was easy to fix, so now we’re in fixing mode,” Mr. Matheny said. “The goal now is to repair the damage that the second-year group did and disassemble the areas that were improperly done, with only a few thousand dollars left- and not much time.”