D.C. Charter School Engineers small homes following the Tiny House Trend

Photo Credit: Matt McClain

Photo Credit: Matt McClain

Tiny houses are quickly becoming a trend, from the new HGTV series Tiny House, Big Living to millennial DIY bloggers deeming small living as the best economical decision. According the Michele Lerner of the Frederick News-Post, students at IDEA Public Charter School are learning the latest construction and architectural skills for success in a lucrative and rapidly growing career field. These tiny houses are built and sold for as much as $55,000 which is then reinvested into annual homebuilding projects that provide hands-on training and mentoring to students. 

“The students learned carpentry and construction math skills while they were working on the micro house,” said Beth Moore, programs director of the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation. “The students had to use hand and power tools to measure and cut the lumber and decide how much to buy.”

In addition to learning these skills and receiving school credit, students are actually awarded certain state safety certifications that can be used for employment after graduation. Read more here.