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Making A Tiny House @ CSU


To learn more about the sale of the house or being a future IDEA 450 student visit the RDC website and the instructions page.

Submit your bid to design@colostate.edu by November 1, 11:59 p.m. 


CSU Students are Making an Impact!

Colorado State University students are building a tiny house! We are the students of the IDEA 450 Design Thinking Collaborative course that is a student-led, high-impact capstone class offered through the Nancy Richardson Design Center.


We are a team of 24 interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate students and over the span of one semester our goal is to design and construct a tiny home. We will integrate sustainable attributes and inclusive principles in the home to promote human well-being.


"The tiny home project has shifted the focus off of ourselves and has shown us that our education and time at CSU can be spent in giving to our community."

      - Sabrina Oliver, Tiny House Team Member

Our team has a wide variety of majors, those being:

• Art

• Business Administration

• Computer Science

• Construction Management

• History


We also have students from:

• Human Development and Family Studies

• Interior Architecture

• Mechanical Engineering

• Occupational Therapy

• Political Science

The tiny house is going to be made on a 8' x 14' trailer with a weight restriction of 10,000 pounds to ensure it  can be safely pulled on the trailer. A few students used Revit, an architectural design software, to design it.


The tiny house will be NOAH Certified. This nationwide organization recognizes safety, construction, and energy efficiency standards for tiny homes on wheels. After all inspections are passed, the tiny house will receive a NOAH seal. The tiny house will also follow International Residential Code Appendix Q tiny house provisions. Additionally, the students will undergo a construction document redline review with CSU Facilities Management.

Your donation will support the Richardson Design Center Innovation fund, which can provide construction materials and services to build the tiny house. If you are interested in donating time, feel free to stop by and help us build the house. For more information about volunteering and donating, contact Maria Delgado at Maria.Delgado@colostate.edu.

The tiny house will be built by the students right in CSU's backyard!

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