Students in Brad Williams’ architecture class at Sycamore High School are currently building a tiny house designed by past student Allison Flavin.
About two years ago, inspired by television shows that popularized the small living concept, Allison designed a tiny house for her architecture class. She took it a step further and suggested building her design to scale as part of the class.
Williams loved the idea; however, he soon realized the project would take longer than a semester and require additional money.
For the past two years his students have been hands-on building parts of the house while simultaneously fundraising and asking local businesses to donate any building materials.
This is how Pella Windows & Doors became involved. A very determined junior, Kaylee Combs, reached out to our Retail Sales Manager, Jim Gehm, asking for donated windows.
“Kaylee was very determined and did not take no for an answer, “ says Jim.
Jim found the project inspiring because the students were gaining real world experience building a house from start to finish. The Tiny House Project helped highlight valuable trade skills to those that might not be college bound.
When it came time to order the windows for the project, the students had three goals they shared with Jim: 1. Bring in as much natural light as possible. 2. Make sure is was plenty of airflow. 3. Give it a modern clean look.
“I walked the students through our normal product selection process,” says Jim. “I sat down with the students and worked with the plans they had already drawn up.”
Jim and the students picked Pella® 250 Series vinyl casement and fixed windows with black exterior with white interior. Throughout the process Jim was able to help them accomplish all of their main goals.
The whole process helped the students realize how windows can really be a vital part of the design and build process. Windows add to the overall design while also having a very functional role.
The windows were installed on the tiny house at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
“We were very excited to be a part of this project with Sycamore High School. It is great seeing kids getting excited about the design and build process," says Jim.