While other kids were off playing Minecraft or reading Where the Red Fern Grows, affordable architecture savant Callie Hilton built her own solar-powered tiny house. The 10-year-old DIY architect used reclaimed materials from her dad’s workshop to execute her design, including a tin shed roof, panel from an old CRT TV, wood scraps, and corrugated plastic.
A five-volt solar panel mounted to the outside of the structure powers a single lightbulb. She also gave the home a rainwater catchment system, composting toilet, and solar-heated oven. A pair of handles affixed to the facade on one end of the home allows the fifth grader to pick up her 25-pound abode and move it around.
According to a video interview and home tour of “Callie’s Coop” from Derek Diedricksen on Relax Shacks, Callie was inspired to build her wee house by tiny home Youtube videos and a healthy sense of competition:
“It was for a school project,” Callie explained. “I built it when this one girl was going to build a solar oven. And I decided to build a solar-powered tiny house instead.”