CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (May 2, 2017)–Kirkwood Community College has begun accepting sealed bids on its student-built tiny house. The 266-square foot home, valued at $24,000, was built by concurrently enrolled high school students in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Career Academy program at Kirkwood’s Linn County Regional Center.
Despite its limited space, the tiny house includes a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and living area. Constructed from shipping container (sized 8’ x 40’ x 9’ 6” high), it features two sliding glass doors and windows.
“This has been an incredible experience for our ACE Academy students,” said Allen Witt, instructor for the ACE program. “Over the course of 12 weeks, they transformed a shipping container into a home. They did everything from laying the floor to choosing the paint color on the exterior.”
Beginning Monday, May 8, through Friday, May 12, prospective buyers can tour the tiny house at Kirkwood’s Linn County Regional Center located at 1770 Boyson Road in Hiawatha. Interested parties should inquire at the front desk between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
While homes under 660 square feet are not allowed within Linn County’s jurisdiction, not all surrounding counties have regulations on home sizes. Those interested in purchasing the tiny house should contact their local building department to determine options in their area.
Sealed bids will be accepted through Thursday, June 15, at 4 p.m. Bid forms may be requested from:
Kirkwood Finance Department
Attention: Peg Sprengeler
The Kirkwood Center
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404