Building a Tiny House

Tiny House exterior

Mike Davidson and Bill Johns will be leading a team to build an 8' x 12' Tiny House that, once finished, will be transported to a Tiny House village somewhere in Seattle.  It will provide housing, and a secure, supported, empowering place for someone who is experiencing homelessness.  We will be building the house right on campus and will spend some long days framing, sheathing, roofing, running electricity, insulating, installing a door and windows, doing finish carpentry, flooring and painting.

We will be using a combination of hand, power and air tools.  No previous construction skills are necessary, but you have to be willing to learn proper use of each tool, safety measures, teamwork and be ready to work hard!

The project will definitely take longer than the five days of Project Week, so if you are interested, you should plan on working over the weekend and into the next week.  It takes about 9 days to build a complete house.

Special Considerations

Participants will receive 15 Service Hours for completing this project. You may be eligible for additional Service Hours for extra time spent on the project beyond the five days of Project Week.

The project will take approximately 9 days.  Students should be able and willing to commit to the project until it is completed.

Participants must be willing to follow COVID guidelines.  Participants should only attend illness free. If a participant should test positive for COVID during the project, the student will be isolated, and the student’s family will be required to pick them up at their current location.  The family will bear all the costs associated with the student pick up. 

By selecting the above project, you and your family are accepting the financial responsibility for the cost of the projects.  This includes any unrecoverable expenses incurred if Overlake, or any federal, state or local government forces cancelation of the project, or if you or your family decide not to attend, or if your student becomes symptomatic and has to be isolated. 

Project Week (2022-23)

Mar 27, 2023 - Mar 31, 2023


Chrissy Wakeling
Assistant Director of Experiential Education