Building a Tiny House

Tiny House exterior
Bill Johns
Mike Davidson

Mike Davidson and Bill Johns will be leading a team of 8 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 credit for 15 service hours. You may be eligible for Service Hours for the extra time 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.  If a participant, experiences any overlapping CDC symptoms of COVID during the project, the student will be isolated, and the student’s family will be required to pick up at their current location.  The family will bear all the costs associated with student pick-up. CDC's possible symptoms of COVID can be found here.

By selecting the above project(s,) 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 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