Canyon County

Love tiny houses? Canyon County students are building one for you to bid on

Another version of a tiny house that appeared on the FYI Network’s program, “Tiny House Nation.” Idaho will be getting a similar house that will be auctioned off to benefit Metro Meals on Wheels.
Another version of a tiny house that appeared on the FYI Network’s program, “Tiny House Nation.” Idaho will be getting a similar house that will be auctioned off to benefit Metro Meals on Wheels. Craig Williams/FYI Network

Metro Community Services in Caldwell and the Canyon-Owyhee School Service Agency are taking advantage of the current craze for tiny houses and partnering on a cool new fundraiser.

Students in the Canyon-Owyhee agency who are enrolled in its residential construction program will hone their skills through building a sleek, high-style tiny house.

Construction has already begun at the agency facility in Wilder.

Metro Community Services, a Canyon County nonprofit that helps the elderly, disabled and financially challenged people through a variety of programs, will show off the house at special events, conventions and home shows through the winter.

Then, in the spring of 2017, the organization will auction off the tiny house at Metro Meals on Wheels’ annual Culinary Walkabout fundraiser. All proceeds from the May sale will go to Metro Community Services’ general fund.

The tiny house will have some design cred. Students in grades 7 through 12 and their teachers will work from a plan created by Texas-based Brian Crabb, lead designer for the television show, “Tiny House Nation.”

The original design will feature numerous windows and a mix of siding. The house will measure 8 feet x 24 feet and will include a loft.

Metro Community Services connected with the folks from “Tiny House Nation” last year when the organization provided insulation for a tiny house in Marsing that will be featured on the program sometime during the first quarter of 2017, said Matt Jones, marketing and communications director.

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