Pack and Go Tiny Home

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1. Affordable housing need

Orlando, Florida is currently the second worst in the country for available affordable housing. This is a huge problem that needs to be fixed.

2. Minimalist lifestyle and tiny houses are on the rise

There are many reasons why people are falling in love with tiny house living. They are environmentally friendly, simple, have decreased maintenance, are mobile, multi-functional, and affordable.

3. Military family housing

Military families are often forced to move often from place to place. This causes them to constantly have to pack up all their belongings and move. If they were able to be in a portable house, it would solve many of the problems they experience.



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The overwhelming need and demand for affordable housing has grown tremendously in the past decade. With more people finding the minimalist lifestyle appealing, tiny houses have become extremely popular. Also, many military families have been faced with the choice to blindly move or stay where they are without their spouses. All of these factors have contributed to the idea of affordable tiny houses that are readily available. Right now tiny houses take approximately 2-3 months on average to have built. Sometimes people (military families) do not have 2-3 months to wait.






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Military families move on average once every three years. The average child in a military family will move six to nine times during their school career. Nearly 4.4 million households relocated between January and April of 2010. In 2008 there were 154,000 homeless veterans. In order to help bring these numbers down, the community has to step in and get involved. Those who decided to fight for our country should not have to be living on the streets. Tiny homes are the perfect solution. Military families can move with their tiny home, that way they know they always have a place to call their own. These kits would impact so many people and would help bring the numbers of homeless veterans down and increase satisfaction among current military families.





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This project would envision having kits that are readily available at certain stores. These kits could be put together by the customers themselves or put together by a team who works for the company. It would be a one time build as the house would be put on a trailer to be moved,  if needed. The houses would be small but provide enough space for a family. The kit would come with the house frame, the windows, doors, cabinets, and other basic necessities. Since the kit does not come with electrical wiring or plumbing so the interior fixtures can be customized by each owner, the owners would have to install after assembly. The exterior would be made out of lumber which would help ensure that it is sturdy and can withstand travel. There would also be lots of windows welcoming natural light.



These tiny houses would be made out of durable materials allowing them to withstand most environmental conditions. This means the tiny houses would be very versatile when siting for a location. The ideal location for them would include flat land, little debris on the ground, a utility hookup site, and little wind. While this is ideal, it is not necessary.



The design for the tiny houses will be very simple but provide an ample amount of space and storage. They will be able to be assembled by the clients themselves which means it has to be a simple design. Each house will have a bedroom, a kitchen/living room space, a bathroom, and a loft which can be used as a second bedroom. There will be plenty of windows and doors allowing natural light to come in. Also, there will be a small porch which provides a relaxing seating area for the clients. The house will sit on top of an 18′ x 7′ trailer, allowing for mobililtyy. It will have an open concept floor plan, utilizing all of the space. It will be made out of lumber, ensuring sturdiness for travel, and drywall.



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  1. April 26, 2018 by Kelsey.Russell

    Tiny homes always seemed to only exist in Buzzfeed videos and such, but your project put them to life. I like the chart you included about how environmentally friendly the houses are and the exact materials each house would require. I would love to see some testimonials of people who have chosen the tiny house life because of personal preference. I would like to know if there’s a financial difference in purchasing a trailer home (mobile home) rathe than a tiny home?

    • April 26, 2018 by Abby Carlton

      Hi Kelsey thank you so much for the feedback! I am so happy that my project was able to bring tiny house living to life for you. I have included two links in this reply. They are both videos about people sharing their experiences of why they moved into a tiny house and their journey. Thanks again!

  2. April 26, 2018 by Caroline DeBloom

    This is such a cool and creative idea! For people that are okay living in tiny homes, this is a perfect situation. For me personally, I would love to have one of these to be able to live in multiple areas of the country.

    • April 26, 2018 by Abby Carlton

      Hi Caroline thank you for taking the time to visit my project! I also think that this would bring amazing opportunities as it is portable. I really appreciate the feedback and hope that my project impacted you in some way! Thanks again!

  3. April 26, 2018 by Harry Sukonik

    This is such a creative project and could benefit so many families. As a child of parents in the military, growing up constantly moving was extremely difficult. With both parents in the armed forces, moving from house to house was not only costly, but also time consuming and stressful. Your project could benefit so many families such as mine, and I believe that your idea will captivate minds everywhere. Thank you for your innovative ideas and design!

  4. April 26, 2018 by Dewey DeLoach

    People are beginning to use these all over the country. A number of these people like to make sure they can tow the Tiny Houses to different locations so they can live in different places for the experience.

  5. April 26, 2018 by Gee

    So very proud of you Abby! Project shows creativity and definite design talents! Would make a fun beach house….

    • May 01, 2018 by Abby Carlton

      Thank you! It would make an awesome beach house!

  6. April 27, 2018 by Michelle

    What an awesome idea and so well thought out! My favorite part is that is a kit that gives the owner a structure then they can customize with what we fixture and finishes fits their style!! Creates a great home and meets a real need in affordable housing! (Not to mention the portability)!

    • May 01, 2018 by Abby Carlton

      Thank you Michelle! I am so glad you thought my project would be beneficial in the solution for affordable housing! Thanks for taking the time to look through my project!

  7. April 27, 2018 by Jo Ann Chai

    This is such a creative idea Abby! I love that you thought of building a kit to get a house. This is so cute! Have you thought about making the first step (when you come out of the house) longer so the second step is the same width and length as the last step? That way the first step can act as a larger porch.

    • May 01, 2018 by Abby Carlton

      Thank you Jo Ann! I think your porch ideas is really smart and creative. That would be really beneficial as it would serve two purposes. Thank you so much for the idea!

  8. April 27, 2018 by Madison.Collins

    This is such a creative idea and an amazing design that you have! It must have taken a while and I love how it looks.

    • May 01, 2018 by Abby Carlton

      Hi Maddie! Thank you so much for looking at my project. Thanks for your feedback!

  9. April 27, 2018 by Rachel Dauby

    Hi Abby: Whoa! You have so much research, it’s awesome! Considering that I, too, did my project on tiny homes, it is very cool to see another project with a different outlook. I really liked the idea of a deliverable kit, that seems like the best option for a lot of families. Did you end up calculating the final build cost of your home?

  10. April 28, 2018 by Sarah P

    Wow! What an awesome idea and really nice formatting. Your project was super well planned out and I really enjoyed the titles and use of lines to split up your data and work. You used a good ratio of written information to pictures, which I thought made the project very digestible and easy to read. You included some awesome drawings and models that helped me visualize your ideas. Furthermore, you also explained the exact change and project you wanted to see. Your idea of advocating for the creation of kits demonstrates your ability to visualize your project in real life and create a realistic call to action. Cool project and nice work!

  11. April 28, 2018 by Lee Chira

    This is amazing. Should be part of the answer to the affordability housing problem. Issues that the government has to deal with to make this a viable program are zoning,, easements, variances, building codes, utilities, drainage, nimbe’s, and most important impact fees and land cost. Right now in Orange County, Fl. they are running around $18,000 per unit. Affordability is one of the elements is the Growth Management Plan that local governments have to address.
    Great first step in addressing a national problem. All great ideas start with a first step. Well done, Congrats

  12. April 29, 2018 by Cassidy.Mott

    This is awesome! I had heard of the Tiny House movement before but had never looked into the ecological/social effects before. Overall amazing job, it was informative, entertaining, and interactive!

  13. April 30, 2018 by Nicole.Sanders

    This is such a cool project! I’ve seen tiny houses before but you put them to practical use and came up with a really amazing solution to the housing issue. I liked how you broke up your project into sections because it made it really organized and easy to read. Again, what a cool and thorough project!

  14. April 30, 2018 by Genevieve.Clay

    After watching HGTV shows, I have always been fascinated by tiny homes. I thought your ideas were phenomenal and I loved all the designs and models you included. I also like that you added in a TED talk which really gave a lot of background information on tiny homes. It’s really nice to see how much effort you put into researching this topic. Nice job Abby!

  15. May 04, 2018 by Jerome Nashed

    I had a debate topic about the right to housing and these small houses were something that was rarely talked about as a solution to homelessness, but I’m glad you brought it up as a solution! I think when we try to create solutions we try to be lavish but this is a simple solution that gives people a comfortable and safe lifestyle. Amazing! I’m glad I got to read about this again, past my debate topic!

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