HFC, RE/MAX host open house for tiny home collaboration

Photo by Zeinab Najm A child sits in the loft inside the RE/MAX Tiny Home for Tiny Tots while he talks to Henry Ford College Logistics Associate Kim Vanorden and other HFC employees tour the home during an open house at the HFC campus on June 28.

Photo by Zeinab Najm
A child sits in the loft inside the RE/MAX Tiny Home for Tiny Tots while he talks to Henry Ford College Logistics Associate Kim Vanorden and other HFC employees tour the home during an open house at the HFC campus on June 28.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Visitors flowed in and out of the Tiny Home project parked at Henry Ford College June 28 during an open house to explore the college’s collaboration with RE/MAX.

The 280-square-foot “Tiny Home for Tiny Tots” as dubbed by RE/MAX, features a sitting area, kitchen, bathroom, 2-in-1 washer and dryer combo, plumbing and an 80-square-foot loft space inside the structure.

An auction of the home will be held July 26 with proceeds benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The idea for RE/MAX came about after the tiny home movement surge continued due to people vowing to live minimally and conserve resources while still achieving the goal of ownership, according to a press release.

HFC was selected as the contractors for the project after a proposal was submitted in the fall to create the tiny home on the college campus.

The newly formed Department of Building Science worked to combine the architecture and construction, interior design, engineering and technology schools together for their first project. About 40 students from four different classes combined their ideas to design the home and complete it over two semesters.

“Any building is challenging to construct, but when the people working on it have the will, the final product speaks for itself,” HFC Building Science Chairman Chad Richert said. “My favorite part was watching the students learn and care deeply about the project they worked on.”

HFC Interior Design Instructor Karen Wilmering said the total cost for materials for the tiny home was about $45,000 after the college got deals, but the labor was free.

She also said the interior design team provided suggestions for the inside of the home which features bright wall colors and unique accents like a clear table filled with pennies.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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