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Tiny house trend comes to New London

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Spark Makerspace has become a place where craftsmen and Do-It-Yourself novices can come together.

For the past two weeks students have been able to think big by learning how to build a tiny house. The workshop was run in cooperation with the Yestermorrow Design/Build School out of Waitsfield, Vermont.

Jon Day taught the tiny house building class at Spark where he is also a member.

“It’s around 160 square feet. I know it’s under 200,” said Day who owns his own woodworking company Day & Age.

The house now covered in a blue tarp until the roof is installed next week will meet all road worthy requirements.

“We actually have the DMV come into the course and work with the students,” said Day.

Those students who traveled from as far away as Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and California came together in downtown New London to learn how to design their own tiny house and how to start to build one.

“All the walls are fully framed up and we’ve started some of the sheathing,” explains Day who shows us the work in progress.

The course ended on Tuesday but the building will continue next week and will be the centerpiece of the Tiny Town street festival event happening at Spark on Friday July 28th.

Green and Golden Streets will be closed off through the day on Saturday July 29th to create a mini village in the city through the placement of tiny houses, painted streetscapes, and programming. Other tiny houses will also be parked along the streets.

Spark hopes to build on the partnership it now has with Yestermorrow.

“We’re piloting an urban campus for them,” said Spark Makerspace founder Hannah Gant.

Living tiny builds on the philosophy of the ten thousand square foot shared work space.

“That you can with your hands make something that can really make a difference for you and other people,” said Day.

“I like to say this is kind of choose your own adventure, make your own adventure,” said Gant.

The next tiny house workshop will be held  in the Spring.

The tiny house being built now will be finished by one of the students who is a college student in Massachusetts. He plans to finish it and then donate it to a refugee family.

Spark Makerspace will be hosting a Tiny Town Street Festival on Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th. It will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday and will continue through the day on Saturday.

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