Tiny house makes big impact


Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy senior Kathryn Hoagland submitted her senior thesis project, “Little House, Big World,” after spending the previous night in her own tiny house on Holy Trinity’s campus. She was inspired by people focused on environmental concerns and the simplified living movement.

The house is 96 square feet of miniaturized solar-powered economy and includes a bedroom, bathroom and fully-functioning kitchen.

The teenager plans to sell her tiny house for $25,000 and donate proceeds to the new solar project being established on Holy Trinity’s campus. 

“I want to go into sustainable design and development after college so that has influenced why I’m looking at the benefits of environmentally-friendly building design and the benefits of being able to live off the grid,” Hoagland said.

Senior thesis is an opportunity for students to design and implement an independent project under a faculty mentor. Students are given benchmarks for completion throughout the year, culminating in a final presentation that is evaluated by the Holy Trinity Academic Affairs Committee.