10-year-old builds home for $10

Developers around the world have got some serious competition this week, as a young new talent unveils a groundbreaking home design: 10-year-old Callie Hilton from the USA.

The fifth grader went above and beyond any teacher’s expectations with her home, which she designed as part of a school project. The off-grid property is in keeping with all the latest architectural trends: it’s sustainable, it’s small and it’s extremely affordable.

The grand feat of architecture was in response to a brief from her teacher to build a solar-inspired project. And so she did what any normal 10-year-old would: not play Minecraft, but craft a real life house to meet the environmentally-friendly criteria.

The result was showcased at the United Tiny House Association’s Georgia Tiny House Festival last weekend, with Callie featured as a speaker at the event. In a video with Relax Shacks filmed at the festival, she takes us on a tour of the shelter, which is divided, as with many tiny houses, into separate living areas: in one half, space for sleeping, and in the other, a bucket that can be used as a composting toilet, or as a small oven to heat up food in sunlight.

Above, the sloped roof is designed to collect water in a small box, with a five-volt solar panel on the front of it designed to heat water. The panel can even be moved to sit by the mattress in colder months to warm up the inhabitant.

The amenities don’t stop there, with a sliding container just below the roof to provide extra storage – and a light bulb inside, also powered by the solar panel.

Electricity, a roof, storage space, a mattress, a toilet, an oven and heating? It’s an impressive piece of construction from the young girl, who also made the whole thing portable by attaching handles to one end – just the thing for the modern Millennial not wanting to be tied down by adult-sized things, such as concrete foundations. Weighing a mere 25 pounds, Callie can lift the property by herself, installing locks on the doors to stop things sliding around when the shelter is moved.

The home’s eco credentials are cemented by the fact that it was mostly made from recycled materials found in her father’s workshop. The final cost for this sustainable, environmentally-friendly, portable, tiny house? A measly $10, which puts it well within the budget of any first-time buyer. It even has a catchy name: Callie’s Coop. Expect her to be designed fully-fledged resorts by the time she’s 15. For now, she’s got an A grade from school.