WBALTV, BALTIMORE —
New home construction in Baltimore City will soon look a tiny bit different.
Civic Works is teaching young people how to build homes one tiny house at a time.
To be considered a tiny house, the interior area must be under 800 square feet. One prototype built by Civic Works is 200 square feet and has everything from a bathroom, a shower, a tiny fridge and a built-in dining room table to a loft bedroom.
“You can fit a queen-size bed up here,” said Rodney Payne, with Civic Works.
The downside of downsizing, though, is that there’s not much storage space.
“Every square inch in a tiny house, you have to plan, really, because it’s not like a typical house,” Payne said.
Civic Works is getting ready to start production on multiple tiny houses.
“(We) could potentially work on seven at a time,” Payne said.
It’s part of the Youth Build program that teaches usable skills to young people so they can get a job in the workforce.
“It’s a job-training program for 17 to 24 year olds,” Payne said. “They get safety training, tool training. The nice thing about building a tiny house is you get all the skills in one compact system.”
Tiny house construction starts soon, and the houses will later be for sale, ranging in price from $25,000 to $75,000.
Baltimore City isn’t currently zoned for tiny houses. Civic Works is hoping that will change within the next year.