My name is Stephanie Henschen, I am a 27 year old Intern Architect at a local firm in Tampa, Florida. I am currently living in a 210 square foot tiny house on wheels in which I built over a 10 month period with my dad. Recently I graduated from the University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design with a Master in Architecture. USF SACD is remarkable program and is many times overlooked. The students there, that I have had the privilege to study with are the brightest and most talented group of people I have ever met. The faculty are equally as amazing. They are passionate, hardworking and dedicated to making USF SACD a dynamic force. I am proud to have been a part of it.
As I embarked on my thesis, the last year of school, I was forced to look back on all that I had learned and express my views on architecture in a one-hour presentation. We are told by our professors that our thesis is a personal experience in which we are given the opportunity to study what is valuable to us, something we can and will continue after we graduate.
I decided about two years ago with my incredibly patient and open-minded boyfriend that I would build a tiny house. The idea came to us as we began to look past architecture school and towards what we wanted our lives to be in the future. Nick (the incredibly patient and open-minded boyfriend) introduced me to "Tiny," a documentary about a young man deciding to follow a similar path and build his own tiny house. With little to no experience this man created something he could make a life in, within his means. Slowly after watching this film I became obsessed with knowing everything there was to know about living "tiny" and the "tiny house movement." The people involved in this "tiny movement," are finding what it really means to live. All they have is what they need and they are able to get more out of life because of it. The switch to living tiny just seems to fit what Nick and I are looking for.
Around the same time as developing this idea of living small, I decided that this house will greatly influence how I feel about architecture and so it makes sense to me that my thesis should be about this. For a my year long thesis I chose to explore the ideas of living small and how those ideas could be incorporated into community. I was in search of creating a modern day hamlet!
This blog I have created started as Tiny House Construction Blog which quickly failed. With working on my thesis and building the actual house I didn't have enough time in the day to write everything down.
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