Tiny house, big lessons – Suzannah Kolbeck, left, and her daughter, Sicily, worked together to build a tiny house. It started as a project for school, but the focus -- and lessons -- changed after the accidental death of Dane Kolbeck, Suzannah's husband and Sicily's father.
Tiny house, big lessons – With the help of friends, family and the community of tiny house lovers, Sicily designed and built a 128-square foot house that can serve has a hangout space or living space.
Tiny house, big lessons – The house includes a working kitchen with small-scale appliances, including a fridge and oven, as well as living space and storage.
Tiny house, big lessons – Sicily's father, Dane, was a commercial fisherman with a knack for woodworking. Rather than choosing a simple square window for her house's loft space, Sicily installed a window from his boat.
Tiny house, big lessons – Among the features Sicily loves most is the staircase to the loft, which doubles as storage space. "I had a picture on my phone. I was showing everybody," Sicily gushed.
Tiny house, big lessons – The home even includes a toilet and bathtub that can be hooked up to a gray water system. Sicily and Suzannah learned how to plumb the house with help from workers at their local home improvement store. "We were on a serious first-name basis with several people at the Home Depot," Suzannah said.
Tiny house, big lessons – For now, the house lives in Suzannah and Sicily's back yard just outside Atlanta. This summer, it will move with them when they return to Suzannah's hometown of Baltimore.
Tiny house, big lessons – "I'm doing it to show him that I can do stuff, to show him that I am capable," Sicily said of finishing her house after her dad's death. "It's not like learning how to forget him, but learning how to go through life remembering him and still kind of living and being happy."