From: Carleton University
Published October 27, 2017 08:13 AM

A Tiny House Big on Style

Three years ago, when Carleton architecture student and national team whitewater kayaker, Ben Hayward, took time off from his studies to train and compete in Europe in a bid to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the cost of accommodation and travel was tough to manage on his amateur athlete’s budget.

So Hayward bought a used flatbed truck for just over $2,000 and, with $7,500 in materials and help from a Welsh mechanic friend, built a 72-square-foot wooden camper with a small wind turbine, solar panels and a round door at the back. He lived in the “Hobbit Van” for two years, driving from country to country to attend races, sleeping in parking lots.

Although he was Canada’s top ranked whitewater kayaker, Hayward didn’t earn a spot at Rio, but he’ll be returning to the Hobbit Van next year in an effort to make it to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

For now, he can found outside Carleton’s Architecture Building, putting the finishing touches on the Hobbit Van’s offspring — an energy-efficient solar-thermal tiny house that was born as a fourth-year design project and has morphed into the focus of a master’s degree he started this September.

 

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