Sparty's Cabin


Making Memories in Sparty’s Cabin

Sparty’s Cabin was used as a tool to educate students and the community about the Tiny House Movement, which is about filling life with experiences. It’s about the stories that can be told and experiences that can be shared with family and friends.

You can make memories by purchasing Sparty’s Cabin through the MSU Surplus auction:

By bidding on the cabin, you will not only help raise funds to support student-led build projects like this in the future, but also have the opportunity to make memories and have experiences with family and friends that will last a lifetime. 



Sparty’s Cabin Build Project

Michigan State University students constructed a Tiny House at the Recycling Center on campus. Led by the student organization USGBC Students MSU, this real-world project offered students hands-on experience in the planning, design and construction process. Other MSU project partners include the School of Planning, Design and Construction; the Department of Forestry; and the Surplus Store.


Sustainable Materials

With a main goal centered on sustainability, the “Sparty’s Cabin” project included materials from the MSU Sustainable Wood Recovery Program and Shadows Collection. When there is construction activity on campus, trees are normally removed and either burnt or chipped for mulch. The Shadows Collection salvages these trees, turns them into lumber, and uses the lumber to create unique and truly green products, such as tables and cutting boards. Sparty’s Cabin will feature MSU-made custom countertops, shelving and a ladder. In addition to MSU lumber, other materials have been selected for their sustainable qualities, including double-pane windows and recycled denim insulation.


Tiny House Specs

The structure was built on a trailer, allowing it to be easily transported from place to place. Sparty’s Cabin will include traditional hook ups for sewer, water and electricity; however, it can be retrofitted in the future to go off the grid. This can be accomplished by capturing rainwater, using 100 percent solar power energy and adding a composting toilet.

Once constructed, this Tiny House is 177 square feet of space that sleeps three, and features both an upstairs (sleeping loft and storage) and a downstairs (great room/kitchen, bathroom and bedroom).


How did we do it?

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Thank you, Sponsors!

In order to complete this ambitious project, sponsors donated materials, cash and expertise. A special thank you to everyone who helped us accomplish this big project.



“There is a starting minimum bid of $35,000 for the purchase of the tiny house.  The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the tiny house is $61,000.  The winning bidder will be responsible for payment of all applicable taxes on the full purchase price.  All proceeds will benefit the Construction Management program at the MSU School of Planning, Design & Construction.  In general, donors who purchase items at a charity auction may claim a charitable contribution deduction for the excess of the purchase price paid for an item over its fair market value.  MSU does not advise donors on tax matters.  Any potential bidder intending to claim a charitable contribution deduction from the purchase of the tiny house should direct all questions regarding the federal income tax deduction of such a purchase to his/her tax advisor or attorney.”     



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