Sparty's Cabin up for auction, featured on Agriculture Hall lawn
CANR Dean Ron Hendrick, administrative staffers from the CANR as well as students from the MSU student chapter of the US Green Building Council will hold office hours in Sparty's Cabin from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18.
November 15, 2016
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean Ron Hendrick, administrative staffers from the CANR as well as students from the MSU student chapter of the US Green Building Council will hold office hours in Sparty’s Cabin from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18. The tiny house is up for auction through the MSU Surplus auction website.
Sparty’s Cabin will be moved to the front lawn of Agriculture Hall on Friday with several activities planned around its presence:
- 9:30-11 a.m., The CANR Alumni Association’s Farm Lane Society will pin several members
- Noon, The MSU Food Truck
- 1:30-5 p.m., Dean Hendrick will hold office hours in Sparty’s Cabin
- All day, Tours of Sparty’s Cabin
About Sparty’s Cabin
The structure was built on a trailer, allowing it to be easily transported from place to place. Sparty’s Cabin includes 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.
The Tiny House is 177 square feet of space that sleeps three, and features both an upstairs (sleeping loft and storage loft) and a downstairs (great room/kitchen, bathroom and bedroom).
With a main goal centered on sustainability, the project included materials from the MSU Sustainable Wood Recovery Program and Shadows Collection. When there isconstruction 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 features 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.