Sicily Kolbeck, of Georgia, started work on her diminutive dwelling - lovingly dubbed La Petite Maison - when she was 12 as part of a school project, but after the passing of her father, it has blossomed into a true labor of love.
It took Sicily Kolbeck, of Georgia, a year and a half of labor and $10,000 to build the 128-square-foot bungalow with a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom
Sicily's mother, Suzannah Kolbeck, who was also her teacher and the founder of her school, signed up as Sicily's project manager, but the girl was to act as the chief architect, builder and fundraiser on the project.
Sicily got the project off the ground by launching an online fundraising campaign in January 2013. Within less than a month, the middle-schooler reached - and then exceeded - her $1,500 goal.
'My decision to build a tiny house was partly economic, partly the desire to be free,' Sicily Kolbeck wrote in the description.
'Building a tiny house can give me stability, possibly for the rest of my life if I build the house well.
Under the guidance of her father's long-time friend and professional homebuilder, Luke Bair, Sicily once again immersed herself into her work on the tiny house, which now took on a deeper meaning for the grieving middle-schooler.
But under the guidance of her father's long-time friend and professional homebuilder, Luke Bair, Sicily once again immersed herself into her work on the tiny house, which now took on a deeper meaning for the grieving middle-schooler.
‘Sometimes when people get a hard knock, they stay down. I didn't. That's my claim to fame,’ she wrote. ‘I also wanted to show that when I was handed lemons, I not only made lemonade. I made a lemon cake. And I ate it. And it was delicious.’
The charming little bungalow painted royal blue with a white trim for now sits in the Kolbecks' backyard in Marietta.
When the family move to Baltimore this summer, Sicily’s house will travel with them.