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CASA 802

| Outline

The CASA 802 is a 324-square-foot micro home that provides


sustainable, beautiful housing for people from all income levels.
CASAs immediate and long-term objective is to develop a regionally
derived, affordable housing model that offers an alternative to
the mobile home. Inspired by Vermonts vernacular architecture,
CASA 802 aims to fit into its surroundings with its gabled form
and material palette, while simultaneously introducing a new way of
living through modern detailing and a reduced footprint. Containing
all of the essentials for daily life, CASA 802 consists of a kitchen,
bathroom, bedroom, and storage loft. Custom built-in birch
plywood furniture provides carefully planned storage, seating and
work space. Standing seam metal wraps the roof and long exterior
walls; the gable end walls and covered porch are charred local
white cedar. Two walls in the bathroom are finished in aluminum
for a durable waterproof finish. Plentiful natural light enters through
windows and doors to create a bright, welcoming space.
The goals of this project are two-fold. Beyond providing a similar
price-point, sustainable and beautiful alternative to the trailer, CASA
802 encourages experiential learning. The academic design-build
studio supports the idea that building, making and designing are
intrinsic to each other: knowledge of one strengthens and informs
the expression of the other. Hands on learning through the act of
building what you design, translates theories and ideas into real
world experience. Design-build grounds us in the physicality of the
world we live in. Students in the CASA 802 studio gained unique
experience through the design and construction of this home.

CASA 802

| Description

Project type: Affordable Tiny House

Size: 324 square feet + 56 square foot deck


Program: The CASA 802
Responsibility of the architect: Oversaw 9 undergraduate students through
the design and construction of CASA 802. This included guided use of
digital and traditional fabrication tools.
Location: CASA 802 is an off-site fabricated Tiny House that can be located
on a variety of sites. Current possibilities include an existing communityowned mobile home park in Shelburne, VT, and a new housing development
in Randolph, VT. The goal is to have CASA 802 located in a place that
provides exposure to the affordable possibilities for sustainable, beautiful
housing.
Type of client: CASA 802 is focused on helping Vermonts low income
housing population.
Completion date: August 2016
Total construction cost: Approximately $30,000.00 materials + student and
professor labor and time. CASA 802 had multiple donations including a
$20,000 grant from an international bank, $7,000 window/door package
donated by a national window manufacturer and additional donations totaling
$4,700.00.
Environmental features: CASA 802 incorporates sustainability through the
use of locally sourced formaldehyde-free birch plywood, low voltage LED
lighting, locally harvested and milled white cedar siding and pine flooring.
High efficiency windows and doors, dense pack sustainable cellulose
insulated walls, a high efficiency heat pump, ventilation system and hot water
heater, and energy star appliances are used. Additional sustainable features
include: a low-flow shower fixture, zero VOC paint, Vermont Natural Coatings
low VOC finishes, and a reclaimed sap bucket for the bathroom sink.

Team Leaders
Principal Investigator:
Edwin Schmeckpeper
Architecture Lead:
Tolya Stonorov
Architecture Team:
Cara Armstrong, Danny Sagan, Matt Lutz
Electrical Engineering Lead:
Stephen Fitzhugh
Construction Management Lead:
Jack Patterson
Architecture Students:
Sheridan Steiner, Olivia Towne, Ainsley Vail, Josh Daigle, Brian Flood, Alex
Menard, Kevin Van Der Vliet Nate Williams, Joe Wood
Engineering + Construction Management Students:
Maggie N. Cross, Jacob J. Jasewicz, Alois Steinbugl
Kevin Gadowski, Daniel Allard, William Barna, John Flanagan, Cris Gondella,
Joseph Hayden, Taylor Jacobs, Edward Kruszon, Ian McAdorey, Brandon
Place, Johnny Saca, Forest Watkins
Mechanical Engineering Work-Study Student:
Joana Athanasi
Donations from:
TD Bank, Marvin Windows and Doors, Allen Lumber, 475 High Performance
Building Supply, Weyerhaeuser, Vermont Natural Coatings, 5 Star Energy
Tech, Direct Door Hardware, BlueStone Shelves, Tractor Supply, F.W. Webb
Company

CASA 802 Southeast Elevation

CASA 802 West Elevation

CASA 802 Porch, Inside living space extends to the exterior

CASA 802 Kitchen, Living, Dining

CASA 802 Kitchen, Living, Dining

CASA 802 Bedroom

CASA Bathroom

CASA Bathroom Reclaimed Sap Bucket Sink, Custom Vanity and Aluminum Walls

CASA 802

Design +
Construction Documents
Window Schedule

Mark

Rough
Width

Count

3' - 0"

Rough
Height

6 - 10"

2' - 6"

6' - 10"

3' - 0"

2' - 6"

Construction
Type

Fiberglass
Fiberglass
Fiberglass

1' - 6"

2' - 6"

Fiberglass

3' - 6"

2' - 6"

Fiberglass

2' - 6 1/16"

4' - 6 7/16"

Glazing Material

Glass-Marvin-IG
Low E II with Argon
Glass-Marvin-IG
Low E II with Argon
Glass-Marvin-IG
Low E II with Argon
Glass-Marvin-IG
Low E II with Argon
Glass-Marvin-IG
Low E II with Argon

Manufacturer

Integrity Windows and


Doors
Integrity Windows and
Doors
Integrity Windows and
Doors
Integrity Windows and
Doors
Integrity Windows and
Doors
VELUX

IF

Door Schedule
Mark

Rough
Height

Count

Rough
Width

6' - 8"

6' - 0"

2
3
4

2
1
1

6' - 8"
6' - 8"
6' - 8"

2' - 8"
6' - 0"
2' - 8"

Glazing
Material

No

Manufacturer

Glass-Marvin-I Integrity Windows and


G Low E II with Doors
Argon

No
Interior Finish Schedule

Exterior Finish Schedule

Location

Surface

Material

Location

Surface

Material

Living Space
Living Space

Floor
Ceiling

Ash
Drywall

North

Siding

Standing Seam

South

Siding

Standing Seam

Living Space

Wall

Drywall

East

Siding

White Cedar

Bath

Floor

Ash

West

Siding

White Cedar

Bath

Ceiling

Drywall

Bath

Wall

Sheet Metal

Bath

Wall

Pine

Bath

Shower Wall

Sheet Metal

Bedroom

Floor

Ash

Bedroom

Ceiling

Drywall

Bedroom

Wall

Drywall

Da

Sc

Jo

Dr

1 Schedules
A1.0

Teaching CASA 802 construction drawings.

2 Floor Plan
A1.0 1/2" = 1'-0"

CASA 802 | Process

CASA 802 student construction process

CASA 802 student construction process

CASA 802 student construction process

Students working with Master Electrician to wire the CASA 802, Door installation preparation

CASA 802 student fabricating the built-in furniture

Student fabricating the CASA 802 structural turnbuckle system.

Charring local white cedar for the end wall siding

Students taking a quick break