Partner(s): Mithun, Dowbuilt
Lead: Sam Schultz
The Fireweed House, named for a resilient flower that grows in the Pacific Northwest, features innovative and considerate designs. The entry is a French door so that, in the best weather, the house can breathe and residents can open their space to friends. Twelve teens from Franklin High School worked alongside mentors from Mithun to develop the Fireweed House design during fall 2018, and continued on with mentors from Dowbuilt to bring it to life in spring 2019. Slick shelving that doubles as a display gives the interior room to be personalized by its future residents. A fireweed flower mural on the side of house captures the spirit of resilience embodied by its namesake.
As ever, Sawhorse Revolution’s tiny house design/builds are for clients currently experiencing homelessness. These programs are about students learning skills, new ways of approaching social injustices, and developing empathy. After all, what better way to imagine someone’s life than not only walking a mile in their shoes, but thinking about where they need to put their shoes at the end of a long, rainy day in Seattle?