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Couple's tiny home built in Grand Marais folk school class

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A class at a northern Minnesota folk school is embracing the tiny house craze. 

The North House Folk School in Grand Marais has had a cabin building class for years, but the instructor says in recent years it's been filling up a lot faster.

The class is called 'Build Thoreau's Cabin' and it's taught by Randy Schnobrich.

"Sometimes it's just a storage shed, a chicken coop, or sometimes they finish it off and live in it and it ends up being their cabin or home," said Schnobrich. 

It's that last option that Schnobrich says has been bringing new attention to the class. Schnobrich says within the past few years demand for his class has been high enough for them to have no problem filling multiple courses in a year. 

"The other year, I had two women who didn't know each other come in from San Francisco just to take the class and then they flew back home," Schnobrich said, "It made me realize that it's kind of a nationwide effect."

In the class, Schnobrich teaches basic frame construction. Students have the option of buying the cabin at the end of the course. Otherwise, the school auctions it off. 

That's how Tom and Katie Krantz got their 117 square foot home. Tom bought the house from the Folk School and finished it off. The couple has been living "tiny" since August 2015. 

"The most common questions [are], 'how do you do it?'," Tom said.

"And where do you go when you're mad at him?," Katie added, laughing.

"It's always cool to see them [the Folk School classes] building the new ones too, because it's like 'we live in that'", Katie said.

The class lasts five days. The next session runs September 20-24.

You can find more information about it, here

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