Pacific Mobile Structures Donates a Future Tiny House to a Student Building Her Own College Housing

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A high school sophomore, with a passion for pastries, builds a tiny house as her own self-created school project; hoping to reach her bigger dream of attending culinary college. The cost of room and board led the homeschooled student to Pacific Mobile Structures, who answered the call, making its first ever donation of this size.

Tiny House, Modular Construction

Molly Smith prepares to build her tiny house, donated by Pacific Mobile Structures, that will eventually help her pursue her dream of becoming a pastry chef.

“When someone has a passion and they can find a way to translate that to another person, so they feel their passion too, those kind of people are unstoppable." Cheryl Thompson, Pacific Mobile

Students return to school this week, but one high school student continues her studies, year-round, and she simply steps into her kitchen or into her backyard when class starts, to build her tiny house. Meet Molly Smith. It may not take more than one minute before she melts someone's heart, or their taste buds, and convinces them, that her passion deems worthy of their time. Pacific Mobile Structures Vice President of Rental Division Cheryl Thompson sums up the 15-year-old, quite simply, “When someone has a passion and they can find a way to translate that to another person, so they feel their passion too, those kind of people are unstoppable. And, I think Molly is going to be one of those kind of people in life.” That desire led Molly to PMSI in search of her tiny house, as she plans her future to become a pastry chef.

Molly realized back in middle school that her dream of attending the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, CA would cost much more than her family could ever afford. Rather than wait for the opportunity to come to her, Molly put her skills to work. Her research on how to save on room and board while in college led her to the tiny house movement. From there, her mind took off and her dream took shape. Molly says her friends don’t quite understand why she is building her future home in her own backyard, “I’m a very small person, so it kind of surprises them that I try to do something that is such a big thing.”

Molly’s tiny house involves the strategic plans for the ENTIRE house. She designed a beach-themed home of her very own. She will put in the electrical work, the plumbing and more. She plans to do this while getting all of the supplies and expertise training donated; including the house. A first for Molly became a first for Pacific Mobile. Molly’s mom, Mindy Smith says, “Every rejection she gets, she just says, well, who’s the next person on the list? Keep moving forward.”

PMSI donated the 192-square foot structure itself the week of Molly’s 15th birthday. Molly won over the family-owned modular construction company with her will and determination to literally build her college housing, in order to pursue her true passion. Now, she must win over other suppliers and continue the work, with help, to complete the house by May, 2018. This is one senior culminating project teaching life lessons well beyond the classroom. Molly’s tiny house already has a new set of axles with tires, brakes and brake lights. Her work continues as does her quest for donations and know-how.

Pacific Mobile Structures: Family-owned and operated since 1983, Chehalis, WA-based Pacific Mobile Structures, Inc. provides flexible, cost-efficient, high-performance modular facilities designed for comfort, durability and energy efficiency. The company builds quality office, educational and other facilities for sale or lease, backed by the best customer service in the commercial modular construction industry.

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