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Published on February 19th, 2009 | by ziggy

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Build Your Own Free Tiny House with Shipping Pallets

Recently, we’ve talked about how to live simply and decrease your carbon footprint living in a tiny house. Even better than buying a tiny house is making your own, and Michael Janzen is blazing a trail with his free tiny pallet house. Not only is his house made out of recycled shipping pallets, it isn’t costing him anything to build. And lucky for us, he’s sharing his plans so you too can build your own tiny free house.

You can save money, sharpen your DIY skills, and further decrease your environmental impact by following Janzen’s example of building a free pallet house … the one below, in fact, and the plans are HERE.

 

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Keep pallets out of landfills


Here are some disturbing statistics about shipping pallets:

  • Approximately 40% of all hardwood harvested in the U.S. is for making shipping pallets
  • About two-thirds of pallets are used only once before being thrown out
  • 1/4 of all wood in landfills is from used pallets

You can help prevent deforestation and keep pallets out of landfills by finding creative alternative uses for them, like building a house. Pallets can be found everywhere. Once you start looking for them, you’ll see them scattered all over your town or city.

Contact a local warehouse, supermarket, or any business that receives large shipments, and get permission to pick up their used pallets. Most companies are happy to give their pallets away.

 

Plans for a free pallet house


Janzen has made plans for building a free pallet house available on his website. These plans are a guide for building what he calls a disaster preparedness and emergency shelter. Janzen says:

As hurricane Gustav plowed across Cuba headed for the gulf coast of the United States memories of Katrina and the potential displacement of thousands got me thinking. I wanted to do something to help. It occurred to me that someone else might find what I now about building with shipping pallets useful in the coming weeks and months.

With some creativity, you may find that shipping pallets can be reappropriated in other ways to build your own free tiny house. For example, I have a friend that has disassembled shipping pallets and used the wood to build roof trusses for his straw bale building. Ultimately, you can help prevent deforestation and keep pallets out of landfills by using them to build creative housing.

 

Image credits: flickr, via KGBKitchen); Tiny free pallet house




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About the Author

I'm a 26-year-old currently living at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri, an intentional community devoted to sustainable living and culture change. Things you might find me doing here (other than blogging) are building with natural materials, gardening, beekeeping, making cheese, candlemaking, and above all else, living simply. You can read about my on-going natural building projects at: http://www.small-scale.net/yearofmud



  • http://www.ChicEco.com Delia d/b/a Chic Eco

    How very cool!
    THANK YOU

  • http://www.ChicEco.com Delia d/b/a Chic Eco

    How very cool!
    THANK YOU

  • Killah Eaton

    WTG!!! This boy is wonderful!

  • Killah Eaton

    WTG!!! This boy is wonderful!

  • irene

    It just show you what you can do with reuseable items. But very creative!!!

  • irene

    It just show you what you can do with reuseable items. But very creative!!!

  • Aretha

    I applaud this little boys creativity and concern and hardwork. However, homeless people don’t need our trash; they need comfortable, functional homes that have running water and furniture and heat. Affordable housing for all!

  • http://yahoonews jack bloom

    The problem I have with this is that he did not use trash to build this shelter. If the project was to repurpose trash, you should not buy materials new and then say that it is trash. His so called invention, looks like newly bought “trash”.

  • Aretha

    I applaud this little boys creativity and concern and hardwork. However, homeless people don’t need our trash; they need comfortable, functional homes that have running water and furniture and heat. Affordable housing for all!

  • akia

    that is cooooooooooooool

  • Marlene

    what an inspiring kid! way to go!!!

  • akia

    that is cooooooooooooool

  • Marlene

    what an inspiring kid! way to go!!!

  • amberhoney

    What an upstanding kid his parents should be proud,I hope he goes on to do great things. The world needs more people like this, I hope my kids turn out like this GO MAX!!!

  • amberhoney

    What an upstanding kid his parents should be proud,I hope he goes on to do great things. The world needs more people like this, I hope my kids turn out like this GO MAX!!!

  • Eva

    Is this suppossed to the the solution for homelessness? This is hardly better than a cardboard box and I’m sure the government will be spending big $$$ to manufacture these things that are a weak solution at best. They can probably open up real shelters somewhere with the same money it would take to start this new program. The kid is smart and very ahead of the game, but I don’t think styrofoam tents are the solution here.

  • Eva

    Is this suppossed to the the solution for homelessness? This is hardly better than a cardboard box and I’m sure the government will be spending big $$$ to manufacture these things that are a weak solution at best. They can probably open up real shelters somewhere with the same money it would take to start this new program. The kid is smart and very ahead of the game, but I don’t think styrofoam tents are the solution here.

  • Aretha

    I applaud this boys creativity, hard work and concern for others-truly refreshing. However, homeless people do not need just our trash; they need functional and comfortable homes with running water and heat and furniture (of course using as many recycled items as possible).

    Maybe instead of the title of the article calling this a homeless shelter it should be renamed a “Temporary Emergency Dome” or something of the like. Affordable Green Housing For All!

  • CHRYSTINA

    THIS KID IS AWESOME!!! Very proud of him!! It’s great to see young minds inventing helpful products!! America just might be in good hands after all!! God bless

  • ron v royale

    To call this a trash house is ridiculous. Trash is what you can not reuse. The plastics and frame of this house can not be made from reused materials. I applaud this young man’s inginuety to discover a low cost form of emergency shelter. Versions of this could be deployed for emergencies all over the world. Alternatives for insulation, or even just air could be used in the panels for easier transport. This would be similar to another recent invention of an inflatable shelter, but the design here is better.

  • brian

    LOL has anyone thought of making sure it resists weather or rain? It looks like there was gaps in the sections which would allow wind & water in still for a 12 year old i’m impressed.

  • Aretha

    I applaud this boys creativity, hard work and concern for others-truly refreshing. However, homeless people do not need just our trash; they need functional and comfortable homes with running water and heat and furniture (of course using as many recycled items as possible).

    Maybe instead of the title of the article calling this a homeless shelter it should be renamed a “Temporary Emergency Dome” or something of the like. Affordable Green Housing For All!

  • CHRYSTINA

    THIS KID IS AWESOME!!! Very proud of him!! It’s great to see young minds inventing helpful products!! America just might be in good hands after all!! God bless

  • ron v royale

    To call this a trash house is ridiculous. Trash is what you can not reuse. The plastics and frame of this house can not be made from reused materials. I applaud this young man’s inginuety to discover a low cost form of emergency shelter. Versions of this could be deployed for emergencies all over the world. Alternatives for insulation, or even just air could be used in the panels for easier transport. This would be similar to another recent invention of an inflatable shelter, but the design here is better.

  • brian

    LOL has anyone thought of making sure it resists weather or rain? It looks like there was gaps in the sections which would allow wind & water in still for a 12 year old i’m impressed.

  • Turner

    This is very cool and a very young bright kid. Keep up the good work kid and I hope your idea sells in this open market.

  • Turner

    This is very cool and a very young bright kid. Keep up the good work kid and I hope your idea sells in this open market.

  • ericka cain

    OMG…..This is what America is about!!! Can more teens use their brains on issues such as these. I am proud of this young guy and his parents. They should all be commented on their son’s heart and his capabilities. It is kids like this that makes me have hope that the kids are our future! Much Success to you young man in the future!!~ EC

  • ericka cain

    OMG…..This is what America is about!!! Can more teens use their brains on issues such as these. I am proud of this young guy and his parents. They should all be commented on their son’s heart and his capabilities. It is kids like this that makes me have hope that the kids are our future! Much Success to you young man in the future!!~ EC

  • Scott Miller

    A very practical application of his invention could be to package plastic encased packaging refuse into rolls. The rolls could then be quickly deployed as emergency temporary shelters for war and disaster refugees.

  • Scott Miller

    A very practical application of his invention could be to package plastic encased packaging refuse into rolls. The rolls could then be quickly deployed as emergency temporary shelters for war and disaster refugees.

  • kolef

    There is nothing new about this. It’s a geodesic dome invented over 50 years ago, made from packing peanuts.

  • lauren

    That is so cool:) i am his age and i would of never thought of that!! that is amazing…i want to make one of my on…hehehe
    :)

  • kolef

    There is nothing new about this. It’s a geodesic dome invented over 50 years ago, made from packing peanuts.

  • lauren

    That is so cool:) i am his age and i would of never thought of that!! that is amazing…i want to make one of my on…hehehe
    :)

  • katie

    What kind of reinforcement is there to protect against wind? It looks like it could pretty much just blow away!

    Great invention though.

  • http://ludwigonline.blogsome.com/ Ludwig

    hey this is nice hehehe a plastic igloo hehe

  • bruno

    a 12 year old kid can make a shelter out of garbage and thousands of homeless bums are still begging for money on expressway ramps. just goes to show that some people just chose thier own destiny. what a joke, maybe obama will buy every bum a house with my money.

  • Curtis

    This is awesome! Nice job Max!!

  • katie

    What kind of reinforcement is there to protect against wind? It looks like it could pretty much just blow away!

    Great invention though.

  • http://homelessdome Curt

    am sure the kid is really bright, but what a greenie/liberal shot at helping the homeless, with complete disregard for consequences. what happens when one of the cells breaks? can you say litter? hand these out to the homeless and you’ll have nothing but a huge mess. however, with BO in office, we all may be living in this type of structure shortly!

  • http://ludwigonline.blogsome.com/ Ludwig

    hey this is nice hehehe a plastic igloo hehe

  • bruno

    a 12 year old kid can make a shelter out of garbage and thousands of homeless bums are still begging for money on expressway ramps. just goes to show that some people just chose thier own destiny. what a joke, maybe obama will buy every bum a house with my money.

  • Curtis

    This is awesome! Nice job Max!!

  • Tay

    I thought of this same idea a couple months ago, they are practicaly prebuilt wallas,its a great idea

  • Tay

    I thought of this same idea a couple months ago, they are practicaly prebuilt wallas,its a great idea

  • Brasdaq

    This kid is the new Tony Stark

  • Marybeth Langendorf

    I think this boy has a good heart.

  • Andrea S.

    This boy IS a breathe of fresh air!!! Not to mention warming of the heart! Awesome! This is great! I can not stress enough how seriously wonderful Max & his invention is!

  • Barbara Francis

    Loved it!!

  • Brasdaq

    This kid is the new Tony Stark

  • http://gmail Nelson Vargas

    I clicked on this article with the sole intention of getting a peek at this kids’ invetion but I walk away with something more. As impressive as the “home dome” is, I’m more impressed with the selfless, loving spirit that resides within the creator, Max. He truly has a servants heart. At 10 years old he has already built a legacy of love that someone 90 years old would eny. Thank you, Max.

  • Marybeth Langendorf

    I think this boy has a good heart.

  • Andrea S.

    This boy IS a breathe of fresh air!!! Not to mention warming of the heart! Awesome! This is great! I can not stress enough how seriously wonderful Max & his invention is!

  • Barbara Francis

    Loved it!!

  • Peter Butch

    Green is so 2008.

  • felicia

    that is an awesome idea

  • Peter Butch

    Green is so 2008.

  • felicia

    that is an awesome idea

  • JD

    I was excited to read about the kid who created a shelter from trash. After watching the video, it didn’t seem like any of the materials were trash. It all looked like new material to me. How much of the material was actually reclaimed or diverted from the waste stream and how much was purchased new for this project?

  • JD

    I was excited to read about the kid who created a shelter from trash. After watching the video, it didn’t seem like any of the materials were trash. It all looked like new material to me. How much of the material was actually reclaimed or diverted from the waste stream and how much was purchased new for this project?

  • jenn

    See…why can’t the Government expand on this, and save Billions of dollars on sheltering people??? I applaud this young man, whole heartedly !! Great Job !

  • Matilda Johnsonjmatilda46@yaho

    Very ingenious! a wonderful way to make a bad situation into positiveness, and money too.Being without will definitely make us use our brain(maybe a plan of God).

  • jenn

    See…why can’t the Government expand on this, and save Billions of dollars on sheltering people??? I applaud this young man, whole heartedly !! Great Job !

  • Matilda Johnsonjmatilda46@yahoo.com

    Very ingenious! a wonderful way to make a bad situation into positiveness, and money too.Being without will definitely make us use our brain(maybe a plan of God).

  • http://YouTube Ryan

    Max,

    Totally awesome job dude! You’re going to make a lot of people happy! Good luck with everything and congratulations on your invention and achievement :)

  • John

    GIVE ME THE $10,000 I can use it to pay for my HOUSE! ! ! If you don’t need it!

  • Chrome Capone

    Pretty sad when a 12 year old boy can grasp a simple concept like helping your fellow man, while the majority of people seem only intrested in helping themselves. I applaud his effort and congratulate him on his accomplishment. The world could be such a better place with a few more like minded people. We could all learn a thing or two from this young man.

  • matt

    what a bright kid!! very creative. maybe i shuld go dumpster diving and see what i can come up with.

  • felicia

    what an awesome idea

  • Vlatka

    I like design of the shelter and the spirit of a 12-year old. I am only wondering:
    1. How does air circulate?
    2. Would there be enough oxygen if you fall asleep for more than five hours?
    3. What about wind, would the shelter be blown away?

  • Vlatka

    I like design of the shelter and the spirit of a 12-year old. I am only wondering:
    1. How does air circulate?
    2. Would there be enough oxygen if you fall asleep for more than five hours?
    3. What about wind, would the shelter be blown away?

  • John

    GIVE ME THE $10,000 I can use it to pay for my HOUSE! ! ! If you don’t need it!

  • Chrome Capone

    Pretty sad when a 12 year old boy can grasp a simple concept like helping your fellow man, while the majority of people seem only intrested in helping themselves. I applaud his effort and congratulate him on his accomplishment. The world could be such a better place with a few more like minded people. We could all learn a thing or two from this young man.

  • matt

    what a bright kid!! very creative. maybe i shuld go dumpster diving and see what i can come up with.

  • felicia

    what an awesome idea

  • james epperson

    kind of starting out early for a homeless bum don’t ya think. i guess he knows how to survive though when he turns of age. now all he has to do is learn to beg bawhahahaha

  • james epperson

    kind of starting out early for a homeless bum don’t ya think. i guess he knows how to survive though when he turns of age. now all he has to do is learn to beg bawhahahaha

  • Jim

    Great idea to keep warm.

    Death trap in a fire.

    Beats freezing to death!

    Scrap fiberglass from construction sites would insulate without the fire hazard. But then you get to deal with the fiberglass fibers.

  • Jim

    Great idea to keep warm.

    Death trap in a fire.

    Beats freezing to death!

    Scrap fiberglass from construction sites would insulate without the fire hazard. But then you get to deal with the fiberglass fibers.

  • Monika

    Something is trash when it has been used and thrown away. So, unless he dug this stuff out of the garbage, there is nothing green about this project. The materials themjselves are cetainly not green. Good design- Yes. Green Building- No.

  • Mark

    I don’t get it.

    The story claims the kid invented this and in the video you can clearly see the adult is leading/teaching him the design process and assembly process and explaining how it will assemble.

  • Rayne

    I think this is simply amazing. Way to go!!!

  • Monika

    Something is trash when it has been used and thrown away. So, unless he dug this stuff out of the garbage, there is nothing green about this project. The materials themjselves are cetainly not green. Good design- Yes. Green Building- No.

  • Mark

    I don’t get it.

    The story claims the kid invented this and in the video you can clearly see the adult is leading/teaching him the design process and assembly process and explaining how it will assemble.

  • Rayne

    I think this is simply amazing. Way to go!!!

  • Rod Soles

    Now I don’t want to be a buzz kill, but since the story doesn’t go deeper, is the structure going to be provided to the homeless? Seems easy to call this a homeless shelter, however, what are the chances of the homeless having all the materials required? Also,
    I noticed a lot of tools required, torch, heatsealer, etc., really, on the street?

  • Rod Soles

    Now I don’t want to be a buzz kill, but since the story doesn’t go deeper, is the structure going to be provided to the homeless? Seems easy to call this a homeless shelter, however, what are the chances of the homeless having all the materials required? Also,
    I noticed a lot of tools required, torch, heatsealer, etc., really, on the street?

  • http://www.waynettephotography.com waynette

    I love kids like this! Way to go!

  • http://www.waynettephotography.com waynette

    I love kids like this! Way to go!

  • RJ

    There is no isulation between the segments, and it is not weathertight. was the larger version merely a model as well? kudos to the kid for a good idea and engineering using readily available materials. is the idea that these could be manufactured and distributed to the homeless, or was it just a cutesy contest idea that serves no real purpose?

  • Thomas

    The homelessness is a symptom of the drug addiction, kid. You’ll hurt ‘em by helping ‘em.

  • RJ

    There is no isulation between the segments, and it is not weathertight. was the larger version merely a model as well? kudos to the kid for a good idea and engineering using readily available materials. is the idea that these could be manufactured and distributed to the homeless, or was it just a cutesy contest idea that serves no real purpose?

  • Thomas

    The homelessness is a symptom of the drug addiction, kid. You’ll hurt ‘em by helping ‘em.

  • Dowtown H-Noid

    Wow. A shelter made of trash. Under the I-75 bridge there is an entire neighborhood made out of trash. Sorry kid, but bums have been doing this for a very long time. Come on Greenbuildingelements.com, why don’t you also do an article on how these homes also have their own yard/toilet/garbage dump/compost heap around back, or sometimes inside! Fascinating. Who would have thought that the quaint mind of an innocent 12 year old boy could have come up with such a humble living space that can help….umm, wait….what’s the big deal again? Oh yeah, the genius built a house out of trash. Hey editor, go downtown, ask for Boogaloo. He is the Frank Lloyd Wright of the trash house architecture community. Most notably, Fallingurine. He is currently developing the concept of Urinesonian home, something he calls “The Urine House.” He believes there is nothing more organic than urine, which is why he bases all of his designs around it. He attempted to create a Fecaldom, but it did not receive much acclaim. Unfortunately crap, much like urine, has limitations. The benefit to urine is that it does not stain the developers clothing (if they are wearing any) like a nasty stool will. But fear not, Boogaloo is attempting to break new ground by incorporating boogers (they have quite an adhesive property to them) with his next urine soaked idea. The man is a genius and these kids are stealing his glory.

  • Daniel

    Yeah, this is practical. I see homeless people welding all the time to build a house out of trash. I always find a ton of peanuts lying around to fill my precut plastic bags as well.

    What a joke of a contest.

  • marcos

    His invention is pretty good but the sad thing is that it has nothing to do with building something useful out of trash not one single bit of the material used to creat his full scale product could be found or manufactured out of normal trash. Finally the plastic and foam are some of the most harmfull products for the enviroment. Unfortunately some child out there probably made a real good invention out of real trash and lost.

  • Dennis

    This just goes to show you that kids today CAN have a positive effect on society. If only more would work toward what the can do and not put their energy into how they can avoid doing the right thing.

    Parents! Stay active with your children!

  • Dowtown H-Noid

    Wow. A shelter made of trash. Under the I-75 bridge there is an entire neighborhood made out of trash. Sorry kid, but bums have been doing this for a very long time. Come on Greenbuildingelements.com, why don’t you also do an article on how these homes also have their own yard/toilet/garbage dump/compost heap around back, or sometimes inside! Fascinating. Who would have thought that the quaint mind of an innocent 12 year old boy could have come up with such a humble living space that can help….umm, wait….what’s the big deal again? Oh yeah, the genius built a house out of trash. Hey editor, go downtown, ask for Boogaloo. He is the Frank Lloyd Wright of the trash house architecture community. Most notably, Fallingurine. He is currently developing the concept of Urinesonian home, something he calls “The Urine House.” He believes there is nothing more organic than urine, which is why he bases all of his designs around it. He attempted to create a Fecaldom, but it did not receive much acclaim. Unfortunately crap, much like urine, has limitations. The benefit to urine is that it does not stain the developers clothing (if they are wearing any) like a nasty stool will. But fear not, Boogaloo is attempting to break new ground by incorporating boogers (they have quite an adhesive property to them) with his next urine soaked idea. The man is a genius and these kids are stealing his glory.

  • Daniel

    Yeah, this is practical. I see homeless people welding all the time to build a house out of trash. I always find a ton of peanuts lying around to fill my precut plastic bags as well.

    What a joke of a contest.

  • marcos

    His invention is pretty good but the sad thing is that it has nothing to do with building something useful out of trash not one single bit of the material used to creat his full scale product could be found or manufactured out of normal trash. Finally the plastic and foam are some of the most harmfull products for the enviroment. Unfortunately some child out there probably made a real good invention out of real trash and lost.

  • Dennis

    This just goes to show you that kids today CAN have a positive effect on society. If only more would work toward what the can do and not put their energy into how they can avoid doing the right thing.

    Parents! Stay active with your children!

  • http://www.visionsbyanna.org Anna

    This kid should be meeting with Television ppl to promote the idea as well as get someone in Gov to acknowledge this idea and help him promote it as well as fund this!

  • http://www.visionsbyanna.org Anna

    This kid should be meeting with Television ppl to promote the idea as well as get someone in Gov to acknowledge this idea and help him promote it as well as fund this!

  • http://www.thehippiescandles.com Evelyn

    Spectacular — I love it! Eco-friendly is a gimmick itself. The boy certainly found a niche. I think it’s very kind on his behalf!

  • http://www.thehippiescandles.com Evelyn

    Spectacular — I love it! Eco-friendly is a gimmick itself. The boy certainly found a niche. I think it’s very kind on his behalf!

  • Jorge Mejia

    HEY MAX!!!!
    I feel proud about You men, and You can bet that your family does it too.
    I wish God guide You trough the live, and lead You to the places where Your imagination could help the people.
    Go on Max…. You are “The Max”

  • Sondra

    Get these into production… Amazing Kid. Thanks, Max.

  • Jorge Mejia

    HEY MAX!!!!
    I feel proud about You men, and You can bet that your family does it too.
    I wish God guide You trough the live, and lead You to the places where Your imagination could help the people.
    Go on Max…. You are “The Max”

  • http://yahoo maria torres

    i love what you are doing it very beautiful coming from your heart very nice keep up the good work

  • Sondra

    Get these into production… Amazing Kid. Thanks, Max.

  • andie

    I think it was a great idea for the boy to come up with a home dome made out of trash. However, I believe his values are offset. This boy should be thought that it’s not a shelter made out of garbage that homeless people need. The true reason behind homelessness is the way our capitalist system is set up. In order to have the rich we need the poor. Also, most homeless are on the street due to severe mental illness and need help. I hope that someone teaches this kid the root causes of homelessness and he can learn how to truly help them!

  • laina_mac

    Great Idea…but why didn’t they make it out of actually “trash”? Everything they used was preconsumer/preindustrial.

  • andie

    I think it was a great idea for the boy to come up with a home dome made out of trash. However, I believe his values are offset. This boy should be thought that it’s not a shelter made out of garbage that homeless people need. The true reason behind homelessness is the way our capitalist system is set up. In order to have the rich we need the poor. Also, most homeless are on the street due to severe mental illness and need help. I hope that someone teaches this kid the root causes of homelessness and he can learn how to truly help them!

  • laina_mac

    Great Idea…but why didn’t they make it out of actually “trash”? Everything they used was preconsumer/preindustrial.

  • Patricia De Pena

    There is hope!!!

  • Patricia De Pena

    There is hope!!!

  • Sam

    Just wondering if he took wind in to consideration since he did get the idea while visiting Chicago. Don’t hate people- I’m just asking not clowning on the poor kid. We all know what they say about Chicago so I was just wondering what he did to ensure that the homeless are not “flying homeless.”

  • saintlouis63

    Dear young Max;

    God Bless you, son.

    SAINTLOUIS63

  • Val

    How is this helping the homeless? they will still be living on the streets! Or, now they have a little dome to protect them.. from what? I am surprised this won a contest prize. This is a very simple-minded and surfaced solution to a very complex social problem. Oh, well, he’s just a kid.

  • Sam

    Just wondering if he took wind in to consideration since he did get the idea while visiting Chicago. Don’t hate people- I’m just asking not clowning on the poor kid. We all know what they say about Chicago so I was just wondering what he did to ensure that the homeless are not “flying homeless.”

  • saintlouis63

    Dear young Max;

    God Bless you, son.

    SAINTLOUIS63

  • Val

    How is this helping the homeless? they will still be living on the streets! Or, now they have a little dome to protect them.. from what? I am surprised this won a contest prize. This is a very simple-minded and surfaced solution to a very complex social problem. Oh, well, he’s just a kid.

  • kathy

    Shipping peanuts are hardly free and blow badly in any wind. This kid must pay the judges to get the check.

  • kathy

    Shipping peanuts are hardly free and blow badly in any wind. This kid must pay the judges to get the check.

  • Homeless Eskimo

    Somehow I think that suggesting that homeless people live in plastic garbage igloos isn’t going to go over very well. Especially since we already have around 10% of all homes vacant due to foreclosure, and readily available for them. The problem isn’t lack of housing, but rather the skyrocketing costs of living. You’ll help a whole lot more homeless people for instance, by breaking up these utility monopolies that hike the cost of gas and electricity 15% per year every year for the past 60 years, despite costs or income. Seriously, one year they raised the price of power because “we were using too much”, and this year everybody cut back their usage, so the power company raised our rates because “we were using too little”. How in the heck does supply and demand being manipulated in both positive and negative variables yield a gain in price, EITHER way?!

    The 2nd greatest way to help the homeless would be to reverse Ronald Reagans gutting of the mental health social services. A good portion of these people on the streets are, lets admit it, bat**** crazy, and need professional help. Many could lead normal lives if they had access to medications that can be made for just pennies a bottle, but the FDA sees fit to price-fix and regulate their products so that only the wealthiest or best insured can afford medication. If we medicate these people, then they can work, and if they can work, then we can tax their wages and they won’t be costing us tax dollars to feed or imprison. There should be a 7-15 year limit to how long a pharmaceutical company can profit off of one medication, and thereafter its formula should be fair use for any company to market. Let’s bust up these drug czars and viagra-kings, and the peasants shall prosper.

    As for sticking homeless people under ventilation-free plastic bubbles, nice try kid, but no cigar. It’s more insulting than effective, the pervasive “out of sight-out of mind” tactics of a country unwilling to use its tax dollars for the good of the people.

  • May

    I don’t know if Max will ever read this but, GOOD JOB!!! Keep it up!

  • Nene

    Hi Max,
    I just wanted to say congradualations on your achievement that you are doing. It is a very good thing that you are wanting to help people that are homeless continue to keep striving for your goals, and don’t give in or quite. I’m glad that you are doing something that you love to do, and that is good that you are going after your dreams and continue to strive higher. I know that you are going to make it very far in life. God Bless You and Your Family

  • Homeless Eskimo

    Somehow I think that suggesting that homeless people live in plastic garbage igloos isn’t going to go over very well. Especially since we already have around 10% of all homes vacant due to foreclosure, and readily available for them. The problem isn’t lack of housing, but rather the skyrocketing costs of living. You’ll help a whole lot more homeless people for instance, by breaking up these utility monopolies that hike the cost of gas and electricity 15% per year every year for the past 60 years, despite costs or income. Seriously, one year they raised the price of power because “we were using too much”, and this year everybody cut back their usage, so the power company raised our rates because “we were using too little”. How in the heck does supply and demand being manipulated in both positive and negative variables yield a gain in price, EITHER way?!

    The 2nd greatest way to help the homeless would be to reverse Ronald Reagans gutting of the mental health social services. A good portion of these people on the streets are, lets admit it, bat**** crazy, and need professional help. Many could lead normal lives if they had access to medications that can be made for just pennies a bottle, but the FDA sees fit to price-fix and regulate their products so that only the wealthiest or best insured can afford medication. If we medicate these people, then they can work, and if they can work, then we can tax their wages and they won’t be costing us tax dollars to feed or imprison. There should be a 7-15 year limit to how long a pharmaceutical company can profit off of one medication, and thereafter its formula should be fair use for any company to market. Let’s bust up these drug czars and viagra-kings, and the peasants shall prosper.

    As for sticking homeless people under ventilation-free plastic bubbles, nice try kid, but no cigar. It’s more insulting than effective, the pervasive “out of sight-out of mind” tactics of a country unwilling to use its tax dollars for the good of the people.

  • May

    I don’t know if Max will ever read this but, GOOD JOB!!! Keep it up!

  • Nene

    Hi Max,
    I just wanted to say congradualations on your achievement that you are doing. It is a very good thing that you are wanting to help people that are homeless continue to keep striving for your goals, and don’t give in or quite. I’m glad that you are doing something that you love to do, and that is good that you are going after your dreams and continue to strive higher. I know that you are going to make it very far in life. God Bless You and Your Family

  • Joe

    Great invention, but a poorly written article. I mean, does anyone proof-read this stuff? I had to read some sentences twice as there was no logical flow.

  • Joe

    Great invention, but a poorly written article. I mean, does anyone proof-read this stuff? I had to read some sentences twice as there was no logical flow.

  • San

    Terrific job, Max!
    Keep it the good work.

  • San

    Terrific job, Max!
    Keep it the good work.

  • http://none John Massey

    Way to go Max. It is ingenuity like this and caring people like yourself that will help to pull us out of the hole we are in.
    Not big government with out of sight spending. God bless you.

  • Swar

    Kudos to Max and his wonderful invention. This is an excellent example of what humanity really is…Feeling deeply about someone or some cause and living it like it is your dream. It is good to know that there are still a few people around us who are like that. Keep it up Max…The world needs more people like you. best Wishes for a very bright future!

  • Swar

    Kudos to Max and his wonderful invention. This is an excellent example of what humanity really is…Feeling deeply about someone or some cause and living it like it is your dream. It is good to know that there are still a few people around us who are like that. Keep it up Max…The world needs more people like you. best Wishes for a very bright future!

  • tia

    And yet ACORN and the rest will still complain while a 12 year old comes up with solutions

  • tia

    And yet ACORN and the rest will still complain while a 12 year old comes up with solutions

  • jon

    Any homeless person in the world could build something like that to live in. Except that it’s not up to “code.” So the police would come and destroy it. This is why homeless people don’t just literally, build places to live. Because our govt stops them.

    For it to be in “code,” first the banksters must bankrupt the American economy and foreclose all of our houses. Then they will sell us little paper houses and domes to live in, and it will be acceptable then. And then they will only beat us when we protest.

  • M

    If I was a millionnaire, I will reward this kid with a schoolarship, and I hope that he will choose Architecture or Engineering as major. Like the president said, this country needs change, and kids like him are the future.

  • jon

    Any homeless person in the world could build something like that to live in. Except that it’s not up to “code.” So the police would come and destroy it. This is why homeless people don’t just literally, build places to live. Because our govt stops them.

    For it to be in “code,” first the banksters must bankrupt the American economy and foreclose all of our houses. Then they will sell us little paper houses and domes to live in, and it will be acceptable then. And then they will only beat us when we protest.

  • M

    If I was a millionnaire, I will reward this kid with a schoolarship, and I hope that he will choose Architecture or Engineering as major. Like the president said, this country needs change, and kids like him are the future.

  • http://www.suntimes.com J Doey

    The invention is not bad but if he thinks that homeless people are going to carry this around with them and put it up then he has a bit of growing up to do still.

    A great idea for a kids play tent, or other novelty ideas. Homeless that live on the streets who choose not to go to shelters are not going to be wise enough to request a dome, sober enough to assemble it and so on and so forth.

    Not to burst his creativity and wish to help people but his inentions although well meaning are ill placed.

    Now for many of the street “citizesns” if you could come up with the never ending glass of whiskey- you might get their attention!

    Congrats bud and keep the creativity going.

  • Vinak

    I don’t know About you. but i don’t see a whole lot of homeless people with blow torches or plastic sealing machines.

    hope that dome doesn’t blow away on you after all the efforts you put into it.

  • http://www.suntimes.com J Doey

    The invention is not bad but if he thinks that homeless people are going to carry this around with them and put it up then he has a bit of growing up to do still.

    A great idea for a kids play tent, or other novelty ideas. Homeless that live on the streets who choose not to go to shelters are not going to be wise enough to request a dome, sober enough to assemble it and so on and so forth.

    Not to burst his creativity and wish to help people but his inentions although well meaning are ill placed.

    Now for many of the street “citizesns” if you could come up with the never ending glass of whiskey- you might get their attention!

    Congrats bud and keep the creativity going.

  • Vinak

    I don’t know About you. but i don’t see a whole lot of homeless people with blow torches or plastic sealing machines.

    hope that dome doesn’t blow away on you after all the efforts you put into it.

  • http://www.HomesByVanna.com Vanna S.

    Go Max! It’s so refreshing to hear news like this. Your thoughtfulness and inspiration will get you far in life!

  • http://www.HomesByVanna.com Vanna S.

    Go Max! It’s so refreshing to hear news like this. Your thoughtfulness and inspiration will get you far in life!

  • http://None Jolanta

    Wow!! Super, smart boy. That is what is all about it, CREATIVITY!
    I wish that more parents would teach their kids how to be creative minded person, never mind that WII and other silly games and TV.

  • zach

    This is cool. thought you’d like it1
    Love, Mommy

  • zach

    This is cool. thought you’d like it1
    Love, Mommy

  • http://yahoo Brandon

    this is a fantastic idea!!! this would be a cheap and easy way to recycle and help out the homeless…plus building these would create a small job market to help in this thriving economy…this is gotta be the best invention i have seen. what a bright kid!!!!

  • http://youtube.com(CheckoutmyvideoinIraq)IraqiCribs! Jeffrey AKA Jokester Jackler

    This is awesome!~ If I could invent something like that I would to as well especially to help people!~ Go Max that is hardcore! Helping people is awesome and not bout money thats hard to find these days!~ You are awesome keep it up! And hopefuly you read this realizing that life isn’t bout money either believe me I already know that piece of information lol!~ Keep up the great work Max we the people that care bout other people, are important and the people you are helping it appreciate it to as well. I can say words cannot express more what they think so thank you!~ Your friend

    Trunks aka The Jokester Jackler!~

  • Kashmir

    Just when I start losing hope for this generation, I stumble upon an article about a kid like this. I’m glad to know you are around, Max. This world is a much better place for it.

  • Jessica Moten

    thats a great start in life for him im proud of him and don’t even know him but surely would be glad to meet him hoooray good job and please please i say keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kashmir

    Just when I start losing hope for this generation, I stumble upon an article about a kid like this. I’m glad to know you are around, Max. This world is a much better place for it.

  • Jessica Moten

    thats a great start in life for him im proud of him and don’t even know him but surely would be glad to meet him hoooray good job and please please i say keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jeni

    I find it all amusing. Yet another marketing stategy for environmentaly un-freindly corporations to appear more earth friendly. ‘The surface (the building) is LEED certified, so everything they do inside must be good..!’
    I’ve just been a part of designing (being built currently) a potential LEED platnum building, and find even the platinum level is still lacking in being truely environmentally ‘freindly’. We still have so far to go as a society!!! I’ll get excited when I get to be a part of a zero impact building for a corporation, business, school or any building other then a home!!!

  • RON DIBERTO

    This has to be the best idea that anyone has ever come up with. It is real surprising that a 12 year old boy can come up with something that can help others more than an American government with billions of dollars and over 50 years could ever do. It will be someone like this boy who will change this country and make the difference.

  • DJ

    Some talent!

  • jeni

    I find it all amusing. Yet another marketing stategy for environmentaly un-freindly corporations to appear more earth friendly. ‘The surface (the building) is LEED certified, so everything they do inside must be good..!’
    I’ve just been a part of designing (being built currently) a potential LEED platnum building, and find even the platinum level is still lacking in being truely environmentally ‘freindly’. We still have so far to go as a society!!! I’ll get excited when I get to be a part of a zero impact building for a corporation, business, school or any building other then a home!!!

  • RON DIBERTO

    This has to be the best idea that anyone has ever come up with. It is real surprising that a 12 year old boy can come up with something that can help others more than an American government with billions of dollars and over 50 years could ever do. It will be someone like this boy who will change this country and make the difference.

  • DJ

    Some talent!

  • Xochi

    Way to go Max! With all the corruption in the world today, it is very nice to hear that there are still great people! This made my day!

  • Teresa harmonie

    Wow…What an amazing story. I hope your parents are very proud of you, very proud that they raised a son, with great morals, vaules and love. The world needs more creative and compassionate people like. Thank you for helping to make our world a better place.

  • Wayne

    It’s about time you guys published something positive.
    The White House doesn’t care about the homeless.

    This kids really rocks!!!!

  • Xochi

    Way to go Max! With all the corruption in the world today, it is very nice to hear that there are still great people! This made my day!

  • Teresa harmonie

    Wow…What an amazing story. I hope your parents are very proud of you, very proud that they raised a son, with great morals, vaules and love. The world needs more creative and compassionate people like. Thank you for helping to make our world a better place.

  • Wayne

    It’s about time you guys published something positive.
    The White House doesn’t care about the homeless.

    This kids really rocks!!!!

  • http://unrealmemusic.com Vincent

    It doesn’t look like he really made it out of trash. It looks like all new material to me. Also, the kid didn’t build it on his own??

  • http://yahoo emogirl14

    looks awesome i like how its a 12 year old kid how loves to help people

    YOU ROCK OUT LOUD

  • http://unrealmemusic.com Vincent

    It doesn’t look like he really made it out of trash. It looks like all new material to me. Also, the kid didn’t build it on his own??

  • http://greenbuildingelements.com dan wescott

    Pretty cool

  • melissa

    wow….what an amazing child, that he felt sympathy for the homeless he saw when he was just 6 years old! it’s refreshing to see that there are still good kids in the world, and it’s refreshing to see this headline, instead of “12 year makes baby in hut”! lol

  • http://greenbuildingelements.com dan wescott

    Pretty cool

  • melissa

    wow….what an amazing child, that he felt sympathy for the homeless he saw when he was just 6 years old! it’s refreshing to see that there are still good kids in the world, and it’s refreshing to see this headline, instead of “12 year makes baby in hut”! lol

  • gary

    Its just stupid idea. how much it will cost to build? how long it will last? we might end up creating more trash…

  • gary

    Its just stupid idea. how much it will cost to build? how long it will last? we might end up creating more trash…

  • Koki Kariya

    This kid is awesome. It’s great to see someone young who has some compassion for those less fortunate. May we all live up to this standard.

  • http://www.landof1000heads.com edward

    someone needs to send this to obama. this is revolutionary stuff

  • Koki Kariya

    This kid is awesome. It’s great to see someone young who has some compassion for those less fortunate. May we all live up to this standard.

  • http://www.landof1000heads.com edward

    someone needs to send this to obama. this is revolutionary stuff

  • jake

    No offense, although the idea is great and is of good intention, it is just not efficient, where is every homeless person going to get metal wiring, peanut packing and plastic wrapping, let alone internet showing them how to do this. It would require someone to pre-make them, and there is just too much homeless people out there, and it takes up so much space. This creation should be only made for maybe a science project or for fun.

  • Sara

    This is really neat!! I love it when people desire to help others. Good job, Max!

  • melinda

    while i think that the shelter that he built it a GREAT idea, there is a problem that i see. homeless people have nothing because they can have nothing. what i mean is if you have a nice blanket and are homeless more than likely you wont have it for long. someone will steal it from you. so if you have a shelter it will be gone in no time. also they(homeless) have no place to keep it. that would be a huge problem.

  • jake

    No offense, although the idea is great and is of good intention, it is just not efficient, where is every homeless person going to get metal wiring, peanut packing and plastic wrapping, let alone internet showing them how to do this. It would require someone to pre-make them, and there is just too much homeless people out there, and it takes up so much space. This creation should be only made for maybe a science project or for fun.

  • Sara

    This is really neat!! I love it when people desire to help others. Good job, Max!

  • melinda

    while i think that the shelter that he built it a GREAT idea, there is a problem that i see. homeless people have nothing because they can have nothing. what i mean is if you have a nice blanket and are homeless more than likely you wont have it for long. someone will steal it from you. so if you have a shelter it will be gone in no time. also they(homeless) have no place to keep it. that would be a huge problem.

  • Thomas B.

    If the tween designed it why is the older guy
    explaining to him how to do it. And just where exactly
    are homeless people or disaster victims supposed to get blow torchs and heat sealers oh and large pristine sheets of plastic conveniently labeled home dome, like in the video. None of the items in the video were recycled they were all brand new.
    It would have actually meant something if they built it out of materials readily available to the people needing them.

  • Thomas B.

    If the tween designed it why is the older guy
    explaining to him how to do it. And just where exactly
    are homeless people or disaster victims supposed to get blow torchs and heat sealers oh and large pristine sheets of plastic conveniently labeled home dome, like in the video. None of the items in the video were recycled they were all brand new.
    It would have actually meant something if they built it out of materials readily available to the people needing them.

  • Lexie

    Thank God our world isn’t filled w/ only 11 year olds killing their father’s girlfriend… Thanks Max for helping make a difference in our world! Way to go!!

  • Lexie

    Thank God our world isn’t filled w/ only 11 year olds killing their father’s girlfriend… Thanks Max for helping make a difference in our world! Way to go!!

  • http://greenbuildingelements.com Angela

    What an awesome kid!!! I smile and shed a tear at the same time just thinking of the future with youngster like this around. What a beautiful soul. His parents should be bursting with pride….again awesome kid or should I say young man.

  • http://greenbuildingelements.com Angela

    What an awesome kid!!! I smile and shed a tear at the same time just thinking of the future with youngster like this around. What a beautiful soul. His parents should be bursting with pride….again awesome kid or should I say young man.

  • who cares?

    more peole need to invent things like this, and make plans and materials avalible for those who need them. this boy really deserves all that com es to him.

  • Karen

    It doesn’t look rain proof or weather proof to me, shouldn’t that be an essential for living on the streets?

  • Rex Nelson

    Wow !! So simple, you wonder why it was done sooner. We have a significant homeless problem in Seattle. The best part, is we have nowhere to recycle packing peanuts, and they tend to go to landfills.

  • who cares?

    more peole need to invent things like this, and make plans and materials avalible for those who need them. this boy really deserves all that com es to him.

  • Karen

    It doesn’t look rain proof or weather proof to me, shouldn’t that be an essential for living on the streets?

  • Rex Nelson

    Wow !! So simple, you wonder why it was done sooner. We have a significant homeless problem in Seattle. The best part, is we have nowhere to recycle packing peanuts, and they tend to go to landfills.

  • Jane

    I think this is wonderful! Finally they are putting news about people make a difference not just doing shocking things.

  • Jane

    I think this is wonderful! Finally they are putting news about people make a difference not just doing shocking things.

  • Terry Hong

    This kid is already more beneficial to mother earth than me… T_T

  • Jen

    Way to go. This is one smart kid. Helping the homeless and the environment at the same time. We need more kids like this one.

  • Terry Hong

    This kid is already more beneficial to mother earth than me… T_T

  • Jen

    Way to go. This is one smart kid. Helping the homeless and the environment at the same time. We need more kids like this one.

  • tera baap

    people like this restore my faith in humanity. and on top of that hes only 12! should be an inspiration to all of us.

  • Beth Black

    Now why did you have to negate this story by commenting about Alfie Patten?
    It would have also been interested in knowing what he invented as a 6 year old that won him that trip to Chicago…

  • jennifer

    this is one smart kid! i would have never thought of that

  • tera baap

    people like this restore my faith in humanity. and on top of that hes only 12! should be an inspiration to all of us.

  • Beth Black

    Now why did you have to negate this story by commenting about Alfie Patten?
    It would have also been interested in knowing what he invented as a 6 year old that won him that trip to Chicago…

  • jennifer

    this is one smart kid! i would have never thought of that

  • Snoo

    Not a very fire-safe structure by any means, but kudos to a teen who isn’t all about marijuana, video games, sex and badmouthing society.

  • heather

    Thats really nice.

  • Snoo

    Not a very fire-safe structure by any means, but kudos to a teen who isn’t all about marijuana, video games, sex and badmouthing society.

  • heather

    Thats really nice.

  • webb

    You call packing peanuts trash!!!! Oh, hell no. I want to see REAL trash. This idea just doesn’t cut it. Although I DO like the design, it’s far from being trash used to make a shelter.

  • webb

    You call packing peanuts trash!!!! Oh, hell no. I want to see REAL trash. This idea just doesn’t cut it. Although I DO like the design, it’s far from being trash used to make a shelter.

  • ferris

    that was a cool house

  • ferris

    that was a cool house

  • FrankO

    yea but its like ppl want 2 c giant half soccer balls in the middle of sides walks every where?!

  • FrankO

    yea but its like ppl want 2 c giant half soccer balls in the middle of sides walks every where?!

  • CS

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  • CS

    sorry the above comment was not meant for this page

  • Nick

    It’s a good concept to help conserve, and also get rid of some of the land pollution. I think that he should be rewarded more for such a creative concept.

  • Nick

    It’s a good concept to help conserve, and also get rid of some of the land pollution. I think that he should be rewarded more for such a creative concept.

  • Tia

    Good Idea. One problem. He said “by giving them easy-to-assemble shelter.” It obviously wasn’t that eay to assemble. Where are they going toget the tools to bend the metal and all the tape, plastic, and packing peanuts?

  • Tia

    Good Idea. One problem. He said “by giving them easy-to-assemble shelter.” It obviously wasn’t that eay to assemble. Where are they going toget the tools to bend the metal and all the tape, plastic, and packing peanuts?

  • Star Bright

    So sad. He basically built a fort. Kids make forts all the time from practically garbage. Call it a homeless shelter (an impractical one albeit) and he is awarded with $10,000 and a false sence of accomplishment.

    This is what is wrong with America today that will dome us in the future. We need to do a better job preparing our youth to compete an a global scale. Which means much higher standards. We have one of the best education systems and incentives but we settle for mediocrity like this.

  • marry

    great idea ihope the homedome helps the homeless how would they get it is there a way i can help maybe by funding for materials or finding homeless that could use them

  • marry

    great idea ihope the homedome helps the homeless how would they get it is there a way i can help maybe by funding for materials or finding homeless that could use them

  • http://www.bkfk.com Rumee

    Max is an amazing kid!!! He actually has so many other interesting ideas as well. His home dome idea was entered in the 2008 trash to treasure contest at http://www.bkfk.com. BKFK(By Kid For Kids)runs a number of competitions for young adults and innovative kids like Max.

    BKFK is now running Best Buy’s “Invent A Game Competition” that challenges kids to come up with ideas for a great online game. Winners get 10K and a chance to have their game produced by EA. Enter your idea and you could be winner like Max! http://www.bkfk.com/games/

  • Star Bright

    So sad. He basically built a fort. Kids make forts all the time from practically garbage. Call it a homeless shelter (an impractical one albeit) and he is awarded with $10,000 and a false sence of accomplishment.

    This is what is wrong with America today that will dome us in the future. We need to do a better job preparing our youth to compete an a global scale. Which means much higher standards. We have one of the best education systems and incentives but we settle for mediocrity like this.

  • marry

    great idea ihope the homedome helps the homeless how would they get it is there a way i can help maybe by funding for materials or finding homeless that could use them

  • http://www.bkfk.com Rumee

    Max is an amazing kid!!! He actually has so many other interesting ideas as well. His home dome idea was entered in the 2008 trash to treasure contest at http://www.bkfk.com. BKFK(By Kid For Kids)runs a number of competitions for young adults and innovative kids like Max.

    BKFK is now running Best Buy’s “Invent A Game Competition” that challenges kids to come up with ideas for a great online game. Winners get 10K and a chance to have their game produced by EA. Enter your idea and you could be winner like Max! http://www.bkfk.com/games/

  • Hannah

    i think that is great,we need more people like him,that care about other people.

  • Hannah

    i think that is great,we need more people like him,that care about other people.

  • Jo

    good for him but this is nothing new. people in 3rd world countries use anything and everything to make a house I know I have lived in one.

  • Hannah

    i think that is great,we need more people like him,that care about other people.

  • Jo

    good for him but this is nothing new. people in 3rd world countries use anything and everything to make a house I know I have lived in one.

  • nick

    how do you breath in that

  • nick

    how do you breath in that

  • nick

    how do you breath in that

  • Mat

    Buckminster Fuller — duh. Let me steal an idea and win 10 grand, jeesh—

  • Mat

    Buckminster Fuller — duh. Let me steal an idea and win 10 grand, jeesh—

  • Sara

    This kid is awesome!!!

  • Sara

    This kid is awesome!!!

  • Mat

    Buckminster Fuller — duh. Let me steal an idea and win 10 grand, jeesh—

  • Sara

    This kid is awesome!!!

  • Richard Currier

    I have developed a VENTED dome shelter out of PVC pipe and TARP. Can I please get some grant or prize money for this idea, so that I may continue to develop the idea. I need to hire seamstresses and buy material to go forward.

  • Richard Currier

    I have developed a VENTED dome shelter out of PVC pipe and TARP. Can I please get some grant or prize money for this idea, so that I may continue to develop the idea. I need to hire seamstresses and buy material to go forward.

  • lee

    I can’t believe someone won 10K for a shelter that is not waterproof.

  • lee

    I can’t believe someone won 10K for a shelter that is not waterproof.

  • Richard Currier

    I have developed a VENTED dome shelter out of PVC pipe and TARP. Can I please get some grant or prize money for this idea, so that I may continue to develop the idea. I need to hire seamstresses and buy material to go forward.

  • lee

    I can’t believe someone won 10K for a shelter that is not waterproof.

  • http://GreenBuildingElements David Strauser

    The idea already exists is the world that stupid.
    All he did was rebuild something at a smaller scale and rename it and you give him 10,000.What a joke hey kid give the money to homeless if thats what you were concerned about.What a joke.Oh hay I have an invention ats made out of crap and it rolls I call it crappie car.That is stupid …Just about a kid renaming something that exists.Idiots.

  • http://www.bkfk.com Rumee

    Max is an amazing kid!!! He actually has so many other interesting ideas as well. His home dome idea was entered in the 2008 trash to treasure contest at http://www.bkfk.com. BKFK(By Kid For Kids)runs a number of competitions for young adults and innovative kids like Max.

    BKFK is now running Best Buy’s “Invent A Game Competition” that challenges kids to come up with ideas for a great online game. Winners get 10K and a chance to have their game produced by EA. Enter your idea and you could be winner like Max! http://www.bkfk.com/games/

  • http://www.bkfk.com Rumee

    Max is an amazing kid!!! He actually has so many other interesting ideas as well. His home dome idea was entered in the 2008 trash to treasure contest at http://www.bkfk.com. BKFK(By Kid For Kids)runs a number of competitions for young adults and innovative kids like Max.

    BKFK is now running Best Buy’s “Invent A Game Competition” that challenges kids to come up with ideas for a great online game. Winners get 10K and a chance to have their game produced by EA. Enter your idea and you could be winner like Max! http://www.bkfk.com/games/

  • http://www.bkfk.com Rumee

    Max is an amazing kid!!! He actually has so many other interesting ideas as well. His home dome idea was entered in the 2008 trash to treasure contest at http://www.bkfk.com. BKFK(By Kid For Kids)runs a number of competitions for young adults and innovative kids like Max.

    BKFK is now running Best Buy’s “Invent A Game Competition” that challenges kids to come up with ideas for a great online game. Winners get 10K and a chance to have their game produced by EA. Enter your idea and you could be winner like Max! http://www.bkfk.com/games/

  • Jason

    This is a cool idea, but you cant stand in it, and how about air circulation. And what happens to the peanuts when baking in the sun all day? Itll turn into melted glue/paste! You have to anchor it down, and it is shaped weird. People would single you out in one of these. You might as well go with a tent.

  • Jason

    This is a cool idea, but you cant stand in it, and how about air circulation. And what happens to the peanuts when baking in the sun all day? Itll turn into melted glue/paste! You have to anchor it down, and it is shaped weird. People would single you out in one of these. You might as well go with a tent.

  • Wendy Van De Sompele

    Great job Max! Our world needs a lot more creative & compassionate young people like you. Good luck in everything you do.

  • Wendy Van De Sompele

    Great job Max! Our world needs a lot more creative & compassionate young people like you. Good luck in everything you do.

  • Wendy Van De Sompele

    Great job Max! Our world needs a lot more creative & compassionate young people like you. Good luck in everything you do.

  • Rossi

    IT’S GREAT TO SEE KIDS AT THAT AGE INVOLVED! I’M GLAD HE IS PART OF OUR WHAT ARE FUTURE LEADERS AND INNOVATIVE MINDS CAN BE! TOOO AWESOME!

  • Rossi

    IT’S GREAT TO SEE KIDS AT THAT AGE INVOLVED! I’M GLAD HE IS PART OF OUR WHAT ARE FUTURE LEADERS AND INNOVATIVE MINDS CAN BE! TOOO AWESOME!

  • Rossi

    IT’S GREAT TO SEE KIDS AT THAT AGE INVOLVED! I’M GLAD HE IS PART OF OUR WHAT ARE FUTURE LEADERS AND INNOVATIVE MINDS CAN BE! TOOO AWESOME!

  • http://www.yahoo.com hitandrun_29

    hahaha..egg shelter

  • http://www.yahoo.com hitandrun_29

    hahaha..egg shelter

  • http://www.yahoo.com hitandrun_29

    hahaha..egg shelter

  • KB

    Pretty Cool Idea!!! Instead of having to lift it up to get in and out of it, couldn’t you put hinges or something on one of the bottom hexagons and make a door, And add some string/rope and stakes to it so you can make sure it wouldn’t blow away. What a great way to reuse all those packing peanuts!! I’m assuming you could also stuff it with other things that usually wind up in landfills, such as plastic bags from grocery stores and the like as well. Way to Go Max!!!

  • KB

    Pretty Cool Idea!!! Instead of having to lift it up to get in and out of it, couldn’t you put hinges or something on one of the bottom hexagons and make a door, And add some string/rope and stakes to it so you can make sure it wouldn’t blow away. What a great way to reuse all those packing peanuts!! I’m assuming you could also stuff it with other things that usually wind up in landfills, such as plastic bags from grocery stores and the like as well. Way to Go Max!!!

  • KB

    Pretty Cool Idea!!! Instead of having to lift it up to get in and out of it, couldn’t you put hinges or something on one of the bottom hexagons and make a door, And add some string/rope and stakes to it so you can make sure it wouldn’t blow away. What a great way to reuse all those packing peanuts!! I’m assuming you could also stuff it with other things that usually wind up in landfills, such as plastic bags from grocery stores and the like as well. Way to Go Max!!!

  • joe b.

    that didn’t look like trash to me.

  • joe b.

    that didn’t look like trash to me.

  • JL

    I heard that his new home made from garbage was foreclosed.

  • JL

    I heard that his new home made from garbage was foreclosed.

  • Nathan

    I think it’s pretty silly to rail on a company or individual’s “green” projects by pointing out that their other activities are not “green.” Ragging on them for improving their environmental footprint is not going to encourage improvement in this arena. Frankly, I think your little list is despicable, no matter what level of humor you intended.

  • Rob Thomas

    I came up with a design that is similar for the homeless as well. I called it the OSP or (outdoor sleeping pod) my idea is completely collapsible shaped like a sleeping bag but you can actually fit a sleeping bag in it so it acts as a shell. I have also introduced LED technology I got the idea from the flash lights you wind up. My idea has a small Led head lamp with a small heater coil as well as emergency radio that all operates from crank technology. I have also added a small crank voltage security system that acts as a low voltage cow prod fence. I would be very interested in seeing the two ideas combined to lower the cost and remain enviromentally safe. I am glad to see others that have a concern for the less fortunate thanks for the story it was very uplifting!

  • Rob Thomas

    I came up with a design that is similar for the homeless as well. I called it the OSP or (outdoor sleeping pod) my idea is completely collapsible shaped like a sleeping bag but you can actually fit a sleeping bag in it so it acts as a shell. I have also introduced LED technology I got the idea from the flash lights you wind up. My idea has a small Led head lamp with a small heater coil as well as emergency radio that all operates from crank technology. I have also added a small crank voltage security system that acts as a low voltage cow prod fence. I would be very interested in seeing the two ideas combined to lower the cost and remain enviromentally safe. I am glad to see others that have a concern for the less fortunate thanks for the story it was very uplifting!

  • Shannon M.

    I think it is sweet that someone as young as him cares.

    Go Max!

  • JL

    I heard that his new home made from garbage was foreclosed.

  • Nathan

    I think it’s pretty silly to rail on a company or individual’s “green” projects by pointing out that their other activities are not “green.” Ragging on them for improving their environmental footprint is not going to encourage improvement in this arena. Frankly, I think your little list is despicable, no matter what level of humor you intended.

  • Rob Thomas

    I came up with a design that is similar for the homeless as well. I called it the OSP or (outdoor sleeping pod) my idea is completely collapsible shaped like a sleeping bag but you can actually fit a sleeping bag in it so it acts as a shell. I have also introduced LED technology I got the idea from the flash lights you wind up. My idea has a small Led head lamp with a small heater coil as well as emergency radio that all operates from crank technology. I have also added a small crank voltage security system that acts as a low voltage cow prod fence. I would be very interested in seeing the two ideas combined to lower the cost and remain enviromentally safe. I am glad to see others that have a concern for the less fortunate thanks for the story it was very uplifting!

  • Shannon M.

    I think it is sweet that someone as young as him cares.

    Go Max!

  • Dan

    Isn’t Chicago called the windy city? I can only imagine seeing about 50 of those homeless shelters blowing down the street like giant tumbleweeds.

  • Dan

    Isn’t Chicago called the windy city? I can only imagine seeing about 50 of those homeless shelters blowing down the street like giant tumbleweeds.

  • Dan

    Isn’t Chicago called the windy city? I can only imagine seeing about 50 of those homeless shelters blowing down the street like giant tumbleweeds.

  • jonjon

    ofmg!
    dat was fucking awsome!!!!!!

  • http://Yahoo Lupe

    that is so nice to see . A father helping his son .In helping our Earth ,Thank you for being a DAD .And be proud of him this is great Thank you

  • jonjon

    ofmg!
    dat was fucking awsome!!!!!!

  • Ed

    That’s great! Way to go. I hope to see these everywhere. Small, cheap, mobile and easy to assemble and store; what more could you want.

    That kid gives me confidence in the next generation.

  • Ed

    That’s great! Way to go. I hope to see these everywhere. Small, cheap, mobile and easy to assemble and store; what more could you want.

    That kid gives me confidence in the next generation.

  • congradufuckenlations

    you made something that is useless

  • http://www.yahoo.com mesi qoloni

    yeah ,nothing in this world can be regards as waste as one of the saying said; someone ignorance is somebody enlightment. so i congratulate the creativity mind people who make use of their God given talent ,skill to spend time to venture into such activities rather than stay idol(doing nothing)i for cast more on developing country as iam from Solomon islands and i see many waste stuff but not many creative/innovate people.people seem to live on spoon feed.so i really appreciate this as it my first time to browse this site.Congratulation it is what all can engage in each individual life whatever you can do ,thanks

  • http://www.yahoo.com mesi qoloni

    yeah ,nothing in this world can be regards as waste as one of the saying said; someone ignorance is somebody enlightment. so i congratulate the creativity mind people who make use of their God given talent ,skill to spend time to venture into such activities rather than stay idol(doing nothing)i for cast more on developing country as iam from Solomon islands and i see many waste stuff but not many creative/innovate people.people seem to live on spoon feed.so i really appreciate this as it my first time to browse this site.Congratulation it is what all can engage in each individual life whatever you can do ,thanks

  • Rae

    i think you’re making news out of nothing

  • Rae

    i think you’re making news out of nothing

  • Ed

    That’s great! Way to go. I hope to see these everywhere. Small, cheap, mobile and easy to assemble and store; what more could you want.

    That kid gives me confidence in the next generation.

  • congradufuckenlations

    you made something that is useless

  • http://www.yahoo.com mesi qoloni

    yeah ,nothing in this world can be regards as waste as one of the saying said; someone ignorance is somebody enlightment. so i congratulate the creativity mind people who make use of their God given talent ,skill to spend time to venture into such activities rather than stay idol(doing nothing)i for cast more on developing country as iam from Solomon islands and i see many waste stuff but not many creative/innovate people.people seem to live on spoon feed.so i really appreciate this as it my first time to browse this site.Congratulation it is what all can engage in each individual life whatever you can do ,thanks

  • Rae

    i think you’re making news out of nothing

  • http://grasshopperdesign.net winkyfist

    Great job Max, thats an amazing mind on a very promising young man. And it looks like the Bubble Shield from Halo. Keep working for mankind Max!

  • http://grasshopperdesign.net winkyfist

    Great job Max, thats an amazing mind on a very promising young man. And it looks like the Bubble Shield from Halo. Keep working for mankind Max!

  • http://grasshopperdesign.net winkyfist

    Great job Max, thats an amazing mind on a very promising young man. And it looks like the Bubble Shield from Halo. Keep working for mankind Max!

  • MissKitaDC

    Well the way this economy is going… we all may need one of those lol..

  • MissKitaDC

    Well the way this economy is going… we all may need one of those lol..

  • MissKitaDC

    Well the way this economy is going… we all may need one of those lol..

  • http://www.wgmd.com Bill Colley

    Reminds me of the old Laugh-In joke about a building being made from garbage. Dan Rowan explains it attracted 3,000 people to the open house and three million flies.

  • http://www.wgmd.com Bill Colley

    Reminds me of the old Laugh-In joke about a building being made from garbage. Dan Rowan explains it attracted 3,000 people to the open house and three million flies.

  • brooke

    i think this was a great idea! your helping people with nothing and it is a wonderful thing! great work!

  • brooke

    i think this was a great idea! your helping people with nothing and it is a wonderful thing! great work!

  • Richard

    Great Job! Just Remember later in life, when Your famous…….You Said “I don’t really care about the money. I care about helping people.”…….

  • virginia_lucero@xtoenergy.com

    This reminded me of THOMAS :)

  • Richard

    Great Job! Just Remember later in life, when Your famous…….You Said “I don’t really care about the money. I care about helping people.”…….

  • virginia_lucero@xtoenergy.com

    This reminded me of THOMAS :)

  • mookie james

    He will end up smoking herb in college and get around the 300 pound mark with a degree in liberal arts.

  • Danny R

    Ummm….Ok he said it was made from trash but from the looks of it, it’s material that you can buy from the store. Max you should give the money to a certified shelter. Oh and next time use real trash.

  • mookie james

    He will end up smoking herb in college and get around the 300 pound mark with a degree in liberal arts.

  • Danny R

    Ummm….Ok he said it was made from trash but from the looks of it, it’s material that you can buy from the store. Max you should give the money to a certified shelter. Oh and next time use real trash.

  • http://www.paradisofashion.com Marcella Siano

    This boy is quite the inventor! Kudos to him, and at 12yrs old he deserves a pat on the back!

  • http://www.paradisofashion.com Marcella Siano

    This boy is quite the inventor! Kudos to him, and at 12yrs old he deserves a pat on the back!

  • Lesley

    This child should be celebrated. His parents should be congratulated for raising such a self-less child. If only some organization would take his idea and make it available to all of those in need of it. If everyone in this country could be as responsible and self-less as Max, then we would all be so much better off. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

  • Sonia A. Mohammed

    It was very interesting how he came up with this idea. Way to go! Keep it up! Never ever give up! You have a bright future ahead of you Max.

  • Lesley

    This child should be celebrated. His parents should be congratulated for raising such a self-less child. If only some organization would take his idea and make it available to all of those in need of it. If everyone in this country could be as responsible and self-less as Max, then we would all be so much better off. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

  • Sonia A. Mohammed

    It was very interesting how he came up with this idea. Way to go! Keep it up! Never ever give up! You have a bright future ahead of you Max.

  • SUSAN

    THIS IS AMSOME IDEA SMILE!!

  • Darrell

    For such a young boy to go beyond thinking and come up with a solution and not just “step” over the homeless or throw them a quarter or something is fantastic. This kid deserves a medal for having a consious, just for caring. He has certainly made me think twice about how little I do as an individual about such a serious issue in our “civilized” society.

    Darrell

  • http://www.dcontinuum.com Continuum

    We had a great time hosting Max in our studio and wish him the best of luck!

    – The Continuum Team

  • SUSAN

    THIS IS AMSOME IDEA SMILE!!

  • Darrell

    For such a young boy to go beyond thinking and come up with a solution and not just “step” over the homeless or throw them a quarter or something is fantastic. This kid deserves a medal for having a consious, just for caring. He has certainly made me think twice about how little I do as an individual about such a serious issue in our “civilized” society.

    Darrell

  • http://www.dcontinuum.com Continuum

    We had a great time hosting Max in our studio and wish him the best of luck!

    – The Continuum Team

  • alex

    Is it warm?

  • alex

    Is it warm?

  • Jim

    I am impressed the brilliant intelect it must have taken to design a tent that compeletly disregards all of the features that makes a tent desirable.. portabliity and durablity.

  • http://mybiggheywebsite.com sal t

    what about breathing holes? is the intention here to suffocate the homeless?

  • Jim

    I am impressed the brilliant intelect it must have taken to design a tent that compeletly disregards all of the features that makes a tent desirable.. portabliity and durablity.

  • http://mybiggheywebsite.com sal t

    what about breathing holes? is the intention here to suffocate the homeless?

  • Marie

    How much money did it take to build this thing; including all the tools that were utilized and labor? This is ridiculous, I think I would feel more inspired to commend him for his work if he actually donates the money he won to an actual homeless shelter. I am not impressed. Imagine if you were homeless and someone presents you with this object and says, “here for you to live in”. Am sure that homeless person would have appreciated a sandwich more than this ridiculous contraption.

  • Marie

    How much money did it take to build this thing; including all the tools that were utilized and labor? This is ridiculous, I think I would feel more inspired to commend him for his work if he actually donates the money he won to an actual homeless shelter. I am not impressed. Imagine if you were homeless and someone presents you with this object and says, “here for you to live in”. Am sure that homeless person would have appreciated a sandwich more than this ridiculous contraption.

  • Jolyn

    I think that is awsome and started at such a young age

  • Jolyn

    I think that is awsome and started at such a young age

  • http://www.greentantra.com butterfly

    Although simple and basic, I enjoyed reading this article because it is comprehensive.

    :O)

    xoxo

  • http://www.greentantra.com butterfly

    Although simple and basic, I enjoyed reading this article because it is comprehensive.

    :O)

    xoxo

  • Elly

    Very touching! I hope this inspires others to utilize their skills and creativity to selflessly help those in need.

  • Elly

    Very touching! I hope this inspires others to utilize their skills and creativity to selflessly help those in need.

  • Andria

    Hello there,

    I just want to say that the Home Dome is an awesome idea and it turned out great. When I was watching the video and looking at it, made me think. Question – how heavy is it, and is there a possibility that it could blow away if windy?

  • Andria

    Hello there,

    I just want to say that the Home Dome is an awesome idea and it turned out great. When I was watching the video and looking at it, made me think. Question – how heavy is it, and is there a possibility that it could blow away if windy?

  • todd

    so what did the boy do, make a model? I would say this boy did not design or make this dome. And whos workshop is this? Not his or his family’s. And the peanuts and materials were all bought, not recycled.

  • todd

    so what did the boy do, make a model? I would say this boy did not design or make this dome. And whos workshop is this? Not his or his family’s. And the peanuts and materials were all bought, not recycled.

  • Moises Santiago

    Way’ta go mann! The world needs people like you. Great job!

  • Moises Santiago

    Way’ta go mann! The world needs people like you. Great job!

  • Ada

    I’m so thrilled with this story. I take my hat off to Max. He’s simply an original! No doubt. An original is driven into his original course by passion and not pecuniary benefits, even though he’ll be paid. I’ve a burning passion to see young people live like originals and I’ve written a book on that so you can imagine how thrilled I am with this story. With the so-called economic recession causing people to become increasingly selfish where they only care about their needs and care less about others I’m very thrilled to see a 12yr old that’s less passionate about his needs (money) and more passionate about the needs of others. Max says he’s had this passion since he was 6, I pray he allows this same passion to dictate his career in college when he finishes high school so he could live a life of fulfillment doing what he loves, and not allow society dictate to him which path to take.

  • Ada

    I’m so thrilled with this story. I take my hat off to Max. He’s simply an original! No doubt. An original is driven into his original course by passion and not pecuniary benefits, even though he’ll be paid. I’ve a burning passion to see young people live like originals and I’ve written a book on that so you can imagine how thrilled I am with this story. With the so-called economic recession causing people to become increasingly selfish where they only care about their needs and care less about others I’m very thrilled to see a 12yr old that’s less passionate about his needs (money) and more passionate about the needs of others. Max says he’s had this passion since he was 6, I pray he allows this same passion to dictate his career in college when he finishes high school so he could live a life of fulfillment doing what he loves, and not allow society dictate to him which path to take.

  • Dave

    12-year-old Makes Homeless Shelter from Trash. . . plastic, wire and packing peanuts. . . while slowly exposing those encased in the materials with toxic odorless fumes from plastic and packing peanuts.

  • Dave

    12-year-old Makes Homeless Shelter from Trash. . . plastic, wire and packing peanuts. . . while slowly exposing those encased in the materials with toxic odorless fumes from plastic and packing peanuts.

  • http://www.myspace.com/amandam862004 Amanda Mills

    AMAZING!!! I have always been a firm believer that the only limitations in life are the ones that you place upon yourself. And MAX is living proof. If a 12 year old can do something so impressive with a motive as compassionate as his than anyone can do the same!!! Great job can’t wait to see what your next project may be!!!

  • keep going

    The obama ad kind of ruined things for me. Obama is ruining this country so it is more important than ever to go green. Politics and politicians should stay out of green. I went green during the first earth day in the early 70’s. Ive been homeless so I appreciate what the 12 year old young man did- great job.

    Dennis U
    Henderson KY

  • http://www.myspace.com/amandam862004 Amanda Mills

    AMAZING!!! I have always been a firm believer that the only limitations in life are the ones that you place upon yourself. And MAX is living proof. If a 12 year old can do something so impressive with a motive as compassionate as his than anyone can do the same!!! Great job can’t wait to see what your next project may be!!!

  • keep going

    The obama ad kind of ruined things for me. Obama is ruining this country so it is more important than ever to go green. Politics and politicians should stay out of green. I went green during the first earth day in the early 70’s. Ive been homeless so I appreciate what the 12 year old young man did- great job.

    Dennis U
    Henderson KY

  • duke

    yeah thats great..it will only cost 200.00 in supplies and a team from MIT to put one together..should be easily affordable to the homeless people out there…couldnt they keep it more simple similar the what the kid actually designed..it could certainly be functional then of course not as cool looking. call me a rotton pessimist..but cmon homeless people have been making these themselves for many years…sorry

  • duke

    yeah thats great..it will only cost 200.00 in supplies and a team from MIT to put one together..should be easily affordable to the homeless people out there…couldnt they keep it more simple similar the what the kid actually designed..it could certainly be functional then of course not as cool looking. call me a rotton pessimist..but cmon homeless people have been making these themselves for many years…sorry

  • http://www.myspace.com/celetra Celetra

    I think that Max Wallack did a great job! You never see kids who think about other people in such a way. He is going to be a great man someday. I can not wait to see what he does next!

  • http://bestgamingkeyboards.com Awesome

    wow this is pretty interesting

  • H

    Well, although I am not a fan of golf or the damage/resources involved, it is possible to mantain them in an “environmentally friendly” way. I have been lucky enough to work with some. Besides that any little thing groups or individuals want to contribute should be encouraged even if they sell gas or cars. Good article though just not a fan of sensationalism on either side.

  • http://www.myspace.com/celetra Celetra

    I think that Max Wallack did a great job! You never see kids who think about other people in such a way. He is going to be a great man someday. I can not wait to see what he does next!

  • http://bestgamingkeyboards.com Awesome

    wow this is pretty interesting

  • H

    Well, although I am not a fan of golf or the damage/resources involved, it is possible to mantain them in an “environmentally friendly” way. I have been lucky enough to work with some. Besides that any little thing groups or individuals want to contribute should be encouraged even if they sell gas or cars. Good article though just not a fan of sensationalism on either side.

  • sake

    well he didn’t build it himself, now did he?

  • sake

    well he didn’t build it himself, now did he?

  • http://www.stormvideogames.com/ StormVideogames

    I have seen tons of people make homes out of trash, but this boy at least made one that looks somewhat good.

  • Javier Rendón

    Congratulations, waooo !. I´m sure if any homeless see this, that man or woman will be hapy not get wet. I think could be sold this idea (procedure) as a manual and probally it could be built for camping, waoo !!

  • http://www.stormvideogames.com/ StormVideogames

    I have seen tons of people make homes out of trash, but this boy at least made one that looks somewhat good.

  • Javier Rendón

    Congratulations, waooo !. I´m sure if any homeless see this, that man or woman will be hapy not get wet. I think could be sold this idea (procedure) as a manual and probally it could be built for camping, waoo !!

  • Jesse

    The kids heart is in the right place, but it would never happen. The first thing out of a mayor or a governor’s mouth when you bring this to their desk would be, “What are we going to do with those huts during the day?” or “we can’t just have these domes under our over passes and in our parks” or “they will just go and use drugs under them” or a million other reasons government officials give to slip out of the responsibility of helping the homeless. Nevertheless, it’s encouraging to see a youngster thinking about the homeless epidemic that is in this country. Maybe he will be able to inspire our elected officials. Keep it up Max!

  • http://VERIZON darlene owens

    MAX IS AWESOME ITS SO FUNNY THE KIDS ARE SO SHARP AND HAVE SO MUCH COMPASTION AND THE ADULTS CAN ONLY THINK OF HOW MUCH MORE CAN I GET BEFORE THE NEXT PERSON. AND I FEEL ADULTS DON’T REALLY CARE IF WE HAVE HOMELESS PEOPLE BECAUSE IF THEY DID THEY’ER WOULD NOT BE ANY AROUND!!!!!! THEY COULD BE ANGELS SENT TO SEE HOW WE REALLY ARE AND IF WE DESERVE TO GO TO HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU U GO MAX DARLENE OWENS

  • Jesse

    The kids heart is in the right place, but it would never happen. The first thing out of a mayor or a governor’s mouth when you bring this to their desk would be, “What are we going to do with those huts during the day?” or “we can’t just have these domes under our over passes and in our parks” or “they will just go and use drugs under them” or a million other reasons government officials give to slip out of the responsibility of helping the homeless. Nevertheless, it’s encouraging to see a youngster thinking about the homeless epidemic that is in this country. Maybe he will be able to inspire our elected officials. Keep it up Max!

  • joe smith

    someone needs to keep off the doughnuts

  • dee

    Nice to know there are caring young people out there and have the smarts to come up with inventions such as this!!

  • joe smith

    someone needs to keep off the doughnuts

  • dee

    Nice to know there are caring young people out there and have the smarts to come up with inventions such as this!!

  • David Hack

    Way to go kid, finally someone out there is acting like they really care for the homeless. Yeah the money might help you in your future education, but the money isn’t that important when it comes right down to where the rubber meets the road.

  • Mr. Computer Genius

    Well done, Max.

  • Kameron C Cayce II

    Wow. This is incredibly dangerous. It goes against every building and fire code there is here in the United States and much of the world. If a child ( or anyone) were inside of this and caught fire, not only would all of these platics become a flammable liquid fire and literally envelope the person inside, it would create enough BTU’s to start a serious structure fire and the highly toxic elements being given off in the smoke would certainly kill anyone in the vicinity that inhaled them.

    SHAME on this group awarding this kind of tremendous hazard being created.

  • David Hack

    Way to go kid, finally someone out there is acting like they really care for the homeless. Yeah the money might help you in your future education, but the money isn’t that important when it comes right down to where the rubber meets the road.

  • Mr. Computer Genius

    Well done, Max.

  • Kameron C Cayce II

    Wow. This is incredibly dangerous. It goes against every building and fire code there is here in the United States and much of the world. If a child ( or anyone) were inside of this and caught fire, not only would all of these platics become a flammable liquid fire and literally envelope the person inside, it would create enough BTU’s to start a serious structure fire and the highly toxic elements being given off in the smoke would certainly kill anyone in the vicinity that inhaled them.

    SHAME on this group awarding this kind of tremendous hazard being created.

  • Reader

    I wouldn’t necessarily call the materials trash. They are more like recyclable items. I mean, he didn’t find the packaging material in a dumpster or trashcan, did he? They all look new. Companies make packaging peanuts, and you can buy them. So, unless he obtained the styrofoam and plastic from the trash after it was thrown away, I wouldn’t call it trash. But I do agree, it is a very innovative idea and he seems to have a mind of an engineer.

  • Robert

    A structure almost exactly like this (as well as many other similar ones) was created in the 1980s during a period when homelessness was on the rise and artists and activists were working together to help the masses. Not only were homeless shelters like this (and tubes that used heat from exhaust vents from large buildings and subway systems) common, but also homeless vehicles.

    In fact, I can’t help but see this and think it is a direct inspiration from those 1980s creations. The originality here is questionable, though there is merit in this idea.

  • Reader

    I wouldn’t necessarily call the materials trash. They are more like recyclable items. I mean, he didn’t find the packaging material in a dumpster or trashcan, did he? They all look new. Companies make packaging peanuts, and you can buy them. So, unless he obtained the styrofoam and plastic from the trash after it was thrown away, I wouldn’t call it trash. But I do agree, it is a very innovative idea and he seems to have a mind of an engineer.

  • Robert

    A structure almost exactly like this (as well as many other similar ones) was created in the 1980s during a period when homelessness was on the rise and artists and activists were working together to help the masses. Not only were homeless shelters like this (and tubes that used heat from exhaust vents from large buildings and subway systems) common, but also homeless vehicles.

    In fact, I can’t help but see this and think it is a direct inspiration from those 1980s creations. The originality here is questionable, though there is merit in this idea.

  • Marcus

    And everyone wants to wonder why eco initiatives never take off? I figure that if you spend all that time engineering, planning, budgeting, building anything green then those individuals or businesses are doing more than the most of us. Kicking them and putting them down is not going make the eco industry look attractive to anyone accept fanatical or radicals. I am not brave enough to condemn anyone trying anything. So like it was over 30 years ago all this green thing collapse due to the same bad attitudes. Offer solutions or offer nothing at all.

  • Marcus

    And everyone wants to wonder why eco initiatives never take off? I figure that if you spend all that time engineering, planning, budgeting, building anything green then those individuals or businesses are doing more than the most of us. Kicking them and putting them down is not going make the eco industry look attractive to anyone accept fanatical or radicals. I am not brave enough to condemn anyone trying anything. So like it was over 30 years ago all this green thing collapse due to the same bad attitudes. Offer solutions or offer nothing at all.

  • no

    whee!

  • Rae

    What an awesome, brilliant young man! It’s great to see that kindness and inspiration can still be found in our youth. I commend him for his kindheartedness and ingenuity. Keep up the good work!

  • no

    whee!

  • Rae

    What an awesome, brilliant young man! It’s great to see that kindness and inspiration can still be found in our youth. I commend him for his kindheartedness and ingenuity. Keep up the good work!

  • http://Yahoo Stefanie

    I think what you have done is amazing… if more people would learn to use their imgination and create something wonderful that can be used the world it’s self would be a better place…
    Thanks so much
    XOXO
    STefanie

  • luce

    Although this is wonderfully executed and a novel idea, doesn’t styrofoam leach out toxicity over an extended period of time? So, is it a great idea to provide toxic air shelters for the homeless???? nooooooo

  • http://www.ppicash.com Miss Lucy

    Way to go! I am impressed you actually followed through on your desire to help the homeless and indigent. It only takes one idea full of passion to change the world.

  • martron

    There is only one major set back your in a plastic bubble with a half way good seal to the ground it won’t take long to suffocate

  • ellie-may connell

    it looks good i think n hes dune a good job to say hes built hiself

  • Ched

    Well, this isn’t what I thought it would be. Essentially an un-economical tent. I didn’t see any ‘trash’ being used at all. Looked like all brand new wire and plastic to me.

    Also, how many man hours did it take to erect this thing?

    Doesn’t seem very economical. May as well just buy every bumb a tent.

  • luce

    Although this is wonderfully executed and a novel idea, doesn’t styrofoam leach out toxicity over an extended period of time? So, is it a great idea to provide toxic air shelters for the homeless???? nooooooo

  • http://www.ppicash.com Miss Lucy

    Way to go! I am impressed you actually followed through on your desire to help the homeless and indigent. It only takes one idea full of passion to change the world.

  • martron

    There is only one major set back your in a plastic bubble with a half way good seal to the ground it won’t take long to suffocate

  • ellie-may connell

    it looks good i think n hes dune a good job to say hes built hiself

  • Ched

    Well, this isn’t what I thought it would be. Essentially an un-economical tent. I didn’t see any ‘trash’ being used at all. Looked like all brand new wire and plastic to me.

    Also, how many man hours did it take to erect this thing?

    Doesn’t seem very economical. May as well just buy every bumb a tent.

  • Yahoo User

    Stupid… We recognize a 12 year old kid for making a home out of trash…. Talk to the homeless… They have been doing it for years

  • au

    but is it breathable? and would actual homeless folks go for it?

  • Yahoo User

    Stupid… We recognize a 12 year old kid for making a home out of trash…. Talk to the homeless… They have been doing it for years

  • au

    but is it breathable? and would actual homeless folks go for it?

  • Improvised

    So…It looks to me like he had some help, no?

    Ashleigh, what do you mean by “observical”?

  • Jay

    It’s a cool idea, but I don’t think the police would allow people to put them up anywhere because the picky public would say they are eye sores.

  • Anna

    Wow how awesome, to think there is still someone in this world that has that kind of compassion for his fellow man. Hat’s off to you Max. Alot of us could learn alot from you especially with our enonmic.
    I wish you the best, keep up the good work you deserve it.
    Better than setting in front of a TV playing Playstation you used your intelligences.. Excellent..

  • Wes

    What a great kid

  • Improvised

    So…It looks to me like he had some help, no?

    Ashleigh, what do you mean by “observical”?

  • Jay

    It’s a cool idea, but I don’t think the police would allow people to put them up anywhere because the picky public would say they are eye sores.

  • Anna

    Wow how awesome, to think there is still someone in this world that has that kind of compassion for his fellow man. Hat’s off to you Max. Alot of us could learn alot from you especially with our enonmic.
    I wish you the best, keep up the good work you deserve it.
    Better than setting in front of a TV playing Playstation you used your intelligences.. Excellent..

  • Wes

    What a great kid

  • Nelson Mieles

    wow, we need alot more kids like him in this world. Thanks to the parents for raising a great kid!!!

  • Nelson Mieles

    wow, we need alot more kids like him in this world. Thanks to the parents for raising a great kid!!!

  • ashnspence

    brilliant.

  • unemployed

    HE GIVES HOPE FOR THE MILLIONS OF LAID OFF WORKERS OF AMERICA. AT LEAST THEY’LL HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE.
    NOW HIS NEXT PROJECT:
    HOW TO MAKE A WHOPPER FROM TRASH

  • Marcus

    And everyone wants to wonder why eco initiatives never take off? I figure that if you spend all that time engineering, planning, budgeting, building anything green then those individuals or businesses are doing more than the most of us. Kicking them and putting them down is not going make the eco industry look attractive to anyone accept to fanatics or radicals. I am not brave enough to condemn anyone trying anything. So like it was over 30 years ago all this “green” thing collapse due to the same bad attitudes. Offer ideas/solutions or offer nothing at all.

  • ashnspence

    brilliant.

  • unemployed

    HE GIVES HOPE FOR THE MILLIONS OF LAID OFF WORKERS OF AMERICA. AT LEAST THEY’LL HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE.
    NOW HIS NEXT PROJECT:
    HOW TO MAKE A WHOPPER FROM TRASH

  • Marcus

    And everyone wants to wonder why eco initiatives never take off? I figure that if you spend all that time engineering, planning, budgeting, building anything green then those individuals or businesses are doing more than the most of us. Kicking them and putting them down is not going make the eco industry look attractive to anyone accept to fanatics or radicals. I am not brave enough to condemn anyone trying anything. So like it was over 30 years ago all this “green” thing collapse due to the same bad attitudes. Offer ideas/solutions or offer nothing at all.

  • http://greenbuildingelements.com Sunny

    Great idea! Submit the idea to Prez Obama to get some of our money before it’s all gone. Let me know how I can get one of those handy dandy houses, will ya? Thanks!

  • http://greenbuildingelements.com Sunny

    Great idea! Submit the idea to Prez Obama to get some of our money before it’s all gone. Let me know how I can get one of those handy dandy houses, will ya? Thanks!

  • Molly

    What a kind, clever and well-spoken young man. It’s nice to know that there are still young people who care about people other than themselves.

  • Critic

    This is nothing but another impractical invention. It’s not as if we’re gonna be seeing the homeless using that to shelter themselves from the cold during nights of sleeping out in the open. Also, are these guys trying to encourage homeless people to sleep in the open? It seems that way to me.

  • Andrea

    Finally, it had to be a kid to remind us that we all can do some good in this world with less.

  • Molly

    What a kind, clever and well-spoken young man. It’s nice to know that there are still young people who care about people other than themselves.

  • Critic

    This is nothing but another impractical invention. It’s not as if we’re gonna be seeing the homeless using that to shelter themselves from the cold during nights of sleeping out in the open. Also, are these guys trying to encourage homeless people to sleep in the open? It seems that way to me.

  • Andrea

    Finally, it had to be a kid to remind us that we all can do some good in this world with less.

  • Danielle

    Good for this kid! This made my day a lot brighter to know there are kids out there who expand their minds and intentions to help other people.

  • Lola

    Cute idea, but it’s not ‘made from trash’. Everything they used was new. Had they really made it from found/recycled items, then I’d be impressed.

  • Alice

    Is that some kind of passive aggressive way of saying that the homeless deserve to live in garbage?

    Nice one, kid. Nice.

  • Danielle

    Good for this kid! This made my day a lot brighter to know there are kids out there who expand their minds and intentions to help other people.

  • Lola

    Cute idea, but it’s not ‘made from trash’. Everything they used was new. Had they really made it from found/recycled items, then I’d be impressed.

  • http://yahoo james

    Great job and idea.But i would think it would be reather difficult for them to carry around

  • Alice

    Is that some kind of passive aggressive way of saying that the homeless deserve to live in garbage?

    Nice one, kid. Nice.

  • Mark Goodrum

    This kid is awsome. FEMA should contract him to make a hundred thousand of these so they could be rapidly deployed in case of natural disaster.

  • http://none MO

    I think this is great I was wondering if this is even leak proof, like a tent?

  • Mark Goodrum

    This kid is awsome. FEMA should contract him to make a hundred thousand of these so they could be rapidly deployed in case of natural disaster.

  • http://Yahoo Catherine DePari

    I am much older then this child and I made my granddaughter furniture out of materials that would have just been trash. I think going green is a great thing.

  • JM

    I’m glad that the youth are taking an interest in protecting the environment and taking steps to invent ways to re-use and recycle trash. I hope that Max will be an inspiration not only to the young but the older generations as well.

  • JM

    I’m glad that the youth are taking an interest in protecting the environment and taking steps to invent ways to re-use and recycle trash. I hope that Max will be an inspiration not only to the young but the older generations as well.

  • Andy

    I really didn’t see real trash it looked like more of a produced thing packing peanuts and plastic and the metal didn’t look trashy.?Not to belittle this but what about a cardboard box?just seems like alot 10,000 dollars..

  • http://yahoo.com Shahbaz

    i think its kool how he did that… how is he so creative like dat man

  • Andy

    I really didn’t see real trash it looked like more of a produced thing packing peanuts and plastic and the metal didn’t look trashy.?Not to belittle this but what about a cardboard box?just seems like alot 10,000 dollars..

  • http://yahoo.com Shahbaz

    i think its kool how he did that… how is he so creative like dat man

  • Rob

    I have no doubt Max arrived at his design independently but Pillow Domes were invented by J. Baldwin over 20 years ago – sans peanuts.

    http://vsb.cape.com/~nature/greencenter/pdf/dome1985.pdf

    Homeless/Emergency shelter solutions as good and better than this already exist. Why aren’t they being implemented?

    Because that’s not the problem.

  • Juan

    This is what great young minds are for!
    Cheers!!

  • Ashley

    Thats cool. But those peanuts arnt good for the enviroment, but at least it’s trash, and not brand new.

  • Rob

    I have no doubt Max arrived at his design independently but Pillow Domes were invented by J. Baldwin over 20 years ago – sans peanuts.

    http://vsb.cape.com/~nature/greencenter/pdf/dome1985.pdf

    Homeless/Emergency shelter solutions as good and better than this already exist. Why aren’t they being implemented?

    Because that’s not the problem.

  • Juan

    This is what great young minds are for!
    Cheers!!

  • Ashley

    Thats cool. But those peanuts arnt good for the enviroment, but at least it’s trash, and not brand new.

  • Angel Arre

    More children should spend their free time, energy and creativity following Max’s example. Congratulation MAX!

  • Kim

    What a great idea! I am very impressed and it is refreshing to show my children who are 8 & 10 something about a child near their age who is using his time and brainpower for such a wonderful project. Congratulations, Max and your parents, you deserve it!

  • Miggs

    I’m sure that homeless people aren’t the least bit insulted that they’re being offered homes made of trash! Are you serious?!

  • http://www.ecofriendlymaidservices.com Alex Sherman

    Kudos young man for the courage and sophistication it took to complete this immaculate design. Saving the environment as well as each other is something we should have done from the beginning, and you most certainly have done just that, from the beginning of your life. Let no one shut you down.

    Alex Sherman

  • Angel Arre

    More children should spend their free time, energy and creativity following Max’s example. Congratulation MAX!

  • Kim

    What a great idea! I am very impressed and it is refreshing to show my children who are 8 & 10 something about a child near their age who is using his time and brainpower for such a wonderful project. Congratulations, Max and your parents, you deserve it!

  • Miggs

    I’m sure that homeless people aren’t the least bit insulted that they’re being offered homes made of trash! Are you serious?!

  • http://www.ecofriendlymaidservices.com Alex Sherman

    Kudos young man for the courage and sophistication it took to complete this immaculate design. Saving the environment as well as each other is something we should have done from the beginning, and you most certainly have done just that, from the beginning of your life. Let no one shut you down.

    Alex Sherman

  • Cynthia

    Isn’t that what the homeless do everyday?

  • Cynthia

    Isn’t that what the homeless do everyday?

  • Sara

    WOW! Hats off to you, Max! You are an amazing person. Keep up the good work! : )

  • gnomik79

    as soon as one homeless guys falls asleep, the other one will snatch away his little “mongolian yurt”….

  • Kirk Morgan

    Structural engineer here…figure out how to teach volunteers and homeless people how to build these with coat hangers (more bendable and can be fastened without the pins) and packing tape (no fancy heat sealer or danger needed) and you seem to have a practical winner. Suggest tests outdoors with small sand-bag-tube ground skirt to check for interior / exterior thermal gradient (effective R) to optimze thickness, members necessary. Way to go MAX!!!!!

  • Sara

    WOW! Hats off to you, Max! You are an amazing person. Keep up the good work! : )

  • gnomik79

    as soon as one homeless guys falls asleep, the other one will snatch away his little “mongolian yurt”….

  • Kirk Morgan

    Structural engineer here…figure out how to teach volunteers and homeless people how to build these with coat hangers (more bendable and can be fastened without the pins) and packing tape (no fancy heat sealer or danger needed) and you seem to have a practical winner. Suggest tests outdoors with small sand-bag-tube ground skirt to check for interior / exterior thermal gradient (effective R) to optimze thickness, members necessary. Way to go MAX!!!!!

  • katherine trujillo

    you are the most awesome person in the world MAX!!!!!
    i am proud of you.

  • http://www.georgewbush.org/ TheBush69

    Ashleigh, I think you may have mispronounciated a word.

    -W

  • Chicago

    I bet many students have thought about this and possibly has made this. The school just might be in a poor district that cant afford supplies, doesnt get attention, or the students aint rich enough to get the supplies.

    Pretty neat i guess.

  • katherine trujillo

    you are the most awesome person in the world MAX!!!!!
    i am proud of you.

  • http://www.georgewbush.org/ TheBush69

    Ashleigh, I think you may have mispronounciated a word.

    -W

  • Chicago

    I bet many students have thought about this and possibly has made this. The school just might be in a poor district that cant afford supplies, doesnt get attention, or the students aint rich enough to get the supplies.

    Pretty neat i guess.

  • Cosmo

    Better keep it far away from the trashcan fires!!

  • Cosmo

    Better keep it far away from the trashcan fires!!

  • Perry Foster

    i think it is stupid…not offense to the kid. but 10000 dollars for that
    come on

  • Perry Foster

    i think it is stupid…not offense to the kid. but 10000 dollars for that
    come on

  • Marjorie Ellis

    Great idea & can be used in all climates! Bravo!

  • Nick C

    You should retitle the article. His components were not refuse–they were all brand new raw materials!

  • Marjorie Ellis

    Great idea & can be used in all climates! Bravo!

  • Nick C

    You should retitle the article. His components were not refuse–they were all brand new raw materials!

  • Angi

    The world needs more of kids and adults like this. If this is the sort of attitude our future takes, I’m all for it.

  • Elizabeth

    Chicago being the windy city.. won’t these things blow away even at the slightest breeze?

  • ELENA SANCHEZ

    WAY 2 GO MAX! THAT IS 1 VERY COOL IDEA, & with this screwed-up Government (economy, 2-faced LYING Politicians, etc.) MAYBE SOMEDAY, WE ALL will b living in 1 of your domes too! I KNOW I’D give it a try, so as 2 AVOID paying “THE VULTURES” in my home-town, MORE of MY rent money, taxes, etc.! aaah, but there IS 1 BIG future draw-back, Max’s invention WILL BRING about EVEN MORE “VULTURES”–as ANY NEW invention ALWAYS DOES! WHY?? ‘Cause SOME of them WILL start trying 2 MAKE a huge profit, by charging US (THE POOR, LIKE ME), 2 have OUR OWN dome sent 2 us (plus S & H) AND then, by charging US, RENT for residing in our own dome, UNDER a “Gov’t underpass”! U KNOW I’M RIGHT, huh?? LOL!

  • Tomray

    It’s the kind of home the Socialists (using “Environmentalisim” as a front) want us ALL to live in. ;)

  • Angi

    The world needs more of kids and adults like this. If this is the sort of attitude our future takes, I’m all for it.

  • Elizabeth

    Chicago being the windy city.. won’t these things blow away even at the slightest breeze?

  • ELENA SANCHEZ

    WAY 2 GO MAX! THAT IS 1 VERY COOL IDEA, & with this screwed-up Government (economy, 2-faced LYING Politicians, etc.) MAYBE SOMEDAY, WE ALL will b living in 1 of your domes too! I KNOW I’D give it a try, so as 2 AVOID paying “THE VULTURES” in my home-town, MORE of MY rent money, taxes, etc.! aaah, but there IS 1 BIG future draw-back, Max’s invention WILL BRING about EVEN MORE “VULTURES”–as ANY NEW invention ALWAYS DOES! WHY?? ‘Cause SOME of them WILL start trying 2 MAKE a huge profit, by charging US (THE POOR, LIKE ME), 2 have OUR OWN dome sent 2 us (plus S & H) AND then, by charging US, RENT for residing in our own dome, UNDER a “Gov’t underpass”! U KNOW I’M RIGHT, huh?? LOL!

  • Tomray

    It’s the kind of home the Socialists (using “Environmentalisim” as a front) want us ALL to live in. ;)

  • Ruzi

    I think this is really interesting and innovative!
    The only problem is that it looks really light and could probably be blown away by a strong gust of wind.. But I guess that problem could easily be solved by tying down weights.

    This kid is really amazing!

  • Ruzi

    I think this is really interesting and innovative!
    The only problem is that it looks really light and could probably be blown away by a strong gust of wind.. But I guess that problem could easily be solved by tying down weights.

    This kid is really amazing!

  • Django

    Put this kid in charge of CitiBank!

  • Django

    Put this kid in charge of CitiBank!

  • Oliviasmommi

    observical? LOL…I think you mean observant

  • Crystal

    This is incredibly awesome, he is so smart ^^

  • http://www.craigslist.com vic

    He’ll probably get foreclosed on anyway.

  • Oliviasmommi

    observical? LOL…I think you mean observant

  • Crystal

    This is incredibly awesome, he is so smart ^^

  • http://www.craigslist.com vic

    He’ll probably get foreclosed on anyway.

  • Alice

    I think this is great and practical use for trash. We need to stop trashing our planet.

  • suzanne

    I wonder if Max will be giving his 10k to the homeless since he doesn’t care about the money, along with the shelter he designed for them I’m sure they would be forever grateful.

  • Alice

    I think this is great and practical use for trash. We need to stop trashing our planet.

  • suzanne

    I wonder if Max will be giving his 10k to the homeless since he doesn’t care about the money, along with the shelter he designed for them I’m sure they would be forever grateful.

  • Hellbound

    Pretty lame. You can make something out of cardboard with less work and less material. With better results.

  • http://wind4605@yahoo.com wind

    Wow this kid is Brilliant..Can you think of a way for Homes to be made afforable too??..LoL

  • Hellbound

    Pretty lame. You can make something out of cardboard with less work and less material. With better results.

  • http://yahoo.com Lynne

    What a wonderfully compassionate heart for a very young man. God bless you Max and keep up the good work!

  • http://yahoo.com Lynne

    What a wonderfully compassionate heart for a very young man. God bless you Max and keep up the good work!

  • Bitch

    this is gay and stupid anyone could have done it

  • http://msn nrash

    how is a homeless person going to find all that wire and packing peanuts and the bags to build that i think it is cool but no homeless person can go out and just build this

  • Bitch

    this is gay and stupid anyone could have done it

  • cool

    Congrats, Max!

    I used to do this kind of stuff too. Went into Physics. Don’t let “grown up life” get in the way of your amazing creativity as you get older.

    You already were born with your best gift… creativity and intelligence.

  • jordan

    That thing is useless, because there are clearly gaping holes in the roof that would leak all over the person inside if it rained. Even if we pretended it was useful, little max only invented the prototype dome he threw in the beginning. But the end product was created with the team of engineers in the video and basically only took the dome idea from the kid. ALSO the thing isn’t made of trash, it’s made of plastic and packing peanuts, two things which are notorious for wasting space in dumps and landfills so the only green part of this invention is that it COULD be made with recyclable materials. Complete bs. Good for Max, bad for gullible grownups.

  • cool

    Congrats, Max!

    I used to do this kind of stuff too. Went into Physics. Don’t let “grown up life” get in the way of your amazing creativity as you get older.

    You already were born with your best gift… creativity and intelligence.

  • http://youtube maria

    max i think what you are doing for these homeless people and anyone in need of some type of shelter is remarkable,all it take is 3 items and some time to build your shelter and priceworthy im sure….good job…. I hope if it takes effect the price is fair for those that cant’t actually get one,it will come handy in the winter and your an angel from up above to be so young and yet have a heart of gold ..god bless ya and keep up the good work

  • jordan

    That thing is useless, because there are clearly gaping holes in the roof that would leak all over the person inside if it rained. Even if we pretended it was useful, little max only invented the prototype dome he threw in the beginning. But the end product was created with the team of engineers in the video and basically only took the dome idea from the kid. ALSO the thing isn’t made of trash, it’s made of plastic and packing peanuts, two things which are notorious for wasting space in dumps and landfills so the only green part of this invention is that it COULD be made with recyclable materials. Complete bs. Good for Max, bad for gullible grownups.

  • http://www.danielly56.webs.com Danielle

    this is an amzing trash house especially by a twelve year old like me

  • http://www.danielly56.webs.com Danielle

    this is an amzing trash house especially by a twelve year old like me

  • Valentin Ochoa

    Hahaha… What bunch of BS… Where is a person who is living in the street going to find the tools to use to built his so called shelter for the homeless? What a bunch of BS… Show me something amazing that is built from street trash that homeless people can use to built their homeless shelters. Maybe then he deserves $10k. You people are stupid for giving money away for no reason. That invention is not new. Only stupid people think it is cute because he built something he may have seen on a movie. Domes are not that difficult to create. Silly people. Go give that money to the homeless kid. They will be more appreciative.

  • Valentin Ochoa

    Hahaha… What bunch of BS… Where is a person who is living in the street going to find the tools to use to built his so called shelter for the homeless? What a bunch of BS… Show me something amazing that is built from street trash that homeless people can use to built their homeless shelters. Maybe then he deserves $10k. You people are stupid for giving money away for no reason. That invention is not new. Only stupid people think it is cute because he built something he may have seen on a movie. Domes are not that difficult to create. Silly people. Go give that money to the homeless kid. They will be more appreciative.

  • Charles

    he didn’t really do anything. He made the design with the peanuts and stuff, but to win 10,000 dollars for his prototype is pretty amazing, because it was literally and figuratively trash.

  • David Handy

    Awesome idea Max, but they need something for when it’s very hot as well. I’m glad someone found a good way of using all those horrible packing peanuts.

  • Charles

    he didn’t really do anything. He made the design with the peanuts and stuff, but to win 10,000 dollars for his prototype is pretty amazing, because it was literally and figuratively trash.

  • David Handy

    Awesome idea Max, but they need something for when it’s very hot as well. I’m glad someone found a good way of using all those horrible packing peanuts.

  • Erin

    That is very impressive!

  • Erin

    That is very impressive!

  • tony

    It’s not my intention to put it down but isn’t it essentially just a cheap tent? This article should include info like, how big is it? Is it completly waterproof. Does it keep heat in? It looks like any slight wind would blow it away – is there a way to tie it down? The answers to these little questions would make it more impressive. We all built forts when we were a kid, my only regret is that I did not build it from trash and submit it in a contest and wrap it up with a selfless mission statement.

  • Aaron

    That’s so awesome! Great to see our youth being so inventive an resourceful! On the other hand he’s making us older guys look bad! Haha, way to go mate!

  • Megan

    Wow, this is pretty good for a twelve year old. It looks like a turtle shell inside. Its very creative!

  • tony

    It’s not my intention to put it down but isn’t it essentially just a cheap tent? This article should include info like, how big is it? Is it completly waterproof. Does it keep heat in? It looks like any slight wind would blow it away – is there a way to tie it down? The answers to these little questions would make it more impressive. We all built forts when we were a kid, my only regret is that I did not build it from trash and submit it in a contest and wrap it up with a selfless mission statement.

  • Aaron

    That’s so awesome! Great to see our youth being so inventive an resourceful! On the other hand he’s making us older guys look bad! Haha, way to go mate!

  • Megan

    Wow, this is pretty good for a twelve year old. It looks like a turtle shell inside. Its very creative!

  • Felicia

    I think that his invention is absolutey genius. It’s sad that we have to think of ways to keep the homeless warm and dry instead of finding housing, but I think it’s a start. It looks as if it would not be too expensive, maybe if it’s marketed people could donate one.

  • Felicia

    I think that his invention is absolutey genius. It’s sad that we have to think of ways to keep the homeless warm and dry instead of finding housing, but I think it’s a start. It looks as if it would not be too expensive, maybe if it’s marketed people could donate one.

  • julia

    until you suffocate underneath the plastic

  • julia

    until you suffocate underneath the plastic

  • Brian Q

    <<“Trash to Treasure contest with his “Home Dome.” <<The contest asked kids to repurpose trash into <<practical inventions. ”
    Wow he invented a tent made of plastic.

  • Brian Q

    <<“Trash to Treasure contest with his “Home Dome.” <<The contest asked kids to repurpose trash into <<practical inventions. ”
    Wow he invented a tent made of plastic.

  • Randy

    thats cool this kid is smart

  • http://www.yahoo.com/mail apersonalperson

    diz iz pretty cool….butt can b disgusting livin in/on trash!! diz iz ztill cool….alzo it iz off da chang!!!!

  • http://yahoo brooklyn

    i like your thing

  • Randy

    thats cool this kid is smart

  • http://www.yahoo.com/mail apersonalperson

    diz iz pretty cool….butt can b disgusting livin in/on trash!! diz iz ztill cool….alzo it iz off da chang!!!!

  • Reina

    That’s very inspirering. I think that it’s very intresting and good for the enviorment as well.

  • Jennifer

    Is observical a word?

  • Reina

    That’s very inspirering. I think that it’s very intresting and good for the enviorment as well.

  • Jennifer

    Is observical a word?

  • http://gmail.com breezyy…

    this is soo cool! since im also 12 i think its so cool that ppl my age can make somethin so practical from something ppl like me trow away every day! i hope he puts tht on ebay…i wud soo buy it

  • http://gmail.com breezyy…

    this is soo cool! since im also 12 i think its so cool that ppl my age can make somethin so practical from something ppl like me trow away every day! i hope he puts tht on ebay…i wud soo buy it

  • Marlene Alvarado

    If a 12 year old boy can do this, why can’t our capitolist system produce an entrepreneur who can do the samee? Maybe because unlike 12 year old Max Wallack, who said “I don’t really care about the money. I care about helping people;” they only care about making profits, instead of helping people.

  • Marlene Alvarado

    If a 12 year old boy can do this, why can’t our capitolist system produce an entrepreneur who can do the samee? Maybe because unlike 12 year old Max Wallack, who said “I don’t really care about the money. I care about helping people;” they only care about making profits, instead of helping people.

  • http://sfd.com C

    thats dirty but COOL! :)

  • http://sfd.com C

    thats dirty but COOL! :)

  • Cristy

    There is hope for america if more teens(and adults!!!) had a heart and felt the need to help people they dont even know like Max :)

  • http://yahoo Patrice mccutchen

    Keep up the good work thats good u thought of that its real helpful to the homeless people.

  • Cristy

    There is hope for america if more teens(and adults!!!) had a heart and felt the need to help people they dont even know like Max :)

  • Adrian Alan Bullock

    WOW! Now that’s what I call practical usage for the greater good. I wish I could do something like that! I like to invent things.

  • Brian Hickel

    So this dome is not made From Trash, The tilte is kind of miss leading. The model is the only thing made from trash. I think Its a neat Idea but, I would like to see the real dome made out of reused TRASH.

  • Adrian Alan Bullock

    WOW! Now that’s what I call practical usage for the greater good. I wish I could do something like that! I like to invent things.

  • Brian Hickel

    So this dome is not made From Trash, The tilte is kind of miss leading. The model is the only thing made from trash. I think Its a neat Idea but, I would like to see the real dome made out of reused TRASH.

  • cdbaby1001

    observical isn’t a word, people using big words to sound smart really pisses me off, but only when there is so much evidence that they havethe brains of a turnip
    just being OBSERVATIONAL

  • cdbaby1001

    observical isn’t a word, people using big words to sound smart really pisses me off, but only when there is so much evidence that they havethe brains of a turnip
    just being OBSERVATIONAL

  • Popotitos

    Way to go Max!

  • Robert

    Pretty smart. I think if the panels could be connected with zippers or buttons then it could easily be taken apart or folded for transport. This would also mean that they’ed need some type of pole to support it.

  • Lbmidi160

    This disaster is such a fire hazard. If the packing peanuts were to go up in flames (they are very flammable), anyone inside would be dead.

  • Popotitos

    Way to go Max!

  • Robert

    Pretty smart. I think if the panels could be connected with zippers or buttons then it could easily be taken apart or folded for transport. This would also mean that they’ed need some type of pole to support it.

  • Lbmidi160

    This disaster is such a fire hazard. If the packing peanuts were to go up in flames (they are very flammable), anyone inside would be dead.

  • student

    He goes to my school : AMSA Charter School.
    It is a very good school.

  • student

    He goes to my school : AMSA Charter School.
    It is a very good school.

  • jon

    umm i hope i dont see these n ou sidewalks. tents also might be nicer and affordable for the homeless. idea thoguhtfull but fail

  • gnomik79

    way to go, kid!

  • musicnerd8

    How would they breathe? Surely there’s an air hole somewhere?

  • jon

    umm i hope i dont see these n ou sidewalks. tents also might be nicer and affordable for the homeless. idea thoguhtfull but fail

  • gnomik79

    way to go, kid!

  • musicnerd8

    How would they breathe? Surely there’s an air hole somewhere?

  • princess pine

    I am very proud of Design Squad participants and Max. Keep thinking about, and feeling for the world because that is what made our country as successful as it is:)

  • Robert

    Pretty smart idea. If he could incorporate zippers or buttons then it could easily be disassembled or folded for transport. Of course, they would now need some type of support beam to keep it from sagging. Overall, pretty good jobs. Thumbs Up Idea!!

  • princess pine

    I am very proud of Design Squad participants and Max. Keep thinking about, and feeling for the world because that is what made our country as successful as it is:)

  • Robert

    Pretty smart idea. If he could incorporate zippers or buttons then it could easily be disassembled or folded for transport. Of course, they would now need some type of support beam to keep it from sagging. Overall, pretty good jobs. Thumbs Up Idea!!

  • Kristina

    It is refreshing to see that there are people who still consider others to be important! He is a very compassionate young man!

  • Anays Acosta

    that is so awsome you should be proud of your self YOU ROCK

  • Kristina

    It is refreshing to see that there are people who still consider others to be important! He is a very compassionate young man!

  • Anays Acosta

    that is so awsome you should be proud of your self YOU ROCK

  • DC

    If the boy had actually designed and built the whole thing he would deserve a pat on the back for a good first thought. However it appears he was led by the hand by publicity-seekers who wanted to use him so they could take a half-baked idea and say a kid did it.

    We need people who can speak the language of marketers but also understand the those capable of true, viable, progressive thought.
    DC

  • Breena

    Whoa, that’s really neat. It’s very logical indeed Ashleigh.

  • DC

    If the boy had actually designed and built the whole thing he would deserve a pat on the back for a good first thought. However it appears he was led by the hand by publicity-seekers who wanted to use him so they could take a half-baked idea and say a kid did it.

    We need people who can speak the language of marketers but also understand the those capable of true, viable, progressive thought.
    DC

  • Breena

    Whoa, that’s really neat. It’s very logical indeed Ashleigh.

  • octavio

    i think that its weird

  • octavio

    i think that its weird

  • joe

    i dont know why he won he hardly did any work in the video and half a soccer ball isnt a very clever design he came up with and the prototype was the only thing he did imade something like that but with the air bags they put in a box when they ship out something and i didnt get an award…..

  • vinny stabarelli

    i’d live there.i can poop next to where i sleep,thats convenint.but wheres the plugs for my flat screen and cable?

  • joe

    i dont know why he won he hardly did any work in the video and half a soccer ball isnt a very clever design he came up with and the prototype was the only thing he did imade something like that but with the air bags they put in a box when they ship out something and i didnt get an award…..

  • vinny stabarelli

    i’d live there.i can poop next to where i sleep,thats convenint.but wheres the plugs for my flat screen and cable?

  • Nikki

    This is a great idea. However, how many homeless are going to have access to just the right amounts of wire, plastic, and packing peanuts? Still, a step in the right direction, and it’s also good that someone Max’s age is concerned and thinking about issues like this.

  • Nikki

    This is a great idea. However, how many homeless are going to have access to just the right amounts of wire, plastic, and packing peanuts? Still, a step in the right direction, and it’s also good that someone Max’s age is concerned and thinking about issues like this.

  • Kate

    It is good to see young people who are filled with care and concern for their fellow man. This young man is a shining example for others his age. There is too much hate and waste in this world, I am glad Max has used his love and his mind to turn around a cycle of hopeless by his invention and was able bring good onto others. Here’s to you Max!

  • john doe

    Where the hell are the homeless supposed to get packing peanuts, prefabricated hexagonal wires, plastic sheeting, and the tools required to build it? Not only that, the home isn’t even portable. He accomplished the task of the contest, but in practicality his invention fails. Anyways, this has already been invented; we call them tents.

  • Kate

    It is good to see young people who are filled with care and concern for their fellow man. This young man is a shining example for others his age. There is too much hate and waste in this world, I am glad Max has used his love and his mind to turn around a cycle of hopeless by his invention and was able bring good onto others. Here’s to you Max!

  • john doe

    Where the hell are the homeless supposed to get packing peanuts, prefabricated hexagonal wires, plastic sheeting, and the tools required to build it? Not only that, the home isn’t even portable. He accomplished the task of the contest, but in practicality his invention fails. Anyways, this has already been invented; we call them tents.

  • spencer

    i think its stupid to be giving out 10,000 dollars to people for things like this during this time. save the money, use it for something more worth 10,000 dollars than a hut made of garbage.

  • spencer

    i think its stupid to be giving out 10,000 dollars to people for things like this during this time. save the money, use it for something more worth 10,000 dollars than a hut made of garbage.

  • Rita

    Go ahead Max, you are very brilliant boy, it’s sawesome you care about helping people.
    A’m sure you will make wonderful things in the future, god bless you

  • Rita

    Go ahead Max, you are very brilliant boy, it’s sawesome you care about helping people.
    A’m sure you will make wonderful things in the future, god bless you

  • sand0z

    Cool! I bet this is what every soccer hooligan wants to live in some day.

  • bryan

    it looks like an attemp at a tent,

  • sand0z

    Cool! I bet this is what every soccer hooligan wants to live in some day.

  • bryan

    it looks like an attemp at a tent,

  • http://C.A.R.T.--ContactAfterlifeResearchTeam Barry

    Way2go Max,
    A young inventor at work.

  • Joe

    For the homeless? Ok I wonder if he’s going to make as many possible then give them away for free.

    Or sell the idea and someone else might get rich. Just another good idea with a little something else to think about.

    Who get’s to buy it for the homeless?

  • Joe

    For the homeless? Ok I wonder if he’s going to make as many possible then give them away for free.

    Or sell the idea and someone else might get rich. Just another good idea with a little something else to think about.

    Who get’s to buy it for the homeless?

  • Jeanna

    WOW, I am blown away by this awesome, intuitive young man. You are amazing Max!!!

  • octavio contreras

    i sthat kid really homless???? does he have a home???? i dont knw what this is about but i was reading some of the comments and from the looks of it i think tht this is a good thing because on some of the comments said good job max or way to go or i think this is logical and observical or something like that,,,,,,,,,, well good job or something max or whatevre your name is. is your name max????????? are you gonna answer my questions????????? well anyways good bye and take care or something. well im really weired most of the time even though i dont talk but i can write things like im doing right now well okay the bye……..

  • Jeanna

    WOW, I am blown away by this awesome, intuitive young man. You are amazing Max!!!

  • octavio contreras

    i sthat kid really homless???? does he have a home???? i dont knw what this is about but i was reading some of the comments and from the looks of it i think tht this is a good thing because on some of the comments said good job max or way to go or i think this is logical and observical or something like that,,,,,,,,,, well good job or something max or whatevre your name is. is your name max????????? are you gonna answer my questions????????? well anyways good bye and take care or something. well im really weired most of the time even though i dont talk but i can write things like im doing right now well okay the bye……..

  • Caitlin

    OMG!! i thought this was cool, and i think it can really help our communtiy i wish that there could be a homemade (not factory), thing that people can get paid to make alot of these for homeless people and other…=)

  • Brittany

    I think thats amazing…every1 should be like that instead worrying about themselves :)

  • Bob

    You said ovservical, Ashleigh!!!

    Bah ha ha ha ha ha ha…

  • stream

    I really, really appreciate thoughtful inventions like these. Anyone who has even spent one night homeless will understand the gratitude this invention will bring. I am so pleased that a 12 year has so much compassion for his fellow human beings! Keep up the great, unselfish, humanitarian work and never lose your compassion and thoughtfulness of others as so many people do!

    One other thing: I hope you will see your project fulfill it’s potential and reach our nations homeless and the world. Sadly, when great ideas come to life there are always those who attempt to undermine them for their own selfish benefit.

    You are an inspiration! Be true to yourself and the people you try to help!

  • Paige

    I think that this is really cool, Finally people are starting to think outside of the box, and actually care about people that have nothing to work with. Great Thinking!!

  • Caitlin

    OMG!! i thought this was cool, and i think it can really help our communtiy i wish that there could be a homemade (not factory), thing that people can get paid to make alot of these for homeless people and other…=)

  • Brittany

    I think thats amazing…every1 should be like that instead worrying about themselves :)

  • Bob

    You said ovservical, Ashleigh!!!

    Bah ha ha ha ha ha ha…

  • stream

    I really, really appreciate thoughtful inventions like these. Anyone who has even spent one night homeless will understand the gratitude this invention will bring. I am so pleased that a 12 year has so much compassion for his fellow human beings! Keep up the great, unselfish, humanitarian work and never lose your compassion and thoughtfulness of others as so many people do!

    One other thing: I hope you will see your project fulfill it’s potential and reach our nations homeless and the world. Sadly, when great ideas come to life there are always those who attempt to undermine them for their own selfish benefit.

    You are an inspiration! Be true to yourself and the people you try to help!

  • Paige

    I think that this is really cool, Finally people are starting to think outside of the box, and actually care about people that have nothing to work with. Great Thinking!!

  • http://idk idk

    observical?

  • Nicole

    WTG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOO_HOO

    o by the way, wtg means way to go, not so insult.

  • Jev

    Sheltered from trash?!?!?!

  • Nicole

    WTG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOO_HOO

    o by the way, wtg means way to go, not so insult.

  • Jev

    Sheltered from trash?!?!?!

  • Computachick26

    Way to go Max!
    The government don’t care about the homeless people, but I’m glad you do. You will be very successful in your bright future.

  • Computachick26

    Way to go Max!
    The government don’t care about the homeless people, but I’m glad you do. You will be very successful in your bright future.

  • jj

    Awsome! Keep up the good works Max! It makes me feel good that your making a positive impact already in our world.

  • http://doesntmatter.com Matt

    Mexicans have been doing this for centuries and one fat kid does it and he wins $10,000. Doesn’t anyone see something wrong with all of this?

  • jj

    Awsome! Keep up the good works Max! It makes me feel good that your making a positive impact already in our world.

  • http://doesntmatter.com Matt

    Mexicans have been doing this for centuries and one fat kid does it and he wins $10,000. Doesn’t anyone see something wrong with all of this?

  • http://yahooo richie

    this is a very smart 4 this kid he had won 10000 whcih will hel;p him in the future

  • Geri

    Really great idea! Good for him. =]

    ashleigh, “obsevical” isn’t a real word.

  • Geri

    Really great idea! Good for him. =]

    ashleigh, “obsevical” isn’t a real word.

  • http://www.wordjourney.com/christian-news/just-under-8-million-shoe-boxes-collected/ Matt Keegan

    Nice to find a positive feature where a youngster is using his talents in a positive and uplifting way. Smart guy too!

  • JJ

    This is not an invention. This is not innovative. This is not the first time someone has made shelter out of trash. The homeless have been doing this for centuries.

    The homeless use cardboard, tarps, sheets, comforters, plastic bags and various discarded hard materials, etc…

  • http://www.wordjourney.com/christian-news/just-under-8-million-shoe-boxes-collected/ Matt Keegan

    Nice to find a positive feature where a youngster is using his talents in a positive and uplifting way. Smart guy too!

  • JJ

    This is not an invention. This is not innovative. This is not the first time someone has made shelter out of trash. The homeless have been doing this for centuries.

    The homeless use cardboard, tarps, sheets, comforters, plastic bags and various discarded hard materials, etc…

  • Matthew

    Very cool!

  • Matthew

    Very cool!

  • Stephanie

    I think that is cool.If all kids applied their selves this world would end up with far less homeless people

  • Anton

    Interesting, however the thing will get ripped open eventually and whatever peanuts are inside the pocket are going to go everywhere making an especially large mess if they’re standard foam peanuts. Cardboard strapped to the skeleton might be better. That would screw up the cool opaque light effect going on, so maybe rice peanuts would be more ideal.

  • isha

    every 12-year-old should enter contest and build their owntiny house with shipping palletts

  • Stephanie

    I think that is cool.If all kids applied their selves this world would end up with far less homeless people

  • Anton

    Interesting, however the thing will get ripped open eventually and whatever peanuts are inside the pocket are going to go everywhere making an especially large mess if they’re standard foam peanuts. Cardboard strapped to the skeleton might be better. That would screw up the cool opaque light effect going on, so maybe rice peanuts would be more ideal.

  • isha

    every 12-year-old should enter contest and build their owntiny house with shipping palletts

  • larry

    that little dumb kid didnt do that shelter thing by him self…. that othr guy did most of the work

  • chrissy

    Observical!? I dont think thats a word. Ashleigh, i hope you are under 13 years old to make that kind of mistake.

  • ekat

    Well he did not actually think of that on his own, we already have dome city out in los angeles for the homeless, with the same basic shape, the only difference is that you can’t pick it up and the material its made out of, that’s it.Plus when you say makes shelter you think of it being his idea and his alone, in actuality it is not…

  • http://yahoo kelly

    i think your idea is good but how do you get air to breath in there?

  • larry

    that little dumb kid didnt do that shelter thing by him self…. that othr guy did most of the work

  • chrissy

    Observical!? I dont think thats a word. Ashleigh, i hope you are under 13 years old to make that kind of mistake.

  • ekat

    Well he did not actually think of that on his own, we already have dome city out in los angeles for the homeless, with the same basic shape, the only difference is that you can’t pick it up and the material its made out of, that’s it.Plus when you say makes shelter you think of it being his idea and his alone, in actuality it is not…

  • Kat

    Wow!!!!!! You go dude!!!!!

  • http://www.rhemamarx.com Tammy

    Everywhere seems to be a “go green” and it’s great that our kids are being aware of it. I hope Max will always have such a big heart and continue to have such awesome ideas. BIG KUDOS!!!

  • Kat

    Wow!!!!!! You go dude!!!!!

  • http://www.rhemamarx.com Tammy

    Everywhere seems to be a “go green” and it’s great that our kids are being aware of it. I hope Max will always have such a big heart and continue to have such awesome ideas. BIG KUDOS!!!

  • Kat

    How do you breath? It is like a big plastic bag.

  • http://www.GammaGammaStudio.Etsy.com Massey

    Great job Max! We need the current and future generations to do what you did for this country and people in needs. I applaud you.

  • http://www.bkfk.com Rebecca

    You can see more about his invention and idea at http://bkfk.com/trashtotreasure/.

  • Kat

    How do you breath? It is like a big plastic bag.

  • http://www.GammaGammaStudio.Etsy.com Massey

    Great job Max! We need the current and future generations to do what you did for this country and people in needs. I applaud you.

  • http://www.bkfk.com Rebecca

    You can see more about his invention and idea at http://bkfk.com/trashtotreasure/.

  • Bandita Chinchilla

    LOL CAT

  • Bandita Chinchilla

    LOL CAT

  • John hancock

    This isn’t trash, who is Jerry James stone trying to fool?

    What a moron.

  • John hancock

    This isn’t trash, who is Jerry James stone trying to fool?

    What a moron.

  • ang

    i think its so nice seeing kids being creative ,and wanting to help others we could learn something from this kid ,more people could care more about others and one person can truley make a change,he has a good heart ,and a goal to help others “thats awsome “

  • brittney

    wat a nerd! who does that. gosh when i hang out with my friends which are mostly girls, we always have sex and do porn and take baths together and suck each others boobs and make out. but i bet he has no friends. and im proud to be a lesbian! its cool bcuz u can have sex and not get pregnant. im like 16 and im tanned and blonde and everyone wants me. i bet no one wants him. bye! ♥

  • Jo

    How do you breathe in there?

  • Kat Sierra Montgomery

    You go Max! ! ! You my Dear are AMAZING and have a GREAT LIFE ahead of you – You will make an INCREDIBLE difference in this world with your GOLDEN HEART and FABULOUS MIND. DO NOT EVER LOSE THAT OR LET ANY ONE TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU OR TELL YOU OTHERWISE – EVER! ! ! SHEER GENIUS.

  • ang

    i think its so nice seeing kids being creative ,and wanting to help others we could learn something from this kid ,more people could care more about others and one person can truley make a change,he has a good heart ,and a goal to help others “thats awsome “

  • brittney

    wat a nerd! who does that. gosh when i hang out with my friends which are mostly girls, we always have sex and do porn and take baths together and suck each others boobs and make out. but i bet he has no friends. and im proud to be a lesbian! its cool bcuz u can have sex and not get pregnant. im like 16 and im tanned and blonde and everyone wants me. i bet no one wants him. bye! ♥

  • Jo

    How do you breathe in there?

  • Kat Sierra Montgomery

    You go Max! ! ! You my Dear are AMAZING and have a GREAT LIFE ahead of you – You will make an INCREDIBLE difference in this world with your GOLDEN HEART and FABULOUS MIND. DO NOT EVER LOSE THAT OR LET ANY ONE TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU OR TELL YOU OTHERWISE – EVER! ! ! SHEER GENIUS.

  • nisi

    This is a beautiful thing if we can get more people to think like this “KID” the world would be a more beautiful place.

  • nisi

    This is a beautiful thing if we can get more people to think like this “KID” the world would be a more beautiful place.

  • sayrde

    It’s amazing how observant kids are..it’s a little sad though that it took a child to take the time to invent this. Now who is going to invest in developing his idea? Someone needs to stepup.

  • Ronda

    how is this considered trash? I don’t see one piece of trash on the homedome…

  • sayrde

    It’s amazing how observant kids are..it’s a little sad though that it took a child to take the time to invent this. Now who is going to invest in developing his idea? Someone needs to stepup.

  • Ronda

    how is this considered trash? I don’t see one piece of trash on the homedome…

  • Kat

    in the video it does not look like he used rash to build his dome. that is not fair to the others who entered.

  • Teri

    That is fantastic. When this gets produced, and I hope it will, the homeless can rest with some privacy.

    Way to go Max. Don’t stop there………..

  • http://none Dan Maugan

    This kid needs a Nobel Beast Prize.
    The great part about his design is that you can scale it from a single-person dwelling to an enormous family-size just be scaling up the dimensions.

  • Kat

    in the video it does not look like he used rash to build his dome. that is not fair to the others who entered.

  • Teri

    That is fantastic. When this gets produced, and I hope it will, the homeless can rest with some privacy.

    Way to go Max. Don’t stop there………..

  • Lynetta

    You are amazing!

  • Lynetta

    You are amazing!

  • Doris

    Its nice to see kids today giving a crap about there enviroment and the people in it. Wish more people were like this kid makes you stop and think what we can do for the homeless people today.

  • robby

    Not wind resistant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Just make tents!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Doris

    Its nice to see kids today giving a crap about there enviroment and the people in it. Wish more people were like this kid makes you stop and think what we can do for the homeless people today.

  • robby

    Not wind resistant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Just make tents!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeff

    Great idea Max. I like seeing young people concerned about things other than X Box and when can we go to McDonalds. I give you an honorable mention in this contest though because its about using garbage and I dont think you’ll find enough of the wire and plastic sheeting in landfills to help many homeless people.
    Still its a very cool idea.

    Keep it real people.

  • Jeff

    Great idea Max. I like seeing young people concerned about things other than X Box and when can we go to McDonalds. I give you an honorable mention in this contest though because its about using garbage and I dont think you’ll find enough of the wire and plastic sheeting in landfills to help many homeless people.
    Still its a very cool idea.

    Keep it real people.

  • alex

    He must be rich to get all that help or really determined. I wish I had the chances to do theses things, but sadly i dont

  • coucou

    how is that easy to assemble? o-o i dont think homeless people walk around with hammers and blow torches do they ?

  • alex

    He must be rich to get all that help or really determined. I wish I had the chances to do theses things, but sadly i dont

  • coucou

    how is that easy to assemble? o-o i dont think homeless people walk around with hammers and blow torches do they ?

  • Money4Nothing

    did someone type “observical”?

    LOL

    “observative” is an actual English word ;)

  • katari

    that’s cool. i would make a bunch for no reason. just ’cause i wanted one :)

  • Money4Nothing

    did someone type “observical”?

    LOL

    “observative” is an actual English word ;)

  • katari

    that’s cool. i would make a bunch for no reason. just ’cause i wanted one :)

  • bbplus

    Good boy, I love your dream. With your kind heart you always create great invention, keep it up Max.

  • Lyndsay

    I don’t really know….

  • bbplus

    Good boy, I love your dream. With your kind heart you always create great invention, keep it up Max.

  • Lyndsay

    I don’t really know….

  • Seth

    Woah fool thats crazy I would totally do something like that! Ur pretty kul!

  • t_prill@yahoo.com

    wanted you to see this cheaper way to print. hope it comes thru to you. yw

  • Seth

    Woah fool thats crazy I would totally do something like that! Ur pretty kul!

  • t_prill@yahoo.com

    wanted you to see this cheaper way to print. hope it comes thru to you. yw

  • Rebekah

    Great design and creative idea! I’d be interested to see if anyone helps him make some of Hess for actual homeless people or if the homeless would even be allowed to set one of these up somewhere.

  • Rebekah

    Great design and creative idea! I’d be interested to see if anyone helps him make some of Hess for actual homeless people or if the homeless would even be allowed to set one of these up somewhere.

  • Julia

    This is a very creative idea. I think more people need to be as inventive and as Ashleigh pointed out ‘logical’.
    But of course, there is the problem with a hole getting poked in the side… ._.”

  • Lisa

    Nice idea. I doubt many municipalities would allow homeless people to live in them.

  • Billy Bob

    This is not going to help the anyone, the people on the street dont need this crap, rather a new life and a job!

  • don

    I Love it !!! way to go kid !!!

  • Candice San Antonio TX

    This shows that there still hope out of this world and that the next generation is more consient and full of hope and kidness for others. I admire him and God bless him and give him more vision.

  • Julia

    This is a very creative idea. I think more people need to be as inventive and as Ashleigh pointed out ‘logical’.
    But of course, there is the problem with a hole getting poked in the side… ._.”

  • Lisa

    Nice idea. I doubt many municipalities would allow homeless people to live in them.

  • Billy Bob

    This is not going to help the anyone, the people on the street dont need this crap, rather a new life and a job!

  • don

    I Love it !!! way to go kid !!!

  • Candice San Antonio TX

    This shows that there still hope out of this world and that the next generation is more consient and full of hope and kidness for others. I admire him and God bless him and give him more vision.

  • skippy

    Great job Max and Continuum.

    Like many alpine tents, the structure could have bags at the bottom that could be filled with ballast (sand, rocks, glass bottles) to combat the wind/flight problem.

  • mary sue

    I feel this was a good idea, however, before he can completly put this into use, there are a few questions he should probably answer, as in, what will the homeless do with this shelter during the day when they are not stationary? does it break down to a size they can keep with them? is there air flow? what will wind and rain do to this? will it withstand the elements? i think this is an amazing project and have worked with homeless and think it would be incredible for them to have one of these, but i also no it will be to have those questions thought over and answered before it will be completly useful. keep up the amazing work young mastermind! you have great things coming to you in life!

  • skippy

    Great job Max and Continuum.

    Like many alpine tents, the structure could have bags at the bottom that could be filled with ballast (sand, rocks, glass bottles) to combat the wind/flight problem.

  • mary sue

    I feel this was a good idea, however, before he can completly put this into use, there are a few questions he should probably answer, as in, what will the homeless do with this shelter during the day when they are not stationary? does it break down to a size they can keep with them? is there air flow? what will wind and rain do to this? will it withstand the elements? i think this is an amazing project and have worked with homeless and think it would be incredible for them to have one of these, but i also no it will be to have those questions thought over and answered before it will be completly useful. keep up the amazing work young mastermind! you have great things coming to you in life!

  • Gerald

    that is really cool. yeah it might not be from rags to riches but its better than a sleeping bag on a winter night.

  • Jay Fisher

    Way to go! Smart kid, and I love it that he’s thinking about helping others at such an early age. He must have great parents!

  • http://Yahoo Margaret

    It is always rewarding to see youth who do something worthwhile. I am sick of hearing about gang bangers, drive by shootings and crimes against the elderly and children. This is what we need to see more of.
    Good Luck Max with future inventions.

  • Gerald

    that is really cool. yeah it might not be from rags to riches but its better than a sleeping bag on a winter night.

  • Jay Fisher

    Way to go! Smart kid, and I love it that he’s thinking about helping others at such an early age. He must have great parents!

  • Lynn

    What a smart and thoughtful young man!! We need more young people thinking like this.

  • Dale Stadler

    Gosh, can we clone this young man?

  • daisy

    i think it was very smart and awesome that the he did that! i think is was pretty awesome!

  • Lynn

    What a smart and thoughtful young man!! We need more young people thinking like this.

  • Dale Stadler

    Gosh, can we clone this young man?

  • daisy

    i think it was very smart and awesome that the he did that! i think is was pretty awesome!

  • Maria

    Go Max! Hope the unimaginative housing and social service agencies take this on.

  • Maria

    Go Max! Hope the unimaginative housing and social service agencies take this on.

  • Peachez

    observical is definately not a word. i think you mean observative.

  • SABRINA

    PRETTY KOOL

  • http://www.jk47.net Jay Powell

    I am so glad to see a young man like this being part of out future. Using your mind and hands for something other than self-pleasing activities has the greatest rewards.

  • Peachez

    observical is definately not a word. i think you mean observative.

  • SABRINA

    PRETTY KOOL

  • http://www.jk47.net Jay Powell

    I am so glad to see a young man like this being part of out future. Using your mind and hands for something other than self-pleasing activities has the greatest rewards.

  • http://ultimatedeals.blogspot.com Teresa

    I’m impressed that a child would take such a great interest in helping others in the way that Max is. He’s actually showing us what can be done with the junk that we no longer want, whereas so many just talk about what we need to do.

    Thank you, Max for sharing your efforts and compassion with the rest of the world!

  • joliesmeralda

    Patrick’s house!!!! very inspiring n creative!! great job ^_^

  • http://ultimatedeals.blogspot.com Teresa

    I’m impressed that a child would take such a great interest in helping others in the way that Max is. He’s actually showing us what can be done with the junk that we no longer want, whereas so many just talk about what we need to do.

    Thank you, Max for sharing your efforts and compassion with the rest of the world!

  • joliesmeralda

    Patrick’s house!!!! very inspiring n creative!! great job ^_^

  • Angy

    How is it trash? We build home and shelters with metal and plastic. I can see if they used recycle products. except they exploited the use of plastic and styroforms which we all know it isn’t biodegradable.

    I am not putting this issue on the kid. I love that he has big dreams to help those with no homes. Power to him and I wish him the best. I am putting this on the production of it and the article. Lets educated other on how we can use less plastic . I suggest people to watch a very good true documentary “garbage warrior”. Now thats trash turning into a free big home .

  • Angy

    How is it trash? We build home and shelters with metal and plastic. I can see if they used recycle products. except they exploited the use of plastic and styroforms which we all know it isn’t biodegradable.

    I am not putting this issue on the kid. I love that he has big dreams to help those with no homes. Power to him and I wish him the best. I am putting this on the production of it and the article. Lets educated other on how we can use less plastic . I suggest people to watch a very good true documentary “garbage warrior”. Now thats trash turning into a free big home .

  • http://thegamebomb.synthasite.com Jacob

    i bet it would be cheaper if you used cardboard boxes

  • http://thegamebomb.synthasite.com Jacob

    i bet it would be cheaper if you used cardboard boxes

  • Frank Nixx

    Hey Good job kid I am glad that I am the first one to comment on this. The Home Dome is a good invention for homeless people,and can be a benefit to Homeless shelters as well.Good job, and keep expanding your mind to make more fun and exciting things.

    Frankie

  • http://niggaspace.com A FAT BLACK GUY

    umm so if a homeless guy were to build this how would he get a torch and power tools to build this stuff? why an igloo why not a house?

  • kjdfl

    i thought that he was supposed to build the project on his own so now he technically didnt make it “himself” but its still a smart idea.

  • Frank Nixx

    Hey Good job kid I am glad that I am the first one to comment on this. The Home Dome is a good invention for homeless people,and can be a benefit to Homeless shelters as well.Good job, and keep expanding your mind to make more fun and exciting things.

    Frankie

  • http://niggaspace.com A FAT BLACK GUY

    umm so if a homeless guy were to build this how would he get a torch and power tools to build this stuff? why an igloo why not a house?

  • kjdfl

    i thought that he was supposed to build the project on his own so now he technically didnt make it “himself” but its still a smart idea.

  • Nettaj

    interesting..not something disaster victims would want after losing their homes… but still good idea.

  • http://www.crossed-rmng.webs.com rmng

    Wow. Thats kinda kewl, but at the same time, a little stereotypical for a homeless shelter to be made from ‘trash’. Oh well, it was creative.

  • Amanda

    This is AWESOME!! Not only is it an economical way to provide shelter for homeless, but it was invented by a child. I love the young mind.

  • Nettaj

    interesting..not something disaster victims would want after losing their homes… but still good idea.

  • http://www.crossed-rmng.webs.com rmng

    Wow. Thats kinda kewl, but at the same time, a little stereotypical for a homeless shelter to be made from ‘trash’. Oh well, it was creative.

  • Amanda

    This is AWESOME!! Not only is it an economical way to provide shelter for homeless, but it was invented by a child. I love the young mind.

  • stanley

    i think its cool and creative so simple to help out others

  • stanley

    i think its cool and creative so simple to help out others

  • Willow Galespie

    Great ideas! Kids can do anything and this tween has raised the bar. Way to go!

  • Willow Galespie

    Great ideas! Kids can do anything and this tween has raised the bar. Way to go!

  • http://blogste.com Stephen Robinson

    Not to be rude but if he didn’t care about the money and wanted to help people he would of give the money to charity.

  • jr

    where can i buy one?

  • http://blogste.com Stephen Robinson

    Not to be rude but if he didn’t care about the money and wanted to help people he would of give the money to charity.

  • jr

    where can i buy one?

  • Joanna

    What a smart and resourceful kid. There is hope for the future!

  • Joanna

    What a smart and resourceful kid. There is hope for the future!

  • Patsy

    Way to go kid! They should be manufactured in the prison system and handed out for free at the shelters in every town in America! Keep up the good work!

  • Caleb J

    Wow. I am 14 years old, this guy is beast..its’ kind of a big impact to me, i mean, idk.

  • ellessdomingo

    i hope they provide the homeless with instructions on how to make one. i’m pretty damn sure they don’t have access to internet.

  • Patsy

    Way to go kid! They should be manufactured in the prison system and handed out for free at the shelters in every town in America! Keep up the good work!

  • Caleb J

    Wow. I am 14 years old, this guy is beast..its’ kind of a big impact to me, i mean, idk.

  • ellessdomingo

    i hope they provide the homeless with instructions on how to make one. i’m pretty damn sure they don’t have access to internet.

  • Logicman

    I think that this was not made of trash. This is an expensive waste of time for a problem that could be solved by a cardboard box.

  • Logicman

    I think that this was not made of trash. This is an expensive waste of time for a problem that could be solved by a cardboard box.

  • deno

    10,000 did he have to pay taxes on that?

  • deno

    10,000 did he have to pay taxes on that?

  • http://yahoo! Nate

    this is awesome

  • Joyce

    This just shows that our youth can do more than sag their pants below their butts and shoot their classmates.

    You GO guy!!!!

  • Joyce

    This just shows that our youth can do more than sag their pants below their butts and shoot their classmates.

    You GO guy!!!!

  • Jengogo

    This is very inspiring!

  • Jonathan

    Well, the kid definitely has good intentions. Although Im not so sure that a tent wouldn’t do just as much. Maybe the packing peanuts provide a little insulating value but not that much. I would still go for the tent if I had to choose. But again, nice job and its great to see kids thinking of others instead of themselves.

  • Jengogo

    This is very inspiring!

  • Jonathan

    Well, the kid definitely has good intentions. Although Im not so sure that a tent wouldn’t do just as much. Maybe the packing peanuts provide a little insulating value but not that much. I would still go for the tent if I had to choose. But again, nice job and its great to see kids thinking of others instead of themselves.

  • ginger lee

    I hope Max continues his inventions with the attitude he has. I hope if a corporate business becomes involved he is paid his due and his conviction to help others continues through them.

    I would hate to see a company take (buy) his idea and use it to prosper not to help others.

  • http://yahoo.com Veronica

    Don’t underestimate the knowledge and kindness in the youth of today. They are our future we should encourage them to use their knowledge along with their hearts.

  • ginger lee

    I hope Max continues his inventions with the attitude he has. I hope if a corporate business becomes involved he is paid his due and his conviction to help others continues through them.

    I would hate to see a company take (buy) his idea and use it to prosper not to help others.

  • http://yahoo.com Veronica

    Don’t underestimate the knowledge and kindness in the youth of today. They are our future we should encourage them to use their knowledge along with their hearts.

  • Tiffany

    I think that is some amazing thinking if she continue to think like that we are looking at bright future.

  • Tiffany

    I think that is some amazing thinking if she continue to think like that we are looking at bright future.

  • Tiffany

    I think that is some amazing thinking if he continue to think like that we are looking at bright future.

  • Tiffany

    I think that is some amazing thinking if he continue to think like that we are looking at bright future.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Cheesestick

    DUDE!

  • http://my.1up.com/do/my1Up?publicUserId=5819463 Nick

    there’s hope for the future yet. hopefully there won’t be a generation ever again that causes the CURRENT generation THIS problem

    and actually KNOWS their history

  • Cami

    Awwwww….
    he reminds me of my little brother! I miss him soo much!

  • http://www.yahoo.com Cheesestick

    DUDE!

  • http://my.1up.com/do/my1Up?publicUserId=5819463 Nick

    there’s hope for the future yet. hopefully there won’t be a generation ever again that causes the CURRENT generation THIS problem

    and actually KNOWS their history

  • Cami

    Awwwww….
    he reminds me of my little brother! I miss him soo much!

  • Aaryn

    At times like these we need more kids and adults like him.

    Just notice that he said it was not about the MONEY!

  • Aaryn

    At times like these we need more kids and adults like him.

    Just notice that he said it was not about the MONEY!

  • Cami

    Awww….
    he looks like my little brother, Robert! i miss him so much

  • jesus loves you

    The kid made a fort and stole the show? What are the practical applications of this? slumber parties……

  • Cami

    Awww….
    he looks like my little brother, Robert! i miss him so much

  • jesus loves you

    The kid made a fort and stole the show? What are the practical applications of this? slumber parties……

  • Sam

    This is ridiculus. He didn’t use trash. The only thing he reused are packing peanuts. All the componets require special fabrication.

  • Sam

    This is ridiculus. He didn’t use trash. The only thing he reused are packing peanuts. All the componets require special fabrication.

  • http://webkinz.com clint

    cool But takes too long

  • Tiffani

    Wow!!!Smart

  • Nadine

    What a sweet kid with a fabulous idea & a big heart!

  • http://webkinz.com clint

    cool But takes too long

  • Tiffani

    Wow!!!Smart

  • Nadine

    What a sweet kid with a fabulous idea & a big heart!

  • ag

    WAY TO GO!!! Nice to see a young man doing such good positive things! I think we will be hearing great things from him in the future!!! Keep up the good work, Max…the world needs more people like you who are more concerned with actually solving a problem, helping their fellow man, etc than in making a killing financially. But if he keeps coming up with good ideas…the financial rewards will follow too!

  • http://google Ty Abimbola-Sodipe Los Angeles, California.

    This is a lesson and enlightening experience for all of us, a child will be compassionate if we, the adult instils in him to be. A child will not steal if we do not build them a road to prison. Our children are our eyes when ours gets dim and blurry. Let us raise our children with love, and they will work with God.

    A child will not kill and be sent to prison if the adult let them know that amidst all the confusion of the world, God loves them when they love all others regardless of race.

    Thank you Max Wallac, may God continue to bless you.

    You are a great man and not a lad in my understanding,

    Love and respect to you.

    I am just a shephard like you.

  • ag

    WAY TO GO!!! Nice to see a young man doing such good positive things! I think we will be hearing great things from him in the future!!! Keep up the good work, Max…the world needs more people like you who are more concerned with actually solving a problem, helping their fellow man, etc than in making a killing financially. But if he keeps coming up with good ideas…the financial rewards will follow too!

  • ht1

    awesome

  • ht1

    awesome

  • http://www.9thstreetjewelry.com dorinne green

    I am very proud of you! What an amazing thing to, never let your compassion for people die. Older ones can learn from your example.

  • http://www.9thstreetjewelry.com dorinne green

    I am very proud of you! What an amazing thing to, never let your compassion for people die. Older ones can learn from your example.

  • orly

    Not to be a complete buzzkill…but WTF does observical mean?

  • Jennifer

    I think you are amazing! I have a huge heart for the Homeless and work as often as I can to help them through my ministry. I am so excited to see that there are others out there that see that the Homeless are normal people just like the rest of us, some may have made bad decisions others cant help the fact that they are homeless. Regardless of the situation, its a daily reminder that anyone of us could end up homeless. God bless you and your future inventions!

  • orly

    Not to be a complete buzzkill…but WTF does observical mean?

  • Jennifer

    I think you are amazing! I have a huge heart for the Homeless and work as often as I can to help them through my ministry. I am so excited to see that there are others out there that see that the Homeless are normal people just like the rest of us, some may have made bad decisions others cant help the fact that they are homeless. Regardless of the situation, its a daily reminder that anyone of us could end up homeless. God bless you and your future inventions!

  • Jtw549

    Wow, that was a GREAT idea. He deserved to with that contest. I’m glad so see young people thinking up new costless ideas to help our society grow into something better.

  • Angela

    I think it’s great and I hope you go far Max! It sounds like you have a lot of compassion and we could always use more of that in the world.

  • B

    Hell yeah MAX!

  • Jtw549

    Wow, that was a GREAT idea. He deserved to with that contest. I’m glad so see young people thinking up new costless ideas to help our society grow into something better.

  • Angela

    I think it’s great and I hope you go far Max! It sounds like you have a lot of compassion and we could always use more of that in the world.

  • B

    Hell yeah MAX!

  • Josie

    cool! it’s reall cool to hear that a 12 year old boy build a shelter out of trash!!

  • Josie

    cool! it’s reall cool to hear that a 12 year old boy build a shelter out of trash!!

  • Molly

    What a great design. Also, ashleigh, “observical” is not a word.

  • Yeff

    Think people, we could use all the stimulus money to provide these cool trashloos. Local politicians can run on a campaign of “a trashloo in every abandoned shopping cart!” We can take them to the arctic hide in them and sacrifice ourselves so the polar bears can live! Huge potential here! Seriously good job with the design, this could really help out with humanitarian relief efforts especially in cold regions like the mountains of Pakistan that were rocked with earthquakes in the middle of winter. Quick and cheap shelter. Good idea.

  • Keith

    dang

    cool

  • Molly

    What a great design. Also, ashleigh, “observical” is not a word.

  • Yeff

    Think people, we could use all the stimulus money to provide these cool trashloos. Local politicians can run on a campaign of “a trashloo in every abandoned shopping cart!” We can take them to the arctic hide in them and sacrifice ourselves so the polar bears can live! Huge potential here! Seriously good job with the design, this could really help out with humanitarian relief efforts especially in cold regions like the mountains of Pakistan that were rocked with earthquakes in the middle of winter. Quick and cheap shelter. Good idea.

  • Keith

    dang

    cool

  • Tiffany

    With all of the bad news out there – how refreshing to read about this young man. Good for him! It’s nice to know that there is still good out there.

  • Mike

    Yes, I agree… this is very logical and… what?
    “Observical?” Whoa. Not so much. The kid is quite inteligent, all you gotta say.

  • Tiffany

    With all of the bad news out there – how refreshing to read about this young man. Good for him! It’s nice to know that there is still good out there.

  • Mike

    Yes, I agree… this is very logical and… what?
    “Observical?” Whoa. Not so much. The kid is quite inteligent, all you gotta say.

  • Josh Davis

    This is a neat invention for a 12 year old boy. However, I see one problem. It is made of plastic, and cannot breathe. If one were to sleep in this styrofoam dome, they may suffocate. A couple of small vents could be added to mitigate this danger. Also, the size of it may make it impractical to use in some urban areas. Otherwise, it looks like a good, cheap way of temporary shelter for a homeless person.

  • http://www.myspace.com Shorty

    wow, this is a smart idea… good job kid (:

  • Josh Davis

    This is a neat invention for a 12 year old boy. However, I see one problem. It is made of plastic, and cannot breathe. If one were to sleep in this styrofoam dome, they may suffocate. A couple of small vents could be added to mitigate this danger. Also, the size of it may make it impractical to use in some urban areas. Otherwise, it looks like a good, cheap way of temporary shelter for a homeless person.

  • http://www.myspace.com Shorty

    wow, this is a smart idea… good job kid (:

  • http://dalaiwmn@blogspot.com Laurie

    WOW HOW VERY SMART AND PRACTICAL……This kid is our future and I am glad

  • http://DailyNews Ronni

    This is a wonderful project and the young man is very humble. He stated, “He cares about helping people,” there aren’t many young men who would make that statement and mean it. My hat is off to you young man, I wish you the best. Oh, I printed a copy to show my second grade class. Hope you don’t mind.

  • Heymod

    You didn’t approve my comment. I didn’t swear. I didn’t insult anyone.

    WTF?!?

  • akim

    stupidest idea ever were da hell a homless person gonna find dis shit and if unless u make it and give it to them for free it better uses is a camping tent

  • ben

    i think the guy did more than the kid did. i could take a tin can and wrap it in duck tape and say, LOOK I MADE A TIME MACHINE. then have a scientist help me.

    oh well. congrats to the kid. GOOD IDEA!

  • CCDCH

    I am so glad this kid has his mind in the right place. Keep going Max! :)

  • Heymod

    You didn’t approve my comment. I didn’t swear. I didn’t insult anyone.

    WTF?!?

  • akim

    stupidest idea ever were da hell a homless person gonna find dis shit and if unless u make it and give it to them for free it better uses is a camping tent

  • ben

    i think the guy did more than the kid did. i could take a tin can and wrap it in duck tape and say, LOOK I MADE A TIME MACHINE. then have a scientist help me.

    oh well. congrats to the kid. GOOD IDEA!

  • CCDCH

    I am so glad this kid has his mind in the right place. Keep going Max! :)

  • Rachel

    ugh i wanna win 10,000 dollors

  • Rachel

    ugh i wanna win 10,000 dollors

  • anna

    this boy can really make something out of trash

    Would he give his trash house to a really home less

  • anna

    this boy can really make something out of trash

    Would he give his trash house to a really home less

  • http://microsoftinternetexplorer kitkat

    I think this would work great for the homeless, except, how would you keep it down in the wind?
    Kathy

  • Sprak

    Call it a Domeless Shelter….. :)

    I love it!

  • llk

    observical?

  • Sprak

    Call it a Domeless Shelter….. :)

    I love it!

  • llk

    observical?

  • Mel

    Great job Max.
    It often times takes the mind and words of someone like you to bring to light what the world seems to often set as a low priority.
    You remind me of the amount of children as and under who go to bed without dinner that sriously impedes their physical and psychological development, not to metion the self-confidence and their feeling of accomplishment, pride, and personal and family security, esp. with what our country is in the middle of.
    Keep up with your drive, substance, and ingenuity, in the interest for those less fortunate.
    As you have may already discovered to some extent, answers and solutions to things like homelessness are not entirely that difficult, unachievable, or costly.

  • Mel

    Great job Max.
    It often times takes the mind and words of someone like you to bring to light what the world seems to often set as a low priority.
    You remind me of the amount of children as and under who go to bed without dinner that sriously impedes their physical and psychological development, not to metion the self-confidence and their feeling of accomplishment, pride, and personal and family security, esp. with what our country is in the middle of.
    Keep up with your drive, substance, and ingenuity, in the interest for those less fortunate.
    As you have may already discovered to some extent, answers and solutions to things like homelessness are not entirely that difficult, unachievable, or costly.

  • tjh

    “I don’t really care about the money. I care about helping people.”

    Pfff..They all say that type of Bull to make them look like they care.

  • tjh

    “I don’t really care about the money. I care about helping people.”

    Pfff..They all say that type of Bull to make them look like they care.

  • http://www.myspace.com/free_hugs_for_veggies Riley Olson

    I like they way DOME was spelt lol!

  • http://www.myspace.com/free_hugs_for_veggies Riley Olson

    I like they way DOME was spelt lol!

  • Brandon

    Just use a tent.

  • Brandon

    Just use a tent.

  • Julianna

    HE IS A REALLY COOL KID!!!

  • Julianna

    HE IS A REALLY COOL KID!!!

  • Nick

    If you dont care about the money, send it to me. I have a trip to South Beach coming up and I’d love to blow it on booze and hookers.

  • http://yahoo phyllisanthony

    This is really ingenius idea and seems very simple to do. Leave it to a child to come up with an easy and simple way to help protect the homeless. Great job!!!

  • Nick

    If you dont care about the money, send it to me. I have a trip to South Beach coming up and I’d love to blow it on booze and hookers.

  • melinda

    Yes , the average homeless will have access to full sheets of plastic, rods of wire and packing peanuts.I see that stuff laying all over te place^^

  • sarah ann

    but will it keep out rain?

  • Samantha

    what?
    that guys is HOT!

  • melinda

    Yes , the average homeless will have access to full sheets of plastic, rods of wire and packing peanuts.I see that stuff laying all over te place^^

  • sarah ann

    but will it keep out rain?

  • Samantha

    what?
    that guys is HOT!

  • http://greenbuildingelements.com Carly

    This boy is genius! Why didn’t someone else think of this earlier it could have saved more lives!!!!! ♥

  • j beck

    if only we had more people like this in the world!

  • Ashley

    Whoa!! What a smart kid! Jesus loves you very much and He will use you, definitely! Bright kid

    Bye, and God bless!!!!!

    Remember to stay strong in The Lord He will use you with the taletns He gave u kid lol byes!!

  • http://greenbuildingelements.com Carly

    This boy is genius! Why didn’t someone else think of this earlier it could have saved more lives!!!!! ♥

  • j beck

    if only we had more people like this in the world!

  • Ashley

    Whoa!! What a smart kid! Jesus loves you very much and He will use you, definitely! Bright kid

    Bye, and God bless!!!!!

    Remember to stay strong in The Lord He will use you with the taletns He gave u kid lol byes!!

  • Rebecca

    I agree!

    ….

    Except that overservical isn’t a word. XD

  • Nugget

    A. Finished product is not made of trash
    B. Kid didn’t do the work
    C. Not practical for homeless people to setup/transport
    D. Time and money spent to create finished product could have yielded a better structure.
    E. Homeless person couldn’t construct this unless they had a shop with a blow torch, vacuum sealer, large amounts of tape…etc

    Boooo!

  • sabby

    omg cudo’s to a smart kid

  • Rebecca

    I agree!

    ….

    Except that overservical isn’t a word. XD

  • Nugget

    A. Finished product is not made of trash
    B. Kid didn’t do the work
    C. Not practical for homeless people to setup/transport
    D. Time and money spent to create finished product could have yielded a better structure.
    E. Homeless person couldn’t construct this unless they had a shop with a blow torch, vacuum sealer, large amounts of tape…etc

    Boooo!

  • sabby

    omg cudo’s to a smart kid

  • http://yahoo Bri

    Great idea! Only question; How does one breathe under there?

  • Adam Kinsman

    While I think it’s great that this child has built such an interesting project, it must be noted that this kind of design has been done before. What about Buckminster Fuller and his geodesic design? Many hippies in the 60’s built these domes. Anyone remember Drop City, it was an entire “city” with this exact design/concept.

  • http://omgtech.net Pat

    Absolutely amazing it’s children like this with big ideas that change the way the country(or the world for that matter) is. Something tells me that his parents gave this young man the ideals and motivation to make a change. This should be a lesson to all children and especially parents to get motivated about helping others, and make a change

  • jessica

    awwwwwwwwwwwwww that was so sweet of him.

  • Adam Kinsman

    While I think it’s great that this child has built such an interesting project, it must be noted that this kind of design has been done before. What about Buckminster Fuller and his geodesic design? Many hippies in the 60’s built these domes. Anyone remember Drop City, it was an entire “city” with this exact design/concept.

  • http://omgtech.net Pat

    Absolutely amazing it’s children like this with big ideas that change the way the country(or the world for that matter) is. Something tells me that his parents gave this young man the ideals and motivation to make a change. This should be a lesson to all children and especially parents to get motivated about helping others, and make a change

  • jessica

    awwwwwwwwwwwwww that was so sweet of him.

  • teresa

    Congrats, good to see young kids doing something constructive with thier time as well as helping our enviroment and others. Your parents must be VERY PROUD!!! Hope to see more of your inventions soon. God Bless.

  • teresa

    Congrats, good to see young kids doing something constructive with thier time as well as helping our enviroment and others. Your parents must be VERY PROUD!!! Hope to see more of your inventions soon. God Bless.

  • http://www.selfesteem2go.com Zoltan – the self-esteem wizar

    Congratulation Max. We would need more people like you whose “destiny” is to help others who are in need.
    What a great idea to give people easy-to-assemble shelters.
    I look forward to seeing and hearing your new inventions and ideas.
    Life is awesome.

  • Brandon

    You would sufficate right?

  • http://www.selfesteem2go.com Zoltan – the self-esteem wizard

    Congratulation Max. We would need more people like you whose “destiny” is to help others who are in need.
    What a great idea to give people easy-to-assemble shelters.
    I look forward to seeing and hearing your new inventions and ideas.
    Life is awesome.

  • Brandon

    You would sufficate right?

  • whitnee

    i think that is really cool
    and it looks like fun

  • http://yahoo Veronica

    hey ur a fatty!!! why hello there fatty!!! i obviuosly like calling u fatty!!! i would like to ride ur dick because u r the biggest loser but u have cash!!!! :0! so u owe it to be cause im the prettiest and ur not so ha!!! GOD UR FUCKING TURNING ME ON U BIG FATTY!!!!! LOVE YA SEE YA AT SCHOOL!!!

  • whitnee

    i think that is really cool
    and it looks like fun

  • whitnee

    i think that is really cool
    and it looks likea lot of fun

  • whitnee

    i think that is really cool
    and it looks likea lot of fun

  • alex

    Its a very good idea. but on the other hand whats going to happen to it once it is damaged? Will it then be recycled again? This i ask is a good use of trash but after it has had its fair share of use where does that trash go?

  • Anna

    What a bright kid! I love seeing news like this.

    It just bothers me that there are barely any comments here… Instead people are commenting on stupid celebrity gossip. :P

  • alex

    Its a very good idea. but on the other hand whats going to happen to it once it is damaged? Will it then be recycled again? This i ask is a good use of trash but after it has had its fair share of use where does that trash go?

  • Anna

    What a bright kid! I love seeing news like this.

    It just bothers me that there are barely any comments here… Instead people are commenting on stupid celebrity gossip. :P

  • cynthia

    what a great kid – hope he continues to find good ways to use his mind.

  • cynthia

    what a great kid – hope he continues to find good ways to use his mind.

  • David

    This done is not made of trash…….. and is hardly logical at all. Also wtf does observical mean?

  • http://www.dirtyLAWndry.com Dirty LAWndry

    Way to go, Max! You’ve certainly inspired me to be inventive when it comes to helping others. Thanks!

  • David

    This done is not made of trash…….. and is hardly logical at all. Also wtf does observical mean?

  • http://www.dirtyLAWndry.com Dirty LAWndry

    Way to go, Max! You’ve certainly inspired me to be inventive when it comes to helping others. Thanks!

  • iusestyrofoam

    Kudos to the kid. But isn’t this suppose to be under “green” housing topic. Great styrofoam is now a “green” product?!? And it ain’t trash! Why not make it out of cheap china made low quality plastic. At least it will be cost effective, then you can throw it in the landfill after each use. Because it is low quality plastic, it will leech all the toxic components out in no time at all. So we can put more rubbish in the landfill.

  • iusestyrofoam

    Kudos to the kid. But isn’t this suppose to be under “green” housing topic. Great styrofoam is now a “green” product?!? And it ain’t trash! Why not make it out of cheap china made low quality plastic. At least it will be cost effective, then you can throw it in the landfill after each use. Because it is low quality plastic, it will leech all the toxic components out in no time at all. So we can put more rubbish in the landfill.

  • jbuf

    thats a real slumdog millionaire lol

  • nataly

    very sweet of him and very creative hope 2 c more

  • Heinz

    What are the long term health issues living in a house made out of plastic film and packing peanuts ?

  • http://greenbuildingelements.com Brittnei

    kool<3

  • jbuf

    thats a real slumdog millionaire lol

  • nataly

    very sweet of him and very creative hope 2 c more

  • Heinz

    What are the long term health issues living in a house made out of plastic film and packing peanuts ?

  • http://greenbuildingelements.com Brittnei

    kool<3

  • Senie

    Thumbs up for this young man. A young mind is a terrible thing to waste. He found great use of his and look forward to seeing other inventions by him.

    Great work!

  • Senie

    Thumbs up for this young man. A young mind is a terrible thing to waste. He found great use of his and look forward to seeing other inventions by him.

    Great work!

  • Eminem

    I don’t think a lot of homeless people will know how to make a home out of thrash. If I was homeless I would ask Eminem if I could have his autograph then I could rot on the street in peace knowing that I met my goal.

  • crystal iwuoha

    it’s a neat idea, but who would really want domes lined up all over the place. i wonder if the dome is warm inside.

  • Eminem

    I don’t think a lot of homeless people will know how to make a home out of thrash. If I was homeless I would ask Eminem if I could have his autograph then I could rot on the street in peace knowing that I met my goal.

  • crystal iwuoha

    it’s a neat idea, but who would really want domes lined up all over the place. i wonder if the dome is warm inside.

  • Dr. Salsa

    Way to recycle with BRAND new plastic sheeting, tape, chicken wire and packing peanuts he got from a STORE and not a trash can…. Every other little kid thought their brains out on what they could make out of what was in their kitchen trash… and this kid just went to Walmart…. I say he’s a filthy little twinky eatin cheater.

  • Dr. Salsa

    Way to recycle with BRAND new plastic sheeting, tape, chicken wire and packing peanuts he got from a STORE and not a trash can…. Every other little kid thought their brains out on what they could make out of what was in their kitchen trash… and this kid just went to Walmart…. I say he’s a filthy little twinky eatin cheater.

  • Georege Dude

    Okay, the peanuts may be trash (though they were obviously bought for this purpose), but that’s some nice wire, and trash bags aren’t really trash — until they’ve been used once.

  • http://yahoo Blair Deavarux

    I think Max is a very smart young man! I am a young 25 yr old african american female who thrives on teaching my stepson how to create his own unique inventions and i have to say this by far has put a smile on my face and my stepsons face. Keep up the good work Max.!

  • Georege Dude

    Okay, the peanuts may be trash (though they were obviously bought for this purpose), but that’s some nice wire, and trash bags aren’t really trash — until they’ve been used once.

  • zeidles

    THIS KID IS AMAZINGGG! I MEAN WOW!
    SO CREATIVE AND CLEARLY A LOT OF EFFORT WAS PUT FORTH.

    WELL DONE KIDDO, CONGRATULATIONS LITTLE GUY!

  • zeidles

    THIS KID IS AMAZINGGG! I MEAN WOW!
    SO CREATIVE AND CLEARLY A LOT OF EFFORT WAS PUT FORTH.

    WELL DONE KIDDO, CONGRATULATIONS LITTLE GUY!

  • Luke

    A good idea, conjured at young age.

  • Luke

    A good idea, conjured at young age.

  • Sean

    seems very interesting. its good we have people out there looking for solutions for those who need them

  • michelle

    I find you some of you people to be petty and childish. that’s exactly why people in general give up. we forget that criticism goes further than praise. i will never understand why people always have to put their 2 cents of crap on someones idea. add something instead taking away in a positve manner. Don’t listen to those jealous ones, give all your ideas a chance, listen to positive enforcement, and you are gonna go a long was. chalk one for the good guys

  • Sean

    seems very interesting. its good we have people out there looking for solutions for those who need them

  • michelle

    I find you some of you people to be petty and childish. that’s exactly why people in general give up. we forget that criticism goes further than praise. i will never understand why people always have to put their 2 cents of crap on someones idea. add something instead taking away in a positve manner. Don’t listen to those jealous ones, give all your ideas a chance, listen to positive enforcement, and you are gonna go a long was. chalk one for the good guys

  • http://rizzimeia.wordpress.com Rizzi

    Good job! We should be more eco-friendly and it’s such good news to hear kids are very much into the green effort!

    Kudos to you Max!

  • http://rizzimeia.wordpress.com Rizzi

    Good job! We should be more eco-friendly and it’s such good news to hear kids are very much into the green effort!

    Kudos to you Max!

  • spaz

    i think he is sos smart this home might make a diffrence to the world

  • spaz

    i think he is sos smart this home might make a diffrence to the world

  • anymous

    gay we

  • anymous

    gay we

  • sara

    neat

  • sara

    neat

  • Jesse

    It is not made out of trash! They should of been able to use only trash.

  • Jesse

    It is not made out of trash! They should of been able to use only trash.

  • Mia

    he is so inspirational, this kid needs more public attention he is a scientist to be :D

  • http://whoamI.com Johan

    Taking this view point as an adult, this isn’t much of a great project. It is very improbable that this product is going to catch on. But in the perspective of a 12-year-old, is the amazing part. It’s amazing because of how much a young student can care for homeless people in the world. Personally, I don’t like homeless people because most of them are bums who can work, but is too lazy to work (But I know there are people in the world who are laid off because of the bad economy. I don’t hate those kind of people). His heart to care for homeless people was the most powerful impact on me, rather than the design.

  • http://yahoo.com Joan Lio

    I think you have a future boy! Although you don’t consider your invention as helping people you actually are. I bet your parents are surely proud of you. Keep up the good work.

  • Mia

    he is so inspirational, this kid needs more public attention he is a scientist to be :D

  • http://whoamI.com Johan

    Taking this view point as an adult, this isn’t much of a great project. It is very improbable that this product is going to catch on. But in the perspective of a 12-year-old, is the amazing part. It’s amazing because of how much a young student can care for homeless people in the world. Personally, I don’t like homeless people because most of them are bums who can work, but is too lazy to work (But I know there are people in the world who are laid off because of the bad economy. I don’t hate those kind of people). His heart to care for homeless people was the most powerful impact on me, rather than the design.

  • http://yahoo.com Joan Lio

    I think you have a future boy! Although you don’t consider your invention as helping people you actually are. I bet your parents are surely proud of you. Keep up the good work.

  • http://whoamI.com Johan

    Taking this view point as an adult, this isn’t much of a great project. It is very improbable that this product is going to catch on. But in the perspective of a 12-year-old, is the amazing part. It’s amazing because of how much a young student can care for homeless people in the world. Personally, I don’t like homeless people because most of them are bums who can work, but is too lazy to work (But I know there are people in the world who are laid off because of the bad economy. I don’t hate those kind of people). His heart to care for homeless people was the most powerful impact on me, rather than the design.

  • http://whoamI.com Johan

    Taking this view point as an adult, this isn’t much of a great project. It is very improbable that this product is going to catch on. But in the perspective of a 12-year-old, is the amazing part. It’s amazing because of how much a young student can care for homeless people in the world. Personally, I don’t like homeless people because most of them are bums who can work, but is too lazy to work (But I know there are people in the world who are laid off because of the bad economy. I don’t hate those kind of people). His heart to care for homeless people was the most powerful impact on me, rather than the design.

  • http://yahoo vege

    its wierd

  • gooork

    too bad it wouldn’t do crap in 5 mph winds

  • gooork

    too bad it wouldn’t do crap in 5 mph winds

  • http://nick.com Julie

    that is awsome

  • http://nick.com Julie

    that is awsome

  • Tennist0

    You know, this is finally something where i think that a young child has actually done something reasonably useful and practical!! well deserved 10k! I hope to see this kid improve and sell when he is old enough, oveall, I think this is a very bright kid with a future

  • Tennist0

    You know, this is finally something where i think that a young child has actually done something reasonably useful and practical!! well deserved 10k! I hope to see this kid improve and sell when he is old enough, oveall, I think this is a very bright kid with a future

  • Tim Olsen

    Max;
    Great invention. Be sure to get a patent application going! I majored in architectural and structural design 40 years ago. Your idea will help many people. President Obama will be pleased when he sees this!
    Don’t stop with this idea. Keep them coming. You are our future!
    With admiration!
    Tim Olsen
    (Retired Engineer)

  • Tim Olsen

    Max;
    Great invention. Be sure to get a patent application going! I majored in architectural and structural design 40 years ago. Your idea will help many people. President Obama will be pleased when he sees this!
    Don’t stop with this idea. Keep them coming. You are our future!
    With admiration!
    Tim Olsen
    (Retired Engineer)

  • Estelle

    Smart design and meaningful in purpose.
    Max – you’re going to do something good in this world!

    If we could get some politicians to think as practically as this young man, then we could finally see some out-of-the box reforms to America’s housing policies. Not just “banking” reforms.

    Obama are you listening? Put this kid on one of your advisory committees, he’s got a great brain!

  • Estelle

    Smart design and meaningful in purpose.
    Max – you’re going to do something good in this world!

    If we could get some politicians to think as practically as this young man, then we could finally see some out-of-the box reforms to America’s housing policies. Not just “banking” reforms.

    Obama are you listening? Put this kid on one of your advisory committees, he’s got a great brain!

  • http://blog.shapingyouth.org Shaping Youth

    This is so inspiring…especially when I’ve just written a piece about ‘tweens’ being ‘targeted’ with senseless consumption cues turning our favorite ‘outdoor enthusiast’ into a ‘shop ’til you drop’ mallrat. sigh. (yes, we’re speaking of Dora, the Explorer being given a ‘tween’ rebranding this fall, as you’ll see in my piece here, “Dora the Explorer: Discover the World, not the Mall!”

    http://blog.shapingyouth.org/?p=5314

    Jerry, this story is SO inspirational; we need more MAX energy in the youth sphere. I’m going to pick this one up for Shaping Youth and ‘market it’ to the max! ;-)

  • http://blog.shapingyouth.org Shaping Youth

    This is so inspiring…especially when I’ve just written a piece about ‘tweens’ being ‘targeted’ with senseless consumption cues turning our favorite ‘outdoor enthusiast’ into a ‘shop ’til you drop’ mallrat. sigh. (yes, we’re speaking of Dora, the Explorer being given a ‘tween’ rebranding this fall, as you’ll see in my piece here, “Dora the Explorer: Discover the World, not the Mall!”

    http://blog.shapingyouth.org/?p=5314

    Jerry, this story is SO inspirational; we need more MAX energy in the youth sphere. I’m going to pick this one up for Shaping Youth and ‘market it’ to the max! ;-)

  • Red Neckerson

    The homeless has access to all kinds of trash, why have they not thought of this before?

    Kudos to this kid, but I fear it may be too late for him. 0bama’s Amerika will tax entrepreneurs out of existence.

  • Red Neckerson

    The homeless has access to all kinds of trash, why have they not thought of this before?

    Kudos to this kid, but I fear it may be too late for him. 0bama’s Amerika will tax entrepreneurs out of existence.

  • Troy H

    It’s not bad, but it should have both a window and a door and a way to anchor it down in a wind.

  • Troy H

    It’s not bad, but it should have both a window and a door and a way to anchor it down in a wind.

  • brandy

    This is a great idea. This kid is going some place. Looks more comfortable than a card board box- that’s for sure. Over crowding in shelters is a problem in the US among other places. People get down on homeless people and the oblivious spit in thier faces. Tell them to get a job, etc… What they probably don’t realize is that more than half of them are illiterate. How are they supposed to work if they lack the skills to read and write? I can’t think of many job opportunities for them. That is why we need more programs for the ones who don’t want to live on the streets.

    I would have to agree with ashleigh. This is obviously logical. I give the kid props!

  • brandy

    This is a great idea. This kid is going some place. Looks more comfortable than a card board box- that’s for sure. Over crowding in shelters is a problem in the US among other places. People get down on homeless people and the oblivious spit in thier faces. Tell them to get a job, etc… What they probably don’t realize is that more than half of them are illiterate. How are they supposed to work if they lack the skills to read and write? I can’t think of many job opportunities for them. That is why we need more programs for the ones who don’t want to live on the streets.

    I would have to agree with ashleigh. This is obviously logical. I give the kid props!

  • Jeff

    Wish I had a kid that smart.

  • lala

    i think u did a good job keep up the good work u might help alot of people one day

  • Jeff

    Wish I had a kid that smart.

  • lala

    i think u did a good job keep up the good work u might help alot of people one day

  • concerned_masterbater

    i think the kid needs to drop some pounds

  • concerned_masterbater

    i think the kid needs to drop some pounds

  • Mallory

    thats pretty bangin

  • Mallory

    thats pretty bangin

  • Byron

    Doesn’t look like HE invented it at all, nor did he build it apparently. He might have thought up, “hey…let’s build a shelter for the homeless” but someone else did all the work for it. This is the equivalent of a kid’s dad doing his science project for him and the kid still getting an “A” for it.

  • sean

    what happens when the wind picks up?

  • Adam

    We need to use more lumber. A higher demand for trees fuels more tree planting.

  • Byron

    Doesn’t look like HE invented it at all, nor did he build it apparently. He might have thought up, “hey…let’s build a shelter for the homeless” but someone else did all the work for it. This is the equivalent of a kid’s dad doing his science project for him and the kid still getting an “A” for it.

  • sean

    what happens when the wind picks up?

  • Adam

    We need to use more lumber. A higher demand for trees fuels more tree planting.

  • lala

    keep up the good job

  • curiousgeorge

    What keeps it from blowing down the streets of the windy city?

  • lala

    keep up the good job

  • curiousgeorge

    What keeps it from blowing down the streets of the windy city?

  • staycie

    that’s cool that an 12 year-old can think of that

  • lynn

    good job

  • staycie

    that’s cool that an 12 year-old can think of that

  • lynn

    good job

  • Caff

    Great Job…stories like this give me hope for our future generations

  • Caff

    Great Job…stories like this give me hope for our future generations

  • amc123

    Smart kid. Im sure mant homeless people will apreciate these. =)

  • nona

    Ashleigh, I agree, it is logical, (the building of the yurt-like shelter)but, I wonder what in bloody blue blazes you think ‘observical’ means? It is not a word.

  • amc123

    Smart kid. Im sure mant homeless people will apreciate these. =)

  • nona

    Ashleigh, I agree, it is logical, (the building of the yurt-like shelter)but, I wonder what in bloody blue blazes you think ‘observical’ means? It is not a word.

  • Somebody

    This is not wind, fire and rain tested, therefore Epic Fail.
    plus their shopping carts full of soda cans and bottles will get stolen because the geodesic dome has no windows HIYO!

  • Somebody

    This is not wind, fire and rain tested, therefore Epic Fail.
    plus their shopping carts full of soda cans and bottles will get stolen because the geodesic dome has no windows HIYO!

  • http://yahoo.com Jeremiah

    :)

  • http://yahoo Diamond

    dats so sweet♥

  • http://yahoo.com Jeremiah

    :)

  • Charlotte

    Are they going to build these for homeless people though??? Its a great idea, but its not like homeless ppl have the tools to go build these dome homes, so whats the point unless someone is going to go out of their way to provide these to the homeless??

  • Charlotte

    Are they going to build these for homeless people though??? Its a great idea, but its not like homeless ppl have the tools to go build these dome homes, so whats the point unless someone is going to go out of their way to provide these to the homeless??

  • gemma

    This is beautiful. We have a lot of trash here in the Philippines and many of these could be fashioned into clean living quarters for homeless people but we don’t have the technology yet that could transform trash, like plastics, into reusable designs. Some of the homeless use cardboards and pieces of throwaways from other people. I wonder how the ventilation works, or, if there’s a way to put in heaters for cold weather.

  • gemma

    This is beautiful. We have a lot of trash here in the Philippines and many of these could be fashioned into clean living quarters for homeless people but we don’t have the technology yet that could transform trash, like plastics, into reusable designs. Some of the homeless use cardboards and pieces of throwaways from other people. I wonder how the ventilation works, or, if there’s a way to put in heaters for cold weather.

  • manny

    God Bless You.

    Thanks

  • manny

    God Bless You.

    Thanks

  • AquaMarine (not joking..)

    Wow this is so NOT amazing…
    I mean ANYONE can do that…with cleverness, strategy, patience, and a WHOLE LOTTA TRASH…
    Good Job..but uhm…..you know..im not suprised…
    peace out yall
    NOBAMA

  • AquaMarine (not joking..)

    Wow this is so NOT amazing…
    I mean ANYONE can do that…with cleverness, strategy, patience, and a WHOLE LOTTA TRASH…
    Good Job..but uhm…..you know..im not suprised…
    peace out yall
    NOBAMA

  • Madeline

    Wonderful, and for a boy this age, wow. Unlike the 13 year old father story, this can actually help our communities.

  • Madeline

    Wonderful, and for a boy this age, wow. Unlike the 13 year old father story, this can actually help our communities.

  • DJ

    Thats cool

  • Katherine D. Letigio

    I think it is a good way of recycling trashes which cannot be decomposed like plastics and the like..

  • Huntley McConnel

    Awesome totally cool idea that desearves more than 10,000… i have a homeless friend who i’ll see if he’d like this to try…looking the video over a few times, i think it’s 23 full hexagons, with 3 of them cut in half for the 6 on bottom edge. With a height that not precise but close to height=5/3.14 d where d is distance between two parallel edges of one hexagon…my question then becomes waterproofing and doing so then it can be disassembled… thanks incredably much, you have bright future Max!!!

  • DJ

    Thats cool

  • Katherine D. Letigio

    I think it is a good way of recycling trashes which cannot be decomposed like plastics and the like..

  • Huntley McConnel

    Awesome totally cool idea that desearves more than 10,000… i have a homeless friend who i’ll see if he’d like this to try…looking the video over a few times, i think it’s 23 full hexagons, with 3 of them cut in half for the 6 on bottom edge. With a height that not precise but close to height=5/3.14 d where d is distance between two parallel edges of one hexagon…my question then becomes waterproofing and doing so then it can be disassembled… thanks incredably much, you have bright future Max!!!

  • DG

    I think this is cool! anyways it would be a cool tent if they made iit into one!

  • DG

    I think this is cool! anyways it would be a cool tent if they made iit into one!

  • Aleah

    It looks like it will fly away to me but overall, the idea is good.

  • Aleah

    It looks like it will fly away to me but overall, the idea is good.

  • http://yahoo eugenio spano

    It is extremely scary…….
    I can’t believe what they are looking into…..

  • http://greenbuildingelements Richard

    I’m blown away not by only the intelligence but the compassion of this young man. Very impressive and rarely seen these days among our young people. A bright future awaits him….hopefully.

  • Corey

    observical is not a real word. On a side note: this kids invention is cool yet very unpractical.

  • Kelly

    What a wonderful kid!Imagine how great this country could be if we had more children like Max!His parents must be so proud of him and rightly so!

  • Corey

    observical is not a real word. On a side note: this kids invention is cool yet very unpractical.

  • Kelly

    What a wonderful kid!Imagine how great this country could be if we had more children like Max!His parents must be so proud of him and rightly so!

  • Fernando Magyar

    Yeah, Go Max!
    While you are at it check out
    http://www.n55.dk/MANUALS/Manuals.html

  • mako

    haha what homeless person has all that to make one…

  • Fernando Magyar

    Yeah, Go Max!
    While you are at it check out
    http://www.n55.dk/MANUALS/Manuals.html

  • mako

    haha what homeless person has all that to make one…

  • moonart1986

    patrick’s house in sponge bob square pants

  • Chris

    That is so cool!!!

  • moonart1986

    patrick’s house in sponge bob square pants

  • Chris

    That is so cool!!!

  • http://yahoo cherie

    I WOULD LIKE TO SEND KUDOS TO MAX FOR HIS AWESOME INVENTION. PRAISE TO HIS PARENTS FOR RAISING A YOUNG MAN WHO IS CONCERNED ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE’S WELL BEING. THANK YOU. YOU ARE WITHOUT A DOUBT A BLESSING TO THOSE AROUND YOU.. KEEP UP THE INVENTION’S……

  • http://lovervan.multiply.com Bryan Ocaleña

    yes excellent…… God bless… I hope that we can avail that here in the Philippines…

  • http://lovervan.multiply.com Bryan Ocaleña

    yes excellent…… God bless… I hope that we can avail that here in the Philippines…

  • http://greenbuildingelements.com/2009/02/26/12-year-old-makes-homeless-shelter-from-trash/ Chris

    What a heartwarming story about a little boy who cares about others & is motivated to do something good to help those less fortunate with reusable garbage. If only more people thought like this 12 year old our who world would be a better place for all & not in the crisis we are! Great work from a young mind who will inspire others with his noble actions one dome at a time!

  • http://greenbuildingelements.com/2009/02/26/12-year-old-makes-homeless-shelter-from-trash/ Chris

    What a heartwarming story about a little boy who cares about others & is motivated to do something good to help those less fortunate with reusable garbage. If only more people thought like this 12 year old our who world would be a better place for all & not in the crisis we are! Great work from a young mind who will inspire others with his noble actions one dome at a time!

  • http://yahoo Valarie

    You go Max !!!! Wouldn’t the world be such a better place if we had more people like you living in it. You are an inspiration.

  • nilda

    THIS IS STUPID

  • nilda

    THIS IS STUPID

  • frank horton

    cool!

  • frank horton

    cool!

  • Idontwanttoputmyname

    This is wonderful for homless kids and familys, maybe the kid can give the things he made it with di house desiners or he can just make them himself, i was thinking if homless people want a home, that kid can make a even BIGGER one

  • Idontwanttoputmyname

    This is wonderful for homless kids and familys, maybe the kid can give the things he made it with di house desiners or he can just make them himself, i was thinking if homless people want a home, that kid can make a even BIGGER one

  • stubby

    awesome! way to go! cheap n exepensive! i wonder if we will be seeing alot of domes n the near future.. i hope so.. be better than watching the homeless suffer when they dont have to.

    very proud of you!!!

  • stubby

    awesome! way to go! cheap n exepensive! i wonder if we will be seeing alot of domes n the near future.. i hope so.. be better than watching the homeless suffer when they dont have to.

    very proud of you!!!

  • Sandy

    We need more youth like Max. Way to go!

  • Sandy

    We need more youth like Max. Way to go!

  • Katrina

    I really like this!!!

  • Katrina

    I really like this!!!

  • Amanda

    that’s actually a really bright idea. i like it. :)

  • Amanda

    that’s actually a really bright idea. i like it. :)

  • Dylan

    Not very practical- It took forever to build and they weren’t really using “trash” since the materials were obviously new and in good condition. Once it was built there were cracks in the dome so you still aren’t completely hidden from the elements. They would be better off just giving the homeless camping tents..

  • Dylan

    Not very practical- It took forever to build and they weren’t really using “trash” since the materials were obviously new and in good condition. Once it was built there were cracks in the dome so you still aren’t completely hidden from the elements. They would be better off just giving the homeless camping tents..

  • dawn289

    That’s awesome!!! What a wonderful idea. Your only 12 now, I look so forward to seeing what you’ll accomplish in the coming future.

  • dawn289

    That’s awesome!!! What a wonderful idea. Your only 12 now, I look so forward to seeing what you’ll accomplish in the coming future.

  • Liz

    Alrighty, so that’s a pretty neato invention. Great. Now, how are you going to give it to the homeless? What are they going to do, go BUY it? Or are you going to make them make it? And if you do the latter then where are they going to get the wire, the welder, and all that fun stuff? And who says they even have the mental capacity to do it?! FOR GOD’S SAKE THE GENERAL HOMELESS POPULATION IS MENTALLY ILL. And it’s not like you can just hand it out to them. What, mass produce them in factories and hand them out for free? SHEESH!

    Why don’t you spend your time figuring out ways to get them out of that situation rather than encouraging it. MORON.

  • Liz

    Alrighty, so that’s a pretty neato invention. Great. Now, how are you going to give it to the homeless? What are they going to do, go BUY it? Or are you going to make them make it? And if you do the latter then where are they going to get the wire, the welder, and all that fun stuff? And who says they even have the mental capacity to do it?! FOR GOD’S SAKE THE GENERAL HOMELESS POPULATION IS MENTALLY ILL. And it’s not like you can just hand it out to them. What, mass produce them in factories and hand them out for free? SHEESH!

    Why don’t you spend your time figuring out ways to get them out of that situation rather than encouraging it. MORON.

  • radzewicz

    Yeah, like homeless people are going to use these silly things. And I can just see all the fragments of plastic blowing around city streets if even one of these contraptions gets busted up, which they would.

    Sorry, they will never replace the common cardboard box as a temporary homeless shelter.

  • Charles

    Smart Kid.

  • radzewicz

    Yeah, like homeless people are going to use these silly things. And I can just see all the fragments of plastic blowing around city streets if even one of these contraptions gets busted up, which they would.

    Sorry, they will never replace the common cardboard box as a temporary homeless shelter.

  • Charles

    Smart Kid.

  • jclark

    Way to go Max, I hope other kids see this and see that it IS cool to use your head. Video games may be challenging but so is practical problem solvng. Nice work. I’m sure I’ll hear about you again in the future.

  • Angel

    Is it warm In there? Probably not…You got a few more kicks to work out. But good job. You obviously have got your heart set in the right place.

  • Angel

    Is it warm In there? Probably not…You got a few more kicks to work out. But good job. You obviously have got your heart set in the right place.

  • jclark

    Way to go Max, I hope other kids see this and see that it IS cool to use your head. Video games may be challenging but so is practical problem solvng. Nice work. I’m sure I’ll hear about you again in the future.

  • http://brennanrocks.com brennan

    wow thats really smart! My cousin did something like this search kellan horner

  • http://www.strobe-kit.com/product_info.php?cPath=1&products_id=1 Strobe Kit

    Interesting eco friendly home. He is a smart kid and deserves the reward.

  • http://brennanrocks.com brennan

    wow thats really smart! My cousin did something like this search kellan horner

  • http://www.strobe-kit.com/product_info.php?cPath=1&products_id=1 Strobe Kit

    Interesting eco friendly home. He is a smart kid and deserves the reward.

  • http://yahoo.com juliet

    that is so wierd but cool at the same time

  • Jenny

    this is really cool! its about time people start doing something for other people!! :]]]]

  • http://yahoo.com juliet

    that is so wierd but cool at the same time

  • Jenny

    this is really cool! its about time people start doing something for other people!! :]]]]

  • http://www.7thavendevelopment.com Hugh Simpson

    Kudos to Max as he also has found a way to solve the shelter for the homeless like we did with a cardboard dome home built by Construction Management students at Western Carolina University. We have committed like Max to help the world’s homeless by building 7,000,000 pf our dodecahedron dome homes around the world over the next 7 years.

  • anti

    this i slike super koolie

  • throwingstones

    Come on folks. A 12 year old doesn’t have the equipment to do wire forming and welding like that. The “yert” looks like it was formed in a factory or high-tech shop. Maybe he recommended the bags of packing peanuts because it looks like his bean bag chair at home, but his dad or some adult made the dome structure.

  • http://www.7thavendevelopment.com Hugh Simpson

    Kudos to Max as he also has found a way to solve the shelter for the homeless like we did with a cardboard dome home built by Construction Management students at Western Carolina University. We have committed like Max to help the world’s homeless by building 7,000,000 pf our dodecahedron dome homes around the world over the next 7 years.

  • anti

    this i slike super koolie

  • throwingstones

    Come on folks. A 12 year old doesn’t have the equipment to do wire forming and welding like that. The “yert” looks like it was formed in a factory or high-tech shop. Maybe he recommended the bags of packing peanuts because it looks like his bean bag chair at home, but his dad or some adult made the dome structure.

  • Eugene

    Nice. They should wrap it in something waterproof, I see cracks between the little hex’s or whatever

  • Kyle

    SO how do the homeless people get their hands on the tools to build this home dome.

  • Eugene

    Nice. They should wrap it in something waterproof, I see cracks between the little hex’s or whatever

  • Kyle

    SO how do the homeless people get their hands on the tools to build this home dome.

  • piakdhv

    booga booga thats cool

  • piakdhv

    booga booga thats cool

  • goldn.

    ooooh.
    how sweet.

  • goldn.

    ooooh.
    how sweet.

  • A person

    It doesn’t seem practical…… will they be reassembled and handed out to homeless etc or do they have to make them on their own. also it does not look water proof and it looks as if it will blow away, Maybe a recycled tent would be more efficient Still a cool idea

  • A person

    It doesn’t seem practical…… will they be reassembled and handed out to homeless etc or do they have to make them on their own. also it does not look water proof and it looks as if it will blow away, Maybe a recycled tent would be more efficient Still a cool idea

  • pop

    cool! but i think he does care a little bit about the money :)or else he would have donated it towards “helping people”

  • pop

    cool! but i think he does care a little bit about the money :)or else he would have donated it towards “helping people”

  • Jacquelyn

    This is great. I really love to see kids who really care about helping others. I think there are a lot of adults who could learn a thing or two from kids like him.

  • Jacquelyn

    This is great. I really love to see kids who really care about helping others. I think there are a lot of adults who could learn a thing or two from kids like him.

  • Betty

    Looking at the product that he used, sure doesn’t look like trash…trash is used carboard, soda cans, glass, soiled, used paper products…real trash..not clean plastic, bendablwire, popcorn that is intact and clean….and if was possible for most homeless ppl to make…the government wouldn’t allow for you to live in it..$10,000.00 for what…a little well off kid by the looks of the picture he has a nice place to live…how about all the homeless..constantly being harrashed to move..even in a tent…no such green home will be availble for the turly in need. And it was the parents idea..doubt little Abner had the enovation on his own.!!

  • Betty

    Looking at the product that he used, sure doesn’t look like trash…trash is used carboard, soda cans, glass, soiled, used paper products…real trash..not clean plastic, bendablwire, popcorn that is intact and clean….and if was possible for most homeless ppl to make…the government wouldn’t allow for you to live in it..$10,000.00 for what…a little well off kid by the looks of the picture he has a nice place to live…how about all the homeless..constantly being harrashed to move..even in a tent…no such green home will be availble for the turly in need. And it was the parents idea..doubt little Abner had the enovation on his own.!!

  • chris

    I think that is really cool,a 12 year old boy can do that, that is amazing seriously

  • SS

    His Invention Is Pretty Interesting But I Have To Say Good Job For That Kid And Hopefully He Will Most Likely Spend His Money On Something
    Good…..

  • tanya

    it doesn’t look too warm….

  • chris

    I think that is really cool,a 12 year old boy can do that, that is amazing seriously

  • SS

    His Invention Is Pretty Interesting But I Have To Say Good Job For That Kid And Hopefully He Will Most Likely Spend His Money On Something
    Good…..

  • tanya

    it doesn’t look too warm….

  • Eric

    Basically three items are used. Metal tubing, each piece about 8 ft long, heavy plastic and packing foam. For the quantity needed of each item and quality, it is doubtful you would find many of these items in the garbage on a regular basis. It was all purchased I’m sure. Thus negating the use of garbage theme. In other words, BS

  • Pete

    This is great, but where do you put it?

    The biggest costs of housing are property,
    and government taxes, permits and other fees.

  • Josh

    Observical? ok maybe if you mean you can observe 15 homeless people around a garbage can taking up about 10 square feet.

    Now observe when 15 homeless people get 15 10 foot round domes and how nice they’ll look next to each other. because of course we know these will stay clean and not filthy or be an eye sore.

    Instead of a mobile home court they’ll be a dumpy dome court.

    Maybe these would make for good ways to separat estorm victims instead of cots. But being practical, who wants these all over the city?

  • Tara

    What a terrific invention! This young man is destined for great things…. and more power to him! If you’ve never been cold, tired, hungry, or homeless, it may be difficult to appreciate the genius of this young man… but I think he has really made a difference. Way to go, Max!

  • Eric

    Basically three items are used. Metal tubing, each piece about 8 ft long, heavy plastic and packing foam. For the quantity needed of each item and quality, it is doubtful you would find many of these items in the garbage on a regular basis. It was all purchased I’m sure. Thus negating the use of garbage theme. In other words, BS

  • Pete

    This is great, but where do you put it?

    The biggest costs of housing are property,
    and government taxes, permits and other fees.

  • Josh

    Observical? ok maybe if you mean you can observe 15 homeless people around a garbage can taking up about 10 square feet.

    Now observe when 15 homeless people get 15 10 foot round domes and how nice they’ll look next to each other. because of course we know these will stay clean and not filthy or be an eye sore.

    Instead of a mobile home court they’ll be a dumpy dome court.

    Maybe these would make for good ways to separat estorm victims instead of cots. But being practical, who wants these all over the city?

  • Tara

    What a terrific invention! This young man is destined for great things…. and more power to him! If you’ve never been cold, tired, hungry, or homeless, it may be difficult to appreciate the genius of this young man… but I think he has really made a difference. Way to go, Max!

  • Janet Hansen

    I read this story to my nephews, ages 9 & 12.
    So inspirational! Good for Max, he deserves his prize money.

  • Janet Hansen

    I read this story to my nephews, ages 9 & 12.
    So inspirational! Good for Max, he deserves his prize money.

  • 2XTURBO

    High concentrations of CO(2), which displaces oxygen, can result in death in less than 15 minutes.

    Way to go kid, didn’t your mother ever tell you not to put a plastic bag over your head? I guess you just won an award for providing the world with less homeless people and disaster victims. Bravo

  • 2XTURBO

    High concentrations of CO(2), which displaces oxygen, can result in death in less than 15 minutes.

    Way to go kid, didn’t your mother ever tell you not to put a plastic bag over your head? I guess you just won an award for providing the world with less homeless people and disaster victims. Bravo

  • MIA M.

    I THINK IT’S GREAT THAT HE WANTS TO HELP

  • MIA M.

    I THINK IT’S GREAT THAT HE WANTS TO HELP

  • http://yahoo angela thompson

    WOW!!! What a great idea very convienent
    and works! I love it and way to help the homeless congragulations Max! Keep up the good work!

  • ED

    Nice.

  • Michael

    His dad helped him… lol

  • ED

    Nice.

  • Michael

    His dad helped him… lol

  • Rose

    This dome is not made of trash…

  • Rose

    This dome is not made of trash…

  • William McCloskey

    This is a seriously good young man. Bless him.

  • William McCloskey

    This is a seriously good young man. Bless him.

  • http://sammysosa.com sammy sosa

    THIS CHILD IS A GENIUS!

  • http://sammysosa.com sammy sosa

    THIS CHILD IS A GENIUS!

  • Skyler

    looks like fun!

  • Skyler

    looks like fun!

  • http://yahoo deedee

    nice to see a kid with his head and heart in th right place good job hun

  • http://sammysosa.com sammy sosa

    genius child

  • http://sammysosa.com sammy sosa

    genius child

  • Gil

    Nice that we are thinking of the homeless by making them a dome out of trash.

  • Gil

    Nice that we are thinking of the homeless by making them a dome out of trash.

  • Willian

    That’s really neat, the kid is a genius.
    Hope the kid be able to help people like he wants, good ideas and atitudes like these shouldn’t be wasted.

  • oh man

    this kid is gonna grow up to be such a douche.

  • Willian

    That’s really neat, the kid is a genius.
    Hope the kid be able to help people like he wants, good ideas and atitudes like these shouldn’t be wasted.

  • oh man

    this kid is gonna grow up to be such a douche.

  • http://Nil Anthony

    Building shelters from trash should be a last measure of survival. First, trash is unclean and sometimes danngerous even if it is just plastic or glass bottles.If you wash recyclable trash it is O.K. as a building material. Second, what do you do for sanitatation and showers and electricity – build outhouses and solar panels? Then you are living in a shanty town like Rio de Janerio or a slumdog tin community in India or any poor country of the world where nothing is free from public demolition

  • eric

    fat ass has no life

  • http://www.panamaguru.com Jim Procter

    I live in The Republic of Panama we need help here too and we have lots of sun. I like your concept but you have to be open to the planet earth not just the U.S.A.

    Regards,
    Jim

  • eric

    fat ass has no life

  • http://www.panamaguru.com Jim Procter

    I live in The Republic of Panama we need help here too and we have lots of sun. I like your concept but you have to be open to the planet earth not just the U.S.A.

    Regards,
    Jim

  • mj

    At which point in history is all the homeless people going to have a chance at all those tools to build one of these shelters. Not to many butane torches on the streets, or available pliers or hammers.

  • Paul

    Great work by this young men,i believe that trash and other things that we throw away can be of great use if research is done on how to recycle them.

  • mj

    At which point in history is all the homeless people going to have a chance at all those tools to build one of these shelters. Not to many butane torches on the streets, or available pliers or hammers.

  • Paul

    Great work by this young men,i believe that trash and other things that we throw away can be of great use if research is done on how to recycle them.

  • http://www.panamaguru.com Jim Procter

    Do you have any information on The Republic of Panama or Costa Rica? Please send me any contacts or information you might have regarding my area down here.
    Regards,
    jim

  • http://www.panamaguru.com Jim Procter

    Do you have any information on The Republic of Panama or Costa Rica? Please send me any contacts or information you might have regarding my area down here.
    Regards,
    jim

  • ravinder kaur

    AMAZING WORK WHICH REFLECTS A 13YRS OLD YOUNG BOY’S GLOBAL THINKING AND 100%DEDICATION TOWARDS HIS GOAL.MAY YOU LIVE LONG AND MAY GOD BE WITH U ALWAYS FOR UR SELFLESS THINKING AND DEEP LOVE AND CONCERN FOR HUMANITY.CONGRATULATIONS MY DEAR TO YOUR FAMILY AND TEACHERS TOO WIT WHOSE GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED YOUR TARGET.HEARTIEST WISHES FOR THE MANY MORE TO SCALE.
    WITH LOVE AND BEST WISHES
    RAVINDER
    2-26-2009

  • ravinder kaur

    AMAZING WORK WHICH REFLECTS A 13YRS OLD YOUNG BOY’S GLOBAL THINKING AND 100%DEDICATION TOWARDS HIS GOAL.MAY YOU LIVE LONG AND MAY GOD BE WITH U ALWAYS FOR UR SELFLESS THINKING AND DEEP LOVE AND CONCERN FOR HUMANITY.CONGRATULATIONS MY DEAR TO YOUR FAMILY AND TEACHERS TOO WIT WHOSE GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED YOUR TARGET.HEARTIEST WISHES FOR THE MANY MORE TO SCALE.
    WITH LOVE AND BEST WISHES
    RAVINDER
    2-26-2009

  • Jane

    This is not practical or green in the least bit. Are any of those materials even recycled?
    F U 12 year old!

  • Robert

    What would happen if there was a lot of wind wouldn’t the shelter blow away? Because i didn’t see anything that would hold it to the ground, also how would you get it to stay on the ground if the ground below you is concrete. Sandbags maybe?

  • Jane

    This is not practical or green in the least bit. Are any of those materials even recycled?
    F U 12 year old!

  • Robert

    What would happen if there was a lot of wind wouldn’t the shelter blow away? Because i didn’t see anything that would hold it to the ground, also how would you get it to stay on the ground if the ground below you is concrete. Sandbags maybe?

  • aldols

    I think it is a fire hazard. Where would it go. Mayors would complain about homless people being in it under free ways, but overall (:.

  • aldols

    I think it is a fire hazard. Where would it go. Mayors would complain about homless people being in it under free ways, but overall (:.

  • tee dee

    okay, so what if the homeless dont have all the tools to do it? how will they going to build that dorm?

  • tee dee

    okay, so what if the homeless dont have all the tools to do it? how will they going to build that dorm?

  • Trel

    I don’t want to knock the kid for coming up with an idea, but how are homeless people going to get the invention? Where are they going to set this up at, homeless people national parks? Its get an A for effort,tho.

  • Trel

    I don’t want to knock the kid for coming up with an idea, but how are homeless people going to get the invention? Where are they going to set this up at, homeless people national parks? Its get an A for effort,tho.

  • http://greenbuildingelements.com Kimberly

    I think this 12 yr. old is so compassionate, and inventive! He will be going places when he’s a grown up. I don’t think we’ve the last of him! I wish all kids could take a lesson from him and help others instead of being selfish.

  • brooke

    COOL DOME!!!
    THAT IS AMAZING SOMEONE MY AGE COULD DO THAT!!!

  • http://greenbuildingelements.com Kimberly

    I think this 12 yr. old is so compassionate, and inventive! He will be going places when he’s a grown up. I don’t think we’ve the last of him! I wish all kids could take a lesson from him and help others instead of being selfish.

  • brooke

    COOL DOME!!!
    THAT IS AMAZING SOMEONE MY AGE COULD DO THAT!!!

  • russ

    I think its a neat idea, but when cause we all know if these were given to homeless they wont take care of them, so when the plastic is ripped what will then happen to the peanuts obviously litter all over the place and since the peanuts are made of Styrofoam they will never disintegrate! lets see something made from recycling that the homeless can fix them selves!

  • Bob

    what the ****! i won a contest for this exact idea 6 years ago. i figured that you could build houses with trash as insulation and have shelter for the homeless because nobody would want to pay for a house made of trash. i was even published in a newspaper for the idea… this isn’t anything new

  • jon

    what a fag and liar… my dick he dont care about money if he didnt hed donate it to those homeless he loves so much instead of making them a gay igloo. and to make matters worse this dude is mad ugly

  • russ

    I think its a neat idea, but when cause we all know if these were given to homeless they wont take care of them, so when the plastic is ripped what will then happen to the peanuts obviously litter all over the place and since the peanuts are made of Styrofoam they will never disintegrate! lets see something made from recycling that the homeless can fix them selves!

  • Bob

    what the ****! i won a contest for this exact idea 6 years ago. i figured that you could build houses with trash as insulation and have shelter for the homeless because nobody would want to pay for a house made of trash. i was even published in a newspaper for the idea… this isn’t anything new

  • jon

    what a fag and liar… my dick he dont care about money if he didnt hed donate it to those homeless he loves so much instead of making them a gay igloo. and to make matters worse this dude is mad ugly

  • emily

    omg thats soooooo cool that kid must have been a genuis

  • emily

    omg thats soooooo cool that kid must have been a genuis

  • Aaron

    I think this is smart and ”green”. Good job, kid. I would have never thought of something like that.

  • Aaron

    I think this is smart and ”green”. Good job, kid. I would have never thought of something like that.

  • http://www.youtube.com/ANTIanitmetalclub spencer

    “I don’t care about the money.”
    Yeah right! haha he’s not fooling me.

  • Jenna

    Thats a very clever idea and these homes should be handed out by Homeless shelters all over when they are too filled to house the homeless…and it will eliminate alot of trash from being dummped to rot into the earth because some people don’t want to recycle…one small step like his can help this Earth alot…but it is still no excuse for the people able to work who are homeless…

  • http://www.youtube.com/ANTIanitmetalclub spencer

    “I don’t care about the money.”
    Yeah right! haha he’s not fooling me.

  • Jenna

    Thats a very clever idea and these homes should be handed out by Homeless shelters all over when they are too filled to house the homeless…and it will eliminate alot of trash from being dummped to rot into the earth because some people don’t want to recycle…one small step like his can help this Earth alot…but it is still no excuse for the people able to work who are homeless…

  • limeabean

    wow that fish rocks the waves lol

  • limeabean

    wow that fish rocks the waves lol

  • Lou

    Ok he made a hooverville, so?

  • Lou

    Ok he made a hooverville, so?

  • Maggie

    Max,
    Awesome idea, very creative. Would like more info on how to do actually build this.

  • halima

    that is so awesome!!! how did u do that?thats so much talent

  • Patti M

    This kid is really cool! Many people could benefit from these, especially in these hard times! It’s great to see someone so young use his intelligence and creativity for something good, to want to help people!

  • Maggie

    Max,
    Awesome idea, very creative. Would like more info on how to do actually build this.

  • halima

    that is so awesome!!! how did u do that?thats so much talent

  • Patti M

    This kid is really cool! Many people could benefit from these, especially in these hard times! It’s great to see someone so young use his intelligence and creativity for something good, to want to help people!

  • http://thestrugglingblogger.com Roy

    great talent!

    given enough support and exposure, who knows what this kid can come up with?

  • http://thestrugglingblogger.com Roy

    great talent!

    given enough support and exposure, who knows what this kid can come up with?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59DV3k2fVfA&feature=PlayList&p=71CBD1AD193AF680&index=24 Jenn

    the link above is to a video of Krystof Wodiczko’s homeless vehicle from the 80s. please check him out. he is a great contemporary artist who is trying to help people with art/design.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59DV3k2fVfA&feature=PlayList&p=71CBD1AD193AF680&index=24 Jenn

    the link above is to a video of Krystof Wodiczko’s homeless vehicle from the 80s. please check him out. he is a great contemporary artist who is trying to help people with art/design.

  • Paul Morrison

    And the experts tell us our kids aren’t getting the proper education!? I think Max should be a NEW kind of expert!!!

  • Paul Morrison

    And the experts tell us our kids aren’t getting the proper education!? I think Max should be a NEW kind of expert!!!

  • paige

    i think this is like that coolest thing ever you did a really good job

  • paige

    i think this is like that coolest thing ever you did a really good job

  • http://www.orastudiony.com Giusi Mastro

    fantastic

  • http://www.orastudiony.com Giusi Mastro

    fantastic

  • Thatmom

    Didn’t exactly seem like trash seems like it would cost a little to much money to make and where is a homeless person supposed to get the money? If he didn’t care about the money then he should have donated it to a homeless shelter. Just my opinion. But I do give him props for being such a smart kid.

  • Thatmom

    Didn’t exactly seem like trash seems like it would cost a little to much money to make and where is a homeless person supposed to get the money? If he didn’t care about the money then he should have donated it to a homeless shelter. Just my opinion. But I do give him props for being such a smart kid.

  • Joe

    fishy!

  • Joe

    fishy!

  • alycia

    wow, this is quite impressive, esp. coming from a young man. it is nice to know the world is not completely corrupt yet. Thank God for that …

  • alycia

    wow, this is quite impressive, esp. coming from a young man. it is nice to know the world is not completely corrupt yet. Thank God for that …

  • zang

    yea i really do think he cares about the money hes just saying he doesnt to sound better e.e <_<

  • zang

    yea i really do think he cares about the money hes just saying he doesnt to sound better e.e <_<

  • Alan

    this is awesome,everyone should have on!!!!!!In case of disaster.This is really useful and it’s cheap.

  • Alan

    this is awesome,everyone should have on!!!!!!In case of disaster.This is really useful and it’s cheap.

  • Jan

    Why can’t the pallets be reused by companies??? I don’t understand why this can’t happen. I have seen them around different business in my town but I just thought they were waiting to be picked up. This is rediculous. It make no sense to me. We recycle so many other things but yet no one wants to reuse t he pallets. Surely with all the fantastics minds out there surely someone can figure out a way to reuse the pallets for what they were made for>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Jan

    Why can’t the pallets be reused by companies??? I don’t understand why this can’t happen. I have seen them around different business in my town but I just thought they were waiting to be picked up. This is rediculous. It make no sense to me. We recycle so many other things but yet no one wants to reuse t he pallets. Surely with all the fantastics minds out there surely someone can figure out a way to reuse the pallets for what they were made for>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Joe

    Yeah, like a homeless person who have a workshop to fabricate the framework from the plastic hut…and has anyone ever tried to live in this hut in the open?…with it being made of plastic, can anyone picture some homeless guy running down the street chasing after his plastic hut on a windy day?

  • Joe

    Yeah, like a homeless person who have a workshop to fabricate the framework from the plastic hut…and has anyone ever tried to live in this hut in the open?…with it being made of plastic, can anyone picture some homeless guy running down the street chasing after his plastic hut on a windy day?

  • http://yahoo Christi

    no matter what ppl think many of the homeless are there because that is their choice. They prefer this to the restrictions placed on them when they move into housing. Many of the homeless suffer from some form of mental illness and are not suitable for many community housing projects…get some info abt the homeless before you make judgements as to how you want them to live

  • James Powell III

    I am impressed, I would like to see how this could be taken further by, having all necessities taken care of like, insulation and ventilation for hot and cold weather conditions, Some kind of window for natural light source, You also, need a spot to sleep and a small table and chair where you can eat. Unless you eat somewhere else or study somewhere else. Solar and wind power to generate battery power. What about some place for a water filter. Bathroom and bathing would be an issue for a small place, unless it is provided nearby at a public place. Also, what about a place for clothes. I assume there could be a way to lock up and secure your place?
    That would be cool to see a tiny house made like that.

  • James Powell III

    I am impressed, I would like to see how this could be taken further by, having all necessities taken care of like, insulation and ventilation for hot and cold weather conditions, Some kind of window for natural light source, You also, need a spot to sleep and a small table and chair where you can eat. Unless you eat somewhere else or study somewhere else. Solar and wind power to generate battery power. What about some place for a water filter. Bathroom and bathing would be an issue for a small place, unless it is provided nearby at a public place. Also, what about a place for clothes. I assume there could be a way to lock up and secure your place?
    That would be cool to see a tiny house made like that.

  • Dan

    I hope you know that the boy purchased the materials from a local store. He did not pull the materials out of the trash. If he did, his parents would not have let him have it in side of there pristine expensive house.

  • Dan

    I hope you know that the boy purchased the materials from a local store. He did not pull the materials out of the trash. If he did, his parents would not have let him have it in side of there pristine expensive house.

  • Dan

    There is “Green” renewable product that has many uses. It has incredible weight to strength ratio. It uses very little natural resources to manufacture. In fact, it requires carbon dioxide to manufacture and the byproduct of manufacturing is oxygen… It is called a Tree. So get off of your “Green” podiums and go plan a tree.

  • Dan

    There is “Green” renewable product that has many uses. It has incredible weight to strength ratio. It uses very little natural resources to manufacture. In fact, it requires carbon dioxide to manufacture and the byproduct of manufacturing is oxygen… It is called a Tree. So get off of your “Green” podiums and go plan a tree.

  • Dan

    I forgot to mention that trees are solar powered.

  • Dan

    I forgot to mention that trees are solar powered.

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  • http://greenbuildingideas.info Kyanisunrise

    Very imaginative but Can’t be built in the US, Will not pass building coded for a livable structure.

  • http://greenbuildingideas.info Kyanisunrise

    Very imaginative but Can’t be built in the US, Will not pass building coded for a livable structure.

  • http://yahoo mike m.

    great idea for camping,the coleman company might be interested in this.

  • jesse

    why not just live in a tent

  • jesse

    why not just live in a tent

  • http://www.goodmoldings.com Joel Linn

    Reclaimed wood? If the shoe fits… Wooden Palettes reused for this tiny little eye catch. Why not?

    From Page: “I spent the last two days working in the Tiny Free House and got the other window lowered about 8 inches to clear the eaves and finished adding pallet boards to the roof. It was very slow going screwing all those boards to the trusses. I used an extension ladder from the outside for the lower boards and did the peak from the inside by coming up through the framing.

    My next step is to cover the roof with roofing felt to protect the house from the rain and start on the siding on my next trip… unless my father-in-law scores form scrap sheet metal for me. He mentioned he knew a couple guys with sheet metal shops that often have shingle size scrap pieces of metal. Seems to me some galvanized scrap sheet metal would make some very nice shingles… nicer than #10 cans and still very free.”

  • http://www.goodmoldings.com Joel Linn

    Reclaimed wood? If the shoe fits… Wooden Palettes reused for this tiny little eye catch. Why not?

    From Page: “I spent the last two days working in the Tiny Free House and got the other window lowered about 8 inches to clear the eaves and finished adding pallet boards to the roof. It was very slow going screwing all those boards to the trusses. I used an extension ladder from the outside for the lower boards and did the peak from the inside by coming up through the framing.

    My next step is to cover the roof with roofing felt to protect the house from the rain and start on the siding on my next trip… unless my father-in-law scores form scrap sheet metal for me. He mentioned he knew a couple guys with sheet metal shops that often have shingle size scrap pieces of metal. Seems to me some galvanized scrap sheet metal would make some very nice shingles… nicer than #10 cans and still very free.”

  • Ben C

    This is a pretty good idea, but an even better use is to find a company that ships a lot of stuff…get the pallets from someone who receives a bunch of stuff, pickup their pallets and then recycle them by giving or selling them back to a company that needs them….every pallet that you recycle like this, may be directly responsible for preventing a new pallet from being made….

  • Ben C

    This is a pretty good idea, but an even better use is to find a company that ships a lot of stuff…get the pallets from someone who receives a bunch of stuff, pickup their pallets and then recycle them by giving or selling them back to a company that needs them….every pallet that you recycle like this, may be directly responsible for preventing a new pallet from being made….

  • http://none Kim D. Dockery

    I’m not sure if this is where I am suppose to contact you but I have a story or a plead to share with you. My mother is in desperate need of home repairs. The house she is living in, is the house that she raised nine children in. Three of the children belonged to my fathers first marriage, and thiere mother was killed in an accident, leaving them to my dad. Only one of those children claim my mom now that they are grown, not thanking her for being there for them when they needed someone. My father was an alcoholic and abusive not only to my mother but to the oldest of the children. To make a long story short, My mom has given her whole life to raising children and being abused. I being the youngest of the children would like to help my mom at least have a nice place to live the remaining yrs of her life. My moms house is falling down as we speake. There are hole is the floors, cielings and walls. Wasps come in and I think they have built nests in the attic, because we have killed over 60 just this summer alone. If there is some way that you could help me, help my mom, pls contact me asap. This would be great addertisement for your buisness and for the world to go green also. Pls help my mom to rebuild her home, we don’t have the money to repair it and it is unsafe and unhealthy. God Bless you and your family. Thank you so much. Kim Dockery My address is : Kim Dockery, Blanchard Oklahoma Po. Box 1315 Pls respond and let me know if you can help me.

  • http://Web Josiah

    I work with pallets and I can tell you that you really can’t use the things more than once safely, maybe twice. They take quite a beating and you don’t want one breaking at an inopportune time. What you should really back is replacing as many as possible with synthetic pallets.

  • http://Web Bonnie Overman

    I just finished a goat shed. I was lucky enough to find four 8ft pallets. I used 3 for 3 walls and a normal size pallet on the 4th wall to leave a space for the door. I am using the 4th 8ft pallet as part of the goat’s climbing gym.

    I attached the pallets to treated landscape timbers to keep the pallets up off the ground. On the outside I put tin and the roof is clear plastic roofing so it’s not too dark inside.

    This is a great house for my goats but it would work well for a chicken coop, Dog house etc. Pallets are a great way to build. Not only did I save money, it took about an hour to do all the framing needed.

    I’ll be using pallets again!

  • http://rainbarrel.ca/ jack palmerston

    I don’t want to be a party-pooper & I want to do the right thing by recycling etc., but…I’ve heard that many pallets are contaminated by toxic materials originally stored/shipped on them. This is also a very good reason not to burn pallets. ~ jack at rainbarrel.ca

  • http://rainbarrel.ca/ jack palmerston

    I don’t want to be a party-pooper & I want to do the right thing by recycling etc., but…I’ve heard that many pallets are contaminated by toxic materials originally stored/shipped on them. This is also a very good reason not to burn pallets. ~ jack at rainbarrel.ca

  • http://Web richard cantu

    alot of electrical supply house and warehouses wouldnt mind to hand out some pallets. just ask if you take some off there hands and i bet they would be cool with it.

  • http://Web Bonnie Overman

    I can see where that could be a concern. The 8ft pallets that I used were brand new very white untreated wood that something very light was shipped on because they were not double sided as normal pallets are. However, the idea to make a goat shed out of pallets came from a huge Goat farmer in Montana. He raises meat goats. He uses pallets that are really weathered. As you know grocery stores, the Walmart and CVS receive goods shipped on pallets. On the other hand, I would not be searching for pallets at a chemical company to use to build with. In addition, as with any wood after laying out in the sun for months, most anything that could have seeped into the wood would be gone. If it didn’t we wouldn’t have keep treating our decks. I feel safe with the choice I made. Depending on where you live in the U.S. air polution is probably as big of a danger. :)

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  • http://no dan norton

    I love it, I plan on making my own hand made green house myself, and have been stocking up for a couple of years now. I currently have a nice 10X5 underground room with 15 feet of underground tunnels accessing the room. The walk throughtunnels are a full 6’X 3′ and the room has 10’ceilings. I have covered the wallsw chicken wire type material, nailed into the dirt walls then a light coat of stucco. the ceiling is supported with 8″X 8″X 8′ bridge timbers. The rest is still pretty primative up the insides are there to stay. The hardest part of the job was not so much the digging, but what to and How to get rid of the dirt. It took 2-years to dig, at around an hour and half per day.I will share my pict of construction and the semi finished product at the following e-mail. The pallet house is great and wonderful idea, regrettfully in my recycling carrer I have run into a few problems with taking pallets without permission from the property owner, so I try and icaask for permission MOST of the time. What we as Americcans throw awayway too much stuff we are just now as we are almost washed out are realizinf that, so I feel that We as recyclers, trash pickers, dumpster divers, you name it we should be incouraged and not down turned in our quest to reuse anything we can get our hands on. Have a ball! Daniel Norton

  • http://Web Raymond Anderson

    I am all for it, but failed to find Janzens web site address in the article. Please help?
    Thanks,
    Raymond

  • http://Web Sherri

    you’re commenting on the wrong article, genius.

  • http://Web Sherri

    and I hope you know you’re commenting on the wrong story…

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  • http://mellorik@msn.com Name (required)

    besides being the wrong article, have you ever heard of staking it down?

  • http://Web kemmer

    I have built a lot of stuff out of shipping pallets, from a dog house to shelves to planter boxes for my garden. These tiny houses are really cool and simple, what a neat concept!

  • m d jarrett

    Where are the plans? Guess we have to pay for them?

  • http://Web maurice

    As a truck driver I can say the statement about pallets being used once is completely false. Any area with even moderate shipping activity will have pallet recycling companies rebuilding and selling for reuse.

  • http://Web anna

    i want to make a tiny house but i am only 9 my dad said it is a lot of money so i haft to wait for a while but that means a long time in parent language please help!

  • ice

    i love my chicken coop i made

  • Deserto

    i love this idea! i’m always seeing these things thrown out behind stores. I have a 5 year old son who’d rather play video games then be outside… Having been homeless myself, this project was very simular to the shelter i created with slabs of dejected landfill cement parts. I’m going build him this little play house but take it a step farther. because we live in the desert it becomes to hot to go out, so i’m going to dig a slab about two to three feet build the structure as seen above, and cover the reat with plywood, for reinforcement, cover with plastic for rain protection and leaving some tarp to roll and unroll for shade and a door flap. then to top it all off cover it with sand and plant some nice flowers on it…. and why stop thier, hindge up a slab a ply and make a fold down bunk, he can camp out if he wants. one thing though, i have to figure out away to keep rattle snakes out of there when summer comes. maybe a fold down for would work? anyways thanks for the idea! This is going to be fun!.

  • Joan

    I am going to take this idea and run with it, starting with a utility shed in a backyard. I can also see this working as the framing for a large traditional sized home, possibly sturdier if you are simply nailing pallets together for the framework. A big cost reduction for home builders, and very green!

  • http://yahoo.com Dakota

    This is and or could be a way to solve the homeless problem in the world, and the poverty, by teaching this to different people to keep them from the elements at night

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  • Hannah

    There are lots and lots of ideas out there for pallet furniture too…daybeds, coffee tables on casters, etc.  Love the idea of re-purposing them…!  I think I may use this idea for a play-house for my son (obviously on a much smaller scale).  Next thing you know though, places will be charging an arm and a leg for them because they’ll realize they’re in high demand.  :-/

  • little pallet girl

    I applaud your effort to save our planet, but you are very misinformed about pallets.  My family has run a pallet manufacturing plant for my whole life, and I happen to know a few things about it… 1st and foremost, trees are never cut down for the sole purpose of building a pallet.  Pallet manufacturers use the center of a tree, i.e. the part that furniture manufacturers or lumber mills can not use for any other purpose.  The lumber we use is too low grade for any other use.   That alone makes it impossible that 40% of all lumber is cut to produce pallets.  We don’t even use 40% of a tree.  Think of a pallet company like a bottom feeder in the ocean, or a buzzard on land, we take what no one else wants and make a usable product from it.  Some pallets are indeed single use, however they are usually made from very thin wood that is broken at the end of that use.  However, some are built thick and in a standard size, so that once a product is shipped that pallet can be sent on down the production line and reused many times…  We also recycle pallets here, ourselves.  We bring them in from companies who find themselves at the end of a use cycle.  We remove and replace the boards that have been broken, and add support systems to any that can be salvaged.  Even the sawdust that is produced by our saws is reused in several ways.  Local farms use it for animal bedding, local brick manufacturers use it in their manufacturing process.  Some of our waste is sold at a very low cost to people in our area who feel it is better to heat their homes with wood as opposed to gas, or electric.  

    So, while I think it is great to reuse a pallet bound for the landfill, in fact we have a few in our house ourselves, serving various purposes, I can assure you that most pallets are not as villainous as you would like to portray them.

  • Anonymous

    Building a home in this economic times is quite a difficult feat to achieve but it isn’t not entirely impossible. Indeed, this is one way to build a home that doesn’t come in too heavy on the pockets, nor cause the destruction of the planet. You can consider this tip or also approach home builders http://www.zcustomhomes.com to provide you assistance in coming up with a custom home that is suitable for your needs.

  • Danielsydney

    This idea and concept is amazing. I applaud you for making this idea public….

  • Robert R Fiske

    I know this is an old post.. but …  I have a friend who runs a company and I asked him why he can’t send them back to be reused, and the trucks can’t accept them onboard, as they are taking full loads along their next legs of the route, etc.

    It’ll prob. start happening when the costs of this current process are no longer sustainable.  Meantime, they are a useful surplus item!

  • drake

    he could have done it you can make a nice house

  • Suzyu

    Some companies do recycle pallets. There are even pallet recycling businesses that collect unwanted pallets and resell them to other companies. That said, there are so many pallets in use everywhere that many large companies like Walmart cannot afford to mess with recycling, they have too many coming and going. We just picked up a bunch of pallets and made a boardwalk over a muddy area and a 50′ square fence for our dogs. May build a carport next.

  • cmn

    How did you build the fence with the pallets? That is something I would love to do!

  • Walter Hynson

    Nice ,I built a simular structure 20 years ago using 10ft sq pallets it worked great ,now what we as people have to do is get rid of the building inspectors that prevent people from building their own homes then we will be truly free….WCH

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  • emad

    i am also trying ..to make a roof of 12 X 54 Foot. from pallettes.But they are plastic pallettess..what should i do..

  • Doug

    I built my tiny house doing a good deal of dumpster diving for more traditional building materials and have the following workshop planned to help another build a tiny house:

    Dale’s TINY HOUSE
    CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP

    August 9, Near Iowa
    City, Iowa

    Join us in Iowa for a
    one day workshop, kicking off the construction of a 12-foot tiny house on
    wheels. During this day-long intensive you will frame the floor,
    anchoring them to a utility trailer. We’ll focus on tool safety and
    use, and will walk through the key considerations for building a house on
    wheels – a structure that must endure a thousand miles of road ruts, potholes,
    wind shears and driving rain.

    PAD is partnering with a
    local volunteer group, TINY HOUSE IOWA CITY, and Dee will teach the workshop
    along side her brother, Doug, a long time builder and teacher. The
    workshop will be held at Coralville United Methodist Church 806 13th Ave,
    Coralville, IA 52241, and will include a meet-up on Saturday night in
    Iowa City complete with small bon fire, smores and a tour of Doug’s beautiful
    little house. With only 10 spots we expect it to fill fast—so don’t
    delay! It is going to be epic TOOLS-ON fun!!!

    Cost: $125

    SATURDAY AGENDA

    § Orientation – Tiny House Engineering
    Fundamentals

    § Tool Safety

    § Floor Framing, Decking and Undercarriage

    § Insulation Options

    § Bolts and Tension Ties

    § Advanced Wall Framing (Introduction)

    Noon break will be lunch
    on your own, and in the evening we’ll break for showers and then gather from 6
    to 8pm for a pot luck dinner in Doug’s nearby backyard, complete with a tiny
    house (photo) and an opportunity to hob knob with local tiny house enthusiasts.

    To register visit our
    website: http://padtinyhouses.com/workshops-2

    A Bit of History:

    In April
    of 2006 we had a men’s retreat at my cedar log house on 18 acres near Kent
    Park. Three of our 12 hours together was
    spent sweating away at a work project as men are often want to do. We had a bit of an old fashioned barn raising
    as five groups framed up a little 14×8 foot hermitage. It was modeled after a tiny house my sister
    had built and was designed as a place for people to get away from the concerns
    of the world for a bit of prayer and reflection.

    I’m still appreciative to that initial group of
    men and later to Bill Ferrel who gave me one of his staff work shirts as I
    dumpster dove for building materials hoping the police in the upscale
    neighborhoods would give me less attention.
    It took a year to complete and over the following seven years an average
    of a few people a month spent the night in the place. Like me, they got a taste of simplicity often
    reserved for camping weekends.

    One
    person who stayed in the place was a homeless man I befriended for a number of
    years. We got to know one another when I
    asked Crissy Canganelli at the Shelter House who I might talk to if I wanted to
    experience the plight of homelessness first hand. She introduced me to Mike who was living
    behind a fraternity house by the river and he allowed me to pitch a tent during
    a two week emersion experience I had planned.
    Like him I road a bike to get around and still remember one 6:30 am Area
    Leaders meeting to which I showed up late after a flat tire left me jogging
    along side my mountain bike for a mile.
    Mike showed me a radically alternative perspective on life working just
    enough to live, to allow time to wax eloquent about Dante and marvel at the
    rain. In return I introduced him to my
    church friends who helped him with a few jobs enabling him to rent an apartment
    and purchase a truck. Looking back I
    think I got the better end of the deal.

    In
    2013 I traded the Davidic cedar palace in the woods for a hundred year old
    yellow brick house in Iowa City and moved that hermitage to the back yard. Occasional stays in the tiny space grew to
    daily waking up there to encounter the cacophony of early morning traffic
    noise, barking dogs, and neighbors. Living in a tiny house is possible and a
    growing delight. In December, I decided
    to once again approach the Shelter House about an idea that had been
    brewing. “Are there any homeless veterans
    interested in building and living in a tiny house? If so, I have rooms to rent in my house as we
    plan the event.”

    This time I was introduced to Dale who has made an excellent housemate
    and is in the process of designing and acquiring the materials to build an 8 x
    12 foot tiny house on a repurposed trailer.
    August 9 Portland Alternative Designs, my sister’s tiny house company
    and a group here, will lead a workshop with Dale and I to launch the project
    forward. Our hope is to engage the
    homeless and minimalists wanting to live more simply in tiny house design and
    building in a manner that can be reproduced exponentially. I don’t yet know if it’s a God sized dream or
    just something a few friends and I will experiment with, but prayer and time will
    determine this.

    If
    you are interested in learning more about simplified living or want to help
    with the build event give me a call at 319-530-7806.

    Peace,

    Doug Williams

    Dougwilliams319@gmail.com

  • YRUW8NG4HOT H2O

    Do they need hot water quicker? Do they want to stop their pipes from freezing?

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