Sophomores Austin Jackson and Noah McElhose said they enjoyed the hands-on experience the Homebuilding I class offered and eagerly signed up for the second course.
“It was a great experience,” said Jackson, who added he wants to pursue a construction career.
McElhose called Kitchen “a book of knowledge.” He doesn’t know if he’s interested in a construction related-career, but said the skills being learned would come in handy down the road. “You will save a lot of money using these skills,” McElhose said.
As Kitchen showed off the work done on the first tiny house, he pointed to a broken window. “We had a few issues here and there. A student broke a window by accident. They are going to learn how to fix a window as a result of that,” he said.
This is the second year for the tiny house project in the homebuilding classes.
The program has been supported by monetary and in-kind donations and grants with materials including a lot of wood being recycled. Students pay a $30 fee for the course.
Last year, there were 40 students working on the project. This year, the classes attracted nearly 200.
The first house is 80 percent complete and will be auctioned in May. Plans are for the second smaller, tiny house to be done this semester and donated to someone in need, also in May during the school’s Elevate the Arts event.
Work remaining on the first house, parked on its trailer outside the high school, included completing insulating with a material made from recycled denim, sealing interior walls and painting the exterior. An inspection will follow.
For more information and updates on the tiny house projects, go online to www.tipptinyhouse.weebly.com or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/tipp.tinyhouse.5.
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