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Building one house at a time

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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The high school building trades classes are nearing completion of this 1,940-square foot home in Brazil. This is the 34th house high school students have built through the class. Melinda Quasius Photo.
On the east side of Brazil, there is a developing neighborhood. Year by year, new houses are constructed.

Each are of similar style and size, but the layouts, finishes and details are all different.

It would be hard for Dan Dragon to keep every house exact, with 20-25 different students constructing the homes each year.

Turn on Harry Sherer Drive, off of Pinckley Street, and you'll see several brick homes constructed by high school juniors and seniors.

This year, Dragon, the teacher in-charge of the program, has 20 students working on a 1,940-square foot home.

The students do everything, from laying the foundation to framing to painting and plastering the interior.

The program is intended to give students the opportunity to gain experience in all construction areas, which may help determine the direction a student takes once school is over.

This past week, staining the molding and painting primer were the main tasks.

Senior Ethan Jensen has enjoyed his time working on the house, and the work is preparing him for after school. Jensen plans to enter the workforce in masonry, a trade Dragon says is in need of more people.

Some students will may move onto Construction Technology degrees from state universities, inspired by their work on the home.

Dragon said some students who may not have found their passion in other classes find a sense of purpose in building a house.

The hard work produces a bargain of a home.

The price of the two-garage abode is established by the cost of materials and any outside labor incurred by the project.

This year, a journeyman plasterer joined the students to teach how to lay plaster instead of hanging drywall.

In the past, the homes in the neighborhood sold in the $170,000 range.

Buyers get to pick their floor covering, appliances and wall color of the house, which is all completed before they move in.

In June, the community will be invited to an open house to show the new building. It will be from 1-5 p.m., on June 8.


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Dan and Rod do a great job teaching the kids. It is a wonderful experience, and they provide a great service for our community. Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Apr 10, 2008, at 11:49 AM


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