Located in Clay View Estates, lot 11, the 34th house constructed by students in the program will have an open house, scheduled for 1-5 p.m., Sunday, June 14. The 2,011 square-feet of living space and 2-car garage features three bedrooms with walk-in closets constructed of cedar, two-and-a half-baths, a large family room, front and back porches, a breakfast nook, utility room and a concrete drive.
Students participate in the construction of the home, acquiring the necessary experience for them to excel in building trades as well as to gain insight into life after high school and some of the problems they will face.
The block foundation is insulated with Styrofoam in the perimeter within the crawlspace and everything is gravity drained.
The house features brick veneer with aluminum soffit and fascia. It is carpeted and hard surface vinyl as well as Amish built cabinets by the Kemp family throughout. The interior walls and ceiling are veneer plaster and the house includes 9-feet ceilings with a step ceiling in the great room.
Students are divided into team groups after the framing of the house is complete. As a group they work through the rough wiring and rough plumbing.
"It gives more of a sense of ownership because they are not following another group," Instructor Dan Dragon said. "They are more focused and comprehend what is going on because they did it themselves."
Troy Pierce, 18, son of Clarence and Lorie Pierce, Parke County, worked primarily in the kitchen and agreed with Dragon.
"I learned skills that I hadn't known before," he said. "I set cabinets and countertops, I did wall trim and learned how to right and left hand cope."
Pierce enjoyed the class so much that it rubbed off on his brother. Brandon might be taking the class next year with him.
Seth Thompson, 19, son of Brandon and Maryanne Thompson, Parke County, worked mainly on the second bedroom and one of the full bathrooms.
"I enjoyed working with plaster because you can learn more with it," he said. "I really liked working on the deck and being outside because I was happy to not be in a regular classroom."
Though Thompson enjoyed everything the class had to offer, Pierce found out he is ideal job is not bricklaying.
"It took five weeks and that was a very long time," he said.
Dragon acknowledged his class mostly attracts hands-on students. He's proud of the students that have never handled a tool, who by the end of the semester have a better understanding and comprehension of the work that goes into a home.
"The house on lot 11 is currently for sale," he said. "Come to the open house and speak to an advisory board member."
What: Building Trades Open House
Where: Clay View Estates, lot 11
When: June 14, 1-5 p.m.
Note: The house is currently for sale.