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Building Trades class to unveil new home

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Students in the Clay Building Trades installed all the materials in the kitchen of the latest home, located in Clay View Estates. [Order this photo]
The 12th home in Clay View Estates is nearly completed.

Approximately 20 students in the Clay Building Trades program have worked feverishly on the home throughout the school year.

The home is being built in the first cul-de-sac on Bill Brown Court in the subdivision.

The project is in its 36th year of existence. Bill Brown was the first instructor for the program.

Currently, Dan Dragon is the instructor.

"We're about to wrap it up," Dragon said.

The newest addition to the subdivision has 2,109-square feet of living space, according to Dragon. In addition, it comes with a two-car attached garage.

Also included in the brick home are a 40-foot back porch, three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a dining room, breakfast nook, two walk-in closets and a crawl space.

Dragon told The Brazil Times there are several firsts with this new home.

He said the students added a pantry near the kitchen as well as a laundry room near the master bedroom.

The students also used aluminum columns to add to the decor on the outside of the home.

The exterior of the house is bricked and trimmed with aluminum soffit and fascia and EIFS (synthetic stucco) on the porch ceilings, while the color theme is a reddish brick with gray trim.

The interior of the house has veneered plaster walls with 9-foot ceilings. There is a cathedral ceiling in the foyer/great room, and a step ceiling in the formal dining room. There is also a paneled ceiling in the master bedroom.

Dragon said the home was sold in March. Dragon said since the home sold so early this year, the students and instructors were able to work with the owners on certain specifications.

"It's very rewarding," Dragon said. "For me, it's the satisfaction to see the students hunger for a desire to learn."

Soon-to-be Northview High School senior Brad Smith is part of the trades class. He, along with the other students, spent time working on the home for approximately 15 hours weekly during the school year.

Smith, who is also on the NHS golf squad, said his neighbor took the course and encouraged him to do so.

"I learned a lot more in here than I did in school," Smith said. "In the future, you get to drive by and if you've got kids, you can say, 'I built that.'"

Smith said he specifically worked on the northeast bedroom, utility room and hallway.

This is the latest home to be built by students in the Clay Building Trades class. The home is located in Clay View Estates. [Order this photo]
An open house has been scheduled for the home from 1-5 p.m., Sunday, June 13. Dragon said since the home has already been purchased, the open house is more for the public to see the student's work.

Open House

Students and instructors of the Clay Building Trades class will conduct an open house for its latest home, located in Clay View Estates, from 1-5 p.m., Sunday, June 13. The event is free and open to the public.

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