Small house a big business for the students of Huot | Local News


LACONIA – A famous architect once said: “Less is more. Anyone who finds the notion appealing might want to take a close look at the small house project that students of the Huot Career and Technical Center Construction Trades Program have undertaken.

Students studying building construction, heating and plumbing at the regional facility are constructing a 400 square foot modular home which, despite its small size, has all the comforts of home.

The Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association has been working with Huot students on small-scale construction projects for the past five years, but this is the first time the finished product will be placed on a foundation.

“This is the first time they’ve worked on a house that’s not on wheels,” said Bob Glassett, Treasurer of the Builders and Remodelers Association and head of its Workforce Development Committee. “We thought that with this project, they would feel like they were building a house,” he said of the 32-by-12-foot one-bedroom residence.

When the association and the Huots first teamed up five years ago, the project was really small: a bobhouse. Then the next three projects were small houses, 8ft by 28ft houses built on a trailer frame.

Work on the current project began in 2019. But the project was put on hold when the Huot Center and its sending schools closed last March due to COVID. Progress has been uneven in the 2020-21 school year due to the fact that Huot or sending schools had to move to full distance classes due to the increase in COVID cases and the demands of quarantine. But Glassett said the plan is to have the house completed by the end of the school year in June.

Students under the supervision of building instructor Ben Schneeweiss and plumbing and heating instructor Mike Schofield worked on the framing, wiring, plumbing and interior finishing of the small house, which includes a heater radiant floor, stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher and washer and dryer for appliances.

Students gain a great deal of industry knowledge throughout the school year, learning how to frame, install windows and flooring, line up cabinet doors, work woodwork, stain and paint, housekeeping techniques. insulation, adjust the top of the stove, cut in the sink and seal the bathroom and kitchen areas.

Glassett said the house is built with high quality components and materials, including composite wood siding, oak flooring and windows, and state-of-the-art insulation.

Many building materials and furniture were donated or obtained at a significantly reduced cost, Glassett said. In total, these materials are worth around $ 50,000, he added.

He said they hoped to sell the house for $ 60,000. In addition to the price of the house, the buyer will have to pay for the installation of a complete foundation, the necessary municipal permits, as well as the services of an electrician, a plumber and a gas technician to carry out the repairs. last connections to public services. .

The buyer will be the first person to pay the $ 20,000 deposit, he said.

The project offers young people who are considering a career in the building trades valuable practical experience. But just as importantly, it benefits the association’s workforce development program by encouraging young people to enter the construction trades, an industry that is in desperate need of young talent to replace a workforce. aging work, said Glassett.

“This is a great networking opportunity for entrepreneurs,” said Glassett. “This is the big takeaway.”

The Builders and Renovators Association funds all of the hardware in the home and enlists local businesses to help with labor and instructions when they can. Some of this year’s partners have been FW Webb, Pella Windows, Ponders Hollow Custom Flooring, All in the Details, Quality Insulation, Middleton Lumber, Custance Brothers, Classon Remodeling, AG Graton and Jeff Winchell of Winchell Electric.

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