Archive for Wednesday, April 12, 2000

House that students built ready for auction Saturday morning

April 12, 2000

A house built by Tonganoxie High School building trades classes will be auctioned at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The students began working on the house in the fall and are able to view their almost-finished product.

"We're a bit behind schedule, but everything is still working out," said Steve Hughes, building trades teacher. "One reason is because we have not had as much time to work on it as last year even though we have had the nice weather."

For the past three years, students in the 3-year-old classes have built houses to gain real-world experience at the high school. Each year the house is auctioned and the money is used toward the following year's house.

"We're just trying to give the kids some experience,"

Hughes said. "They can use the skills they learn in these classes in the real world, by learning it here in a job-type setting."

The houses are constructed on the school district's property. The house is supposed to be moved by house the purchaser after the auction. Last year, the house was auctioned for $31,500.

This year's house is 1,392 square feet. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room, kitchen and a utility area. The baths include a 48-inch fiberglass shower with faucet, a 60-inch white cast iron tub with faucet. The house contains several other features. The items not included are: attic insulation, front siding, furnace, air-conditioner, hot water heater, light fixtures, bathroom sink and countertop, kitchen sink and countertop, plumbing, floor covering, painting, exterior door and knobs, gutters and a deck or porch.

"This year's house is just as good as last year's," Hughes said. "We made a few changes this year. We are going to try to improve the house built each year."

All sales of the house will be final. A $5,000 payment is required at time of sale and the rest when the house is moved. The house must be moved by July 14.

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