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What's Going on at the Student Built Home?

Student Built Home is something not a lot of people know about. At first, I was on the fence about whether or not I should take this class, but signing up for it might have been the best choice I’ve ever made in high school. For those of you who don't know about it, Student Built Home is a dual-credit program that’s relatively self explanatory. Its a home . . . built by students! Aside from the foundation (and the drywall...), the entire house is built by North Scott students. A lot of people are in the mindset that there’s no point in taking this class if they aren’t going into the trades. That's simply not the case. Realistically, I’m never going to touch the trades again after high school; however, the skills I’ve learned from this class are something I’m going to be able to use for the rest of my life. 


This picture was taken a few months ago, but the outside hasn't changed much at all. As of right now, this is what the house mostly looks like! Unfortunately, I couldn't get an updated picture because there's about three tons of dirt sitting in the front yard.






This is the first wall we set up during the initial construction of the house, and it was also a record breaker for the program! The entire back wall is one piece and measures out at nearly 63' long which is the longest wall in the programs history.






Just a few months later, we had the entire house framed and ready to be sheathed for roofing. To get the trusses up, we had a crane come in and lift them into place. The garage was a different story though. Each one of those trusses were lifted up by hand!





After the long, cold, and terrible process of siding the house, we had a very efficient team of well over a dozen drywallers come and put up drywall over the weekend. It took them just about five hours to finish sheeting the entire house. I have no idea how they did it.





A before and after picture of all the progress we've made inside so far! Unfortunately, the entire floor is covered in cardboard so it's not that cool to look at. The most recent additions to this room are the microwave and the dishwasher which were installed during my last work day there.



Luke Simmons and I spent roughly two hours working on this sliding door for a bedroom closet. I'm honestly surprised we were able to get it done that quick considering we were both clueless on how to hang those.






If you're in the building trades classes right now and you're on the fence about taking Student Built Home like I was, just go for it! It's by far the best "class" I've ever taken in high school. I've had a lot of fun since the school year started, and can't wait to see the finished result and share it with you all!


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