PISD selling project house

by | May 28, 2015 | Latest

By Joe Reavis

Staff Writer

[email protected]

 

Bids are being accepted to buy a 500-square-foot house equipped with most amenities built over the past two school terms by building trades students at Princeton High School.

The small house, program instructor Charles Long pointed out, is especially suitable for use on a lake lot or at a deer camp, and he has received interest from prospective buyers who are interested in setting up independent living quarters for an elderly or disabled relative.

Working on the project were students in the advanced building trades class who learn by doing in a 2-hour class period each day. Long reported that there are currently eight students in the class and that enrollment had been 10 students.

The building trades instructor designed the house and drew the blueprints for students to follow under his guidance. Operating under a time constraint, he quickly put together a project to build a pier and beam, 1-bedroom structure with a bathroom and kitchen.

Next time around, Long plans to direct students in building a smaller house, more along the tiny house movement in which people are building and living in homes of 300 square feet, or even less.

“I didn’t have time to look around and see what I should be building,” Long said.

The next project most likely will be a smaller house built atop a 8-foot by 20-foot trailer that can be pulled behind a vehicle like a travel trailer.

The house being offered for sale is designed to be moved to a site by its purchaser, but then becomes more of a permanent fixture.

Exterior of the structure is shiplap siding with a single door under a small front porch. Interior features include beaded pine walls, vaulted ceilings, bathroom with a tub/shower combination, electric heater/air conditioner, ceiling fans, kitchen cabinets with adjustable shelves, space for an electric range and an area for a washer and dryer.

“There is plenty of closet space, which is always a factor in these tiny homes,” Long said.

In the construction phase, students get experience in every phase of the project. For continuity students are often assigned to teams such as electrical or plumbing to more quickly complete projects.

Long has taught at Princeton ISD for 13 years and started the building trades class 10 years ago. Primary goals of the class are to expose students to the construction field and to foster a good work ethic, both of which are necessary for future employment.

The program is working, too. The instructor reported that two students have been hired by a building firm that is sending them to Oklahoma State University to earn associate degrees in construction, and another student has been hired in an electrical apprenticeship program.

“We try our best to place them in jobs,” he pointed out.

Mininum bid for the building trades house is $26,000, which covers materials costs and provides seed money to start the new project.

0 Comments

Related News

Election audit shows few issues

Election audit shows few issues

The Secretary of State’s office released the findings of Phase 1 of the forensics audit of the November 2020 election, which shows few issues with the process. In September 2021, the office of the Secretary of State (SOS) announced it would conduct a full forensic...

read more
Collin County holds hazard plan hearing

Collin County holds hazard plan hearing

If the winter storm last year proved anything, it pays to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster. Collin County Assistant Emergency Management Specialist Randall Gurney presented information about the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan during a Wednesday, Jan. 12...

read more
Princeton ISD closes campuses for three days

Princeton ISD closes campuses for three days

A one week surge in COVID-19 cases has Princeton ISD closing all of its campuses, according to an announcement Thursday, Jan. 20. “Because of the rising number of COVID cases in the district, Princeton ISD has made the decision to close campuses for the next three...

read more
District growth addressed; board recognizes students

District growth addressed; board recognizes students

There is an ongoing effort to address the capacity of Princeton schools as it tries to keep pace with the rapid growth. The Princeton ISD Board of Trustees addressed future school capacity issues and potential staffing needs for the 2022-2023 school year during the...

read more
Voter registration deadline coming soon

Voter registration deadline coming soon

Texas Secretary of State John Scott reminds all eligible Texas voters to ensure they are registered to vote before the upcoming deadline. The last day to register to vote for the upcoming March 1 primary race is Jan. 31. "Registering to vote in Texas is easy and...

read more
Princeton showmen claim numerous awards

Princeton showmen claim numerous awards

Princeton showmen picked up some of the top awards last week at the Collin County Junior Livestock Show. The event, for FFA and 4-H members, was held Jan. 8-15 at the Myers Park and Event Center in McKinney. Princeton Independent School District Ag Science teacher...

read more
City Hall closed next week

City Hall closed next week

Princeton is getting one step closer to moving into its new digs.Princeton City Hall will be closed to the public from Monday, Jan. 24 through Friday, Jan. 28.The administrative staff will be transitioning to the new Municipal Center, located at 2000 East Princeton...

read more
New maps take effect Jan. 18

New maps take effect Jan. 18

Following the 2020 Census, the Texas Legislature completed the important task of redrawing the electoral maps to be used over the next decade. Three new laws are set to take effect Jan. 18 following their approval during the 87th Legislature. House Bill 1, which sets...

read more
Date set for grand opening of new municipal center

Date set for grand opening of new municipal center

The long-awaited debut of the new Princeton Municipal Center will soon be a reality. Council announced a tentative grand opening date for the new Municipal Center at its Monday, Jan. 10 regular meeting. City Manager Derek Borg initially proposed Mar. 4,...

read more
Princeton to host blood drive

Princeton to host blood drive

As the country enters a new year, blood reserves remain critically low and city officials are asking Princeton residents to answer the call for donations. Princeton is hosting a blood drive in partnership with Carter BloodCare Tuesday, Jan. 25.  Residents can donate...

read more