Tiny house is big accomplishment for students in Saratoga Springs

September 10, 2019 05:29 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - At just 220-square feet, it's considered a tiny house, but it represents a big accomplishment.

The project began in January. Students at BOCES - 14 kids in Ian Hamilton's construction trades class plus some adult learners - did all the work.

"They're pretty excited. It's a great project for the students because of the scope. It's small enough that they can get exposure and experience with all aspects of the building process," said Hamilton.

The students built it from the trailer up. They're eager to have someone live in it and say it would be perfect by a lake.

"You're really making a memory of everything you do. It really puts into perspective how much work gets put into even something small like this," said student Jonah Stewart of Schuylerville.

The upstairs sleeping loft can fit a queen-size bed. There's a kitchen, a bathroom with a shower and composting toilet, and a living room.

"It's coming along great," said student Andrew Dumas. "It looks beautiful. Hopefully someone buys it for the right price."

BOCES says the Saratoga Builders' Association provided materials and oversight and it worked out well because they get access to skilled workers at a time when they really need them.

"They (builders) are very interested and eager to have entry level people coming into the job site with skills. There's a real vacuum right now. All of our partners are asking for help," said Hamilton.

The tiny house will be part of the Saratoga Showcase of Homes beginning this weekend. Later this year, it'll be auctioned off and the proceeds will fund future student-built houses.


Mark Mulholland

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