Students will showcase a tiny house at the Parade of Homes event

IDAHO FALLS — After months of anticipation, students at a local high school are ready to showcase a tiny house they built at a public event starting Thursday.

About 40 students at Technical Careers High School in Idaho Falls have been hard at work over the past five months since February, building a tiny house to show off at Parade of Homes, a local event hosted by the Eastern Idaho Homebuilders Association. . Click here to learn more about Parade of Homes.

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“I mainly helped to build the frame. I also helped with the roof. I think it’s really cool that we’re able to do something like this and we can show it to other people and show, ‘Hey, our school exists, we’re amazing, you should come join us!’ , said Leilani Alvis, a 12th grade 1 student at the Lycée des Métiers Techniques.

The tiny house is approximately 140 square feet. The tiny house will be outside one of the Parade of Homes houses built by Odyssey Homes located at 4836 Sunrise Lane in Iona.

Building a Tiny House was a challenging but rewarding project for everyone involved.

“I love seeing kids excited to learn and just proud of what they’ve done.”

“It’s a small-scale house, so you have to think about saving space and maximizing your use of space. It’s a little different from traditional home building because you have to think a little bit off the beaten path,” said Kyle Wright, construction and woodworking teacher at Technical Careers High School.

Wright said the project was a joint effort and he wanted to expose kids to a full picture of carpentry. The kids have already built a lot of sheds, but these projects have focused on framing. Along with the small house, plumbing and some electrical work was involved.

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“We built a loft there. The bathroom is going to have a compost toilet, which will be interesting. It will save us plumbing there,” he said.

According to Wright, this is the first time the students have presented their work at Parade of Homes.

“We’re excited because people are going to be able to see that we have a building and carpentry program at our school and maybe they’ll want to bring their kids here and see what we can offer them,” Lyndon Oswald said. , technician. Career Secondary School Principal.

Oswald said the project was made possible by generous donations from the community. It all started with a donation of $10,000. Donations were given by the Eastern Idaho Home Builders Association, the Professional Building Contractor Licensing Review Board and A Pro Plumbing.

“I think when all is said and done, I think we can pull this thing off for about $18,000, which is amazing for a tiny house,” Oswald said.

The tiny house will be used as a centerpiece in elementary schools after the parade of houses to show children in the district what kind of courses are offered in technical careers high school so that they can jump-start their careers. It is expected that the tiny house will eventually be sold to an interested buyer.

Currently, the exterior is finished but the interior is not. The goal is for high school students to complete the interior this school year so it can be featured in next year’s House Parade. Next year, people in the community will be treated to an inside tour.

Wright said he was proud of the students’ work.

“I love seeing kids excited to learn and just proud of what they’ve done. I feel the same when I pass neighborhoods where I helped build these homes. I will always point that out, and I will for as long as I can remember, and so I think kids will do the same. They will always remember the work they did and they can be proud that they did a good job,” Wright said.

Alvis said she was grateful to be part of a project like this, which gave her the opportunity to learn new skills. She hopes to get a job once she finishes her studies.

“I hope I will get a job in carpentry soon and after that I hope to either keep this job or get a job in cabinetmaking,” she said.

The Parade of Houses begins Thursday, September 15 through September 17 and September 22 through September 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Click here for more information.

Joseph K. Bennett