Student homebuilders

High school students are the carpenters and electricians working on a new home for a young couple. Justin and Monica Veatch were interested in a three bedroom, two bath home and talked about the possibility with Mayfield/Graves County Area Technology Center.

The young couple agreed to buy the 1300 square foot home and made a deal- they would buy all the supplies and materials needed for the home and the students would supply the labor, but both the homeowners and the workers benefit from the project.  

A total of 18 students are working together to build this house- top to bottom, inside and out. But they say they’re paying extra attention because the homeowner is involved this time.

Senior Zac Fulcher is a carpentry student at the Mayfield/Graves County Area Technology Center. He says building a house is more than just killing time to him, it’s something he wants to do, “There also helping us with the learning experience.”

Principal Mike Miller said when forming the idea for the project with the new homeowners, getting them involved was a no-brainer. Miller says, “These young couple wanted to build a new home and asked if we could do it- I said ‘we can do it’.”

Teacher Kevin Hutchens says building the home not only acts as a lesson plan, but also a real-world team-building project with a supervisor. Hutchens says, “Hopefully we’re teaching the trade and for them to think for themselves.”

When the students finish most of the construction, the home will be moved to its final location where they’ll finish the details like a new deck.

The homeowners say they were skeptical at first– but the home has to pass all the same code inspections as a professionally- built home.

The school doesn’t get any money from the project.

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