Own the Tiny House a Team Built!
When experts who enjoy sharing their skills come together with students eager to learn, great things happen. Here in La Plata County, when members of the Home Builders Association of Southwest Colorado combine their talents with the efforts of local high school woodworking students, the results are fully-finished tiny houses you can own!
The Little Home in Bayfield
The 200-square foot home the Bayfield team built is small but mighty. The little blue house comes with amenities any homeowner would appreciate, including a furnished kitchen and a bathroom complete with a shower featuring contemporary tile. There’s an electric fireplace with a stone surround, a loft, and a front porch with modern metal railings. A skylight floods the tiny house with light and provides emergency egress.
The home comes with a 1-year warranty on all parts. Amazon Alexa is included too. It’s move-in ready as soon as it’s on a foundation and the asking price is $37,500.
You can own this tiny home for only $37,500
and support the Trades in Training program!
For more details or to schedule a visit, contact Rebekah at 970.382.0082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trades in Training Program
At the heart of the tiny house projects is the Trades in Training program (TNT) offered at high schools in Bayfield and Durango and launched by the Home Builders Association of Southwest Colorado (HBASC) in 2017. The program aims to address the shortage of skilled workers in the building industry by providing hands-on, practical training for high school students that culminates with a pre-apprentice certification—qualifying them with real work experience straight out of school.
The HBASC worked with the Home Builders Institute—a national organization that provides career training for the building industry—to bring a trainer to La Plata County. Bayfield High School’s Industrial Arts teacher, Curt Gillespie, as well as his counterpart at Durango High, Shaun Smith, completed the training and are certified to teach the curriculum now offered at both schools.
The tiny house idea took off immediately for Gillespie and some of his advanced students. “Building a tiny house was a manageable project that allowed the Bayfield kids to take a look at every skill needed to build a home from the ground up,” said Rebekah DeLaMare, Interim Executive Director at the HBASC. “They could also learn about parts of the industry they might want to get involved in like architectural design and drafting for the more art-minded students.”
Gillespie’s role was to lead his students in learning core aspects of building, including construction math, tools and materials, safety and first aid, green building, and employability. The HBASC provided guest lecturers and hands-on experts in various trades such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, and masonry. Members of the HBASC also donated materials throughout the build to create all the wonderful amenities of the home. As the students learned alongside HBASC members, the tiny house took shape.
Benefits, Benefits, Benefits
When students successfully complete the TNT programs at Bayfield and Durango high schools, they may test for certification through the Home Builders Institute. With these credentials in hand as they graduate, they’re ready to apprentice with industry professionals on day one and are more likely to get hired than students without the training. Local organizations benefit from a pool of experienced young tradespeople to hire.
Once the little blue home is sold, the funds will cycle back into the TNT program at Bayfield High. Another tiny house under construction at Durango High School is almost ready for sale as well.
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It’s hard to imagine a more win-win program than Trades in Training, especially one that produces a beautiful, practical home that can serve as a guest house, a “mother-in-law” unit, or even a forest cabin. The tiny house in Bayfield meets every local regulation and is ready for a certificate of occupancy.
Stop by and look through the windows of the tiny house a team built on the northwest corner of the Bayfield High School campus, just off County Road 501. If you’d like to see the inside, email the HBASC’s Rebekah DeLaMare at email@example.com for an appointment.