nvdaily.com link to home page

Traffic | Weather | Mobile Edition
      Archives | Subscribe | Special Sections


Local News arrow Education arrow Mount Jackson arrow Ryan Cornell

| 0

Triplett students near completion of massive house project

2014_03_06_Triplett_House1.jpg
Triplett Tech students Andrew Ross, left, of Woodstock, and Zach Hensley, right, of Quicksburg, both 18, walk outside the 1,800-square-foot house that Triplett Tech students are constructing on Center Street in Mount Jackson. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

2014_03_06_Triplett_House2.jpg
Carpentry students Adam Foltz, 18, left, and Kelly Keller, 19, right, both of Edinburg, install a piece of drywall in the utility room of the Center Street home under construction in Edinburg. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

2014_03_06_Triplett_House3.jpg
Triplett Tech electrical students Kyle Ortts, 18, left, of Edinburg, and Matthew Marston, 17, right, both of Edinburg, work on the electrical box inside the new home under construction on Center Street in Mount Jackson. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

2014_03_06_Triplett_House4.jpg
Triplett Tech electrical students Tyler Drummond, 18, lett, and Trae Walker, 17, right, both of Strasburg, strip electrical wiring in a downstairs bathroom. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)


By Ryan Cornell

MOUNT JACKSON -- Students at Triplett Tech have built plenty of houses in the past two decades, but electricity instructor Tim Stephens said their latest project might be the most ambitious one yet.

At 1,800 square feet, it's the largest house they've ever built. It has one half-bathroom more than usual and it's the first house to be constructed completely out of brick, he said.

Located at 208 Center St. in Mount Jackson, the two-story house contains three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a back patio and a storage room underneath the front steps. Stephens said work is expected to finish by either the spring or fall.

The lot was purchased years ago and will be sold when the house is completed, he said.

Homes in years past have sold for anywhere between $100,000 and $120,000, Stephens said, though there's a decent chance this one might fetch considerably more.

"Several people want to know what we're going to do with it," he said.

He said past house projects have been sold through public auctions, but the school might consider seeking a real estate agent or advertising a listing in the paper.

The money received from the sale will go back to Triplett Tech as seed money to be used to build the next house.

The house was built by students in the masonry, electricity and carpentry classes at Triplett Tech. The three classes comprise about 30 juniors and seniors -- the Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn't allow anyone younger than 16 to operate power tools.

Students at Triplett Tech traditionally have built modular houses behind the school and sold them to buyers who moved them to different locations. The Center Street house is the fifth permanent offsite location students have built.

Students first broke ground on the lot in the fall of 2011 and masonry students quickly went to work building the foundation.

Masonry instructor Gary Kibler said it might take professional contractors between six and nine months to construct a home, but the students at Triplett Tech are only working for about 2.5 hours a day.

Stephens said the only work done on the house by contractors is HVAC and plumbing.

Other than the construction of the home, students also learned how to secure permits from the town and county.

"You won't be able to tell it from any other houses," Stephens said. "It received no special consideration from the building or zoning department and it meets all standards that a general contractor has to meet."

Andrew Ross, 18, described the project as "the best hands-on education you can get."

"We're basically guaranteed a job when we get out because they have like a pact or agreement with other companies," he said. "They know we're high-quality students. We have the experience."

Although it might just be a fantasy at the moment, Stephens said his mind is on an even bigger project: creating an entire subdivision.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com


Keep up to date on local news

Sign up here to receive Northern Virginia Daily news delivered to your email box each morning and when breaking news occurs.

Comments

Comments that are posted represent the opinion of the commenter and not the Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com. View our comments/submisssions policy. Report abuse by clicking the X next to the comment.













Local News Sections

Affordable Care Act Agency on Aging Agriculture Alex Bridges Apple Blossom Festival Aviation Basye Berryville Boyce Breaking News Business Charities Civil War Clarification Clarke County Colleges Corrections Courthouse Notes: Permits, Transactions Courts & Legal News Crime & Public Safety Economy and Jobs Edinburg Education Edward N. Bell Election 2012 Election 2013 Entertainment Environment Fairs & Festivals Fire & Rescue Fishers Hill Fort Valley Frederick County Front Royal George Washington National Forest Guest Column Hard Times Health History Holidays Homes In The Spotlight Jeff Nations Joe Beck Josette Keelor Katie Demeria Kim Walter Ledger Livestock Local Markets Maurertown Media Middletown Military & Veterans Moms Mount Jackson New Market Page County Pets & Animals Politics Progress 2013 Progress 2014 Quicksburg Religion Rockingham County RSW Jail Ryan Cornell School News Shenandoah County Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department Star Tannery State Stephens City Steven A. Boyce Strasburg Toms Brook Traffic & Transportation Utilities Valley 911 Warren County Weather West Virginia Winchester Woodstock Year in Review




News | Sports | Business | Lifestyle | Obituaries | Opinion | Multimedia| Entertainment | Classifieds
Contact Us | NIE | Place a Classified | Privacy Policy | Comments/Submissions Policy | Subscribe

Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily | nvdaily.com | 152 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657 | (800) 296-5137

nvdaily.com
2014 Virginia Press Association Grand Sweepstakes Winner
The Best Small Daily Newspaper in Virginia!


nvdaily.com | seeshenandoah.com