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Students aim high with latest house

Built by career center students, the house will be auctioned off Friday, Aug. 30

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Yes, the half-house sitting outside the construction technology wing of the Delaware Area Career Center's North Campus is for sale.

Construction technology instructor Gene Scott said he receives regular inquiries about the house that's been in DACC's yard since last school year. (The other half is inside the center.)

But that doesn't mean it has netted any actual offers. That's why the school, 1610 state Route 521, will host an auction Friday, Aug. 30, with bids starting at $75,000. Bids must be in by noon.

The auction is the second for the home that was built over the course of two school years by students in the construction technology program. Scott said the seven other homes the career center has constructed and auctioned have been easier to sell, because starting bids hovered around $55,000.

With three bedrooms, two full baths and a gourmet kitchen, the 1,500-square-foot home to be auctioned off next week is valued at $119,000.

"We've never taken it this far in the past, so I think a lot of people do not believe that we can build this level of house," Scott said. "But come on, look at it and tell me where you think a kid built it."

High-end features inside the home include hardwood floors throughout, custom trim, heated tile floors in the bathrooms and energy-efficient appliances. An interior decorator chose the tiles, backsplashes and countertops throughout the house.

The house comes with blueprints that have been approved by a state inspector, meaning additions made in coordination with the plan will pass any inspection and it can be placed anywhere in Ohio. The moving costs are not included in the sale price of the house.

Once the house is paid for, the money will be used to purchase materials for this year's seniors to start building the next home, which should be up for auction in 2015.

Until then, they'll work on doghouses that will be donated to the Humane Society of Delaware County, as well as sheds that the Delaware City Fire Department can use during safety training.

"We don't do this to make a profit," Scott said of the house. "If we make a dollar or even if we lose money, I would still feel good about this, because 56 kids learning to build a house -- that has value."

Eddie Quinn, a senior in the construction technology program, had the opportunity to work on the house during his junior year. Although students take turns working on every aspect of the house, one of his main contributions was the drywall work in one of the bedrooms.

"To know that I built something that someone is living in, that would be a great feeling," he said.

Scott said building the home allows students to find their niche in the construction business. They learn whether they love or hate certain aspects of construction, such as tiling, drywalling or staining trim.

"During senior year, finding out what you want to do is what it's all about," he said.

To schedule a tour of the home, call Scott at 740-203-2235 or email him at ScottG@DelawareAreaCC.org.

mdilley@thisweeknews.com

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