Thursday, June 17, 2021
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Cookeville High Auctions Off Student-Built Home

Cookeville High School’s carpentry class is auctioning off its student-built home on Saturday.

Carpentry teacher Randy Mansell said building the house is a huge accomplishment for his students especially after such a trying school year.

“It was a different school year, but the kids were pretty resilient and versatile and they made it happen–we got the house completed,” Mansell said.

Mansell said that although supply costs are sky-rocketing, since the class received quotes on materials prior to the price hike their suppliers honored the quotes and saved the class some money.

“The price of construction materials has sky-rocketed, and this house will be of really great value to someone,” Mansell said. “I was a contractor for 23 years and the house is built exactly the way I would build it if I came out on your job site.”

Mansell said the class builds a 1,560 square foot home every year, and that he believes some of his students already have the capability to build their own homes.

“They do all aspects of it–they do the siding, the vinyl, frame the house, they hang dry wall, they paint,” Mansell said. “They’ve been exposed to every part of residential construction.”

The home is three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and comes with ceiling fans in all bedrooms. The owner of the home will be responsible for the moving process and costs associated with the move. The auction starts at 10 a.m.