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BJACE auctions tiny house

  • Photos by Jessicah Lawrence/Beaufort Today During the 2016-17 school year, students at Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence built an 8-by-20 foot tiny house.
  • The loft can fit any size bed or multiple twin beds. The students installed wiring, plumbing and dry wall. The buyer can add the finishing touches to make it their own.

Hands-on learning at the Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence is designed to stay up to date with the latest trends, including the small living quarters movement.

Students at ACE worked during the school year to build a tiny house that has been put up for auction, with the minimum bid at $22,000. The money will be reinvested to support more projects at the vocational school.

The 8-by 20 foot house is equipped with wiring, plumbing and drywall, with capabilities for travel. It was built to be used with a propane generator and incinerator toilet, which would need to be installed by the buyer.

Though the measurements might appear small, the school says it has a spacious feel because of a high ceiling in the open area. The loft area can fit any size bed or two smaller twin beds.

“I’m always amazed by how much can fit in a small space. I would say this tiny home is suitable for a couple or a small family,” teacher Brantley Wilson said.

“It’s about 224 square feet, so it’s not a lot of space, but it is efficiently built to support a kitchenette and a full shower and bathroom.”

Almost 5,000 people have viewed the house since it was posted on www.govdeals.com. The auction was scheduled to end Monday after press time.

Wilson said the project was construction teacher Chris Clark’s idea.

“He wanted to have the students be able to see a project from concept to finish,” Wilson said. “They put two solid semesters into it, but with other projects also included throughout the year.”

Because the house was built on a trailer to make it mobile, automotive and welding students also were involved.

“Building on concept, they figured out how to build the structural trailer,” Wilson said. “They learned a lot about framing and how to do the finishing elements.”

The buyer will have the ability to add design features to make the house their own.

“It came down to a time constraint when putting the finishing touches on it,” Wilson said. “But also, it would become a very limiting thing if they made it really specific to one person’s vision.”

No bids had been made as of last week. If the house does not sell before the school year starts, Wilson said, it will be used again for instruction as students make more modifications.

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