10/28 NH students get to work on tiny houses

Students Brian Covey and Collin Brennan working on construction of a tiny house

Brian Covey and Collin Brennan get to work on the early stages of a tiny house they’ll build at Alvirne High School over the next several months. Photo by Eli Okun

Most teenagers are years away from renting or owning a house, let alone building one.

But about 100 high-school students across New Hampshire will create five houses — from wood framing all the way to interior decorations — over the next several months.

The students will be working with manageable dimensions, though: The projects are tiny houses. They’re the focus of a competition, doubling as a workforce-development initiative, that launched Thursday morning at Alvirne High School.

Teams from Alvirne, the Huot Technical Center in Laconia, Kennett High School in North Conway and the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter will spend hundreds of hours on the homes, each with a budget of $15,000 to $20,000.

And in March, at the 50th annual New Hampshire State Home Show in Manchester, judges will declare a winner.

The New Hampshire Lottery, which created the initiative with the New Hampshire Home Builders Association, will also launch a new scratch ticket game in January called “Tiny House Big Money.”

The winner gets $10,000. And the second-place prize? The winning tiny house.

“Tiny houses are remarkably popular. But they’re also remarkably effective, remarkably clean, environmentally friendly,” said Charlie McIntyre, the lottery’s director. “And for us, this is a great opportunity to sponsor schools in workforce development initiatives.”

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Elaine Walker

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