WALDPORT — A couple dozen students at Waldport High School built a tiny house shell last year as part of a Career and Technical Education Class project, and are now auctioning off the tiny house on wheels.
So far, however, the hard-working students who contributed so much to the project have received scant bids on their tiny house.
“When it came time to sell it, we only got one bid,” said Greg Wood, a career and technical education instructor at Waldport High School. “I don’t know if the time frame was so long that people lost interest. Ten different people came and asked questions about it before.”
The school got a grant close to three years ago enabling students in the CTE program to build this trendy, compact living space. Along the way, they picked up key skills in construction and building. Students learned how to read blueprints, build to plan specifications and use tools of the trade.
“I guess for any shop class, it’s when they have that “Aha” moment and they think, ‘Now I get it,’” Wood said of the most rewarding part of the experience.
The tiny house is intended to be sold so the CTE program can be more self-sustaining than it was previously.
“We don’t have to rely on school district money,” Wood said.
The challenges associated with selling the students’ tiny house, he added, includes that tiny homes are difficult to regulate, and that many communities don’t have specific rules for tiny homes like the one his students built. Only a small group of people, he said, are interested in them, too.
“It does create more of an issue because it’s mobile,” he said.
One student, who started working on the tiny house his sophomore year, enjoyed seeing the home finished after two years of toil.
“Just seeing your finished product, what you built with your own hands,” said Dillon Tokar, 17, after being asked what his favorite part of the project was.
Tokar, who was involved in each aspect of the project, is going to a Skills USA competition to showcase some techniques he picked up.
“It’s for the same stuff I learned when building the tiny house,” he said.
A few of Tokar’s classmates also picked up skills on the project they’ll use moving forward, either in future classes or to build tiny homes of their own.
“I learned how to use a hammer properly and how to frame a wall,” said Alex Burns, a senior at Waldport High School. “I might take a few more classes and try to build a tiny house myself.”
Students involved in the project hope a bidder comes along for the tiny house before the April 10 bidding deadline.
“Hopefully we find someone to buy it,” said Connor Dunn, a junior. “The one we’re trying to sell now is a shell, so it’s really whatever they want to do. We’re just hoping to get it in the right hands and someone will use it.”