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Bids sought for new tiny house

  • The tiny house now up for sale was built by students from Benton, Christopher and Sesser-Valier.

    The tiny house now up for sale was built by students from Benton, Christopher and Sesser-Valier.
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Provided by Regional Office of Education No. 21
Posted on 6/14/2017, 5:00 AM

Drivers navigating the Benton Public Square during the Rend Lake Water Festival a couple of weeks ago may have noticed a charming structure on display on its east parking lot.
The "tiny house", described as a fully functioning house in condensed form, is a product of the first-ever multi-school district construction trades class, which included students from Benton, Christopher and Sesser-Valier high schools.
"Some creative thinking on the part of our board allowed us to be able to offer this class for students who have an interest in the building trades," said George Hopkins Jr., director of the Franklin County Regional (Vocational) Delivery System. "The 'tiny house' project allowed students to get a lot of hands-on experience in carpentry and construction, and we now hope to sell our tiny house to help fund next year's program."
Hopkins pointed out that the board will consider any reasonable offer that will cover the cost of materials, and anyone interested is encouraged to pick up an informational sheet at the Regional Office of Education, now located in the Campbell's Building on the Benton Public Square.
Some people are familiar with the "tiny house" concept through the popular HGTV primetime series that has highlighted the potential uses of such a basic, mobile structure built on a heavy duty flat-bed trailer.
"I am aware that some folks have utilized these houses at lakes and hunting areas," Hopkins said. "The TV show has spawned a growing interest in having amenities of home -- heating, air-conditioning, kitchen, etc., without extravagant square footage. Our students even included an outside deck on their project. It's a neat little place!"
The Tiny House is now located at Benton Consolidated High School, near the superintendent's office. Tours can be arranged by calling 618-438-9711 ext. 105 or 618-923-1703.

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