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School’s tiny house project qualifies for state competition

March 16th, 2017 under Education
(staff photos by CAMERON DODD) Presidio ISD senior Flor Leyva and sophomore Javier Santos install siding on the tiny house at Presidio High School Tuesday. The tiny house is student designed and constructed and recently qualified for the state-level SkillsUSA competition.

(staff photos by CAMERON DODD)
Presidio ISD senior Flor Leyva and sophomore Javier Santos install siding on the tiny house at Presidio High School Tuesday. The tiny house is student designed and constructed and recently qualified for the state-level SkillsUSA competition.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — Presidio High School’s first student designed and constructed tiny house project has passed the first stage of judge review and will compete in the state-level SkillsUSA competition in Corpus Christi later this spring.

On a sunny morning during spring break, several students were hard at work with instructor Jesus Zubia at the workshop behind the school. Although many of their classmates were on vacation, Flor Leyva, Javier Santos and Jose Hernandez cut and installed siding on the school’s first tiny house project.

The tiny house exterior.

The tiny house exterior.

Students started working on the house in September. The project is a collaboration between the various classes in Presidio High School’s career and technical education program (CTE). Students in Juan Saenz’ architecture program designed the house. Zubia’s manufacturing class is constructing it. Later, interior design class students will decorate the inside.

In February, Presidio students took the house-in-progress to San Angelo for the district 2 SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference. Judges provided feedback on the design and construction and ultimately cleared the house to advance to the state competition.

Presidio students have designed and constructed every stage of the tiny house from the ground up. It sits on a trailer the students welded themselves. Students framed, roofed and sided the house, installing windows and electrical lines.

The students will do the plumbing themselves, too. The house will eventually operate like a mobile home with plugs and hoses to connect water and electricity. The whole house is about 200 square feet but has all the amenities of a small apartment. The interior of the house has space for a small but functional restroom and a kitchen area. Near the entrance will be a living area with a lofted space for a bed.

The house will need to be about 90 percent complete before it can compete at the state level in early April, Zubia said. Right now, he estimates the house in about 60 percent complete.

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