Tiny house shows off big tal­ent

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PAULA HULBURT

They have de­voted hun­dreds of hours to their tiny build and now need Marl­bor­ough’s help to get their work recog­nised.

A ded­i­cated team of year 12 and 13 stu­dents at Marl­bor­ough Boys’ Col­lege have de­voted more than 100 hours to cre­ate a tiny home for a na­tional build­ing chal­lenge.

On­line vot­ing has opened and the tal­ented team are hop­ing their project will im­press the pub­lic and judges alike.

The fin­ished de­sign, which in­cludes a be­spoke trailer, will be sold to re­coup some of the es­ti­mated $10,000 cost.

The pine clad house will come with its own cov­ered ve­randa, painted cor­ru­gated iron roof and a fold-down bed.

The in­te­rior has been left rel­a­tively un­touched to al­low a po­ten­tial buyer to make their own mark on the portable build.

Head of technology Alex Breig has been on­site to help over­see the project.

‘‘The guys have worked re­ally hard and I’m proud of what they’ve achieved. They work well to­gether as a team, com­mu­ni­cate well and get the job done.

‘‘I think they de­serve recog­ni­tion for how hard they have all worked,’’ he says.

The team have joined stu­dents across the coun­try for the an­nual Build­ing and Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion BuildA­bil­ity Chal­lenge.

Teams from 14 sec­ondary schools across the coun­try have spent the past three months com­pet­ing in the an­nual Build-Abil­ity Chal­lenge which sees them plan, de­sign and build a project of their choice while stick­ing to a strict bud­get.

The Build-Abil­ity Chal­lenge is a key part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s strategy to at­tract new ap­pren­tices and demon­strate the op­por­tu­ni­ties of a ca­reer in the trades.

It also pro­vides stu­dents with hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence of an ap­pren­tice­ship and a head-start on their train­ing with the abil­ity to earn unit and achieve­ment stan­dards to­wards a BCATS Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate.

Later this month, ex­pert judges will de­cide the over­all win­ners and the Peo­ple’s Choice cat­e­gory win­ner will be se­lected by on­line vot­ing.

Win­ners will be an­nounced on Septem­ber 26. To vote, visit builda­bil­ity.co.nz.


The Marl­bor­ough Boys’ Col­lege Tiny House team, from left, Connor Reed, James Southey, teacher Alex Breig, Jack Hold­away and Nathanael Brooks need peo­ple to vote for them on­line as part of the Build-Abil­ity Chal­lenge.

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