FVCC’s Student Built House for Sale

Austin Stevens, first-year FVCC building trades student, puts finishing touches on one of the two bathrooms inside the college’s Student Built House.

The nearly completed Student Built House, constructed by students enrolled in Flathead Valley Community College’s building trades program, is up for sale.

The three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,400-square-foot home boasts multiple features including dual-glazed windows, full prefinished cabinets, energy efficient lighting systems, vaulted ceilings, a walk-in closet, laminate countertops, low-flow toilets, efficient insulation, and a separate laundry room.  Best of all, the home is transportable and can be easily moved and placed on a permanent foundation on the buyer’s property.

Eight building trades students spent fall and spring semesters constructing the system-built house comprised of two halves measuring 700 square feet each.  They worked diligently and meticulously at the construction site building the home to meet code requirements as if the home was constructed on its permanent foundation.

“The students have produced a well-built home that can withstand the stress of being transported from one location to another,” said Building Trades Apprentice Coordinator Greg Waldrop who directed and supervised the students throughout the project.

According to Waldrop, this year was the Student Built House program’s sixteenth year.  Over the years, the program has received generous support from numerous sponsors including the Flathead Building Association, among others.  The program uses these resources as well as the proceeds from the sale of each house to fund the construction of subsequent houses.  This support has helped FVCC’s building trades students successfully construct and sell a house every year since the program’s inception.

Kitchen of the FVCC Student Built House, under construction

This year was the second year the students constructed a transportable home.  Last year’s inaugural transportable home was purchased by Scott and Michelle Hadwin of Kalispell.

“Each year, we evaluate our local housing market to decide what type of home would best meet the needs of our local community,” said Waldrop.  “We found that a transportable home gives people more flexibility, and we are hoping a local resident will take advantage of this opportunity to purchase an affordable, well-constructed home.”

Waldrop also understands the importance of providing his students with hands-on experience and how it prepares them for successful careers in the workforce.  He describes the Student Built House program as a win-win.

“Our students benefit from the skill set they learn while working on the job, and our community members benefit by having the opportunity to purchase affordable, high-quality homes constructed by hardworking and dedicated students,” he said.

The FVCC Student Built House is available for the purchase price of $65,000.  For more information about the home or about the building trades program, contact Waldrop at 249-6584.

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