Doorways 2 Construction home on schedule

Team: Doorways to Construction coordinator Cody Crane (second from right) with students Ethan Hoskin (left), John Latsombath, Nathan Standley, Dylan Montgomery and Nic Songvilay.

Team: Doorways to Construction coordinator Cody Crane (second from right) with students Ethan Hoskin (left), John Latsombath, Nathan Standley, Dylan Montgomery and Nic Songvilay.

The transportable home being built by Naracoorte High School students is on track to be sold by the end of the year.

Under the ‘Doorways 2 Construction’ program, the six young aspiring builders with the guidance of teacher Cody Crane have been hammering away at a successful pace.

“I think we are on schedule to finish it by the end of the school year,” Mr Crane said. “That’s my goal but depends on how long everything else takes.”

The huge project that is starting to take shape is scheduled to be complete by early November.

Previous homes being sold through the program were valued at about $90,000. This year’s home may not reach the same estimation but the final price could depend on total expenses.

“We’ll work out how much we’ve spent once it’s complete then adjust the price,” Mr Crane said. “We are not aiming to make a profit out of it, we are basically selling it at cost price.”

The Year 11 students have been working on the house once a week during this school year. 

So far, they have done the internal wall frames, electrical and plumbing fixtures, added insulation, gyprocked walls and completed the ceiling.

Mr Crane said the students have worked well throughout the course and have gained many valuable skills.

“They’re really interested in having a go at all of the aspects of the construction process of it which has been really good,” he said.

“They’ve learnt how to work as a team together while they are on the Doorways site.”

He has been impressed with how the students were able to overcome several of the challenges they’ve encountered along the way.

Next up, the crew will work on the skirtings and cornices before fitting the house with furniture such as cupboards.

Throughout the winter months, they have taken necessary caution by ensuring indoor use of power tools on their construction days.

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