Building Trades house completed and ready for sale
There’s something distinctive about the class project that a few dozen Woodstock and Woodstock North high school students have been working on over the past two years. One lucky family will call it home.
Woodstock Community Unit School District Building Trades Program students have been putting the finishing touches on the 1,650-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch home at 1401 Sandpiper Lane in the Country Ridge Subdivision.
Open house dates and times are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.
Dale Dougherity, building trades teacher, said students have been working hard in the final weeks, trimming window and measuring baseboard in preparation for the open house weekend. The Sandpiper Lane house is the 42nd building trades house constructed since the program started in 1972.
Construction began with permitting and excavation in June of 2017. Students over the last two years have helped with every facet of construction along the way from installing light fixtures, ceiling fans and custom maple cabinets to putting in drywall and marble vanity tops.
Former building trades teacher Pete Catan, who retired in June of 2018, had been keeping track of the careers of his students over the years since he began in 1996 and said there were 36 former students who owned their own construction companies. One former student is a site superintendent at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
Justin Smith, assistant superintendent for middle and high school education, said District 200 is proud of the program’s tradition and reputation.
"The Building Trades Program provides our high school students the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience and learn lifelong construction skills,” Smith said. “Our students leave this program knowing their hard work has made a lasting impact on the community and can take pride in the finished product."
Click here to download a one-page flyer with details about the home.