Walls are Complete!

Marlborough, Massachusetts- Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School’s students have been working hard on the tiny home’s walls and cathedral ceiling. Below, the students and teacher, Bill Italiano, can be seen working on the gables and ridge of our veteran’s future home.

The students spent about 25 hours working on this phase of carpentry. The walls were platform framed on the home’s floor. Then, exterior sheathing was applied and glued to the frame. Finally, the walls were stood up. A video of the students lifting two of the walls will be available for viewing soon!

Assabet made the most of their last few weeks in school before summer break started. The four gables and ridge are now constructed and in place. The gables are a part of the wall framing. However, the ridge is structural and made of two laminated veneer lumber (LVL) ridge beams that are 44 feet in length. These will be used to support the ends of the rafters on the ridge.

Bill is hopeful that his students are learning the importance of a good set of working plans, which were provided by Jeri Spurling with Spurling Design. He also wants Assabet students to know the value of accurate cutting and layout in order to have all components come together to form a structurally sound finished product. Lastly, it’s important to him that the students take pride in their work.

When classes start up again this fall, the students will be focusing on installing the valley, jack, and common rafters. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project!

Video 5- Koopman Lumber Wood Delivery

Video recorded by Morgan Mylon. Video edited by Kate Maines.

Above you see one of our many sponsors, Koopman Lumber, delivering wood for the Assabet students to use during construction of the tiny home. We are so grateful to each and every sponsor, donor, and partner who made this project possible. You can view our sponsors by clicking here.

Solid Foundation

Marlborough, Massachusetts- Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School’s students have been hard at work on the Downeast Tiny House Project. Under supervision of Bill Italiano, Assabet’s Lead Carpentry Teacher, the group can be seen below constructing and sheathing the flooring in our veteran’s future home.

The students, who are freshmen and sophomores, spent many hours ensuring that the tiny home has a solid foundation before they started construction on the shell and walls. A total of 38 students (20 freshmen and 18 sophomores) spent a full week framing and shaving the tiny home’s floor. Video footage, which was filmed and edited by other Assabet students, can be viewed by clicking here.

As seen in their mission statement, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School is a dynamic and supportive school system that prepares students to meet the challenges of the future by providing a rigorous and relevant education in a safe and secure environment resulting in academic, career, and technical proficiency.  Students, who alternate their schedules during the school year, spend one week in academic classes and the next week in carpentry class. This allows for a wonderful hands on learning experience.

Assabet’s Carpentry program is facilitated by Bill Italiano and Jon Brown who supervise on campus projects and Wayne Coulson, who coordinates the school’s off-campus construction program. Off-Campus projects allow Assabet’s Junior and Senior students to work within their community on projects that include new construction and renovation projects for non-profits and municipalities as well as a Residential Building Program for qualified applicants. Assabet’s carpentry program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to layout, cut, fabricate, erect, install, and repair wooden structures and fixtures using hand and power tools.  This program includes instruction in technical mathematics, framing, construction material identification and selection, job estimating, blueprint reading, foundations and roughing-in, finish carpentry techniques, and applicable codes and standards. You can learn more about Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School and the phenomenal programs they offer by clicking here.

Our Downeast Tiny House Project is made possible by all of our generous donors, sponsors, and partners. The house is completely funded by private sponsors and local businesses who are giving back to their community. If you would like to make a difference by contributing to this project please contact Scott Shaw with the Maine Seacoast Mission.

The Downeast Maine Tiny House Project Unveiled

CHERRYFIELD, ME — Downeast Community Partners, in affiliation with Maine Seacoast Mission, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, and the C.F. Adams Foundation held a press conference on Monday, June 10th at the Weald Bethel Community Center, Weald Bethel Lane, Cherryfield, ME to unveil the Downeast Maine Tiny House Project.

The four entities have a long successful track record of working together to make family homes safe and warm in rural Downeast Maine. The Downeast Tiny House Project has the four groups building a brand new tiny house to be located in Cherryfield, Maine, for a formerly homeless US military veteran with a disability. The veteran, who has asked to remain anonymous, is also helping with financing the Project.

Maine Seacoast Mission Housing Rehabilitation Program Manager Scott Shaw said, “The prior work of these four groups is in housing rehabilitation. That is, selecting Downeast family homes needing roofing, siding, skirting, wheelchair accessibility, windows, doors, flooring, exterior and interior painting, so the families living in these homes will be safe and warm.

“With our housing rehabilitation, the families involved have skin in the game. That criterion is true of the Tiny House Project too. What’s new with building the Downeast Tiny House Project — it is a brand new home for a local military veteran,” Scott Shaw said.

The 560-square foot Tiny House, designed by Maine architect Jeri D.W. Spurling of Spurling Design in Islesford, ME, will be set on private property.

As of this writing, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School students in Massachusetts, under supervision of Director of Technical Programs Russell P. Mangsen and Lead Carpentry Teacher Bill Italiano, are constructing the home. Once finished, the home will be trucked to Maine, placed on a foundation, and finished for occupancy.

“Assabet Valley and Maine Seacoast Mission have been discussing the possibility of constructing a tiny home for years, to enhance construction programs teaching and learning for grade 9 and 10 students preparing for off-campus construction projects in grades 11 and Grade 12,” said Director Russell Mangsen.

“We are extremely excited about this excellent student learning opportunity which will provide an energy-efficient home for a deserving individual in Cherryfield, Maine,” Director Mangsen said.

“DCP has had a program to serve homeless veterans, currently has a program to provide housing to veterans, and employs several veterans, so this project has a strong personal connection for us,” said Bobbi Ann Harris, DCP Housing Director and 22 year retired Navy veteran.

The Project is also a pilot project for, perhaps, tiny houses for other military veterans and/or Downeast senior citizens. The Downeast Maine Tiny House Project is made possible through the generous funding of the C. F. Adams Foundation.