Thank you Maxwell Hauptman, an Ellsworth American reporter, for covering our Downeast Tiny House Project story! Check out the story below!
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.
Fox 22 attended the Downeast Tiny House Project’s unveiling on Monday. Please click the link below to watch the story!
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.