If you build it, they will come

Our Tiny House Project is going slower than anticipated. Part of the delay is the fact that we are working with donated labor from contractors. We’re currently waiting on the insulation company to come blow the insulation in the walls, and the Assabet Carpentry students are working on other portions of the home during this time.

Our Veteran is aware of the delay and is completely fine and secure in his current housing situation. The site work is complete in Milbridge. The photos below are the current site! John Goodwin went above and beyond for all the site work and working with other contractors’ timelines. We’ve hired a carpenter to come to the property this weekend and enclose the exposed foundation and the new homeowner has agreed to keep the snow shoveled off.

Our veteran is anxious to see the house when it arrives, which we believe will be after the holidays. We’ve learned a lot about the tiny house process during this project and hope to have many more homes built in the future.

A big thank you to the Assabet students for continuing to work hard on the home despite the delays. This project wouldn’t be possible without their determination, leadership, and carpentry program.

More updates to follow!

Can You Dig It?

More excitement at the Tiny House site!  The well was drilled on Tuesday November 5th!  Emera showed up to discuss the power connections as well! We’re moving forward and happy with the project’s progress.

A huge thank you to Shannon Well Drilling for their hard work today!

Stay tuned for more exciting progress updates as the project continues!

Plumbing Installation

Several Assabet Valley Tech students have been hard at work on the Tiny House’s Plumbing. They have been working for hte better part of a week on the home’s plumbing. Two sinks, a shower, and toilet have been installed in the home. Our students are ready to move on to the next phase of construction.

Check out all of the great pictures that Lauren Gonzalez was able to capture of the project’s progress!

Press Conference Pics

Below are a few pictures from our press conference in Marlborough MA. We appreciate all who took the time to attend, speak, and prepare for the event. We had several news stations in attendance and were proud to honor the work that our Assabet Valley students have done.

This project would not be possible without the partnership created with all four partners. Each organization brings a special dynamic to the project’s overall mission. The tiny house is still at Assabet and will be trucked to the land in Milbridge Maine where the home will be finished and presented to our disabled veteran.

All Systems Are A Go!

Our Tiny House officially has a septic system as of yesterday! American Concrete donated the septic take and John Goodwin has done all the grounds work. Additionally County Concrete donated all of the materials (stone, gravel, etc.).

A huge thank you to the sponsors listed above and to Scott Shaw of Maine Seacoast Mission for taking the awesome pictures below!

Fox 22 News Story

Fox 22 News in Bangor covered our Tiny House Project in a story on Friday October 18th. You will see DCP’s Housing Director, Bobbi Ann Harris, and Maine Seacoast Mission’s Scott Shaw in this story.

Click the link below for the full story.

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Groundbreaking News

Milbridge ME- On Tuesday October 22, 2019, John Goodwin Jr. Construction, Southwest Harbor, ME started groundbreaking work on our Tiny House’s land in Milbridge. As seen below, a heavy equipment operator, and an employee with a chainsaw spent the day prepping the land that our Veteran will soon call home.

The tiny home is currently being constructed by high school students in Massachusetts. Once the shell is finished, it will be trucked to Maine and placed on the land in Milbridge. At that time, local sponsors and contractors will complete the home before presenting it to a formerly homeless, disabled Veteran.

Our next phase will involve a septic system and concrete crew. If you’d like to become one of our sponsors please contact Bobbi Ann Harris at 664-2424.

Stay tuned to more on this project!!!

Tiny Home, Big Dream

Camera & Editing by Andrew Borey, Zachary Laighton, and Dashaun Hancock

Marlborough, MA – On October 7th, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School hosted a press conference for our Tiny House Project. Representatives from each of the project’s partners, C.F. Adams, Maine Seacoast Mission, and Downeast Community Partners, were in attendance. Also, several local news stations attended and reported on this great community project.

The press conference was held to acknowledge the Assabet students for the work they have accomplished and are continuing to do on the tiny house, as well as provide a project update. Scott Shaw, with Maine Seacoast Mission, spoke about how the project’s partnerships were formed, how the project became a reality, and how much has been learned along the way. The tiny house idea started out on a napkin a couple of years ago, and it’s nearing completion. The target delivery date is Veterans Day.

The tiny house project has been made possible due to the generous support of the C.F. Adams Charitable Trust, the Assabet student who are constructing the tiny home, and DCP and Maine Seacoast Mission for preparing the site and overseeing completion of home once it arrives in Maine. Additionally, this project has become a reality because of the support of our generous sponsors and our Architect, Jeri Spurling.

Stay tuned for more building updates and an update on the groundbreaking in Milbridge Maine!!!

WBZ CBS Boston News Story

On October 9th, 2019, Mike LaCrosse, a news reporter with WBZ CBS Boston, visited Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School to share our Tiny House project news story. Below are pictures from his visit and a link to the story that aired on television.

We’re grateful to have amazing partners, students who are diligently working hard to complete the tiny house, and news stations who want to share this life changing project. Assabet students are not only learning construction skills, they’re giving back to the community.

Here are some of the Carpentry student news story quotes:

“It completely warms my heart. It makes me so happy inside,” said sophomore Juliette Hughes.

“Building someone’s home – that feels pretty great,” said Coelho Da Silva.

“This, you actually work hands-on; you’re doing good for the community, and you’re helping others,” said junior Codey Daly.

“It just feels good knowing that you built something from the ground up,” said sophomore Lucas Coelho Da Silva.

The TV news story can be viewed by clicking here.

Rafters Installation

Over the past week, Assabet students successfully installed our tiny home’s rafters. This part of the tiny house project took the students roughly a week to complete. The rafters will support the roof’s sheathing on the outside. Then the roof’s shingles will be applied to it to keep the weather out. The inside of the rafters contains strapping which will receive the finished ceiling.

Below you will see a brief clip of all the students hard at work installing the rafters. The students who worked on this phase include: Anthony Benway, Demetri Berganza, Michael Blasko, Brendon Cabral, Kelvin Clemente, Kevin Coleman, Codey Daly, Zachary Demers, Jack Gulexian, Kyle Keane, Devlin Madden, Dennis Mendoza, John Prifti, Patrick Ryan, Gabriel Silva, Jacob Sousa, Aldan Weagle, and Sierra Wilkie. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication to this project! Additionally, thank you to Assabet students, Lance Parker and Kate Mains, for capturing this video for all of us to see the project’s progress.

The next phase will include strapping the ceiling and starting interior partitions. The students and teachers plan to strap the exterior of the house with 2x4s horizontally so they can add that an additional 1 1/2 of rigid insulation and have something solid to nail the vertical siding to. Stay tuned for more project updates!

Camera: Lance Parker
Editing: Kate Mains