The carpentry students that construct the Model Home go through rigorous classroom and practical training before hitting a single nail on the actual house. Along with carpentry principles and procedures, students also learn safety, good work ethics, leadership and team work. The Model Home takes two semesters to build. The Fall semester involves the foundation and rough framing. The finishing portion of the house happens in the following Spring semester. The construction sequence and procedures are as follows:
Fall Semester (foundation and rough framing)
- Layout, batter boards and excavation.
- Footing and pier box forms.
- Concrete calculations, concrete placement and setting of hollow tile. (with structural steel reinforcement).
- Foundation inspection.
- Floor framing (post and pier) and subfloor placement.
- Wall framing (stud wall construction).
- Roof framing (installation of trusses, ridge, valley and hip blockings, purlins, frieze boards, fascias).
- Radiant barrier installation.
- Installation of metal roofing and ridge caps.
- Exterior wall installation (T1-11 plywood siding).
- All framing procedures follow current building codes and utilize structural strapping and brackets.
Spring Semester (finishing)
- Drywall blockings and fixture backings.
- Rough framing inspection.
- Exterior trim.
- Fabrication and installation of wooden window frames.
- Installation of drywall.
- Fabrication and installation of door frames and doors.
- Fabrication and installation of cabinets and counter tops.
- Closet and storage shelving.
- Baseboards, casings and misc. interior trim.
- Installation of bathroom fixtures (towel bars, paper holders, medicine cabinets and mirrors).
- Cleaning and addressing a punch list to ensure a well crafted home.
- Final inspection