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Student-Built Bungalows Auctioned
UPDATE: the two structures earned $7,800 for the class at the auction on 4/14.
 
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Need a refuge from a chaotic everyday life, but don’t have room in your house for a personal escape? Students in Erie 1 BOCES’ Building Trades program may have a custom-built solution for you. Two fully furnished backyard bungalows will be auctioned to the highest bidder at 10 a.m. on April 14 at Cash Auctions.
 
Toured by thousands of visitors at the Buffalo Home Show in March, these miniature paradises fit for royalty were built by 10 high school seniors as part of a hands-on learning project. The 10-by-14-foot game day escape comes furnished with a television, recliners, custom buffalo artwork and beverage station. The 10-by-10-foot relaxation retreat comes with a chandelier, chaise lounge, television and space for yoga, meditation or reading.
 
At Erie 1 BOCES’ Kenton Career & Technical Center, the two structures started taking shape in September. By March, the projects were completed, decorated and shared with the community as a feature at the Buffalo Home Show. Roger Broeker, Building Trades teacher, noted the students have kept busy over the past few months building the bungalows from the ground up.
 
“It was a great experience for the students and it helped them develop many critical skills in home craftsmanship, ultimately setting them up for success in a career path,” he added. “They were involved with the building every step of the way, and although the structures are small, the lessons were huge.”
 
Lessons associated with the project included framing, roofing, interior finishing, carpeting, painting and window and door installation. The students also handled the basic wiring.
 
Individuals and businesses donated supplies and materials for the structures to help defray project costs, including Big L Windows & Doors, Cash Auctions and Allasen Carpet. Proceeds from the auction will fund next year’s class project.
 
More details on the auction are available at www.cashauction.com.
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