Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Forget Jack! This is the House Students Built—Forest Lake High School Students—And Now its For Sale!

Carpentry shop class is NOT what it used to be in Forest Lake, Minnesota. Not content to build a shelf or piece of furniture, these construction students put their knowledge of math, engineering and construction and met the challenge of building an entire house in the school parking lot.
“This is a real world project that helps them see the importance of what they are doing in school,” said teacher, Kevin Rivard. “There are a lot of good jobs for kids who are not college bound. This allows them to get the feel for trades and to apply the skills they learn in school to do real things.”

The students had expert and professional assistance throughout the construction process. Professional contractors volunteered their time and talents to work directly with the students on the electrical, plumbing,
flooring, drywall and cabinetry. They learned to install everything from a bathroom vanity to an asphalt roof.

The one story rambler has been built on a 2-sided block foundation and designed to be easily moved. It is a 3BR/2BA home with 1352 finished square feet. It features a private master bath, custom oak cabinets, laminate flooring and Andersen Windows. All kitchen and bathroom fixtures are installed and plumbed. The home meets all Minnesota state building codes and has passed electrical and plumbing inspections.

It is truly a unique and impressive project and now it is For Sale!

The call for bids is out and the home will be sold on March 15, 2007 at the Forest Lake School District office. Bids will be opened at 6 pm. At that time all bidders will have an opportunity to increase their bid by submitting a final sealed bid at 6:30 pm. There is a minimum bid requirement of $49,900 (plus MN sales tax of 6.5%). Each bid must be accompanied by a check for $1000 as security. For additional information on the bidding process contact Larry Martini at 651-982-8125 or visit the Forest Lake District website at
Interested parties will have the opportunity to come and inspect the home on two different occasions prior to submitting a bid. The house will be open for inspection from 1-3pm on Sunday February 25, 2007 and from 9-11 am on Saturday March 3, 2007.

The home has to be moved from the school parking lot to its new location no later than May 30, 2007. It’s a great opportunity as there are more than 25 lots listed on the MLS within 20 miles of the Forest Lake High School priced between $60,000 and $120,000.