Tiny house shows off big talent at Marlborough college

The Marlborough Boys' College Tiny House team, from left, Connor Reed, James Southey, teacher Alex Breig, Jack Holdaway ...
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The Marlborough Boys' College Tiny House team, from left, Connor Reed, James Southey, teacher Alex Breig, Jack Holdaway and Nathanael Brooks need people to vote for them online as part of the Build-Ability Challenge.

They have devoted hundreds of hours to their tiny build and now need Marlborough's help to get their work recognised.

A dedicated team of year 12 and 13 students at Marlborough Boys' College have devoted more than 100 hours to create a tiny home for a national building challenge.

Online voting has opened and the talented team are hoping their project will impress the public and judges alike.

The finished design, which includes a bespoke trailer, will be sold to recoup some of the estimated $10,000 cost.

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The pine clad house will come with its own covered veranda, painted corrugated iron roof and fold-down bed.

Marlborough Boys' College student Connor Reed looks out of a newly-installed window of the team's tiny house.
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Marlborough Boys' College student Connor Reed looks out of a newly-installed window of the team's tiny house.

The interior has been left relatively untouched to allow a potential buyer to make their own mark on the portable build.

Head of technology Alex Breig has been onsite to help oversee the project.

"The guys have worked really hard and I'm proud of what they've achieved. They work well together as a team, communicate well and get the job done.

"I think they deserve recognition for how hard they have all worked," he says.

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The team have joined students across the country for the annual Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation Build-Ability Challenge.

Teams from 14 secondary schools across the country have spent the past three months competing in the annual Build-Ability Challenge which sees them plan, design and build a project of their choice while sticking to a strict budget.

The Build-Ability Challenge is a key part of the organisation's strategy to attract new apprentices and demonstrate the opportunities of a career in the trades.

It also provides students with hands-on experience of an apprenticeship and a head-start on their training with the ability to earn unit and achievement standards towards a BCATS National Certificate.

Later this month, expert judges will decide the overall winners and the People's Choice category winner will be selected by online voting. 

Winners will be announced on September 26. To vote, visit buildability.co.nz.

 - The Marlborough Express

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