I do think this is a great before and after.
Of course the before is a empty lot! hehe.
And good luck Kim on your new weekly meme!
My husband teaches Building Construction classes to high school students. This year is the 9th year his classes have built a home. They start in September right after the school year begins and they finish in June. The classes work 1 hour and 45 minutes per day (they have block scheduling) The students frame, roof, put on siding, hang the windows, insulate, sheet rock, put in tile flooring, build the deck, hang doors and more....
In these pics you will see last years home. They are currently working on another home for the 08-09 school year.
The students work in all kinds of weather. The homes are built for a specific person and they must be within 3 miles of the school. The owners receive a ton of free labor and so the savings are huge. The owners sign a contract with the School district and their only cost to the school is about $2000, to replace tools etc.
To me, its amazing what my husband can teach these kids to do while also keeping students from cutting off a finger or sliding off a roof.
The 07-08 house is 2100 sq ft.
This years home also had students from landscaping classes and FACE classes(Family and Consumer Education) designing and planting shrubs and picking out colors, flooring, cupboards etc.
The back of the finished home. This pic was taken during the open house in early June. The grass had just been seeded so it looks kind of bare.
A local furniture store provided furniture and decor picked out by the FACE students for the open house.
I loved the walk-in shower.
The dining area.
The kitchen. The kids learn how to hang cupboards, put in ceramic tile flooring and more.
A view of the living room, the fireplace wasn't quite completed yet. Students in this class must have had several woodworking and construction classes before they take this advanced construction class. They must have also received a B or higher in their previous woodworking/construction classes.
Master Bedroom. The students work in teams and have a foreman (another student who shows leadership quality) helping to guide them as well. My husband generally has a teachers aide in this class and she is becoming quite knowledgeable in building construction as well.