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Building Trades Home Sells at Auction for $268,000
By Brittany Tutt, C-T, June 9, 2016

C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt
CAPTION: Many gathered at 16 Waters Edge Drive for the GRTS building trades 2015-16 house auction.
The home was sold for $268,000 to Lonnie and Earlene Sewell.

The Grand River Technical School auctioned off its 2015-2016 building trades house Wednesday evening, June 8, 2016. The house is located at 16 Waters Edge Drive in Lakeview Estates in Chillicothe. There were three bidders on the house total, and only two bidders for the majority of the time, according to the auctioneer, Dave Blackburn with Blackburn Auction.

Lonnie and Earlene Sewell were the top bidders of the night; the winning bid was $268,000. Lonnie, who owns many properties in Chillicothe, said this will be a personal home for him and Earlene. Their current home is a two-story home, and they were looking to move to a single-story home because "I'm 65 years old," he said. He and Earlene will commute from their Moorseville farm to their new home in Chillicothe.

Front View
C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt 06/07/16

The GRTS 2015-16 house is a ranch style home with a stucco front and sides with concrete board siding on the back. It has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms and is approximately 2,050 square feet. The home includes custom knotty alder cabinets along with custom trim throughout; hardwood floors in the open concept living, kitchen and dining room; a main floor laundry room; a master bedroom / bathroom combo with a jetted tub, stand alone shower and two vanities; a large gas fireplace; a two-car garage; a 12-by-12 composite deck; a large walkout basement; and a concrete storm shelter under the entire garage.

Back View
C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt 06/07/16

GRTS Assistant Director Adam Wolf said five post high students and 30 high school students worked on this house. Those students include Chillicothe and 13 area sending schools. Wolf introduced the building trades instructors, Don Dennis and Chris Todd, to those that attended the auction. Wolf announced that this is Dennis's 20th year with GRTS and Todd's 11th year. "I'm not sure anyone can fully comprehend how much effort our instructors, Don Dennis and Chris Todd, put into the building trades program," GRTS Director Jayme Caughron said. "They take students of all ages and ability levels and help them develop the skills they will need to achieve career success in the building trades field."

Caughron said currently the hot topic in education is project-based learning. "I'm certain our instructors could write a book on this topic," she said. "The beautiful houses they and their students build each year reflect the skills they have helped their students develop." Caughron said students are taught to have a good work ethic, "work until the job is done" and develop a commitment to creating quality projects. "It costs a lot to educate students; and when you have a program that requires modern tools, equipment, and supplies, it costs even more. An experience such as this for our students is well worth every penny, though," she said.

Auction Planned for 2016 Home
April 25, 2016

A surplus was declared for the Grand River Technical School at Tuesday night's Chillicothe R-2 Board of Education meeting. The surplus included the GRTS Building Trades House and the GRTS Collision Program Rebuilt Cars.

The GRTS house is a ranch style house located at 16 Waters Edge Drive. It has three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and features approximately 2,050 square feet with an unfinished walkout basement. The house has an open floor plan with stucco exterior on the front and two sides and concrete board siding on the back. Inside, there is custom Knotty Alder cabinets with custom trim throughout. The inside also includes all new kitchen appliances, a main floor laundry room, and a master bathroom with a jetted tub, shower and two vanities. The house includes a two-car garage with an automatic opener; a 12-foot-by-12-foot deck; a direct vent gas fireplace in the living room; hardwood floors in the living room, kitchen, dining room and hallways; tiled bathrooms and laundry room; carpet in the bedrooms; and a storm shelter.

Open House - Sunday, June 5, 2016, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Auction -
Wednesday, June 8.

GRTS Open House
April 4, 2016

CAPTION: Work is progressing on Grand River Technical School's custom-built home being constructed by students of the building trades program. An open house was held from 3 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Grand River Technical School's building trades program hosted an open house from 3 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at the house currently under construction in Lakeview Estates. Visitors got a first-hand look at the floor layout during the open house. Much of the interior work, including the cabinetry, flooring and painting has yet to be completed. Another open house will take place when the house is finished. Once completed, the house will be sold at auction.

Completion is expected toward the end of May, according to GRTS Assistant Director Adam Wolf. The house is located at 16 Water's Edge Drive. It features more than 2,000 square-feet of space, three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It is a one-story custom-built house, with custom trim, and oak wood features. It has a full unfinished basement with a walk out door. It will have stucco on the exterior.

The house is being constructed by approximately 40 students comprised of students from Chillicothe High School and 16 sending high schools, as well as adults who are enrolled in the program. Program instructors are Don Dennis and Chris Todd.

Wolf stated that individuals who are interested in viewing the house should contact the school at 660-646-3414 to make arrangements to view the house at another time.

GRTS Spec Home Nears Completion; Building Trades Class Learns Many Skills
February 17, 2016

CAPTION: The Grand River Technical School building trades class is currently working on their 2015-2016 spec house. They finished sheetrock work and hope to have an early open house in mid-March. There are about 60 students enrolled in the building trade class at GRTS this year.

C-T Photo / Beth Cox

The Grand River Technical School building trades class is currently doing sheetrock work at its 2015-2016 spec house. This house is located at 16 Waters Edge Drive in the Lakeview Estates, close in proximity to last year's spec house. Assistant director, Adam Wolf, gave a report to the Chillicothe Board of Education at their regular meeting Tuesday night on the progress of the spec house. Wolf said he estimates this to be the school's 49th or 50th building trades home, and he hopes to have an early open house in mid-March, similar to last year. The house is on schedule to be completed on time and will be sold at auction. Last year, Mike Miller auctioned the 2014-2015 building trades home at 2050 Lakeview Drive in Lakeview Estates. The opening bid was $150,000. Three people bid on the home. The winning bid was $200,000. Last year was the first year GRTS went back to building a spec home. The previous five years, GRTS built custom homes for individuals. Last year's spec home was a brick, ranch-style house with 1,950 square feet. The house had three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an unfinished basement.

This year's home is approximately 2,050 square-feet with a full unfinished walkout basement. It has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, an open floor plan, a front porch and a covered back deck. The suspended garage floor in the spec home allows for a 24x28 shelter / storage room below. The home also has stamped and stained concrete on the front porch and sidewalk with accents along the driveway. According to Wolf, there are about 60 students in the building trades class this year; and, they are learning skills, such as, rough carpentry, flat concrete, electrical, plumbing, sheetrock finishing, painting, cabinet making, flooring (tile and hardwood) and window, door, and base trim work.

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