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PRESS PHOTO BY JENNIFER BODISCH The finished product, a house built entirely by students from Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, was celebrated with an open house for students, families and the community. The house is listed at $349,900 with Coldwell Banker Hearthside realtor Dorothy Bealer. PRESS PHOTO BY JENNIFER BODISCH The finished product, a house built entirely by students from Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, was celebrated with an open house for students, families and the community. The house is listed at $349,900 with Coldwell Banker Hearthside realtor Dorothy Bealer.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 by JENNIFER BODISCH Special to The Press in Local News

There is a new house on Rising Sun Road in Schnecksville.

The house comes complete with beautiful landscaping, universal design, attractive lighting and meticulously handcrafted cabinetry.

By all standards, this house has it all.

What makes it most unique, however, is the fact it was built entirely by students from Lehigh Career and Technical Institute.

From start to finish or "foundation to frame," students representing nine sending school districts and eight instructional labs – carpentry, cabinetmaking, plumbing, electrical, masonry, painting and decorating, landscaping/environmental design, heating/air condition and refrigeration, and the adult heavy equipment lab worked together for several years to complete LCTI's 32nd student-built house.

In addition to superior craftsmanship, the home features an "aging in-place" or "universal design" concept whereby everything in the home is designed to promote accessibility and convenience regardless of age, ability or status in life.

There are 3-foot wide openings, extra-wide hallways, a curbless roll-in/transfer shower in the master bath, and outlets 18 inches to 22 inches above the floor.

These are only a few of the extra perks this universal design home has to offer.

Project Manager John Wynn oversaw the students throughout all phases of construction.

He credited builder Curtis Schneck for his constant support and advice, along with Ann Lett, of Barry Isett and Associates, for her continued expertise as being invaluable in the process.

"Mr. Schneck has helped LCTI tremendously over the years," Wyn said. "He's on the Occupational Advisory Council, which helps to advise the school as far as construction concerns. He has been a dream."

"We treasure him and when we have construction questions, we go to him.

"Inspector Ann Lett was incredible. She helped us constantly and was wonderful. She made sure we did it right."

The home took three years to complete, which means many students can say they were a part of the construction.

Roofing, siding, and framing were done by carpentry students. Landscaping, brick work and tile setting done by the masonry students.

Electric done by electrical students; and painting/trim work completed by interior design students, Wynn said.

At one of the open houses held in June, Wynn, a special education teacher at LCTI, said he was excited to have his students actively involved in many aspects of the building of this house.

"This is the first time we really got the special education kids seriously involved and I'm very proud of them," Wynn said. "My students actually came up with their own jig to build the basement stairs. The stairs were then installed by the carpentry students.

"The kitchen cabinets were handcrafted by the cabinetry class and installed by carpenters.

"The masonry students did the tile, landscaping and brickwork," Wynn said, as he displayed the backyard rock landscaping. "It looks like a golf course."

Wynn said the best part this experience is the kids get to learn soft skills like integrity, honesty and work ethic; all skills they need to perform their jobs in the future.

Many students and their families attended the open house.

A few local students talked to The Press.

Devin Moyer, a senior from Parkland High School, worked on the electrical.

Another Parkland student, senior Frederick Andrews, worked on the house all three years with carpentry being his specialty.

"I worked on a whole lot in this house," Andrews said, as he took a look around at the finished product.

Neighbors from across the street, Tom and Mary Bechtold, stopped by the open house that evening.

They said after three years of watching the kids come by bus to work on the house every day, they were excited to see the finished product.

"It's nice to see it all come together," said Mary. "It's a really nice piece of property."

LCTI has listed the property at $349,900 with Coldwell Banker Hearthside realtor Dorothy Bealer.