Tiny houses are a fashionable solution to housing shortages across the country, and building tiny houses is also a great way for students to learn practical skills. A group of high school students in northern Utah have built two and will sell them on Saturday at CTE Tiny House Expo and Sale.

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“This was probably one of the funniest classes I’ve ever had,” Two Rivers High School student Dalton Richmond told ABC4 Friday afternoon. “(It was) the most practical and the stuff. I learned a lot of skills in this course and I think I will use them later in life.

Richmond is one of more than 50 students from five different high schools in the Weber School District who spent the school year building two tiny houses in a workshop behind Weber Innovation High School in Ogden.

“They’re proud of it,” construction professor Ryan Ortega said of the completed tiny house. “These are skills that they will use. Whether it becomes a career or not, these are skills that they can use throughout their lives and it has been a lot of fun for them.

This is part of the district vocational and technical training program, or CTE as it is better called. The construction of small houses is the latest addition to the program.

Maren Malan, interior design teacher, explained that when teachers told students about the upcoming construction project, “their enthusiasm increased. During the project, “they kept telling me how much they enjoyed being a part of a hands-on project that is actually something real,” said Malan.

While the construction students built the two houses, the interior design students were put to the test decorating and staging one of the houses. Construction of the second small house (including electrical and plumbing work) is complete, but interior work will be left on hold to allow its future tenant to decide what it will look like.

On Saturday, the neighborhood hosts the CTE Tiny House Expo and Sale. During the event, potential buyers will be able to tour the interiors of the two small homes and make an offer. The exhibit will be held at the Weber Innovation Center (1007 West 12th St., Ogden, UT) and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

After spending so much time working on the tiny houses, some students are not anxiously awaiting Saturday. “I’m going to be sad,” said Isabella DeCorso, a student at Bonneville High School. “I love this place. I love how it looks.” Her classmate and fellow interior designer, Allison Bird, replied, “I agree because every time I see a mini-house now, I’m going to be like, ‘I helped make one.

With the success of this year’s small house project, Ortega and Malan saw a sharp increase in students enrolling in their CTE courses. The school district hopes to expand the tiny house program by allowing each high school to build its own.

Next year, architecture students will also be involved in the project by designing the tiny houses from scratch. This year’s tiny houses were built using pre-designed plans.