At Fayette Institute of Technology, students are building tiny homes for the holidays, to house a family displaced by a June 23 flood.

Soft SkillsAccording to Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, state assistant superintendent of schools and chief officer of career and technical education for the state Department of Education, a dozen career and technical schools in Virginia are building a total of 15 homes.

“It’s not just a nice thing to do; it is the right thing to do,” she explained. “We were concerned about people not being able to make it through the winter without heat and shelter. The Tiny House Project has taken fire, and we have students across the state who are doing this and are excited about it.”

Each house is built to uniquely serve each specific family.  They range between 100 to 400 square feet.

The students have had five weeks to design, build, and finish their home, which features two loft bedrooms.

The plan originally was to have the students work on the full sized home they construct and sell every two years, but the Tiny House Project enabled them to develop their skills and help others.

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