H-D students tackle house building project

Students in the building trades class at Hampton-Dumont-CAL High School, work to build a home on Seventh Avenue NE. GREG FORBES/HAMPTON CHRONICLE

Hampton-Dumont-CAL High School Senior Brody Angstman and his classmates in the building trades class are quickly learning how homes go from blueprints to a reality.

“There’s a lot more to it than just swinging a hammer,” said Angstman, who plans to participate in the building trades program at North Iowa Area Community College after graduating high school. “It really gives you a good view of the construction world.”

The building trades class at H-D is working this year to build a house from the ground up on 7th Avenue NE. The plot, currently owned by Trademasters Inc., formerly contained a home that was damaged in a fire. Trademasters crews leveled the ground and through an agreement with the high school, allowed the building trades program construct a new home on the plot.

The project consists of two building trades classes, one of which allows students to receive dual credits with NIACC. In total, 13 students are participating in the construction.

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