Each year, supervised by their Lecturers, UCOL Wairarapa Certificate in Carpentry students construct a three bedroom house under UCOL’s custom-designed covered facility at the Masterton campus. Run in conjunction with Mitre 10 MEGA Masterton and the Dugdale Charitable Trust, the UCOL building ventures are regarded as highly valuable community projects. As Semester One comes to a close, UCOL Carpentry Lecturer Pete Van der Veen gives a progress update on the house build:
“The build is progressing really well.
We are presently putting the purlins on the roof so that the roofers can come in and put on the iron. Some students are also fixing ceiling battens on the inside of the house for the gib so that when that stage arrives we are ready to go.
The weather has not been very helpful this last week, with constant rain and cold weather. We have edge protection up around the outside of the house as a safety requirement to stop anyone falling over the edge. We have to have a tarpaulin over the exposed part of the house because the exposure time on the floor has expired and therefore cannot be exposed to the weather.
Some of the students have been doing work experience with local builders. We have very good stakeholder engagement again this year with a lot of suppliers giving us our products at a heavily discounted price or for free. Mitre 10 MEGA Masterton has been amazing with keeping us up to speed on materials. Fisher Windows came on site last week to show the students how they work out window and door sizing and how to install them.
We have had some very positive comments from the general public about the house build again this year.
I would like the roof to go on over the Semester break and then we will start on the exterior of the house which is Bevel back weatherboard on a cavity system.”
Check out more photos on the Hospice Wairarapa site at https://hospicewairarapa.shutterfly.com/housebuild