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Barbara Lemieux, 2016

Huot Students Build ‘Tiny Homes’ with Financing Support from MVSB

Tate Miller, MVSB Commercial Loan Officer (second from left), and Bob Glassett, Treasurer for the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association (right), stand with students and instructors at the Huot Technical Center in Laconia.

Since 2017, the students of the Huot Technical Center in Laconia have partnered with the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association to build a tiny home from ground up each year. The homes average 400 square feet in size and feature most of the expected utilities and features one would find in a larger home.

Students are involved in every aspect of the process – from learning to read the floor plans to installing finishing touches like lighting and appliances. All construction is done at the Huot, where students are supplied with all the tools and materials needed, some of which are donated by local businesses.

“Throughout the year, students learn wood working, insulation, plumbing, electrical, painting, and more from volunteers with decades of building experience,” said Bob Glassett, Treasurer for the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association. “It provides challenging, hands-on experience and the students are always feel proud of the finished product when we reveal it each spring. They always do a great job.”

The organization worked with Tate Miller, MVSB Commercial Loan Officer, to finance this year’s project and, as in year’s past, the home will be sold to support the program and help to fund future tiny home projects at the school.

Why Tiny Homes?

Bob said there is a market for tiny homes and buyers often use them as an affordable starter house, a guest house or as an accessory dwelling. Building a home at this scale also gives students the opportunity to experience all aspects of the process right on site at the Huot.

Through the program, students learn trade skills that they can apply toward a career, and businesses often reach out looking for students that they can possibly hire after graduation.

“Companies are becoming familiar with the projects we are working on and the level of skills that these students can acquire,” said Bob. “There is definitely a need for a workforce with a strong foundation that are willing to continue to grow and learn in this industry. We have seen many students from this program go on to further their education and find successful careers in the industry.”

Funding and Selling the Home

Bob said they have two homes to sell this year and they each have standard appliances and features, includes radiant heat and vinyl plank flooring. Proceeds from the sale of the homes will support the purchase of materials for the next year’s project.

“We have been thrilled to have MVSB as partner since the beginning seven year ago,” said Bob. “It was great to work with Tate, who provided guidance and local expertise on the funding process. This peace of mind gives the students and instructors the ability to turn their focus on building a quality house with all the proper tools and equipment.”

“We are so proud to collaborate with the Huot and Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association to support a program that provides such incredible skill development and experience to high school students – and ultimately a quality, affordable home to our community,” said Tate. “I am so impressed by their craftmanship and dedication.”

Those interested in purchasing a tiny home are encouraged to email [email protected] or call 603-387-1817.

Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association is a nonprofit professional trade association dedicated to providing quality housing opportunities through education, vision and advocacy for the betterment of the Lakes Region communities. Go to to learn more.

The Huot Career and Technical Center is a regional program for students at Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Inter-Lakes, Franklin, Newfound and Winnisquam Regional High Schools that provides career and technical education programs. Go to to learn more.

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