Students building ‘tiny house’ through Erie 1 BOCES program

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A little rain didn’t stop students from working on a special project outside. They’re building a tiny house.

A group of high school students are building it from the ground up.

The students come from various school districts, and they’re all enrolled in the Building Trades program at the Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career and Technical Center. They work on construction of the tiny house for about 2 and a half hours a day.

Students will also be doing the electrical and plumbing work for the house. When it’s all said and done it will have a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and it will even incorporate green energy. The Building Trades teacher says it’s great hands on experience that prepares them for a career.

“This class is very math intensive a lot of measurements, a lot of calculations. They have to know how to communicate and write down estimations and orders and things like that. We take a lot of stuff that they learned in the classroom and we really put it into a real world application and it means so much more to them we they actually see how they’re going to use it,” said Roger Broeker, ERIE 1 BOCES Building Trades Teacher.

The house should be completed by march. They then plan on taking the tiny house to the Buffalo Home Show and it will be auctioned off.

Other homes are also being built by students at centers in Cheektowaga and West Seneca. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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