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2017 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home up to 1,500 sq. ft.


Casa Uber Alles

Judges Discretionary Award for Educational Building Trades Program

Fredericksburg, Texas

Architect/Designer | Laughlin Homes & Restoration, Inc. - Des

Builder | Fbg High School Building Trades Program

Photographer | Richard Laughlin

The local builders association worked with the local high school Building Trades Program to construct a Tiny House on the high school grounds. The program was focused on revitalizing the Building Trades program at the high school and providing students with the opportunity to gain actual hands-on training. Students worked closely with local builders, trade partners, and suppliers, who served as mentors, and earned credit for building the one-bedroom home. The concept home was named Casa Uber Alles, meaning “home with pride.” The home took eight months to complete and includes a living area, dining area, full kitchen, bath, one bedroom, closet, and laundry space. The completed home was auctioned off and the proceeds applied to funding a second concept home for next year’s Building Trades Class. This program by local HBA members and staff, trade partners, high school staff, and community volunteers, provides future high school students valuable career training, life skills and knowledge of teamwork.

From the Judges
Done by high school students; esp. interesting; combines design element with vocational element.

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