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Mauston High School construction class completes new house

The Mauston High School Construction Class this week completed the new house they built during the school year. The seniors include from left, front row: Justin Behnke, Karver Larson, Matt Christian, Tim Clark and Julian Boehm. Second row: Alex Schmitz and Matt Walsh. Third Row: Brock Lindvig, Stephen Ferguson, Erik Delmore, Nick Litty and J.D. Lierman. Back row: Instructor Randy Fabian, Jim Kallian, Zach Winker, Skyler Putman. Missing: Chase Jacobson and Josh McCaffery. The home is at 705 Eberlein Drive, Mauston. Students will play host to an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and next Tuesday.

The Mauston High School Construction Class had cause to celebrate a notable feat this week — the completion of the house students built across from the school in the Maughs Creek subdivision.

“We broke ground in August,” instructor Randy Fabian said. “The basement was already in when we started on it the first day of school. We start the first day or we would never be finished in time.”

Numerous local contractors shared their supplies and expertise with the high school students to teach concrete work and construction management. Wood technology was another area of apprenticeship.

“I didn’t know anything about it until Mr. Fabian taught me,” Skyler Putman said. “We put the [laminate] flooring in and cut the wood trim [in the kitchen and dining room], and put the siding up.”

Putnam said he doesn’t intend to go into construction as a career but will be able to use the experience to remodel or build his own home.

Students also learned something about the electrical trade. “We are not licensed electricians, so that was up to the contractor,” Fabian said. “Students can run the low voltage, not hot, wiring through the walls.” Students recently applied the finishing touches to House Number 15. The furniture was due to arrive Tuesday.

The 1,763-square-foot, three-bedroom house is at 705 Eberlein Drive. In addition to the usual attractions such as a two-car garage and a 12-foot-by-35-foot deck, the home features an electric fireplace in a lower level “log room,” which is paneled with rounded wood that provides the rustic look of a cabin. The house also features roughed-in space for expansion to add another bedroom and bath near the log room.

The class is hosting an open house for the public Thursday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 29 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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