Student Built House


The eighth house built by Great Plains Technology Center Building Trades students is now for sale.   The 16-hundred square foot home features three large bedrooms and two baths and is “tricked out” from to bottom.  Upgrades include top tier granite, laminated wood floors, energy efficient vinyl windows, extra insulation lifetime vinyl shingle siding, stacked rock entry, top-line fixtures, plus a walk-in pantry and walk-in closets.   

“This project is the ultimate “real world” instructional experience for building trades students”, said Clayton Snodgrass, Great Plains carpentry instructor.  “This is a student based project from concept to completion and is probably the best house we’ve ever built”.  The house has about 18-months from the design phase to the final phase of completing a punch list touch ups. “It reflects the real world in that carpenters, electricians, painters, HVAC technicians and other are all involved in the house’s construction”, Snodgrass said.  He estimates about 100 Great Plains students participated in building the house. 

“If the sale of the house generates a profit those monies provide scholarships and activities for Great Plains students”, said Glen Boyer, Executive Director of the Great Plains Technology Center Foundation.  “It’s proven to be a very worthwhile project”, he added.  The non-profit GPTC Foundation finances construction of the house as part of its mission of supporting the technology center and its mission of preparing students to successfully enter the workforce.    

Great Plains’ Student Built Houses, including this house, are built on a special stem wall that was constructed at the technology center’s Lawton campus.  This allows students to spend more time learning “hands on” the job and less time traveling if the house was built off campus.  

HVAC student Gage Phelps spoke for most students in regard to their experiences in building the house when he said, “we can instantly see the results of our work and it’s a way to make the classroom learning come alive”.  

When the house is sold the new owner will be responsible for moving the structure to its new location.  All of the houses have been moved pretty flawlessly according to Boyer.  They’ve all relocated to rural locations across Southwest Oklahoma.  He says the process is pretty simple.  First the buyer must have land on which to locate the new house.  The buyer then simply has their concrete contractor build a stem wall identical in size to the one on which the latest house now sits.  A moving company moves the house from the Lawton campus to the new location and sets the house down on the new stem wall.  It then is assessed as a genuine, permanent piece of real estate.  Boyer stresses this is not a modular home.  All of the utilities are “stubbed out” under the house so hook-ups are simplified for water, sewer and electricity.  The technology center can help identify moving companies and contractors. 

The 16-hundred square foot house is priced at $52 per square foot or $83,200.  “You just can’t find a house this size and in this price range that has so many upgrades and this quality of custom craftsmanship, Boyer added.  To see the home or to learn more phone Boyer at 580.250.5603 or 580.917.1910 or e-mail him at