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Nicolet College - Building Trades students to show unique home at March 12 Open House

Nicolet College Building Trades students
to show unique home at March 12 Open House


Posted Thursday, March 3, 2011

The public is invited to an Open House Saturday, March 12, to show off what can only be described as one of the more unique residential construction projects in the Northwoods.

Since last fall students in Nicolet College’s Building Trades – Carpentry program have been working on numerous aspects of the 5,104-square-foot structure. They’ll show off their work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the March 12 Open House at 4592 North Shore Drive, just east of Rhinelander.

Building Trades Open HouseThe home, a new construction, “is designed to look like a 100-year-old farmstead that has been renovated,” said Jeff Labs, Nicolet College Building Trades-Carpentry instructor. “It is without a doubt the most unique home I’ve ever worked on.”

Considerable effort was also put into constructing the home using environmentally-sustainable design features, materials and building practices, Labs added.

Take, for example, the passive solar sunroom that connects the main living area with a second living area, which, by the way, is designed to look like a renovated machine shed.

The roof of the sunroom will be vegetated in the summer with growing greenery for increased energy efficiency. “That’s a pretty new idea for the Northwoods,” Labs said. “The purpose of the vegetated roof is to provide a degree of cooling in the summer.”

The home, which is expected to be Energy Star-certified when it is completed in coming months, is located on North Shore Drive one-eighth of a mile east of the intersection with Faust Lake Road.

The Nicolet Building Trades Program is looking to build another home next year on a contract basis. Anyone looking to have a home built can contact Labs at the Open House or call him at (715) 365-4675; 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4675; TDD (715) 365-4558 or 711 (relay); or by email at