Construction students from Kingscliff TAFE Matthew Johnson, Riley Williemse and Kylie McGufficke.
Construction students from Kingscliff TAFE Matthew Johnson, Riley Williemse and Kylie McGufficke.

The house that TAFE built

A group of construction students from Kingscliff TAFE have built a relocatable home as an extension to a house owned by the NSW Department of Housing in Ballina.

Head teacher of construction at Kingscliff TAFE David Harris said the project was initially a response to the housing shortage in the region and they had a contract to complete two more in the next year.

“We got a brief from the client and then had to design and construct the house,” David said.

The project consisted of building two bedrooms, a lounge/dining area and a bathroom that was connected up to the existing house with a deck and a pergola.

Construction took about three months, most of which was done at TAFE. The building was then relocated and finished off before being officially handed over last Monday.

The students were completing a Certificate II in construction and Mr Harris said the project had given them hands on experience that they wouldn’t otherwise have had.

“Often when you are doing this kind of training at TAFE, when you knock something up you have to bash it apart again... But seeing that somebody is actually going to live in the house, there was a greater sense of achievement,” he said.


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