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Matt Towke, of the building construction program at the Huot Technical Center, is nearly as proud the Tiny House as he is of his students who built under his direction and oversight. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

Huot Tech students to display their construction project at NH Home Show

LACONIA — On Friday morning, the tiny house built by students of the Huot Technical Center during the last several months will be hauled to the Radisson hotel in Manchester where, together with four others like it, it will be featured at the 50th annual New Hampshire State Home Show.
Tiny House New Hampshire is a workforce development initiative sponsored but he New Hampshire Lottery, which introduced the "Tiny House, Big Money" scratch ticket, with a top prize of $10,000 along with a chance to win the best of the five tiny houses in the eyes of the judges.
Matt Towle, the teacher who directed and oversaw the project, the dozen students who did the work and the members of the Lakes Region Home Builders Association, who contributed expertise and materials, have all earned their rewards with the completion of the house. Now, they all have eyes on the prize.

The house, built on a trailer,provided by the New Hampshire Lottery, is just 192 square feet, with an 80-square-foot loft. Towle began with an off-the-shelf design, but refined and re-engineered it. Jeremy Doucet of the Lighthouse Construction Group of Gilford said the project posed more challenges than building a conventional home. All the essential elements — living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom with shower, as well as plumbing, heating and wiring — be fitted into a confined space and the 7-ton home must be built to withstand the rigors of highway travel at 60 mph.

The house is crowned by an elegant dormer. The gable ends are highlighted with natural bark while the remainder features novelty and board-and-batten siding. The windows, aluminum on the outside and wooden on the inside, are both durable decorative. Remarking on the choice of materials, Bob Glassett of Pella Windows and Doors said that "we could have gone cheap, but no, we decided to do it right."
There are 13 windows in the house, one for Towle and each his dozen students — Alexis Albert, Kris Belanger, Robert Brough, Austin Carbone, Joshua Catalano, Mary Davis, Corey Getman, Samuel Guyer, Ian Hearn, Nathan Kierstead, Bryson LaChapelle and Cole Manion. Albert and Davis are the first two women to complete the building construction program. Towle also credited the plumbing and heating class, taught by Mike Schofield, for their contributions to the project.

Likewise, Towle expressed his appreciation to the Lakes Region Home Builders Association, the largest regional chapter in the state, whose members devoted their time, knowledge, skill and resources to ensure the success of the project. He said that many builders in the region construct custom homes and shared their unique skills and craftsmanship with his students. The association even provided an exacting customer to cast a sharp eye over their workmanship.

For the students, whose forerunners built garden sheds and bob houses, the tiny house presented a unique opportunity to build a complete home, albeit a small one. "I love building and this is the whole thing," said La Chapelle. Colin Horton, who completed the program two years ago and now works for Wood 7 Clay of Gilford, said he was envious.

Belanger said that his participation in the program has lent direction and meaning to his education while working on the tiny house has contributed to earning him a job with a local contractor. Kierstead, who works with his father, a roofing contractor, and intends to continue in the building trades, said that the tiny house project has been a "a good learning process" with emphasis on communication and teamwork.
"This is their project," Towle said of his students. "They are really invested in it."

With tiny houses becoming increasing popular, the work of the students has become an example. When the Lakes Region Home Builders hosted an open house during construction a builder from Tuftonboro with a client interested in building three tiny houses to rent in the summer, said, "It's very well built," and "I've learned a lot about how to go about it."

A couple from Concord, in the midst of building a tiny house of their own, wished they had seen the students' project before they began.
Treating the home show as something of an away game, Towle hoped for a strong show of support for students in Manchester this weekend . The show opens on Friday, March 17, at 1 p.m., and runs on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Tiny House Village will be on Pleasant Street, next door to the Radisson hotel.

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Inspiring Pride in Hands on Work

Believing that a four-year college degree is the only way to get ahead, young people are rejecting vocational jobs that require training and craftsmanship. Who will help build our future? 

TOH master carpenter Norm Abram joins Mike Rowe, executive producer and host of the TV show Dirty Jobs, to introduce a partnership aimed at bringing young people into the building trades. Together, This Old House and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation are raising awareness for TOH’s Generation Next project, which celebrates work opportunities that require technical and vocational training—and can lead to fulfilling, well-paid careers.

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Getty Construction’s home “Gateway to Fish Cove in Meredith” was the visitors’ overall favorite home on the tour and voted Lakes Region Parade of Home’s “People’s Choice” Winner. This is Getty Constructions first time on the tour and it was a spectacular home to showcase his craftsmanship. Getty Construction, Inc., owned and operated by Kevin Getty, has been in business for over 30 years. Getty has built many custom homes and several commercial projects.

Parade-goers at this year’s Parade of Homes held during Columbus Day weekend were once again treated to some beautiful homes scattered throughout five communities including Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Alton and Tilton. Upon entry of their first home, they received a guidebook with a map and home descriptions, “Swag” bags filled with supporting industry information, give-aways and an official ticket. As the visitors toured the homes they were asked to choose their favorite home and cast their ballot at the completion of visiting their last home on the tour.

Visitors had no special criteria to judge on but to pick the home that resonated as the best out of the eight homes. Some people picked the one with the best overall amenities, size, flow of the house, energy efficiency and most innovative technologies, while others just picked their favorite home that they would most likely like to live in.

The voting was very close between several of the homes but after all the entries were tallied it was clear that the visitors were impressed with Home #3 in Meredith built by Getty Construction.

“Client satisfaction is our top priority‑we thrive on bringing clients ideas to reality,” said Kevin Getty, owner of Getty Construction. “Start to finish we see it through.”

The 7,200 SF expansive, custom home was designed to be reminiscent of an antique estate beach/lake house and featured 6 bedrooms and 6 baths. The IPE iron wood decking, Maine-style mahogany lattice, raised granite fire pit, perch beach and granite steps leading to the water all have created interest and beauty to the outside living space.  Inside, expansive custom cove moldings with lots of attention to detail, then wide open, bright spaces feature planked walls and bead board ceilings, custom finished oak flooring and tile welcome you to family living at its best.  3 Stone fireplaces, radiant heat and high velocity heating and cooling systems were part of the Energy Management System that ensures comfort year round. 


A separate “Awards of Excellence” program took place, recognizing builders in a variety of categories. The judges included Scott Palmer, Business Development Director for New Hampshire Home Builders Association, Greg Page, Construction Loan Specialist with Meredith Village Savings Bank and Kath Blake, MBA, Regional Manager, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Verani Realty. The judges were required to rate each home on eight separate categories. Each of the eight categories had five (5) specific points for judges to rate on a scale of 1-5 for a possible high score of 25 points in each category. Some of the specifics that the judges looked at were overall layout, use of natural lighting, originality, trim work, curb appeal, effective land use, creative use of space to name a few. The winners were announced at a general monthly meeting held at the Chase House in Meredith. Winners included Getty Construction recognized for Best Kitchen, Best Floor Plan, Best Interior Design as well as Most Unique Feature & Product. Cargill Construction won Best Bath, Best Exterior Finish as well as the Best In Class – New Construction Award. K.A. Clason Fine Woodworking took home the Best Interior Finish award and Belknap Landscape was recognized with Best Landscape on the tour.

The Lakes Region Parade of Homes is a long-standing community event showcasing beautifully crafted homes. Over 1,000 visitors toured the homes over the three days of Columbus day weekend and the money raised through the ticket sales goes towards the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction, funding of educational scholarships and tool belt scholarships as well as this years “Tiny House” – Workforce development outreach to get students involved with the trades as a profession. For more information visit

The Parade of Homes is brought to you by Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers (, a nonprofit organization with a mission of providing quality-housing opportunities through education, vision, and advocacy for the betterment of our communities.

Getty Construction the winner of the 2016 parade of homes
"PEOPLE'S CHOICE" WINNER - Getty Construction, Meredith  (House Number 3 on the tour)

Winners Recognized at Awards of Excellence Breakfast at the Chase House in Meredith. Hayden McLaughlin from Belknap Landscape, Kurt Clason from K.A. Clason Fine Woodworking, Liam Cargill from Cargill Construction and Kevin Getty from Getty Construction.

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New board members sworn in for the Lakes Region Builders & Remodelers Association. Left to right: Sitting, Kurt Clason incoming President, Julie Hayward - immediate past president, Steve Custance - Local Director, Sandy Curtis-VP of Associate Members, Randy Hancock - Local Director, Patti Phelps, Secretary, Ray Boelig, incoming Vice President, Conor Hayes - Local Director, Bruce Hamel - Local Director, Marie Degulis - Local Director, Duncan Simons - Local Director, Bob Glassett - Treasurer, Presenter Anna Satterfield from NAHB.


Brenda Richards, Executive Officer

Lakes Region Builders & Remodelers Association

P.O. Box 105, New Hampton NH, 03256

(603) 387-1817


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Shining a Spotlight on Careers in Construction
Featuring A Local Tiny House Workforce Development Initiative
BY: Lakes Region Builders & Remodelers Association

Tiny House Initiative

Did you know that it takes an average of 22 different subcontractors to build a home?

October is Careers in Construction Month and it’s a perfect time to recognize the contributions of all the professionals working in residential construction as well as highlight the rewarding careers available in the industry.

Indeed, a home builder relies on a number of highly trained workers to get the job done right. This includes dozens of skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, painters and landscapers. Analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows that 70% of builders typically use somewhere between 11 and 30 subcontractors to build a single-family home. 

As the housing market continues to strengthen, home builders across the country and here in Lakes Region are seeking skilled workers – such as carpenters, framers and roofers – to help them build the American Dream. In fact, according to NAHB analysis of the federal government’s latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) rose to 214,000 in July. 

This means there is ample opportunity for motivated students seeking a rewarding career path. Residential construction workers consistently express high job satisfaction. And average salaries remain competitive with other industries in our area. For example, average annual wages for construction specialty trade contractors in New Hampshire in 2015 were: First Line Supervisors of construction trades $66,160, Brickmasons, $50,740, Carpenters, $42,390, Electricians, $47,490, Painters and Construction Maintenance, $36,940 and Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters, $52,380. statistics/state-and- local/state-wage-and-workforce- demand-data.aspx]

The building trades offer a great career path. And, the residential construction industry is one of the few sectors where demand for new workers is rising. Parents, teachers, counselors and students must once again recognize that a vocational education can offer satisfying career paths and financial gains.

Lakes Region Builders Remodelers Association (LRBRA) is pleased to be a part of a workforce development initiative designed to put students from Career Technical Centers (CTC) construction programs together with NH Home Builder Association members (as mentors).

Currently 4 CTC in the state are committed to build 5 Tiny Houses including the Huot Technical Center. The LRBRA will offer support and guidance with the initial Design Plans, Supplies and Market & Sell aspects of this project. The students will get hands on skills on all levels of home design, preparing material lists, building a Tiny Home from start to finish. As the build progresses, the public will be invited to watch the Tiny House build and help with materials that will be needed to complete the build.

NH State Lottery has agreed to be a key partner and is fully committed to supporting the Tiny House NH Work Force Development Initiative. They are in support of the effort to bring building construction curricula with nationally recognized Home Building Institute (HBA) course materials into the state. Dead River Company is the first statewide material sponsor and has committed to supply each “Tiny Home” with propane tanks.

Coming soon: A Tiny House Lottery Game with a Student built Tiny House as the Grand Prize ($35,000 value).

A Best Tiny House contest is planned with the “winner” being a Lottery game grand prize. All of the Tiny Homes will be on display at this year’s NH Home Show in March. There will be a panel of judges and also a public vote on different Tiny House aspects.

Tiny House Initiative by Lakes Region Builders
Photo: Earlier this year, Instructor Matt Towle teaches students how to build a Garden Shed. This year's project will be a "Tiny House" which later be auctioned off at the NH Home Show in Manchester, NH in March 2017.

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