Marble Falls High tiny home construction no small task



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Construction and welding teacher Shawn Reed and his students put a year and a half into the construction of a tiny home. Marble Falls ISD has put the home on the market, and all proceeds from the sale go back into the CTE program.





By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

Marble Falls High School Career and Technology Education program is making their presence known in the tiny home market after the latest completion of a major project.

“There were challenges along the way,” construction and welding teacher Shawn Reed said. “It's like building a house, but it's not. Everything is so small, but you're building it like a house. All the corners and transitions are trickier.”

When Reed was hired four years ago, he was asked if he wanted to test the waters in the tiny home movement. The project that followed encompassed CTE students from his construction and welding classes.

“I can honestly say it was 95 percent built by students,” Reed said. “We did have maintenance come in and finish up some of the plumbing underneath; we had an electrician look at the wiring.”

The finished product, which the students worked on for a year and a half, is a 190-square-foot tiny home with a standard toilet, a 32-inch shower and a stove with two cooktops. The lighting and cooling systems in the home can be powered solely with a small battery or generator. . . .

Read the rest of this feature in the Friday, Aug. 23 issue of The Highlander, the newspaper of record for the Highland Lakes. To offer a comment or news tip, email To subscribe to the newspaper, call 830-693-4367 or subscribe to our E-edition online.

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