Community builds house to benefit area schools |

Community builds house to benefit area schools

As the Endowment House project culminated with an offer of sale of $810,000, community members, students and Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation committee members have something to be proud of.

The foundation started raising money for the house two years ago with the purpose of awarding grants for education activities in the community.

It celebrated an open house for the Endowment House on Saturday to provide a place for builders, architects and potential Northstar Big Springs Phase 4 lot buyers to meet and exchange ideas.

Big Springs lots went up for sale by auction on Sunday.

“The Foundation’s hope was that someone would fall in love with our Endowment House and place a full price offer,” said Endowment House steering committee member Laura Read.

The 2,900-square-foot home, which is almost finished, was listed for $810,000.

On Friday a man from southern California flew up to meet Realtor Trinkie Watson to see the house and have a chance to make an offer before the open house event, said Read.

“He looked at four other houses, and on Friday made a full price offer on the Endowment House,” she said.

The idea for the Endowment House fund-raising project was spearheaded by local architect Scott Ryan, a foundation member who donated the building plans for the house.

Local contractor Joe McGinity of Kiski Design and Construction offered his services at a reduced price.

Students were involved in the project from the beginning.

Materials and labor were donated by local carpenters, business owners and other members of the community who stepped forward with donations to keep the project moving ahead. Northstar-at-Tahoe helped lead the way by donating $75,000, half the cost of a Big Springs lot.

The student involvement was a component of the project in which teachers used the construction site as a teaching tool to help relate classroom learning to real world, hands-on experience.

For example, math students applied their geometry skills by figuring out how to angle a staircase and calculating the snow load on the house.

Also, high school students from both North Tahoe and Truckee serve on the Endowment House steering committee with Foundation members, and they help coordinate student involvement.

“The open house event was a lot of fun. It was very gratifying to see dozens of people admiring the house that we have all put so much heart into.

“Despite their busy schedules during the last year, more than 150 locals were able to squeeze in some form of contribution,” said Read.

“Just as we envisioned two years ago when we conceived the fund-raiser, it truly is ‘a house the community built.'”

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