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updated: 5/13/2013 1:21 PM

District 211 students ready to show off houses they built

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  • Mike Ramser, right, shows his mom, Laura, parts of a living room he helped build during last year's open house at a student-built home on Brockway Street in Palatine. The district will hold another open house this year for three new Palatine houses from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.

       Mike Ramser, right, shows his mom, Laura, parts of a living room he helped build during last year's open house at a student-built home on Brockway Street in Palatine. The district will hold another open house this year for three new Palatine houses from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
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After two years of work, Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 students are ready to show off, and possibly sell, three homes they built through their schools' building construction program.

Open houses will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at the homes, located at 72 W. Illinois Ave., 86 W. Illinois Ave. and 151 Boynton Ave. in Palatine.

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The public will have an opportunity to bid on the houses, all located within in the attendance boundaries of either Fremd or Palatine high schools, at the events.

Students are still putting the finishing touches on the homes, including landscaping, trim and lighting.

The two-story homes on Illinois Avenue both have more than 3,000 square feet, with four bedrooms, a great room and a three-car garage. The home at 86 W. Illinois Ave. was completed by Hoffman Estates High School students, while the one at 72 W. Illinois Ave. was a group effort by students at the district's other four high schools.

The ranch-style home at 151 Boynton Ave. was completed in just one year by students from Palatine and Conant high schools. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

In the past 39 years, the district's building construction program has produced 110 homes. Students learn about various aspects of building a single-family home, from architecture to carpentry. Next year, students in the program will break ground on two new houses in Hoffman Estates and Palatine.

For information on the open house or to view brochures for each home visit d211.org.

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