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House on the way to DC! 3 Days to go.

Last weekend, we finally put all the final touches on the house and hours later, we started taking it apart. Although we were behind our original schedule, we were able to make sure that everything worked, run the home through various competition tasks and take some final photographs. All of the students really pulled together and put in a few long days to ensure that everthing was perfect.

A view from above of the Gable Home being deconstructed. Piles of siding, decking and solar panels have been created in preparation for the semi to carry the house and various components
We completed a majority of the work on Saturday, with only some organizing and cleaning remaining on Sunday. The roof was removed on Monday and Homeway Homes came to pick up the house on Wednesday. Since that time, we have been working to organize our tools and equipment for DC, plan our gaming strategy and develop our website (look for some updates soon). We have also been coordinating various travel arrangements and working with our professors to make sure we are ready to miss future classes.

In two days, the first group of students will leave for Washington D.C. in order to begin construction on the National Mall on October 1st. We will have seven days to reconstruct the home and pass inspections and will be open to the public on the 8th. At this time, we will begin teaching visitors what we have learned over the last two years.

All the students are extremely excited for the coming month and hope you are too. For those of you just tuning in, the home will be judged on 10 categories, with some subjective and some objective contests. The competition attempts to show that the home is fully functional, ensuring that each home not only looks good but performs as well.

Throughout the competition, we will have at least one new blog post per day. We will also be setting up the stop motion camera when we arrive and will post videos throughout the assembly process.


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