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Home designed by Lindale ISD students opens to public

LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - The second weekend of a local home tour kicks off Friday afternoon, and you can visit, and even buy, a home designed entirely by local high school students.

One local builder in Lindale, the Red Baron Building Company, wanted to engage local students and give them real-world opportunities -- so last year, they began a partnership with Lindale High School's Career and Technical Education class.

And the rest, as they say, is history: The home is the first-ever to be entirely designed by students.

"It's a real-world opportunity, so it's just fantastic that the students can actually see what they're learning daily in the class be put to everyday use in the real world," said Lindale Independent School District Superintendent Stan Surratt.

The students each drew up their own plans, and then the best rooms were put together to design a 2,475 square foot home with three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a bonus room in the Ruby Trails subdivision in Lindale. The design process took an entire school year, with students learning how to best layout every part of the home.

"When we started, we'd have garages to fit a fantastic motorcycle and a Maserati, and that's about it," said Jerry Alexander, the president of the Red Baron Building Company. "And we had to work with the kids to get the garages to fit SUVs and family vehicles."

The students with the best designs for each room received scholarships for their work, but Lindale ISD officials say the whole experience was worthwhile for their students.

"To give them scholarships is one thing, but to take their actual work and put it into a design like this so that the students can see what their education in the classroom, what it can do, that's very exciting," said Surratt.

But the education didn't stop when the blueprints were finished. The building process took another six months.

"During the process, we had the kids come out and meet with plumbers, electricians, and heating and air conditioning professionals and also interior decorators, framers, and they learned about each of those trades and saw the house go up," Alexander said.

And now, the home is ready to sell -- finishing touches should be completed by the end of November. The home is priced at $246,000, and the Red Baron Building Company will give 8 percent of the gross proceeds back to the Lindale Career and Technical Education Program to be used for their classes.

Alexander says that's another $18,000 to $20,000 to continue real-world projects.

And the partnership between the Lindale CTE students and the Red Baron Building Company will continue. The students are already in the design process on their second home. Alexander says he plans to build a home with them every year to 18 months.

Their first completed home will be open as part of the Fall Home Tour on Friday, Nov. 15, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets for the home tour are $5 for adults and $2 for children.

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