MHS students building miniature homes


Marshalltown High School students Miguel Ibarra, left and Antonio Silva work on the roof of their miniature home. The miniature home project is part of the Construction Technology II class at MHS.

Students in the Construction Technology II class at Marshalltown High School are starting small as they learn the basics.

Students in the class taught by Larry Kadner are building miniature homes as part of a month-long project.

“It’s designed to teach them the component parts that go into building a residential structure on a miniature scale,” Kadner said.

Working in pairs, students were able to come up with a wide range of designs. Some homes will feature split level roofs, unique balconies, patio decks and other design ideas.

“It’s fun,” said MHS junior Adrian Nunez. “We get to use our own creativity to do things we’ve never tried before.”

Kadner said after they complete this project they plan to build a full scale utility shed and have plans to be a full scale shelter in the community as well.


Jorge Andrade, left, and Adrian Nunez work on their miniature home.