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Students Crafting Homes, Building Futures

February 22, 2024

Students installing exterior siding on homeOur students aren't just learning construction skills, they're building homes! 

Bondurant-Farrar High School students enrolled in Mr. Hammes’ construction technology classes are hard at work on this year’s student-built construction house. From concrete to cabinetry, they're experiencing every aspect of the home construction process, all while learning under the guidance of Mr. Hammes and alongside local trades persons and contractors. 

Traditionally, the first half of the school year is focused on the exterior construction including concrete, framing, windows, siding, roofing, and installation. Continuing on this progress, the second half of the school year typically includes a focus on electrical, HVAC, drywall, trim, cabinetry, painting, and floor covering. This week, students are installing exterior siding.  

Mr. Hammes, a 34-year veteran of the district, leads the program and has been involved since its start in 1997. Since then, over a span of nearly 27 school years, students will have built 21 houses in the Bondurant community. This year's project, in collaboration with Parks Custom Homes of Bondurant, promises to be another masterpiece! 

This 5 bedroom and 3 bath home features over 3,100 sq ft of living space and is located at the intersection of 13th Street NW and Deer Ridge Dr NW, just west of Bondurant-Farrar’s junior high and high school. Individuals interested in owning this student-built home are asked to contact local realtor Sheena Cochran-Foster with RE/MAX Hilltop by phone at 515-401-8398 or by email at

Student cutting exterior siding to be installed on house  Exterior photo of home