Students at Leesburg’s C.S. Monroe Technology Center build $700,000 house in Aldie

October 1, 2013

The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony of a student-built, 5,000-square foot house in Aldie took place Friday under the watchful eye of Wagner Grier, principal of Monroe Technology Center (center, wearing sunglasses). His students who learned building trades at Loudoun County’s C.S. Monroe Technology Center spent the last six years honing their skills on this luxury home. (Richard A. Lipski/For the Washington Post)

It’s not all about the computers. Somebody’s got to build the houses too. And in Aldie, building and construction students from the C.S. Monroe Technology Center have finished a 5,000-square foot, four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath colonial-style house that is now on the market for $699,900, according to this excellent story published over the weekend by The Post’s Michael Alison Chandler.

The house took six years to build, and some Monroe students who were involved at the beginning were present for its formal unveiling on Friday. The school offers programs not only in computers and digital animation but also in auto repair, heating ventilation and air conditioning, and welding. “Everybody is thinking about computers. That’s where you gotta go,” Monroe principal Wagner Grier told Chandler. “But I still have not seen a computer build a house.”

Some of the tougher tasks — the foundation and the roof — were not done by the students, but the rest of the house was, and Chandler reports that the quality of construction appears to be good. The 1.4-acre lot was donated by a developer, and the proceeds will be used to launch the next project. Read the rest of Michael’s story here.

House goes up for sale today, after the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, September 27, 2013, in Aldie, Va. Students who learned building trades at Loudoun County's Monroe Technology Center spent the last six years honing their skills on this luxury home at 25377 Gum Springs Rd. in Aldie, Va. (Photo Richard A. Lipski/For the Washington Post)
The student-built house on Gum Springs Road in Aldie is on the market. Four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, only $699,900.  (Richard A. Lipski/For the Washington Post)

 

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.
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