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Student-Built, Energy-Efficient Home for Sale in Manchester

The new three-bedroom, three-bathroom energy-efficient home at 308 Straw Road that Manchester Community College students, in partnership with Duffley Development Corp., built over the past year. The new three-bedroom, three-bathroom energy-efficient home at 308 Straw Road that Manchester Community College students, in partnership with Duffley Development Corp., built over the past year.
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Posted: October 29, 2014
by Pat Grossmith, Union Leader

Construction lessons: Two more sites next to the just-built residence, are being prepared so students can start work on two more homes.

The public will get its first peek this weekend at a new three-bedroom, three-bath home built by Manchester Community College students in partnership with the Duffley Development Corp.

The energy-efficient home, located at 308 Straw Road off Goffstown Road on the city's West Side, is on the market for $299,000. The 2,240 square foot home includes kitchen with island, dining room, living room and laundry room on the first floor.

The second floor features a master bedroom with a huge walk-in closet and full bath with a shower head, hand-held shower and rain forest shower head. Two more bedrooms and another full bath complete the upper story.

The unfinished basement has another 1,000 square feet that is designed to easily accommodate two more bedrooms or a great family room.

The home is in the final stages of completion, with the buyer being able to pick out the finishes — colors, flooring and cabinets and the kitchen island.

The vinyl-sided home sits on .94 acres with a wooded back yard. It is pre-wired for a generator, is Energy Starrated and features Mitsubishi mini-split heating and air conditioning, an energy efficient system that costs less than electricity or gas, according to owner Stephen Duffley.

The foundation is of insulated concrete forms with an R-50 insulation value. The house also features an air exchange system, and an entrance foyer and rear deck.

The new owner will be given an allotment for flooring, tiles, cabinets and counter tops. All can be upgraded, at a cost. The home is also wired for a generator and central vacuuming, which are not included.

"I'd buy it if I had the money," said Lindsay Champagne, 31, a senior in the college's building construction program, who was working on some finishing touches Tuesday just before a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

More than two dozen MCC students, under the guidance of three professors and managers from Duffley Development Corp., built the home over the past year, earning college credit while receiving on-the-job training. The program relies on contributions from local businesses to help train and supervise the work done by the students.

Also supporting the program were St. Mary's Bank, TF Moran Inc., Milford Lumber Co., Cote Electric LLC, Steve Sarette & Sons Excavation, Alside Supple Center and J & E Walls Systems.

Mayor Ted Gatsas, who cut a red ribbon at a ceremony on Tuesday, thanked St. Mary's for "stepping up." He said not many banks would provide financing for a house where there is no city water or sewage.

MCC will be reimbursed for donated supplies and any costs it incurred. Duffley said he also hopes to give money back to the program.

The home was built on property Duffley owns. Two more sites, also owned by Duffley and next to the justbuilt residence, are being prepared now so students can start work on two more homes.

Duffley said the next house will be a ranch-style home, designed with the elderly in mind. The open house is Saturday (Nov. 1, 2014) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday (Nov. 2) from noon to 2 p.m.

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