A tiny house with an interesting history may soon have a new owner. The tiny house built at the Grayson County Juvenile Services facility at North Texas Regional Airport - Perrin Field, will be a topic of discussion at the upcoming meeting of the Grayson County Commissioners.
The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Grayson County Courthouse.
The court’s agenda packet shows they will be discussing auctioning off a tiny house that was built by cadets at the boot camp.
Back in 2015, Bill Bristow, then the director of the GCJS, told commissioners the plan was to eventually use a small plot of land at the airport to hold up to four tiny houses.
The houses were to be built on pallets behind the fence at the facility and then moved to the plot of land set aside for the tiny subdivision.
Grayson County commissioners put $50,000 in the fiscal year 2014 budget to help get the project off the ground. Bristow said that money would be used as seed money to help them get grants to actually build the structures.
In May of 2015, the facility had received a $7,500 grant from the state Juvenile Justice Department.
The idea to build tiny houses, Bristow said, came from a documentary he watched on the practice of building minimalist homes and out of his desire to expose the cadets to as many different trades as possible. The project was planned as a means to expose expose cadets to carpentry, plumbing, electrical, air conditioning and heating professions as well as brick laying, tile fitting and cement work. Cadets who are not old enough to work with actual tools, he said, would work with digital equipment to help define and record the progress on the project. In all, he said, about 28 cadets would work on two houses.
One house was planned as a the trial-and-error structure and the other as a finish house.
Information in the court’s agenda packet said the house that is going up for auction was built in 2016 and was last used in 2017. The house currently sits at 86 Dyess in Denison. The house is approximately 320-square feet and was built using Drummond House Plans, plan number 1901.
The request from the Juvenile facility is to have the house auctioned off by Rene Bates Auctioneers. Information on the Drummond website showed that such a house could cost in the neighborhood of between $17,000 and $18,000 to build depending the cost of supplies where it is being built.