For the past two years, high school students working under unCommon Construction have worked as contractors, building single-family homes in New Orleans from the ground up. Recently, student workers completed this St. Roch home near Elysian Fields Avenue.
unCommon Construction builds hard skills in New Orleans youth by teaching them the basics of design and home building. Since 2015, the nonprofit organization has built a tiny home and has served as the general contractor for three single-family homes in St. Roch.
“The whole thing is an iterative process. We get better and better each time we build,” said Aaron Frumin, cofounder of unCommon Construction. “This home came together together really fast, but we did have weather challenges.”
The construction for this Mandeville home spanned from June of 2017 to August of 2017, a little over two months. Based on the same floorplan as the other single-family homes built by unCommon, this is among the smallest on their record.
This year, unCommon Construction worked with 13 high schools students: Nearly half of which previously served as apprentices for the nonprofit, while the remaining students participated through a first-time partnership with YouthForce NOLA, a career initiative.
Once an unCommon home sells, the nonprofit it uses the proceeds to maintain its operations, buy equipment, award scholarships, and fund stipends.
Started this past fall, students working under unCommon Construction will complete another St. Roch single-family home by mid-December in tandem with Thrive New Orleans, formerly known as the St. Roch CDC.
1905 Mandeville Street
Similar to its Tonti Street counterpart, this new construction has an extended roof, sitting porch, shutters, and a modest front yard.
It has an airy and deep open floorplan. Highlights include its tall ceilings, recessed lighting, and ceiling fans. Its partitioned kitchen has a breakfast nook, stainless steel appliances, a pantry, and pendant lighting.
At 1,695 square feet, it has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Its master bedroom has a large walk-in closet.
At its rear sits a covered porch, a wooden fence, and a sizable backyard.
- 1905 Mandeville Street [Keller Williams Realty]