The Colorado teen had never thought in her dreams that the house she was building in her class would be hers one day.
Owning a project is the biggest joy for any creator. This is something that happened with Victoria Turner, who spent 3 years making a house with a hundred other classmates. Turner can now proudly say that she helped build her house from the ground up. The high school grad shared her story with PEOPLE. “Four years ago, when I realized I could be a part of a class where we build a house, I thought it'd be a good idea. So I applied.” Little did she know she was in for a surprise after completing the 1200-square-foot house as a part of Liberty High School’s construction class.
She had wanted to get into construction since she was seven or eight because of her brother. Before her parents bought the house Turner and her classmates along with students from a few different high schools worked relentlessly to build the house. She mostly helped with carpentry. She also did most of the plumbing and helped with the exterior of the house. The class spent 6 to 9 hours each week building the project. She overheard her student liaison officer Mr. Hernandez discussing that someone was interested in it. At that moment the teen joked with her friends, “I made a joke about how if my mom bought it, it would be the biggest take-home project ever." Turns out that her mom was actually interested in buying the humble abode. Once she came to know about it, Turner discussed it with her liaison officer who was more than happy to sell it to her parents.
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The house will soon be shifted to the high school grad’s parents’ property. It’s also right in time as the teen is planning to move out. She will share the place with her sister. There definitely couldn’t have been a better adulting gift with the rising property prices and rents. To make the moment even more joyful, Victoria Turner was presented with the house keys during her high school graduation ceremony. Victoria echoes the sentiment of not worrying about rents. She added, "It's really nice to have our own little place." The house that Victoria will now call home has marked the beginning of several other projects that she will take up. She proudly told KRDO NewsChannel 13, "I like that I know exactly where the beams are if I want to hang stuff up."
👷 Liberty HS Construction Tech students finished their 1st home, & the Tiller family takes home the keys!— Academy District 20 (@AcademyD20) December 8, 2023
🦺 Congratulations to the Construction Tech students and teacher Jaime Hernandez for this massive achievement. pic.twitter.com/NdLRWFRcvJ
Turner is about to start another home-building project the next year. Currently, she’s working at a local roofing company. One of her colleagues with an experience of 30 years in construction told her that she’s only the second female in construction he has come across. Victoria Turner is proud to be a significant wave of change happening in the industry. Her father shared with the outlet, “I think it's wonderful that District 20 allows this opportunity for people that don't want to go on to college, to have an opportunity to maybe get some trade experience to actually make a living.”