Bidding will begin at 8 a.m. Friday on the 2016 North Platte Community College Foundation Auction House. The winning bid will be announced at 2 p.m. (CDT) on April 29.
The NPCC Foundation, which is in charge of the auction, will put proceeds from the sale of the house toward scholarships for students in the college's Building Construction, Electrical Technology and Heating Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) programs.
Students in those programs built the auction house – an ongoing tradition since 1971. The idea is that by constructing a home from the ground up, the students gain hands-on, real-world experience and an appreciation for quality craftsmanship that they can take with them into the workforce.
The house will be sold through a bid process on the MPCC website, www.mpcc.edu. Bidders must use an official form (available at the business office, inside the welcome centers on both North Platte campuses, inside the house and/or online at www.mpcc.edu) and may submit their offer via scan, fax, USPS or in person.
Upon their initial submission, they will receive a bidder's number, and their submission will be date-stamped.
The website will be the official "auctioneer" and will list the current high bid and the high bidder's number. The minimum starting bid is $100,000. Bids will be accepted until 1:59 p.m. (CDT) April 29.
The home, located on NPCC's North Campus, 1101 Halligan Drive, can be toured without appointment from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tours outside those times can be lined up through Kim Zwickl in the NPCC Business Office at (308) 535-3672 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's 1,736-square-foot auction house includes three-bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, living and dining areas, a spacious kitchen and a laundry/mud room.
"The whole design is different than what we have done in the past," said Roger Fattig, building construction instructor. "The roofline is more interesting, there's rock on the front of the house and high, arched windows on both the front and back of the home allow lots of light into the living area."
The entire house was constructed according to energy-efficient building practices. The triple pane windows are an example of that. The windows, from the Pella Designer Series, come with the option of adding easy-to-change blinds between the glass.
"The home is definitely laid out well for efficiency - especially in the kitchen," said Fattig. "Other features in the kitchen include a huge island and nice, big French doors that could lead from the kitchen to a patio. The Rustic Alder cabinets have a Fruitwood stain, lights underneath them and quartz countertops."
The master bedroom features a walk-in closet, a tray ceiling and dimming lights. The master bathroom has a walk-in, ceramic tile shower.
One of the guest bedrooms is equipped with two bi-fold door closets, and the guest bathroom sports a double vanity.
Hardwood floors will be installed in all rooms except the bedrooms, which will be carpeted. Because the house is designed to be set on a basement, it also has space for a large stairway.
Only the bottom half of the front of the house is rock. The rest consists of Diamond Kote siding, which comes with a 50-year warranty.