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May 12
Auction house sells to couple from North Platte

Students from NPCC's Building Construction, Electrical Technology and HVAC-R programs stand outside the auction house they built. The home was sold to Will and Sharley Cleveland, of North Platte. 

Will and Sharley Cleveland, of North Platte, are the new owners of the 2016 North Platte Community College Foundation Auction House. 

They submitted a winning bid of $156,300 for the home on April 29. A total of 11 bids from eight bidders were turned in. 

Will said the plan is to move the home to an acreage he and Sharley own between North Platte and Hershey. 

"We've been trying to get a house put on that land for two years," said Will. "It feels good to finally be able to do that." 

The NPCC Foundation, which was in charge of the auction, will put proceeds from the sale 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 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. 

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. 

A similar house is currently under construction at NPCC. The tentative auction date for it is spring of 2017.

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​