Construction Arts

Learn how to build an entire small house from start to finish in just 10 weeks, including material choice and sourcing, various construction techniques, build management systems, and, importantly, sustainability measurement. In this program you will gain confidence in your ability to create the most fundamental element of civilization – the home.

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Become a Confident Builder

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The Construction Arts Program builds a culture of confident builders and makers in the Kalu Yala community and send participants back out into the world with the ability to know they can help to create it. You will read construction drawings, learn materials procurement and management, gain serious skills in carpentry and masonry, along with the basics of plumbing and electrical systems, as well as learn to create and modify designs to make them more beautiful and functional.

In this program, you will learn:

– Post & beam and carpentry

– Structural masonry using adobe bricks and mortars

– Electrical and plumbing basics

– Read construction drawings

– Improve your design abilities

Whether you have worked in the construction industry or barely picked up a hammer, Construction Arts will give you new skills and take the ones you already have to the next level.

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