Cubby House for Sawhorse Revolution
At Schuchart/Dow, we believe that using our expertise in building houses should help acheive better outcomes in the larger community. When invited to work on Sawhorse Revolution’s latest project, the tiny "Cubby" house for the Nickelsville Homeless Community built almost entirely from salvage, we jumped on it. Dedicated to empowering teens through carpentry and craft, this innovative nonprofit has made national headlines for their literal approach to community building.
Scott Bishop, a Foreman at Schuchart/Dow, stepped up immediately. He was excited to mentor the students and see this project come to life. Leaving the job site early every Thursday and working from home on the weekends, Scott ushered this project into a sweet, simple existence that made us all proud. The construction site was located around the back of Franklin High School in the Mount Baker neighborhood. About a dozen teens worked together over the course of 6 weeks, learning to use the tools and communication of the construction industry. You can see photos of the build on this Facebook site.
The "Cubby House" was carefully planned for maximum functionality and intentional living. The physical beauty of the space is notable as well: the knotty pine exterior features an accent wall of corrugated roofing, a modern sloped roof, and plenty of windows to allow for natural light. The kids came up with the idea to convert bench seating on a small porch into storage and add bookshelves to line to porch walls. The interior is equally impressive with tongue and groove car decking, a loft with a desk/workspace underneath. Scott worked weekends to ensure the tongue and grove pieces would fit together. He also crafted a beautiful, smooth ladder to climb the loft. Some of the interior walls even came from Schuchart/Dow job site scraps.
We are thankful to have been invited into this process and look forward to the next time we can have a positive impact in the community in which we build, live and play!