Photo of the tiny house shell

Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES is selling the shell of a tiny house built by students.

Building Trades students at North Franklin Educational Center, the FEH BOCES school in Malone, built the tiny house over the 2019-2020 school year. When the COVID pandemic forced school to go remote in spring 2020, work on the house came to a halt.

Building Trades teacher Eric Ashlaw had hoped to find time to complete the tiny house but has found that his students are too busy. Due to growing class sizes, Ashlaw’s class now builds a modular home each year instead of a tiny house. This larger project fills the schedule, leaving little room for other projects.

Some tiny house enthusiasts prefer to buy a shell so they have a solid foundation to work from as they customize interior features to their liking. Many tiny house owners delight in finding creative ways to maximize space, fit storage exactly to their needs, and secure their belongings for travel.

The 20-foot-long tiny house shell is constructed on a Diamond Heavy Hauler trailer, so it can be pulled wherever its owner wants to venture. It features a pine-paneled ceiling and tons of light through a wall of nine stacked windows. The bathroom has a shower installed and a space for a toilet. Floor paneling is included but not yet installed.

Those interested in bidding on the structure can do so at For full details on the tiny house, a downloadable specification sheet, and a link to the auction, go to

The auction will close the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Proceeds from the sale go back into supporting the work of FEH BOCES.

FEH BOCES supports 10 school districts in Franklin, Essex and Hamilton counties with educational programs, instructional support, and operational support. For more information about the BOCES, go to or follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn @FEHBOCES.