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CCCC's Chatham Cottage auction set for Aug. 8

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07.27.2020College & CommunityCollege General

PITTSBORO - The Chatham Cottage, handcrafted by Central Carolina Community College students enrolled in the college's Building Construction Technologies and Sustainable Technologies programs, will be auctioned off Saturday, Aug. 8, at 1 p.m., on the college's Chatham Main Campus in Pittsboro.

This year's one-bedroom, one-bathroom, high performance home features 520 square feet of living space, 160 square feet of covered porch, and 384 square feet of lofted interior storage. The custom design was created in collaboration with architect Mike Spinello, AIA, to be attractive and offer a sense of openness for the smaller space. The cottage highlights the beauty of local building materials and energy efficient design & construction.

The Cottage's compact size will comfortably fit the needs of a single individual or couple, and is an ideal option as a small home, in-law suite, guest house, vacation rental, or office space.

The Cottage is framed with 2x4 exterior walls sheathed with ZIP System Wall Sheathing for air tightness, and with ZIP System Roof Sheathing covered topped by 1.5-inch polyiso rigid insulation board providing a complete envelope thermal barrier against heating or cooling losses. Porch posts are locally sourced eastern red cedar. High performance casement windows allow for ease of natural ventilation and ample natural light. The long lasting and heat reflective galvanized metal roof is designed to be passively cooled with large roof overhangs.

The exterior of the house is in an unfinished state and will require siding and paint.

The interior of the Cottage is in an unfinished state to allow the purchaser to customize the space to their personal preference. The purchaser of the Cottage will be responsible for the completion of all remaining interior work. This includes electrical and plumbing rough-in, insulation, drywall, painting, flooring, interior doors, cabinetry, fixtures, electrical and plumbing trim out, and interior carpentry trim work.

The Cottage will require the addition of a heating and cooling system, appliances, electric water heater, footing, and foundation upon placement at the permanent site. The house is now on temporary pillars and must be removed from the premises after sale is complete.

This is the eighth in an annual series of small houses built by students studying construction and high performance building technologies. The Chatham Cottage was constructed under the direction of CCCC Building Construction Technologies Lead Instructor Jeff Gannon.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the continuation of the Chatham Cottage project and provide scholarship funds for students enrolled in the Building Construction and Sustainability programs.

The auction will be held on Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Chatham Cottage, which is located outside the Sustainability Building on the CCCC Chatham Main Campus 764 West St., Pittsboro.

No preregistration is required to bid at the Cottage auction. That the successful bidder will be required to make a 10% deposit by either cash or certified check on the day of the sale with the balance due within ten (10) business days of the auction.

To receive additional information about the Chatham Cottage, or to schedule an appointment to view the house, contact Jeff Gannon at 919-545-8032 or

For more information about auction bidding procedures, contact Andrew McMahan at 919-545-8036 or by e-mail at

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