CCCC’s Chatham Cottage auction set to begin Saturday

Posted 6/16/21

PITTSBORO — The Chatham Cottage, handcrafted by Central Carolina Community College students enrolled in the college’s Building Construction Technologies and Sustainable Technologies programs, …

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CCCC’s Chatham Cottage auction set to begin Saturday

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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 up for auction beginning Saturday via an online auction platform,

The auction will open at 8 a.m. June 19 and close at 5 p.m. June 26.

This year’s one-bedroom, one-bathroom, high performance home features a 560 gross square foot high-performance house with 448 square feet of enclosed space and a 112-square-foot front porch. The custom design was created in collaboration with architect Mike Spinello, AIA, to be attractive and offer a sense of openness for a small space.

The cottage incorporates an energy efficient design and construction techniques and highlights the beauty of local building materials with interior accents. 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 the ZIP R System for wall sheathing for air tightness, and with ZIP R System Roof Sheathing, which provides a complete envelope thermal barrier against heating or cooling losses. 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 clad in a Nichiha cement board utilizing a rainscreen construction detail and locally sourced and milled battens.

The interior of the cottage is in a partially 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, which may include 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 ninth 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 cottage is located outside the Sustainability Building on the CCCC Chatham Main Campus 764 West St., Pittsboro. The cottage will be open for viewing Monday, June 21, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment.

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 Andrew McMahan at 919-545-8036,

For more information about Central Carolina Community College, visit


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