NIC carpentry program graduate now a subcontractor for this year's Really BIG Raffle house

When Jason Krapfl entered North Idaho College's carpentry program in 1998, he had one child, was expecting a second and planning to marry his girlfriend. Trying to get his career in order too, he decided to enter the program thinking maybe he would learn to build cabinets and establish a career.

“I had no idea the students in the program actually built a house,” Krapfl said, describing the NIC carpentry program's partnership with the NIC Foundation in the construction of each year's Really BIG Raffle house. “We learned everything, starting from the foundation up.”

|photo1|While working toward a certificate in the carpentry program, Krapfl began working for a tile company, gaining years of experience in an industry that would eventually lead to the startup of his own tiling business.

In 2003, Krapfl partnered with Carrie Casagram to open Stoneage, a complete tile business in Hayden.

“Even though I went into tile, I still use many of the things I learned through the carpentry program every day, from reading plans, framing walls and using tools of the trade like measuring tapes and levels.”

The carpentry program provided him with experience in the industry, but Krapfl never thought it would actually bring him business now that his focus was in tile. But it did when NIC Carpentry Instructor Dave McRae called on him recently to do the tile work in this year's NIC Foundation Really BIG Raffle house.

Now seven year's after Krapfl worked on the raffle house construction as a student, he'll be doing the tile work throughout the house as a professional.
“It came full circle,” said NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson. “NIC's carpentry program produces quality graduates. We're proud of our current students and we're proud to use the services of one of our former students for this year's house.”

Now in it's 12th year, the NIC Really BIG Raffle is sponsored in part by Stock Building Supply of Coeur d'Alene.

The grand prize $200,000 custom home is currently under construction by NIC carpentry students at 1374 Coquille Court in Post Falls. Located in the Montrose subdivision, this year's house is a rancher with a full basement and more than 3,500 square feet of living space. The house features a covered front porch, rear deck and three-car garage on a landscaped corner lot.

Other prizes include the first prize $20,000 car or boat, the second prize $3,500 travel package or the third prize $2,000 shopping spree.

Those who purchase tickets before May 31 will also be eligible for the Early Bird Prizes, a DVD/VHS player and color TV.

Tickets are $100 each and only 4,500 tickets will be sold before the July 6 drawing.

Proceeds from the Really BIG Raffle benefit important educational needs at NIC.

Don't miss the first chance to see this year's house during the first open houses from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays May 8, 15 and 22. Ticket holders can sign up to win a free $100 raffle ticket at the May 15 open house for every ticket purchase. Tickets can be purchased at the open house.

Directions: Take the Spokane Street exit off I-90 and go north. Turn left on Seltice, then right on Chase, then left on Willamette. The home is on the corner of Willamette and Coquille at 1374 Coquille Court.

Information: (208) 769-3271.

For More Information
NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978

Posted: Friday, May 6, 2005

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