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New Bites – Interior Design Students Help Make Local Habitat for Humanity House Shine

Posted November 13, 2014 in News BitesInterior Design

Students from the Interior Design program were a part of a recent collegiate collaboration that’s helped to turn an empty lot at 867 Oakland into a new Habitat for Humanity house that will soon become a home for a family in need.

The KCAD students and Physical Plant Director Lee Cobb joined students from Grand Valley State University and Habitat for Humanity of Kent County staff for a marathon painting session, priming and finishing the entire interior of the house in just one day. Students from Grand Rapids Community College helped build the house.

students from KCAD and GVSU volunteering with Habitat for HumanityA little friendly competition between KCAD and GVSU fueled this collaborative effort to paint the entire interior of a local Habitat for Humanity house in a single day (image courtesy of Philip Zoutendam, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County)

In their studies, these Interior Design students are constantly investigating the relationship between human beings and the spaces we occupy, designing for a balance of function, innovation, and aesthetics. This hands-on experience, however, got them thinking about another, more intangible quality of an interior space: the undeniable essence that makes a place a home.

Volunteering with Habitat for HumanityThe volunteers pose outside of the Habitat for Humanity home at 867 Oakland in Grand Rapids (image courtesy of Philip Zoutendam, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County)

Check out below for more photos of KCAD volunteers (all images below courtesy of Philip Zoutendam, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County):

KCAD students volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

KCAD students volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

KCAD students volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

KCAD students volunteering with Habitat for Humanity