ALBANY, N.Y. -- Students in the Sage College of Albany's Interior Design Program put their skills to the test on Saturday at a unique venue; an open house.
The home at 51 Alexander Street in Albany is one of ten built by the Capital District Habitat for Humanity. The students stepped in once construction was complete, painting the walls and decorating the house all the way through.
Almost all of the items used to furnish and decorate the home came from Habitat Restore - a business that sells donated new and gently used building materials, appliances, furniture, and other home improvement items at a fraction of the retail price.
For the 40 students who worked on the interior of the house, the experience was invaluable.
Lynn Capirsello, Interior Design Program Coordinator said, “You want to cry sometimes because you know how happy the family is, you know that the students have really had a great experience, and they've learned more than they would in the classroom. So they get to get out into the world and actually experience what they will be doing when they are professionals."
The group of students filmed a documentary on the project, showcasing their work. They plan to shop the film around, hoping to get more interior design opportunities.