In May, Habitat began building a house, at 3730 Stanton Ave. in New Boston, from a kit rather than refurbishing a home and they are ready to show it off. However, the local chapter's treasurer Lynn Rodeheffer warns it is “more of a house that's open than an open house.”
“There's no heat and there is a muddy yard, but we would be glad to have people come by and see what we are doing,” she said. “Anyone that wants to come should just wear old shoes and a warm coat.”
The house will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The kit came from a Tennessee company and local volunteers have been helping assemble the house and put in things like electrical wiring and plumbing.
“We're closing in on finishing it up and hopefully we'll get the family moved in soon,” Rodeheffer said.
The three bedroom, one bathroom, 908-square-feet house can be done in eight to 10 weekends. Crews started working in July.
The family will have to develop “sweat equity” by helping to build the home and will make monthly payments on the home. Habitat for Humanity sells the house to the family on an interest-free loan.
The reason Habitat decided to build new is because it costs almost the same as to rehabilitate a house and it's easier to get volunteer workers, she said.
While Habitat doesn't make much of a profit on the house, they try to get enough to start the next house. And when one house is finished, Habitat can apply for a $10,000 federal grant to get them started on the next project.
Anyone wanting to volunteer can contact Habitat at (740) 353-4993.
MARK SHAFFER can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235.