Activity remains hectic on the job site today....Garnett Construction and Charles Ross Homes are busy finishing up vinyl siding and Earley & Associates Building is working on the porches. Tidewater Properties & Construction is working on the inside of their home. Wayne Harbin Builder excited-homeowner-to-be Angele visited her finished home again today with her two sons....and they have now chosen their bedrooms! The weather continues to cooperate...which keeps everyone happy and on schedule.
Seeking qualified homeowners for Newport News!
Did you know that Habitat is seeking applicants for new Habitat homes we are building in Newport News? Families interested in Newport News should read the qualifications on our website, then contact Family Services Coordinator Melodee W. Johnson with any questions or to receive an application. Applications may also be picked up from our offices at 11011 Warwick Blvd in Newport News. Families are selected on the basis of need, ability to pay and willingness to partner and have incomes between 45-60% of area median income (for a family of four between $31,905 - $42,540). There houses are sold to partner families with a zero-interest mortgage after completing 400 sweat equity hours. Families pay about a $500 down payment and a mortgage each month of approximately $500, which includes real estate taxes and insurance. Habitat homes are not gifts...we build and SELL the homes to qualified applicants. The only thing Habitat gives away is an opportunity!
Thanks to The Roofing & Remodeling Company and GAF for providing roofing materials and professional labor for 2 homes! This is a great new partnership and we couldn't be more pleased with their work! Please, think about using The Roofing and Remodeling Company for all your needs -- visit them on their website at theroofingcompany.com
Also thanks to York River Electric for sponsoring a delicious lunch today! Look at the amazing progress of all the homes -- the Board of Directors is visiting tomorrow and we can't wait to see the expressions on their faces! If you couldn't listen to HearSay With Cathy Lewis on NPR yesterday, featuring builders Tim Cleary from Charles Ross Homes and Brad Harbin from Wayne Harbin Builder, as well as homeowner-to-be Tameka Dandridge and Habitat Executive Director Janet V. Green, you can listen now at http://www.whro.org/ondemand/?p=hearsay&f=06112012!
Habitat for Humanity is an ENERGY STAR partner and EarthCraft builder, agreeing to build safe, decent affordable and energy efficient housing and to have all new houses EarthCraft certified. The term “green building” is used all over the world now and can mean different things to everyone. Habitat for Humanity builds ”green” by providing housing for low-income families using materials and methods that lessen the detrimental impacts on our homeowners’ health and economic situation, as well as our environment.
These amazing homes built during the Home Builders Blitz will use at least 15% less energy than non-Green homes, delivering $200-$500 in annual savings to our first-time homebuyers! These homes all include a variety of energy-efficient features, such as higher performance windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment and ENERGY STAR-qualified lighting and appliances. Properly installed energy efficient features deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pollen and noise, leading to lower maintenance costs over the long-term. The savings in monthly utility bills makes going “Green” a winning economic situation for homeowners with a tight budget!
How truly amazing to walk into the Wayne Harbin Builder home and see it is basically done! From last Saturday when they started to frame the home to the finished home today is truly astonishing! The cabinets are in, the walls are finished, the final flooring was just being put in place, and someone was even hanging a beautiful ceiling fan! Truly remarkable! The other wonderful builders were continuing their amazing work on all the other homes.
The “final” builder to introduce you to is Earley and Associates Building! Earley and Associates Building began in 2004 and is owned and operated by builder, Ken Earley. While raised in Poquoson, Ken also resides there with his wife Kara, and two daughters Kendal and Cass. After getting his degree from ECU in 1991 he followed his father’s footsteps into insurance but also realized his true lifelong passion was building and design. “We believe in the Habitat cause on a national level and am more than honored to assist on the local level to build a new home for a deserving family,” stated Ken Earley. “This will be our first time building with Habitat, and Habitat’s appearance on the top ten housing list exemplifies the need, faced all over the nation, for more affordable housing.” Ken is building a one story, three bedroom two bath “bungalow” home for Esubalew Amera and his wife Ferehiwot Belay. They grew up in Ethiopia, were married in 2007 and have a 14-month old son Eyob. Amera works for Colonial Williamsburg and Belay works for Walmart.
On Monday, June 11th -- Listen to us Live on HearSay with Cathy Lewis on WHRO/NPR from 12noon – 1pm on the radio at 89.5 FM. Call in phone numbers are 757-460-2665 1-800 940-2240!
Check out progress photos below!
A beautiful day and the five homes look GREAT! Wayne Harbin Builders (on the incredible 7 day schedule) is installing cabinets, flooring and appliances soon. And, Garnett Construction has the 2nd story up (see pics). Garnett Construction was founded in 2002 and is owned and operated by Wade Garnett. A native to the area, Wade graduated from Hampton High in 1979 and obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University. Wade now resides in York County with his wife Robbie, and two daughters Randi and Haylie. After 24 years of service with Newport News Shipbuilding and retiring in 2004, Wade has been enjoying his now full-time building profession which has been his passion for most of his life. “We believe in Habitat for Humanity’s mission and are inspired by the work of this fine organization,” said Wade Garnett.” This three bedroom, two bathroom 1 ½ story home is being built for Mohammed Lahrach and Rkia Sekkali who both grew up in Morocco and were married in 1994. They have a 15 year-old daughter Maroua; a six year-old daughter Leena and a three year-old son Adam. Mohammed works for Printpack, Inc and Domino’s Pizza.
Lunch today (Chick-fil-A) was again sponsored by BayPort Credit Union and was enjoyed by all!
That was the call I received late yesterday from our Construction Supervisor Ron Nelson. All five homes are "up in the air" meaning the framing has started -- and in the case of Wayne Harbin Builders, they are installing the drywall today -- and Tidewater Properties and Charles Ross Home are finished with their framing! Special thanks today to BayPort Credit Union for providing a delicious lunch for all...see great pictures!
To introduce another wonderful builder.....Matt McQuillen, the President of Tidewater Properties and Construction Company, is a lifelong resident of the Virginia Peninsula. Matt entered the construction field at the age of 17, where he began working in residential construction and commercial construction field. In early 2005 Matt started Tidewater Properties and Construction Company. Tidewater Properties and Construction Company is a diverse company that takes on projects of all sizes in both the residential and commercial sector. “With many years of experience serving this region, Tidewater Properties is proud to be able to build a Habitat home in Williamsburg,” said Matt McQuillen. This one story, three bedroom two bath “bungalow” home is being built for Catherine Littlejohn and her two daughters, 15-year old Janiya and 8-year old Kiera. Catherine works for Mennowood Retirement & Assisted Living Community in Williamsburg.
Wayne Harbin Builder is building their home in 7 DAYS! Today they were insulating the home after completing the framing, roof, vinyl siding, windows, plumbing and electrical rough-in. It is a frenetic pace yet, everyone is enjoying the project! This is the 3rd Home Builders Blitz home Wayne Harbin Builder will have completed in SEVEN DAYS (they built the first one in 2006, then 2008 and now this year)!
Wayne Harbin Builder was founded in Yorktown, Virginia in 1985 by Wayne Harbin and now includes his two sons Doug and Brad. Home Enhancements, the Remodel Division of Wayne Harbin Builder was formed in 2007 by Doug and Brad Harbin to expand the company to cover the needs for quality additions and renovations. “It is our good fortune to be able to give back and serve the community in this way,” said Brad Harbin, Vice President of Wayne Harbin Builder, Inc. “We are enlisting the help of our suppliers, subcontractors, employees and business associates.” This one story, three bedroom, two bathroom home is being constructed for Angele Cowles and her two sons, 14-year old Kitrell and 13-year old Devron. Angele works for the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools as a bus driver and for the Salvation Army. Will they finish by this weekend? Stay tuned!
See the progress below of each of the homes!
Today was remarkable (and the noises were incredible with all the construction)! Please see the slideshow below of the various stages of construction!
Each day we will introduce a different builder, Habitat partner family or other partners on this project...
Charles Ross Homes has been a designer and builder of custom homes in the Williamsburg, Virginia area for more than two decades. This three bedroom, two bathroom home is being spearheaded by Charlie Ross and Tim Cleary. “We are long-time supporters of Habitat for Humanity,” said Tim Cleary, Managing Director of Charles Ross Homes. “We are delighted to partner with our employees, suppliers, trade partners, and our clients to make the dream of home ownership a reality for a deserving, hard-working family in our area.” The home is being built for Tameka Dandridge and her 7-year old twins, James and A’Nihah. Tameka works for the Williamsburg-James City County Public School system as a bus driver and also delivers papers for the Daily Press. Tameka is so excited to own her first home!
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