Meet Homeowner, Neakeba D.
“This Habitat house will mean so much! It will mean that I’m a home owner; that I’ve done it! I will know that I have a house that I’ve paid off … and it will be mine. My kids will be able to play outside in our yard, and have their own rooms. We could even have a dog. I’m excited that we won’t have to go up and down flights of steps with our groceries … and mostly, I’m looking forward to just waking up every day in a house that I will own.”
Homeowner selects homesite from available Habitat lots. Homeowners are paired with their sponsor.
During the groundbreaking, the foundation is completed and the block work is laid.
Volunteers install moisture barrier and insulation in crawl space.
For the floor system, the floor joists are installed, more foam insulation is filled in between joists and band boards, and OSB board is laid for the flooring. Black paper is laid on the two porches to help maintain the longevity of the home.
Wall Prep: Volunteers build wall components (king jack studs, California corners, headers, etc.) and layout 2 x 4 location on the top and bottom plates of each wall.
Wall Building: Wall components are nailed together on top and bottom plates with 2 x 4s. This is completed for both interior and exterior walls.
Wall Raising: Volunteers raise, level, and secure the walls. Exterior walls go up first, followed by the interior.
Trusses: OSB boards are laid on first and last trusses to attach the siding.
Volunteers install windows and doors.
Plumbing, electric, insulation, and dry wall are installed.
Pre-insulation is installed on exterior walls, doors, windows, ceiling, and floors. Baffles are put in to circulate airflow.
Volunteers paint the walls and ceiling. Corners and edges are cut out first, then roll the ceilings, and then the walls.
Cabinets and countertops installed.
Later, refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and washer & dryer are installed.
Trim around windows and doors are completed. Interior doors are also installed. Vinyl and carpet are laid.
Exterior concrete parking pad and sidewalks are poured.
The yard is prepared for grass seed sewing.
Homeowner and community members come together to bless and dedicate the home, complete with a ribbon cutting.