Deacon Dave and Ginny Cook Build
This home will be Habitat’s 545th house built in the Evansville and Mt. Vernon area. Additionally, it will be the 8th home built in St. Theresa Place, a 14-home Habitat subdivision. This home is sponsored by Deacon Dave and Ginny Cook. Thanks to their generosity, Clara Donna and her family will have an affordable place to call home. Currently, she is working on sweat equity and looking forward to making memories in her family’s new Habitat home.
Thank you Deacon Dave and Ginny Cook!
Meet the Homeowner, Clara Donna T.
“This will be an amazing accomplishment. Part of the reason I’m doing this is to show my son that you have to work for the good things in life. I can talk to him about what I’m doing to get us a home, and he will see the end result of all of my hard work … our Habitat house.”
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.
Crawl Space and Floor System
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.
Doors and Windows
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 Appliances
Cabinets and countertops installed.
Later, refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and washer & dryer are installed.
Trim Work and Flooring
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.