Homeowner selects homesite from available Habitat lots. Homeowners are paired with their sponsor.
Meet Habitat Future Homeowner, Amber.
“The first time I was out on a construction site, I bawled my eyes out. It doesn’t hit you until then. Being able to help on other people’s houses, you start to really feel like this is a community that has your back. I’m helping them now and I know that before long, they are gonna be helping me build my home. It’s like a family and a team.”
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, roof decking, the drip edge, felt paper, and shingles are installed. Waterproofing is completed where needed. Lastly, the ridge of the roof is capped.
Volunteers install windows and doors.
Siding is measured, cut and installed by volunteers. External trim pieces, soffit, and fascia are also installed during the siding process.
*Pending on the weather, this phase may occur later in the construction process.
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. *Actual sewing may occur in the spring pending which season the home is completed.
Interior: The appliances, towel bars, medicine cabinet, doorknobs and window blinds are installed.
Exterior: The house numbers, mailbox, porch posts, shutters and storm doors are installed.
Homeowner and community members come together to bless and dedicate the home, complete with a ribbon cutting.