Local Habitat building new house
GLOVERSVILLE – The Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County is working at the site of its ninth and newest project at 71 Bloomingdale Ave.
The steady rainfall didn’t prevent the contractors and volunteers from continuing work Thursday at the latest development. The target date for the house’s completion is in late August.
“When we got here this morning we had to sweep an inch of rain off the surface before we could begin to work, but we are getting there,” said Fulton County Habitat program architect and Vice President John Mott.
The house being erected on Bloomingdale was designed by Mott for the Fulton County Habitat program.
On Thursday, the volunteers were finishing the top of the walls so the roof trusses can be installed when they arrive.
“All the walls are framed and electric, water and sewer services is set up,” Mott said.
Mott said the local Habitat group has been getting a lot of support from the community and typically will have about 20 volunteers on the weekend work days.
However, because of Memorial Day volunteers worked in the rain Thursday to keep the house’s completion date on target.
The house is being built on donated land and is designed to be a one story, four-bedroom, two-bathroom home that was customized by Mott to meet the needs of the partner family.
The house will feature an open-concept living area, which includes the living room, dining room and kitchen. Included in the design is a first-floor laundry room and a full basement. The front and rear entrances of the home will each have small covered porches.
The partner family for this project – Eric and Cheyenne Getwright and their three sons, Dakota, E.J. and Skylar – will help build its new home over the course of the year. One of their children has special needs, and his room was designed to help with that.
“This is really exciting,” Eric said Thursday. “These guys have dedicated so much of their time to help us out and I can’t even begin to thank them enough.”
“I can’t even put it into words what this means to me and my family,” Cheyenne added.
This will be their first time owning a home and some of the things they look forward to are the privacy and knowing that they own a home that has been designed to their needs, the Getwright’s said.
Mott said he expects the project to be completed by the end of the year around August, pending volunteer community support and donations.
Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers and donations to renovate and build houses and offers no-interest mortgages for low-income families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford a traditional mortgage.
As part of the arrangement, the family buying the home is required to help and contribute 500 hours to the fundraising effort or construction.
The estimated total cost for the Bloomingdale project is about $180,000.
However, the cost to the family will be less than half of that with zero interest, Mott said.
Habitat for Humanity International is a global non-profit Christian housing organization that relies on volunteers and donations to build or renovate houses in communities throughout the country. Since 1976, the organization has helped more than 500,000 families.
The Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County’s strategic plan is to renovate or build a new house each year.
Several of the Habitat volunteers and members will be participating in the Memorial Day parade today in the city.
“People have gone out of their way to help put this together,” Mott said.
For more information, visit the group’s website at www.hfhfc.com or call 773-4912.