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Habitat house nears completion

A new house built through the Habitat For Humanity organization should be ready for the new owners to move into within the next month, according to those with the group.

A new house built through the Habitat For Humanity organization should be ready for the new owners to move into within the next month, according to those with the group. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— AuSable Valley Habitat for Humanity has hit double-digits.

The organization held an open house at the site of it’s 10th home, located on the Goff Road in Westport, on Saturday, Aug. 20.

“We started this house in January,” said Jim Davis with Habitat. “It has a very modern and state-of-the-art air system. I think that when a lot of people come to an open house, they are surprised to see how nice they are.”

The home has been modeled after the European LEEDS standards, creating a very energy-efficient dwelling. The walls are 10 inches thick and extremely well insulated. There are triple glazed windows in the four bedroom house.

Schelling McKinley oversaw the construction of the house with assistance from Davis.

“Every time that I work with him, I learn something that I didn’t know before about building,” Davis said.

The new Habitat home and future homes will be included in the Adirondack Community Housing Trust, guaranteeing that the homes will remain affordable to low income families.

The family of Rob Ashline were the beneficiaries of the 10th Habitat home, and the family put in a lot of hours of work on the property.

“You have to put in a certain amount of sweat equity on the home, and Rob and his family have long since gone way over that amount,” Davis said.

Overall, Davis said that it takes about 2,000 volunteer hours to complete a habitat project.

AuSable Valley Habitat for Humanity is preparing for its 11th home, and welcomes new volunteers not only in the construction process, but also to facilitate in the family selection process, public relations, fund raising and other administrative activities.

For more information, call 873-9245 or visit www.avhabitat.org.

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