Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Home in Week for Habitat Owner 5-Day Job to Benefit Single Mom, 2 Kids

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Home in Week for Habitat Owner 5-Day Job to Benefit Single Mom, 2 Kids

Article excerpt

Even though Michelle Barbour doesn't plan to move into her

new Orange Park home until Oct. 1, the house should be ready

next week.

Clay County Habitat for Humanity plans to build it from the

ground up in just five days.

Building a house usually takes much longer and, according to

Clay County Habitat for Humanity Inc. President Danny King,

building one in a week is a first in Clay County.

King said Habitat plans to have volunteers work whatever

hours they are available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. He said

he doesn't know how many volunteers will show up to build

Barbour's house, but they need as many as they can get.

Following a schedule will also help to expedite the project,

he said.

"The slab is already poured," King said. "We start framing on

Monday and on Tuesday we plan to shingle the roof." Licensed

electricians and plumbers will also be called in on Tuesday, he

said.

King said professionals will install the drywall on Wednesday

and volunteers should complete the vinyl siding Thursday. On

Friday, the schedule calls for painting, installing window sills

and interior doors, stripping the sidewalk forms, landscaping

and sodding.

King said even though building a home in just a week is a

first in Clay County, Habitat in Jacksonville has done it more

than once. And with enough volunteers, he thinks Clay County can

do it, too.

Barbour said she will be glad when her house is finished

because she and her two preschoolers are excited about moving

into their new home.

"It's all I've dreamed of, owning my own home," said the

26-year-old single parent, who lives in an old mobile home that

needs repair. "And it means a lot that I'm doing it by myself."

One of the ways Barbour has done it by herself is by actually

working on other Habitat homes. She said so far, she has

installed electrical outlets, laid tile, put in window screens

and painted doors. …

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