At the beginning of June, we joined Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Home Builder’s Blitz. The Builders Blitz is a week long event where professional home builders like us donate time to build a home for a deserving Habitat For Humanity family. Why do they call it a “blitz”? The challenge to builders is to get it done in less than 7 days! Thayer Homes, along with some hard working volunteers, was proud put on our hard hats and team up to build a home for the Stewart Family.
Anita Stewart and her children put in over 300 hours of “sweat equity” in order to qualify for a home from Habitat for Humanity. Anita is a head custodian at a local middle school who worked double duty to be able to quality for the home. John Warwick, the assistant principal, said ““When she talks about having her own home, she is so excited. It is so touching.” To have the opportunity to give back to this hard working family was extremely rewarding. You can read more about Anita and her family by clicking here.
With a deadline to hit, we were determined to make Anita and her family proud. In order to get the home built in just seven days, we had to work fast. By the end of the first day, we had the home completely framed.
By day two, we installed windows, electrical and plumbing. We also put a roof over the home. In just two days, the bones of the home had started to come together.
On day three, insulation and sheetrock were added, giving the home interior walls. After this everything really started coming together quickly.
Once the walls were up, we got to work installing floors and cabinets. As soon as those went in it was a race to finish home in the next few days. The kitchen and bathroom came together quicker than ever. Painters gave the home a finished look inside and out, while lighting fixtures and other finishes brought everything together.
Building the home in just 7 days took the help of several different specialists and volunteers working intricately together. You can see the entire 7-day transformation of every home in the Builder’s Blitz in the time-lapsed video below! It was one of the hardest projects we had ever taken on. But seeing the smile on the Stewart’s faces when handing them the keys was more than worth it.
Building this home for Habitat for Humanity and the Stewart family was a great experience and we look forward to doing it again in the future. Giving back to our community is and always will be an integral part of our business here at Thayer Homes.
Anita, the new homeowner, reportedly said she was incredibly excited to “Get in my house and smell the freshness”. Anita, we hope your home smells fresh and new, but most of all we hope it smells like home!
6 Month Update: The Stewart family is loving their new home. Check out this amazing Facebook post Anita recently shared.
Things to do in the fall to ready your home for winter.
October and November are ideal times to winterize your home in North Carolina. The days are finally starting to cool off, but we likely have not had a freeze yet.
Tackle these tasks to make sure your home stays warm throughout winter and your exterior looks good in the spring.
1. Rake your leaves.
Rake your leaves to make sure no piles of leaves are interfering with your grass’ ability to breath. Grass needs sunlight and oxygen to stay healthy, even when it’s dormant.
*Helpful Tip: Use your leaves for compost! If you don’t have a compost bin set up, it can be incredibly easy to make one. Designate an area in your yard and toss leaves, grass trimmings, and compostable food waste in there to produce fertile soil for your garden in the spring.
**Helpful Tip: Fertilize your lawn to help with weed prevention and healthy growth in the spring.
2. Speaking of leaves, this is also a good time to clean out your gutters.
Even if you don’t have a ton of leaves on the ground, you might be surprised with the amount of leaves and debris you can find in your gutters. For the sake of your gutters, siding, and foundation, it’s important to keep these clear for proper drainage.
3. Check foundation and roof for cracks or leaks.
If you are reading this, you are likely a Thayer Homes homeowner, meaning your foundation and roof are relatively very new. Although you are not likely to find any issues, it’s always wise to check for them before finding out through catastrophe, especially in the cold winter.
*Helpful tip: A roof rake will help you clear off accumulated snow on your roof, which is built to hold up to 4ft of snow before possible collapse.
4. Protect your pipes from freezing.
Remove the water hose from the spout connected to the homebefore freezing temps. If hoses are left attached, leftover water in the hose will freeze and likely expand into the pipe. If the ice expands into the pipe, there is a chance it could cause the pipe to burst and leak. Also make sure to turn off your A/C water valve to prevent water collecting and freezing in the unit.
Helpful Tip:You can purchase pipe insulation from your local hardware store to help prevent freezing.