After a few months of filling out our application, a home interview and lots of email correspondence, we found out we were chosen and the house we would be getting was going to be built in a Blitz. A professional builder will be coming in August 1-5 and building our entire house in 5 days.
Our home will be in a community in Oceanside called Libby Lake Village. There are 20 homes that Habitat for Humanity will build (15 are already completed) on a private cul-de-sac with a common play area at the end of the cul-de-sac. We are one of the final 5 families chosen for the community.
As part of the deal, Andrew and I have to work 500 hours, what they call Sweat Equity Hours, on the job site or for other Habitat events. However, we are allowed to have 25% of our hours completed by friends and family. Since our house will be built so fast, we don't know how much of that we will get to work on, but Andrew very much wants to put his own hands to the job, so we are hoping they will let him help. We will be putting most of our efforts into the other homes in the final phase that Habitat is building with volunteers. So far we've worked 3 days and accumulated 41.5 hours (thanks to my dad and brother volunteering yesterday).
The first day of work, last Saturday, Andrew and I worked for about 3 or 4 hours and built this...
the framing around those two drain pipes at the roofline. We had no idea what we were doing....hence the reason it took 3-4 hours! This is the house next door to ours.
When it was time for lunch, the insulation was nearly done. When we came back from lunch, Andrew and I started on caulking the siding. My brother joined us when his allergies had gotten the best of him inside the house.
At the end of the day, we had racked up 28.5 hours bringing our total up to 41.5. Here's a picture of all of the volunteers from yesterday, including another selected family for the project!
If you follow my blog, you'll see in the weeks and months to come, our progress on our Sweat Equity hours, including the building of our own home. I hope to show lots of pictures of the blitz build so you can all see the process and progress!